LACSI News Nov-Dec 2016

The LACSI News is prepared for members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and others interested in the mission of LACSI. The LACSI News provides information on chapter events, chapter members, West Region CSI and Institute activities, and other articles of interest to the Los Angeles architecture and construction community. LACSI is a professional organization providing members opportunities to share information about materials and methods of construction, and to promote improved preparation, delivery and use of construction documents.

NOVEMBER DINNER MEETING

Join us on Nov. 16th at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for Shimoda Design: Inside Out/Outside In

Joey Shimoda, FAIA, FIIDA, will present three of his firm’s recent projects at the Nov. 16th dinner meeting: The interior renovation at the Steelcase Work Cafe and Innovation Center in Grand Rapids, MI; The Collective, a series of new, two story creative office buildings in Playa Vista; and the renovation of the National Typewriter Co in Santa Monica.

Note: Our meeting this month is on the third Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

December: No meeting this month. Enjoy the holiday parties with your friends in the Inland Empire and Orange County CSI chapters. The IE party will be in Riverside on Dec. 1st at the Mission Inn, and the OC party will be on Dec 13th at the Anaheim White House Restaurant.

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TECH WORKSHOP 5:00 – 6:30

The Technical Workshop will take place before our Social Hour

This month we’ll hold our semi-annual Specifiers Forum to discuss topics of interest to spec writers and architects involved with the preparation of specifications.



LACSI FALL GOLF CLASSIC

PHOTOS from OCT 21, 2016

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President’s Column

By Valarie Harris, FCSI, CCPR

At LACSI we are educating and connecting people to improve design and construction. We continue to do this in so many ways: Our September and October Dinner meetings were full of people learning about LACSI and of course the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement from Arup’s team and how the innovative Belzberg Architects creates award winning envelope pushing structures. Both meetings brought a lot of guests, I personally enjoyed meeting them and learning about their interests. I look forward to seeing them as chapter members. Many thanks to the team of volunteers who bring these events together led by Programs Chair Monique Birault of University of Southern California. Consider inviting someone to attend as your guest, many product reps can sponsor an attendee.

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WEST REGION CORNER

Linda Stansen, CSI, CCS, RA, SCIP, West Region Director

Institute Report – Fall 2016
The Construction Specifications Institute was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant along with Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and Ohio State Community College this past May. The goal of the grant is to use CSI’s CDT curriculum as a standard for construction management courses in a pilot program at the community college level. CSI will have an opportunity to establish the true value of the CDT through this 3-year effort. The planning stages began in August and are ongoing.

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MEMBER NEWS

Virgil Troyer, AN APPRECIATION

Virgil was a fellow CSI Industry Member, Independent Product Representative, friend and mentor. Virgil has three generations of CSI members in his family starting with himself; children Vanessa and Mark; and granddaughter, Antonina. Virgil’s leadership within CSI, our industry and his family is remarkable. His humble beginnings and success are exemplary of the “American dream”.

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constructive thoughts

by Sheldon Wolfe, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, RA

Get your hands dirty!

Among the things specifiers grumble most about are the typical architect’s lack of knowledge about how things work and how they go together, and the belief that “If I can draw it someone can build it!”

Some architecture schools do include courses about the practical aspects of architecture, but those courses are often optional, so most architects graduate with a lot of knowledge about visual design, planning, and presentation, but little understanding of materials or construction.

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buchnotes #68

by Ed Buch, CSI, CCS, AIA, LEED AP

You may not have studied the English architect Nicholas Hawksmoor in your architectural history class or, if you did it’s likely in connection with his work as an apprentice to Sir Christopher Wren on the design of St. Paul’s Cathedral. If this is the case, an important figure in early 18th Century English architecture was missed. Owen Hopkins, a historian and the architectural program curator at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, has written a new assessment of Hawksmoor presenting him as one of England’s greatest architects, on the same level as Wren and Sir John Vanbrugh. From the Shadows, The Architecture & Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor, describes Hawksmoor’s achievements in design, the reasons for his decline, and how his reputation was restored nearly 300 years after he died.

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Sustainable Design and Construction Resources

by Kelly McArthur Ingalls, CSI, CDT, LEED AP

Changes at USGBC, LEED, and GBCI

Effective November 2016, LEED projects will be required to register under the LEED Version 4 Rating System including: LEED for New Construction; Core and Shell; Schools; Retail-New Construction; Retail-New Interiors; Healthcare, Commercial Interiors, and Existing Buildings-Operation and Maintenance; and Neighborhood Development. LEED Version 2009 projects (as noted above) will have a sunset date of June 30, 2021 to complete their certifications. To obtain a .pdf of the LEED Certification Deadlines, visit: http://www.usgbc.org/cert-guide/deadlines.

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Chapter leadership

LACSI Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

President: Valarie Harris, FCSI, CCPR | (714) 470-7404 | Valarieh@pacbell.net
Vice President: Rene Sarver, CSI | (310) 480-7108 | rsarver@weatherizationpartners.com
Vice President: Monique Birault, CSI, CDT | (213) 740-3060 | Birault@usc.edu
Secretary: Mr. Dane Olson, CSI | (714) 330-5110 | dane.olson@prosoco.com
Treasurer: Janet Piccola, FCSI | (714) 679-5730 | jpiccola@behr.com
Controller: Mitch Lawrence, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA | (213) 880-8395 | mlla@earthlink.net
Director: Bill Schmalz, CSI, CCCA, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C | (213) 270-8417 | bill.schmalz@perkinswill.com
Director: Kelly Ingalls, CSI, CDT, LEED AP | (818) 439-2976 | kmibuildinginc@earthlink.net
Director: Greg Maechling, CSI | (310) 343-5119 | gmaechling@malarkeyroofing.com
Director: Mitch Taylor, CSI, CDT | (916) 214-9332 | mitch@woodinst.com

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EDUCATION

SAVE THE DATES, JAN 7TH, JAN 21ST, & FEB 22ND, 2017:

Disabled Access, A Quartet of Topics – Jan 7, 2017
This seminar will provide the 5 hours of disabled access continuing education required for California architect’s license renewal in 2017 (more information to come)

LACSI Certification Classes – Jan 21, 2017 – Mar 25, 2017
The CDT classes will be held again at the offices of Perkins + Will in Downtown LA.

LACSI NITE, FREE Education Sessions and Product Show – Feb 22, 2017
In the afternoon, prior to the start of the product show, there will be two FREE presentations describing changes to the 2016 CA Energy and Building Codes. The product show will have over 50 table top displays along with FREE food and parking.


Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES

LACSI November Dinner meeting – Nov 16th
SHIMODA DESIGN: INSIDE OUT / OUTSIDE IN – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Inland Empire Chapter CSI Holiday Party – Dec 1st
MISSION INN – Riverside

Orange County Chapter CSI Holiday Party – Dec 13th
WHITE HOUSE RESTAURANT – Anaheim (more information to come)

LACSI Disabled Access Seminar – Jan 7, 2017
A QUARTET OF TOPICS (more information to come)

LACSI Certification Classes Begin – Jan 21, 2017
CLASSES TO PREPARE FOR THE CSI CERTIFICATIONS

LACSI January Dinner Meeting – Jan 25, 2017
A JOINT MEETING WITH ORANGE COUNTY CSI – Location and speaker TBD

LACSI Nite, FREE Education and Product Show – Feb 22, 2017
HISTORIC LA EXCHANGE BUILDING – Downtown LA