LACSI News Nov-Dec 2017

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 15th – DINNER MEETING

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Renovation

Join us to learn how DLR’s design Principal, Donald L. Barnum, Jr., AIA and USC’s Anthony L. Mugavero, Director of Capital Construction Development, CSI, AIA will artfully meet the challenges of renovating the historic Los Angeles Coliseum. Find out how the iconic stadium’s character will be maintained while making it a world class sports event center. The iconic site of past Olympic games and current home…

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Round Table Discussion

This month we will hold the semi-annual round table for discussion of topics of interest to those who prepare or use specifications and those who provide spec writers with the information necessary to prepare specifications.  This is a forum to discuss topics of interest to YOU.  Please email your suggestions for topics to Ed Buch.

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LACSI-AIA 2017 Fall Classic

Pacific Palms Resort – Friday October 6th

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President’s Column

by Monique Birault, CSI, CDT, AIA

It was great to see so many people at our Annual LACSI-AIA Fall Golf Classic that brought together our region’s leading architects, specifiers, general contractors and product representatives at the beautiful Pacific Palms golf resort for a day of great golf and strengthening relationships that improve design. Thank you to our sponsors, golfers, and volunteers; we couldn’t do it without you! 

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West Region Corner

Building Products Directory

CSI West Region will be printing a new Building Products Directory. It will be a valuable resource to help CSI members contact each other and provide information about the products they represent. LACSI industry members will receive an e-mail requesting information for the Directory. We request that you follow up by November 15, 2017 to make sure your information is included. If you have not received the West Region Product Listing Request Form, please contact Mitch Lawrence.

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Institute Report, Fall 2017

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

The Institute Board has been focused for the past 24 months on stabilizing the business and position of CSI within the design and construction industry.  Many changes in staff, leadership, and governance have been a part of this activity.  Changes and improvements that have been made so far include:

• Beginning a new governance approach to enable Board focus on results to be achieved

• Improved member service, (expanded phone support hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, M-F).

• A new website with online communities which have become very active in connecting members through social networking.

• Expansion of the National Science Foundation, (NSF), grant program from 2 community colleges to 30 which means that the CDT curriculum is being taught to an increasing number of students.

• Preserve and improve certifications; this includes conversion of the CDT from a certificate to a certification program – more about this below.

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Member News – Trusted Advisor Committee

BY Valarie Harris, FCSI CCPR

Trusted Advisors are the CSI Designated go-to resource in a product category for architects, engineers and specification consultants to obtain reliable, up to date information for successful projects.  Los Angeles CSI has just formed a new Trusted Advisor committee to help product representatives better promote their products and services.

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constructive thoughts

by Sheldon Wolfe, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, RA

A lot goes into a convention: location, scheduling, publicity, solicitation of exhibitors, invitations to potential attendees, and more. Although the exhibit floor is extremely important to exhibitor and attendee alike, the educational seminars and activities are equally important.

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BuchNotes #74


Why Preservation Matters by Max Page
Written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act, Why Preservation Matters argues that, for the historic preservation movement to grow, it must move beyond the preservation and reuse of architecturally important buildings, (“beautiful objects”), to include recognition of more culturally significant…

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Buchnotes #62


LACSI didn’t have a newsletter when BuchNotes #62 was written. It’s being included now because the topic of the book, Water to the Angeles, William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles, was the subject of the presentation at the September dinner meeting.

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Sentences with Good Bones


When evaluating old buildings for their renovation potential, architects sometimes say the buildings “have good bones.” By this, they mean that while much of the building’s interior, and even some of its exterior, needs to be removed and replaced, the building’s structure is sound and reusable. Architects value sound structures in their buildings.

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Effective Architectural Sales Calls

BY Michael D. Chambers FAIA, FCSI, CCS

In my rather perverse perspective, I often wonder why so many product representatives feel ineffective or intimidated calling on architects.  Granted, some architects can be quite a treat. The terms argumentative, aloof, know-it-all, unapproachable, abstract, and “expletive deleted”, are often mentioned.  Have you ever stopped to wonder why?

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Chapter leadership

LACSI Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

President: Monique Birault, CSI, CDT | (213) 740-3060 |
Vice President #1: Rene Sarver, CSI | (310) 480-7108 |
Vice President #2: Greg Maechling, CSI | (310) 343-5119 |
Secretary: Mr. Dane Olson, CSI | (714) 330-5110 |
Treasurer: Valarie Harris, FCSI, CCPR | (714) 470-7404 |
Controller: Mitch Lawrence, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA | (213) 880-8395 |
Director #1: Kin Lee, CSI, CCCA, AIA, LEED AP | (323) 405-2532 | kinlee823@gmail
Director #2: Kelly Ingalls, CSI, CDT, LEED AP | (818) 439-2976 |
Director #3: Bill Schmalz, CSI, CCCA, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C | (213) 270-8417 |
Director #4: Mitch Taylor, CSI, CDT | (916) 214-9332 |
Immediate Past President: Valarie Harris, FCSI, CCPR | (714) 470-7404 |

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Upcoming Events


CR Laurence Factory Tour – November 8th
Earn up to 4 AIA LUs and tour CR Laurence’s state-of-the-art plant for fabrication of various architectural products.  Use this link for more information on this FREE events for architects.

Chapter Dinner Meeting – November 15th
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

December Chapter Dinner Meeting – Dark
Instead, enjoy the holidays at the Orange County CSI party.  Check the OCCCSI website for details on date, time, and location.

January, 2018, Joint Meeting with Orange County CSI. 
Watch the LACSI website for date, time and location.

January 20, 2018, The Certification Exam Prep Classes Begin.
Classes will be held at the Gensler office in Downtown LA.  See the LACSI website for more information.