October 13



7:00-8:30  |  Breakfast


Kick-start your day with coffee, tea, and breakfast in the Centennial Foyer. Can't wait to start learning? Feel welcome to grab breakfast and take it with you to one of the early riser education sessions, which begin at 7:15 a.m.

College of Fellows Annual Meeting & Breakfast

Join the CSI College of Fellows at their Annual Business Meeting and Breakfast. Exclusively for Fellows of the Institute, you can hear about the activities of the College of Fellows during the past year and see the outcome of the annual election of College of Fellows leadership.

7:15-8:15  |  Early Riser Sessions

First Timer Orientation

Welcome all first-time attendees! Attend this orientation presented by CSI staff to meet other newcomers, learn about CSI offerings, and get tips on how to maximize your experience at your first conference.

Increasing the Value of Specifications in a Smart Contracts World      Cancelled


Smart contracts with blockchain technology help ensure that shared digital records are safe, transparent, and all modifications are identifiable. Are you using this tool to protect specifications? Join us for a look at how to increase the value of specifications by using smart contracts that leverage blockchain, formally known as distributed ledger technology (DLT). Industry heavy-hitters such as the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have announced their move to an online blockchain service for the contract documents they endorse, and more organizations are following suit. In this session we’ll discuss the processes, technologies, and best practices of how smart contracts can help position and increase the value of construction documents in the digital age.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the purpose and advantages of using smart contracts for construction documentation.
  2. Identify new technologies and innovations that focus on data-driven solutions.
  3. Use blockchain technology to increase the value of specifications as critical construction documents.
  4. Create a technology roadmap for a professional business plan.

How Products Change: What it Means for Specification and Procurement

Speaker: Forest Flager

The number of building products in the market today has more than doubled in the past decade. We have also seen an exponential increase in the frequency of change of key product attributes including lead time and cost. Using data from the lighting industry, we will examine the varying rate of change along each of these dimensions and explore the implications on current specification and procurement practices. Finally, we will discuss the role new technology can play to enable practitioners to adapt and thrive in a more dynamic data environment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain insight into the increasing quantity and rate of change of building product data. 
  2. Explore the implications of recent product data trends on current specification and procurement practices.
  3. Stay informed on new technology that will help practitioners adapt and thrive in a more dynamic data environment.
  4. Understand how the volume of products available in the market has changed over the past decade.

Decarbonizing Projects: Saving the World, One Specification at a Time

Speakers: Ben Caldwell, Monique Colas, Rowan Georges, Cynthia Heimann

Among the many realities that affect the built environment on any given day is the fact that the design and construction industry must be more globally sustainable. Over the past two years, the specifications department at the international architectural and engineering firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) has been hard at work “de-carbonizing” and “de-chemicalizing” our master specifications, revising them toward more sustainable, responsible projects. Join us as we share our work, what we have learned, and what we think still needs to be done.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify opportunities for meaningful carbon and chemical reductions in architectural materials and products.
  2. Implement a practical approach to addressing the complexities of carbon and chemical reductions while maintaining performance in material/product selection through project specifications.
  3. Obtaining Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs) during the construction process to monitor carbon data.
  4. Identify tools to help improve, de-carbonize, and de-chemicalize project specifications.

8:30-9:45  |  Keynote

Peering Into the Future: Prepare for Impact

Speaker: Henry H. Chamberlain

Few of us expected that in October 2022 we'd still be dealing with fallout from the pandemic, but here we are. It has brought major changes that need to be considered in project planning. In this opening keynote address, Henry Chamberlain, president and chief operating officer of BOMA International, will help us peer into the future through the lens of the top trends that are torpedoing business as usual. Hear how environmental, social, and governance (ESG); resilient, high-performance, sustainable design; and workforce development priorities will shape the business decisions of building owners. Understanding the impact of these issues will provide business opportunities with projects and practice in the coming years. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Insights into the commercial real estate industry’s economy and market dynamics.  
  2. Knowledge about the changing office tenant marketplace and how buildings will be designed, constructed, and utilized in the future.
  3. An understanding of how ESG, resilient design, and changing workforce dynamics strategies will influence future development and practice.
  4. An appreciation of how real estate is being reimagined in cities nationwide. 
Sponsored by   

9:00-5:00  |  Headshot Hub

Professional Portrait Studio

Put your best foot forward with a free professional photo. Stop by the Headshot Hub for a new picture to use on your CSI Profile or your LinkedIn profile. 

