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New Year, New Change Order Member Newsletter Format Written by: Brad Schwab, CSI CDT | CSI Chicago Chapter President Happy New Year!  CSI Chicago is looking forward to another successful year of advancing the greater Chicago area design and construction community’s knowledge of building information management, construction technology, and project delivery methods to improve facility performance while fostering relationships and promoting education.   2020 was an unprecedented year that required the Chapter to pivot quickly and increase our utilization of digital technology in all of our initiatives. 2020 pushed every committee to assess their offerings, ...
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2020 Virtual Holiday Party & Online Holiday Raffle Big Success Written by: Brad Schwab, CSI, CDT Congratulations to the CSI Chicago Social Committee for thinking out of the box and delivering a successful 2020 Virtual Holiday Party and Online Raffle.   The CSI Chicago virtual holiday party was held on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.  35 attendees joined the party via our new Hopin Virtual Event Platform and networked their way through a Holiday Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.  Member Alan Itzkowitz walked away with the $50 Amazon Gift Card.   The highlight of the evening came at the end when ...
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As you may have noticed, the holiday season is around the corner. I hope that you and your family are safe and in happy holiday spirits!  I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work and dedication to our chapter’s mission during this unprecedented year. We are holding a Virtual Holiday Party via Hopin’ on Thursday, December 03, 2020, from 5 pm CST to 6:30 pm CST. Please dress in your best ugly sweater, so everyone gets into a festive mood. I hope that all our members are able to find the time to come celebrate with us and share some holiday cheer. As part of the holiday festivities, the chapter will be holding an online ...
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As we head into the holiday season during these unprecedented times, I could not be more thankful for our members, partners, and Executive Director’s dedication to our mission to advance the greater Chicago area design and construction communities knowledge of building information management, construction technology, and project delivery methods to improve facility performance while fostering relationships and promoting education.  Our plan to utilize digital technology to drive engagement and connection has not been easy, but everyone has supported the plan wholeheartedly and has not backed down from any of the challenges we have faced.  This has inspired ...
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We are creatures of habit and if we are honest with ourselves, most of us prefer certainty, which brings predictability and comfort. What words come to mind when you hear the word “change”? Typically, the words are negative, right? Words like “fear”, “the unknown”, “anxiety “, “confusion”, and “feeling defeated” come to mind. However, there are often many positive outcomes that come from change. Transformation, growth, innovation, and advancement are a few positive things that can come from change. Learning to embrace change is a process that we are all managing more than ever right now. Remember, you are not alone during these unprecedented times. All ...
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CSI’s Certification Exam Registration Is Now Open: PDPG 3rd Edition Now Available Certification Committee News The Fall 2020 Exam Cycle registration has officially opened. CDT, CCS, and CCCA are available this cycle (CCPR is still in a re-evaluation and redevelopment process is not currently an available certification). Early registration runs from August 3-31; standard registration runs from September 1-30; and final registration is from October 1-30. Discounts are available for earlier registration and for students pursing their CDT certification. The fall exam window is available from November 2 through December 4. Test results will be made available ...
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Giving Back With Rebuilding Together Despite Canceled Rebuild Day Rebuilding Together Committee News For the first time in 29 years, Rebuilding Together- Metro Chicago canceled the annual National Rebuild Day last April to protect homeowners and volunteers from COVID-19. Many of the homeowners are of a vulnerable population and their needs can go beyond home improvements. RTMC will be providing PPE and food in addition to home improvements that can be performed by their own staff. This would have been CSI Chicago’s third year sponsoring a home and we were looking forward to bringing our group of volunteers to the sponsored home in the Englewood neighborhood. ...
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With the shift from in-person work settings to virtual work settings, traditional methods of building and maintaining relationships have gone out the window. In light of these widespread changes to workplace culture and organization, it is imperative more so than ever that we make an intentional effort to facilitate and maintain virtual interpersonal relationships.   CSI Chicago’s leadership is dedicated to aiding our members in building and maintaining relationships through a virtual network.  I am humbled and impressed by the effort and innovative virtual solutions our committees are coming up with to continue to support our mission to advance the knowledge ...
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CSI National announced its 2020 Award Winners and CSI Chicago members earned four CSI awards and will be honored during the virtual CSI Honors and Awards Ceremony later this fall. Click here for the full list of 2020 award recipients. Fellowship – Elias Saltz, CSI, CCS, CDT Congratulations to Chapter Member  Elias Saltz, CSI, CCS, CDT for being selected to be elevated to a CSI Fellow! Fellows of the Institute are chosen by their peers. Nominees must have notably contributed to the advancement of construction technology, the improvement of construction specifications, education, or by service to the Institute.   Take a few minutes ...
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There is no denying that you, our members and our partners, are facing a lot of uncertainty due to COVID-19 as we head into our 2020/2021 Fiscal Year. One thing I am certain of is you can count on CSI Chicago to be there for you all while we continue our mission to advance the greater Chicago area design and construction communities knowledge of building information management, construction technology, and project delivery methods to improve facility performance while fostering relationships and promoting education. Our plan for this upcoming year is simple, utilize digital technology to drive engagement and connection. Our chapter has always done a great ...
