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  • Sustainable Site Pavement
    Speaker: Gene Weddle of Belgard Hardscapes

    Underground storm water storage, using open graded aggregate under the pavement, can improve land planning and even capture and treat first flush pollutants. Interlocking pavements have up to 50 year design life, making them a cost effective and sustainable choice.
  • Thin-Set Epoxy Terrazzo Flooring

    Our January meeting features Gary French, terrazzo expert.


  • Grill the Specifiers
    If you had the chance to grill an experienced specifier, what would you ask? The March dinner meeting is your chance! Our panel of three illustrious specifiers will join former Chapter President Bob Mosblech, FCSI, in conversation, using questions offered by the audience.
    Stansen, Fiory, Whitacre
  • Dodging the Silver Bullet - Avoiding Liability with a Project-Specific Risk Management Plan
    While many think that Risk Management happens after a claim arises, it is an integral part of thoughtful design. At this session, loss prevention advocates Rich Gibson with Dealey Renton & Associates (DRA) and Raúl Yáñez with Yáñez Architects will share their extensive experience on how to protect your project and practice from undue liability.
  • Lighting & Energy Management: The Importance of Automation
    Jeffery Glick, LEED AP BD + C

    In this new program prepared just for CSI, Jeffery will discuss the use of automated shading and lighting as a complete approach to light and energy management. Learn basic window management theory, as well as its synergistic relationship with daylight harvesting, dimmable lighting, and A/C load reduction. See groundbreaking case studies and state-of-the-art local projects.
    Daylight Harvesting in the Workplace
  • GrillCSI: Construction Edition
    Panel Discussion

    September is the most beautiful month of the year in San Francisco, so we're grilling! Our popular #GrillCSI series continues, and this time we're grilling members of the construction team.

    Panelists Chuck Wright of Tishman Speyer, Pete Norgaard of Van Pelt Construction, and Scott Bergstrom of Blach Construction will answer questions posed by the audience.

    That’s what CSISF programs are all about ---
    Professional development for design and construction professionals


  • High Performance Precast Wall Panel Design
    Recent code changes, increasing sustainability requirements, and a drive for greater energy efficiency are factors challenging designers and builders today as they strive to create high performance structures that can meet or exceed building owners’ expectations. High performance concrete wall panels offer design teams and owners a highly efficient and cost-effective way to meet many of these challenges. This presentation reviews the latest developments in insulated concrete sandwich wall panel design and how precast concrete can contribute to design versatility, energy efficiency and long-term building performance.
  • Understanding and Leading an Ethical Project Team
    Jason Smith, Author of Construction Management: Understanding and Leading an Ethical Project Team

    In today's market, you need proactive leadership skills and techniques to prevent unethical situations from arising and becoming damaging to a project. Dealing with unethical issues after they have already occurred is painful - let our expert offer lessons on keeping your ethics on target during management of major construction projects.
  • Celebrate the Season with CSI
    You are cordially invited to our annual holiday party! This year's celebration is a joint dinner party for San Francisco and Santa Clara Valley chapters.
    Thursday • December 5, 2013
    Reception - 6:00 p.m. • Plated Dinner - 7:00 p.m. • Dancing - 9:00 p.m.
    $45 per person • Guest are welcome
    San Mateo Elk’s Lodge • 229 West 20th Avenue • San Mateo

  • Newbie Mixer
    Whether you're new to the chapter or just want to meet our newest members, please join us for a mixer! It's a party to get to know each other better and celebrate the chapter's growth.


  • The Keynote Controversy
    John Patrick McCaffrey, FCSI, AIA, CCS, SCIP
    Independent Specifications Consultant, JPM International, LLC

    Why do we use keynotes? Is this the best solution? Where do we go next? Who's using keynotes? Is there a future for keynotes or is this an end note? Join John McCaffrey, architect, specifier, and dedicated advocate for drawings that communicate, for an exploration of the seemingly-endless controversy behind drawing keynotes. 
  • Understanding the Critical Elements of Air & Vapor Barrier Systems
    Craig Boucher, LEED AP, Waterproofing Product Manager, W.R. Grace