Sponsored by    RIB (Formerly BSD) Logo

9:45-10:00  |  Break


Stretch those legs – 15 minute break!

10:00-11:00  |  Keynote Panel

Talent Reawakening: The Future of Workforce Growth and Success

Speakers: Donald Dea, Erica Kennedy, Hugh Seaton, Al Dea

The traditional workplace has been upended in every industry. Our collective experience of jobs, how we live, what we do, and who we do it with have all changed. Preparing for the future demands constant reappraisal.  People, leaders, and organizations must adapt to be future-ready.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine how technology and workforce demographics require change to transform work and culture 
  2. Discuss what people & organizations must do to thrive in a world of accelerating change, to increase diversity, expand regulatory impacts and grow skill shortages
  3. Explore how learning and education is adapting to accelerating changes in competencies
  4. Review how people and organizations are approaching and adapting to change

10:00-12:00  |  Speed Networking

Speed Networking with Building Product Manufacturers

Design/construction professionals and conference sponsors, connect one-on-one to discuss specific project needs and cool new products (as well as the tried-and-true). Every minute of our days matter—each 15-minute meeting is matched based on interest expressed by both parties. Registration required.

Note: Product Representatives may only participate through sponsorship. Contact Brian Knotts at bknotts@csinet.org or 303-565-4019 for sponsorship information.

11:15-12:00  |  Afternoon Session

Crossing Paths: Cultivating Industry Collaboration

Speakers: Caitlin Morgan, Hana Nguyenky, Julie Foley

Emerge AEC will guide a series of conversations about networking, mentorship, and education. During this interactive session, you will connect with industry leaders of all experiences, deepen your connections, and learn how to build your own pathway. Each one of us has a story to tell, whether you’re a seasoned professional, a recent graduate, or anywhere in between. Help us elevate the industry together.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Encourage: Learn to advocate for support and sponsorship in your career and professional development. 
  2. Engage: Ascertain the value of continuing education and consistent career growth at every experience level.
  3. Experience: Broaden your perspective of professional experiences and pathways to guide your career.

12:00-12:15  |  Break


Refresh! 15 minute break until lunch begins.

12:15-2:00  |  Keynote and Lunch

CSI Keynote Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting

Come for lunch; stay for CSI’s Annual Business Meeting and to hear plans for the future of CSI from the CSI (Incoming) Board Chair, Cam Featherstonhaugh, CSI, CDT®, AIA, and from CSI’s CEO, Mark Dorsey, FASAE, CAE.

2:00-2:15  |  Break


Take a break - 15 minutes until the next session begin!

2:15-3:15  |  Breakout Sessions

Raising the Roof: The Story Behind SoFi Stadium’s Colossal Canopy Enclosure

Speaker: Kais Al-Rawi

The monumental roof canopy of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA, spans over three state-of-the-art venues with a total area of more than a million square feet. It features a lightweight, transparent ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) enclosure that addresses a range of design and performance criteria. This presentation will provide intriguing insights into the design, engineering, and construction processes and innovations developed to manage the roof enclosure’s massive scale and complexity—including the use of digital workflows and 3D modeling and analysis workflows from concept to fabrication.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize why the ETFE roof is an integral part of the stadium design.
  2. Identify the properties of ETFE that led to its selection for this project.
  3. Describe the architecture and engineering issues that had to be considered in the roof design.
  4. Outline the construction process used to install the ETFE roof panels and how digital design and computational workflows streamlined design to fabrication.

