• Pushing the Envelope - Safe and Sustainable Facades: August San Francisco Chapter Meeting
    It’s a hot topic for August! Building envelope fires are in the news again. But the good news is, so are buildings with ever-smaller energy footprints. What does it take to make an energy-efficient facade that won’t go up in flames? Come learn about continuous insulation, high-performance air barriers, and cladding systems, and how to combine them safely. Understand what NFPA 285 really requires and when it applies. When your energy plan is “envelope first”, make sure that envelope is fire-safe, too.
  • Give Back Day - San Francisco Volunteer Opportunity

    SIKA is partnering with San Francisco CSI and Rebuilding Together to host a Give Back Day! We are excited to support the park and community garden owned and operated by San Francisco Recreation and Parks and primarily maintained by the Bay View Hunters Point Youth Organization. It's amazing to see what a few hours can do, and we can't wait to work with you to support this community.
  • No September Meeting for San Francisco CSI
    Are you going to CONSTRUCT? San Francisco CSI will not be meeting in September, because our normal meeting night is the first night of CSI's national show and convention, CONSTRUCT, in Providence, Rhode Island.
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  • Living Building Challenge - The Bullit Center

    A seminar by Steve Doub, Associate and Specifier with Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle, WA, presented at the CSI NW & WEST Bi-Region Conference in Seattle on 18 May 2017.

    As reported by Wally Holmen, RA, FCSI, CDT, Member Emeritus

    The Bullit Center was built in Seattle 4 years ago as an automated, performance designed, 5-story, timber-framed office building with a 25-year life cycle component. Steve Doub focused his session on the “Living Building Challenge” – both through a post occupancy evaluation of the Bullit Center and also by design strategies that are currently being developed for a new LBC classroom and laboratory at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

  • John Regener obituary
    We are sad to report that John Roland Regener, Jr., CSI, CCS, CCCA, SCIP passed away on May 31, 2017. John was a prominent specifications writer, former president of the Orange County chapter of CSI, and active in that chapter for many years. John was co-author of Construction Specifications Writing: Principles and Procedures, 6th Edition and an alumnus of UC Berkeley.
  • Small Brush with Fame - Sheldon Wolfe
    Sheldon Wolfe

    One of the most treasured awards I received from CSI is the Ben John Small Memorial Award. First presented in 1996, and limited to one per year, only eleven people have received this award.

    The award, originally intended "to honor those who have achieved outstanding stature and proficiency as specifiers," is named after Ben John Small, charter member and president of the Metropolitan New York Chapter. Ben was well known as an educator; he was a frequent lecturer at Columbia University, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He wrote columns for Pencil Points Magazine, which later became Progressive Architecture. He also wrote a number of books, including Architectural Practice, Building check list, and Streamlined specifications standards. (I have two of these books in my library.)

    A couple of years after receiving the award, I was at the CSI office in Alexandria for an Institute board meeting. I recalled seeing an article about Ben John Small in the Construction Specifier, but all I could remember was that his son worked at the Smithsonian. I had a little extra time before my flight, so I went to the Smithsonian in hopes of meeting him.

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