    We're meeting on a new date in September! Our speaker will be one of the many attending the CSI Show, CONSTRUCT 2012, so we're meeting a week later than usual to bring his presentation to you.
    This Program Provides 1.0 AIA Continuing Education System Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) and Sustainable Design (SD) Learning Units (AIA/CES LUs)
  • Redwood as a Sustainable Building Product
    The members of the California Redwood Association have a long history of environmental stewardship and a reputation for some of the more progressive and innovative voluntary forest and wildlife management programs in the industry, tapping the sun for energy and soaking in California’s famed North Coast fog.
  • Tri-Chapter Holiday Party
    It's a Tri-Chapter Holiday Party! San Francisco, East Bay/Oakland, and Santa Clara Valley Chapters of CSI will come together to celebrate the season.
  • IPD for Small Projects - LOCATION CHANGE

    Oscia Wilson, Owner, Boiled Architecture
    Author, The Owner's Guide to Starting Integrated Building Projects

    Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a delivery model originally developed and best known for large healthcare construction projects. What most people don’t know, however, is that IPD can and should be applied on medium and small projects as well. Oscia’s team recently completed the smallest known IPD project to date, as a proof-of-concept for the idea that IPD can be done on small-scale projects. The $55K commercial tenant improvement includes a multi-party contract and simple BIM.

    Dinner Venue: This is a trial run for a new venue, the Marriott Union Square.

  • Machine Room Less (MRL) Elevators: Not Your Same Old Elevators

    John Sellen, Principal
    JE Sellen Consulting, Inc. Vertical Transportation Consulting Services


    Machine Room Less (MRL) elevators have burst onto the scene in the past decade, dramatically changing the face of the elevator industry and the vertical transportation systems designed for today’s buildings.  Whereas the old standards generally held true regardless of the manufacturer, today it’s a whole new ballgame.  Just keeping the nomenclature straight is a challenge, not to mention actually designing the right systems for your building.
  • Building with Cross-Laminated Timber

    Janelle Leafblad, P.E.
    WoodWorks - Wood Products Council

    Cross laminated timber (CLT) is an engineered wood building system designed to complement light- and heavy-timber framing options. Because of its high strength and dimensional stability, it can be used as an alternative to concrete, masonry and steel in many building types. This presentation will introduce CLT with a series of project examples that demonstrate its use and associated benefits in a range of applications.

  • Designing Contractors: Design-Assist, Delegated Design, and Design-Build
    Vivian Volz, AIA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP BD+C
    Specifier and Owner, VVAS
    Design responsibility rests in the hands of the design professional of record - that is, until it doesn't. Several variations on the concept of design-build are common on today's design and construction teams. But moving the designer's responsibilities into the contractor's hands takes some care and attention to make sure quality is maintained and the designer's intent is preserved.




  • Member Forum
    Members, stand up and be heard! Fresh from the CSI Annual Meeting and its own planning retreat, the Board is eager to hear member input on the direction of the San Francisco CSI Chapter in the next few years. Now is your chance to offer ideas that will make the CSI member experience the best it can be in San Francisco.
    We value your vision for the Chapter and its future!

  • 2014 Awards Banquet and Installation of Officers
    Join us in celebration of San Francisco CSI's successes, the contributions of our members, and the installation of our new Officers and Directors. Enjoy the company of friends old and new at a special banquet dinner. Congratulate award winners and receive the chapter's new leaders.

    Select wines will be provided by our generous sponsor, KELLY-MOORE PAINTS.

  • BLOCK 2.0: Re-Designing the Humble Concrete Block
    Luke Pustejovsky / LVL Analytics Co-Founder & EVP, Business Development
    Paulette Salisbury, Technical Specialist, California Nevada Cement Association

    The production of Portland cement is responsible for 8 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, but innovators and early adopters are working to change this by altering the carbon profile of concrete materials. Come learn how architects, engineers and contractors are thinking about carbon, concrete and the adoption of new technologies to make stronger, better and greener buildings.
  • Tour the Pacific Energy Center Building
    It's a tour! It's free!
    This month we'll enjoy a field trip in place of our usual dinner meeting.