CROSSWALK® for Professionals: CSI Standards at Your Fingertips

Speaker: Hugh Seaton

Since early 2020, CSI has provided state of the art, digital access to core construction standards through our CROSSWALK® Application Programming Interface (API). Until now, Crosswalk has primarily benefited software providers and larger institutions able to consume an API. We’re proud to introduce a new suite of tools for direct use by specifiers and other professionals that provides access to CSI standards, and the ability to translate between those standards, right at your fingertips.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify new project delivery tools
  2. Recognize different use cases for these tools
  3. Use these new tools in daily practice
  4. Summarize the role of CSI’s three standards

Specifying from Scratch

Speaker: Andrea Zawodny

Starting with a little direction and a blank page, we’ll explore a specifier’s approach to creating a new specification section, live, and without the use of a master guide to reference. We’ll examine the process from start to finish, the research behind the words, and how changes throughout construction are incorporated within the structure of a specification section. This lighthearted and informative presentation will appeal to the palate of everyone, from the seasoned design or construction professional to the newest team member.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify approaches to writing a specification section without a master guide.
  2. Communicate the owner’s desired end results to specifiers and other design and construction team members.
  3. Identify salient qualities of products and components required to specify end results.
  4. Organize product information within the format of specification sections.

How to Manage Moisture in Concrete: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Speaker: Heather Rice

Environmental regulations help protect our planet, but at times they come at the expense of something else.... in this case, the durability of adhesives used in the flooring industry. While less toxic, today's products are more prone to moisture, causing billions of dollars in failures. Since testing and remediation have become more common, many solutions have surfaced—some good, some bad, and some just plain ugly. In this session you'll learn about the different methods that are available to mitigate moisture, whether you're dealing with a new slab or one that's 100 years old.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how a moisture problem could present in concrete.
  2. Recognize how methods of testing for moisture issues have been changing.
  3. Install solutions to deal with moisture issues in concrete.
  4. Identify steps to take toward a smooth project regardless of whether moisture is present.

2:15-4:30  |  Lightning Round Product Demos

2:15 p.m.  |  PPG: Copper Armor ATP Demo 

Scott Torrey  |  Commercial Director, Guardiant at Corning Incorporated

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand how residual disinfectants differ from traditional disinfectants.
  2. Introduce the ATP testing methods used in healthcare facilities for measuring cleaning protocol effectiveness.
  3. Learn how to identify the key metrics of residual disinfection technologies.
  4. Learn about Copper’s natural antimicrobial capabilities and benefits.

2:30 p.m.  |  Total Door Systems: Integrated Fire and Smoke Door Systems

Candace Kitchen  |  Customer Service Specialist, Total Door Systems

Learning Objectives: 

By the end of the session, the audience should know the importance and benefits of integrated door systems, and be able to identify applications and openings for these systems. They will also be able to recognize and find integrated door system openings that are not code compliant.

2:45 p.m.  |  Deltek: Quality Specs Start with Quality Content

Daryl Robinson AIA, FCSI  |  Principal Specifications Writer for AIA MasterSpec®, Deltek

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize importance of key learnings from AIA Journey to Specifications Report.
  • Learn best practices and tips for developing quality specs.
  • Understand ways to drive more value through specification tools and technology.

3:00 p.m.  |  Nystrom: Working Together for a Solution: An HVAC Access Door Development Adventure

Chris Kasa  |  Architectural & Design Specification Manager, Nystrom

Learning Objectives:

Join Chris Kasa as he takes you through the adventure of a heating, ventilation & air conditioning access door product development. From engineering and design to market and application validation, you’ll have a front row seat to the production evolution from start to finish.

3:30 p.m.  |  RIB: Building a Collaborative, Data-Driven Specification Program

Ryan Cummings  | Vice President of Product and Marketing, RIB

Eric Letbetter  | Principal, Niles Bolton Associates, Inc.

Learning Objectives:

Details Coming Soon!

4:00 p.m.  |  Fire-Trol: Fireproofing for Aesthetics and Functionality

Trish Brindle  | National Sales Manager, Fire-Trol

Learning Objectives:

Those who participate in the presentation will understand

  • The strategies used to fireproof structural steel.
  • The cost comparison between those strategies.
  • What a Fire Trol column is.
  • Design Considerations.
  • Benefits of using Fire Trol columns.
  • To view finished project photos from across the US.

3:15-3:30  |  Break


15-minute break - say hello to someone new!