    We will gather at 6:00 PM for an hour-long tour of the Pacific Energy Center Building. Ryan Stroupe and Bill Burke will be our guides. Ryan will show us the building HVAC system and associated controls, including the building's ice storage system, and describe how the system has evolved and been retro-commissioned during twenty years of operation. Bill will show exterior shading devices, blinds, and skylights; and will discuss how these items have held up over time.

  • What Spec Writers Need to Know About BIM
    J. Brok Howard, AIA, CSI, CDT, NIBS
    buildingSMART Specialist, HOK

    NEW: Video of the presentation is online! https://vimeo.com/brok/spec4bim
    From his experience with teams committed to integrating building information, Brok Howard presents the current state of the AEC industry related to BIM and where it is headed. Armed with this understanding, current specification writers and team members can prepare for what is next. The presentation explores the great value spec writers can bring to the development of BIM.

  • Division 01 - Procedures for Maximum Project Control
    Michael Chambers FAIA FCSI CCS
    Principal, MCA Specifications

    Division 01 - General Requirements is arguably the most important part of the project manual.  CSI’s Construction Specifications Practice Guide states, “Division 01 specifies procedural requirements common to many specification sections and to the project as a whole. Most of these requirements are related to the administrative activities of the project, and others govern products and execution requirements”.  It is critical for design professionals, product representatives, and contractors to understand and effectively use Division 01 to protect their self interest the construction process.


  • 2013 California Code Updates – New and Revised Requirements Related to Roofing
    Special date: Tuesday, February 11!
    Philip D. Dregger
    President, Technical Roof Services

    There is more to the 2013 California Building Code update than energy! Philip D. Dregger reviews selected updates to roof-related requirements in the CBC and the codes it references. Discussions will include current requirements which are sometimes overlooked, such as roof systems that need to be UL/FM “tested” and requirements for secondary drainage. Of course, plenty of attention will be given to roof-related updates to the California Energy Code. Especially for CSI, Mr. Dregger will include condensation prevention measures for cool-roof installations.

  • Transbay Transit Center Project

    Steven Rule
    Turner Construction Company

    The Transbay Transit Center Project is a visionary transportation and housing project that transforms downtown San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area’s regional transportation system by creating a “Grand Central Station of the West” in the heart of a new transit-friendly neighborhood. The approximately $4.5 billion project will replace the former Transbay Terminal at First and Mission streets in San Francisco with a modern regional transit hub connecting eight Bay Area counties and the State of California through 11 transit systems.

  • Owner-Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIPs)

    Sharon McBrianSharon M. McBrian
    Vice President, Construction Services
    Keenan & Associates

    Owner Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIPs) were once a novelty risk idea, due to their unique approach to handling insurance. However, in the past 15-20 years, they have become a necessary mainstay for public agencies and for large private works projects. Learn about the challenges and benefits of using OCIPs, from both Contractor and Owner perspectives.

  • Don't Be Afraid of Change - The Art of the Change Order
    Rietta McCain
    Project Manager and Project Architect
    Gensler

    ‘The only thing constant in life is change,’ or so the saying goes. The August program will address the inevitable changes that occur on any construction project and the various types of modifications that are available to the Owner, Architect, and Contractor and when to use them.


  • Holiday Party
    Celebrate the Season with CSI and bring your favorite dancing partner to our Holiday Party! This year will be triple the fun with all three Bay Area CSI Chapters celebrating together. 

  • Challenge and Triumph at Pier 27 Cruise Ship Terminal
    Tina Smith
    Project Executive, Turner Construction

    You won't want to miss hearing about the construction of the lovely new Cruise Terminal at the Port of San Francisco, Pier 27 from Tina Smith. She is a seasoned engineer with twenty-six years of experience working on such noteworthy projects as Moscone Center Expansion, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Junghofstrasse Office Building in Frankfurt, Germany. The Pier 27 Cruise Ship Terminal was another challenging site that Turner's expert engineers masterfully transformed from an aging ferry and shipping pier into an elegant icon on the city's waterfront.


  • World's Largest Stainless-Steel Roof

    Odis Sutterfield
    Vice President Bemo USA
    and
    Fred Deuschle
    Vice President of Operations & Technology for Contrarian Metal Resources, Inc.

    On April 30th, 2014 The Hamad International Airport in Doha Qatar opened. The roof is the largest stainless steel roof in the world at 3.3 million square feet. Join us for a case study presentation focusing on the design challenges for exposed metals on this project and the solutions stainless steel offers for the building envelope.


  • Chapter's 60th Anniversary and Annual Awards and Board Installation Banquet
    A Chapter Celebration!

    A CSI chapter is its members and reflects their successes and commitment to the mission of CSI.
    Over 60 years, from the Institute's Chapter Charter date of September 10, 1955, the San Francisco Chapter has continuously been a leading national and regional chapter. Each chapter is unique. Because of our members' commitment of the principles of CSI and our chapter leadership as National and Regional Board members, a bounty of Fellows, the San Francisco Chapter continues to set standards. Being one of the first chapters to electronically publish their newsletters, to have a complete and working web based member site, hosting National and Regional Conferences, continuing certification and outstanding technical dinner programs, are a few among many other significant achievements. These were and continue to be achieved through the talent and efforts of our Chapter members.


  • Intertek - Testing on Your Project
    David A. Kranz
    Senior Project Manager, Architectural Testing
    Intertek/ATI

    Between litigation risk and expectations associated with operating costs, building envelope performance is more important than it has ever been. Advanced wall system designs, complex and overlapping barriers as well as variability in workmanship all can be measured during construction. The presentation on building enclosure field quality control testing will focus on methods of evaluation used during construction that minimize risk of problems with air infiltration and water leakage. 
     
  • LEED Version 4 and HPD

    Are you ready? LEED v4 has been available for a while, but as its predecessors are phased out, you will need to understand the new one. You'll hear about the Health Product Declarations used in LEED v.4 and about the requirements and rewards for increased transparency. Understanding the differences among a range of product disclosure types will help building teams avoid confusion. You'll also learn how HPD's can help manufacturers get their products specified and how the design community can use them to better specify the products we use in our projects.

    Heather Gadonniex, LEED AP BD&C, is the Director of Building and Construction at thinkstep, a global sustainability services and software firm that focuses on helping all organizations along the built environment value chain meet strategy, product disclosure, supply chain and innovation needs.

  • Designing with Sound
    Tim Boot Meyer SoundMeyer Sound designs sound for buildings. While sound design does involve the selection of equipment, the profession of sound design is more concerned about sound as it enhances the behavior of a building’s occupants.
  • Chapter Awards Banquet
    It's not a party without YOU! Join us for an evening of delicious Mediterranean delights with raves and kudos for SF CSI.The evening begins with an assortment of appetizers and libations at 6:00p, followed by a three-course dinner and hosted wines at 7:00p. There will be toasts and recognition of a fabulous year for the chapter about 8:00p.
  • SFO New Control Tower - DBIA/CSI Event
    Performance based specifications and criteria enhance innovation and creativity through design-build to deliver state-of-the-art facilities. SFO delivered its new tower in budget, while being able to modify the criteria from a code-based prescriptive design to a full performance-based design. The Tower has just been recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies with the Grand Conceptor Award as the national engineering project of the year.
  • 2016 Construction Forecast
    The overall expectation for construction is positive, but some sectors will perform better than others. For a fuller understanding of the issues impacting construction, join Cliff Brewis as he reviews the industry and the influences impacting residential, commercial, institutional, and public works.
  • The Missing 32% - Women in the Profession
    Join Rosa Sheng of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as she presents findings from Equity By Design – an AIA San Francisco based committee that has now gone national. Equity by Design started out to investigate the “Missing 32%” – women architects missing in the latter stages of their careers; but went on to look at how both men and women are affected by perceptions of family life in the architectural profession. Joint meeting with NAWIC.
  • ILFI - Living Building Challenge
    Stet Sanborn Stet Sanborn will present an introduction to the Living Building Challenge, the best-known program of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The Living Building Challenge defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions.
  • Joint Holiday Silent Auction Flier
    Shoppers, bring your credit card or checkbook to the Holiday Party! Fantastic gifts and treats and a little friendly competition, all to benefit the scholarship fund. Contributors, your item descriptions are due November 23!
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