3:30-5:00  |  Learning Labs

Four Ways to Optimize Prefabricated Building Enclosures

Speakers: Peter Babaian, Rebecca Herkes

Prefabricated building enclosure systems continue to increase in popularity because they can help project teams streamline construction schedules, reduce construction costs, and improve assembly quality—but only if properly selected, designed, and specified. One of the key challenges in optimizing the value of prefabricated wall panels is selecting a strategy early in the design phase to appropriately set the expectations for material selection, joint detailing, performance criteria, and testing. In this session we’ll synthesize the wide range of prefabrication approaches into four strategies that vary from the most field-intensive to the least field-intensive. We’ll also compare the advantages and drawbacks of each strategy and summarize the key design and specification considerations. Attendees will be able to evaluate the overall impact of prefabricated exterior wall systems on their project and select an optimal strategy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Compare the four different strategies for prefabricated/modularized construction in the building enclosure industry.
  2. Evaluate the potential advantages and challenges of prefabricated construction.
  3. Specify systems that are suited for a specific prefabrication strategy.
  4. Optimize prefabrication through early coordination and the evaluation of performance criteria.

Real-World Applications for UniFormat® Project Specifications

Speaker: Elias Saltz

Some architects have heard of UniFormat® and preliminary project descriptions (PPD), but few have actually written UniFormat® project descriptions or specifications or experienced the benefits this tool provides both early in the project and throughout the entire design process. Uniformat® is a standardized means of organizing, classifying, and describing building systems as collections of assemblies rather than individual components. Designed by estimators as a tool to assist in conceptual early-phase cost estimating, its true power emerges when used as a design decision-making tool and as a repository for documenting the owner's project requirements. This session will give you hands-on experience writing PPDs and help you understand the value of UniFormat® and PPDs beyond the "preliminary."

Learning Objectives:

  1. Use UniFormat® to communicate design decisions.
  2. Document project design and performance requirements using UniFormat®.
  3. Formulate assembly and component descriptions suitable to a project's level of development.
  4. Transition from writing UniFormat® to MasterFormat® specifications without losing any critical project information.

Parapet Perplexities: Water, Air, Thermal & Vapor Control

Speakers: Jennifer Keegan, Jason Conley

The parapet is so much more than the intersection of roof and wall. It’s also the junction where building aesthetic meets structural performance, air and moisture management, energy efficiency, construction trade sequencing, and operational maintenance. Each of these perspectives is critical for the long-term performance of the building, but they are often at odds with one another. At such a critical interface, proper parapet detailing, installation coordination, and execution are paramount. In this session, we’ll guide you through these concepts using a full-scale mockup of several different parapet constructions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List the requirements to manage moisture, air, vapor, and thermal continuity.
  2. Achieve compliance with code requirements.
  3. Outline design and specification requirements to set achievable performance.
  4. Develop critical details blending form and function.

The Product Rep Roundtable

Speaker: Casey Robb

Ready or not, our role as product representatives is changing as the construction industry advances further into the realm of electronic information. Today, many A/E firms no longer have in-house specifiers, and while many are outsourced to independent practitioners, others are relegated to lesser-experienced architects, leading to poorly coordinated documents. Good product reps help architects and specifiers find proven design solutions—particularly those who tend to rely on electronic information as a substitute for knowledge exchange. This workshop will explore what the internet can't tell you and discuss the difference between information bites and actual knowledge transfer. Join with leading reps and peers as we share innovative ideas and learn best practices from each other. Let's shape the product representative of the future.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify opportunities to increase engagement and knowledge exchange between product representatives and architectural representatives.
  2. Define critical success factors of the professional architectural representative and identify realistic vs. unrealistic objectives.
  3. Implement creative new approaches to the practice of product representation.
  4. Develop new methods for gaining access to design professionals and other desired clientele.

5:00-5:30  |  Break


Refresh! 30 minutes until CSI Celebrates. 

5:30-8:00  |  CSI Celebrates

CSI Celebrates Ceremony & Reception

CSI celebrates CSI! This event will highlight the best and brightest of CSI, at the chapter, region, and national level. The dress for CSI Celebrates is business casual to black tie - wear what makes you comfortable. Cocktail reception to follow.

Sponsored by:

ARCAT logo Deltek Logo Dow logo
ISE Logik logo Nystrom logo PPG logo

Total Door Systems logo