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2020 CSI2EYE EVENT: A DAY OF BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH KNOWLEDGE SHARING   Over 70 design, construction and manufacturer professionals came together on Thursday, March 12 to share their knowledge with one another on new product and system solutions in the areas of low slope roofing, insulation, metal composites, concrete repair, windows and doors, security solutions, architectural lighting, rainscreen systems, moisture management and more.  Design and construction professionals met one-on-one for 20 minutes throughout the day with technical manufacturer reps to ask questions, get answers, learn something new and develop relationships to help on ...
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150+ Attendees Pack the 2020 Building Enclosure Event It was a packed house at Maggiano’s in Chicago on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. 150+ attendees gathered to hear Steven Doggett, Principal Building Scientist of Built Environments, Inc. present his latest research findings on water resistive barriers. Water-Resistive Barriers (WRBs) have evolved to serve multiple functions.  Despite these advances, performance expectations still reflect over-simplistic assumptions and problematic testing methods.  Interfaces with modern wall components also remain ill-defined with respect to the WRB’s primary function of liquid water resistance.  Industry trends toward ...
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90+ attendees gathered on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at East Bank Club in Chicago for our January Chapter Meeting. It was our first chapter meeting of the new year and provided a great opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing. The night lead off with our President Andrea Baird welcoming our members and guests. Andrea recognized our 16 new members since the last chapter meeting and that the membership is sitting strong at 307 members. She also shared the Chapter’s new mission statement that was just approved by the board. To advance the greater Chicago area design and construction community’s knowledge of building information management, construction ...
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75+ attendees gathered on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at East Bank Club in Chicago for our November Chapter Meeting. It was another great night of networking and knowledge sharing. The night lead off with our President Andrea Baird welcoming our members and guests. Andrea recognized our 4 new members since the last chapter meeting and reviewed our upcoming events. She also highlighted that 2020 CSi2eye manufacturer applications are closing Friday 11/22/19 and announced our February Building Enclosure Event speaker will be M. Steven Doggett from Built Environments Inc. Andrea then introduced our speaker for the night Sarah K. Flock, NCARB, BECxP, CxA+BE. ...
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75+ attendees gathered on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at East Bank Club in Chicago for our October Chapter Meeting. It was a great night of networking and knowledge sharing. The night lead off with our President Andrea Baird welcoming our members and guests. Andrea recognized our 4 new members since the last chapter meeting and reviewed our upcoming events. She also highlighted that 2020 CSi2eye manufacturer applications as well as the chapter’s 2020 CDT Scholarship applications are closing Friday 11/22/19. Andrea also shared the sad news learned earlier in the day of the passing of our member Laura Gagliano. Tim Blatner, then introduced our speakers for ...
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120+ attendees gathered on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Maggiano’s in Chicago for our September Chapter Meeting. It was a great night of networking and knowledge sharing. The night lead off with our President Andrea Baird welcoming our members and guests. Andrea recognized our 27 new members since the last chapter meeting and provided a brief update on our membership growing to 318 members and reviewed our upcoming events . She also highlighted that 2020 CSi2eye applications are opening on Friday 9/27/19. Jennifer Friedland, our programming committee chair, then introduced our speakers for the night from Related Midwest, Don Biernacki, Senior Vice President ...
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What better way to kick off CSI Chicago’s 2019/2020 Programming Season than a social gathering with some healthy competition and great beer. Thank you to our trivia master Jeremy Olsen, our Social Committee, and our event sponsors, DensDeck and WickRight , for a fun night of networking. Ballast Point Brewpub on Green St. in Chicago was exactly what the event called for and the over 40+ beers on tap along with the tasty food gave the trivia teams the fuel they needed for success. Team Uno took home the championship gift cards while Ballast Beer Brains held strong in the final rounds to claim the 2nd place prize.  Team Pour Horseman came out of the gates ...
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The CSI Chicago Golf Outing was held on Thursday, June 27, 2019.  On one of our first hot days of the summer, 72 attendees came out for this year’s outing at Salt Creek Golf Course in Wood Dale.  The day kicked off with driving range warm up at Top Golf.  67 golfers participated in the scramble format as well as participated in fun contests on the course that included Men’s Longest Drive, Women’s Longest Drive, Men’s Closest To The Pin, Women’s Closest To the Pin, Longest Putt, Low Team Score, and Most Honest Team Score. In addition to the golf and contests on the course, a few additional activities were held to fundraise for the CSI Chicago Foundation.  Everyone ...
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The Summer outing was great this year!!  AIA Eastern Illinois, AIA Chicago, and CSI Chicago teamed up for the annual outing selling 238 game tickets.  Special thanks to Dewain Peterson for coordinating a fun outing again this year and being his usual generous self by giving up his own tickets so some ticket-less tailgates would watch the game. Thanks to ASSA ABLOY for sponsoring the tailgate which kept the 250 attendees well hydrated and fed with 20+ cases of beverages, 160 hamburgers, 150 hotdogs, 100 brats, and a few veggie burgers. The weather was beautiful and the evening was topped off with the Sox defeating the Yankees 10 to 2. Thanks to Katelyn Walker ...
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CSI Chicago for the second year in a row sponsored a home through our partnership with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago. Every year, Rebuilding Together partners with about 100 organizations to rehab dozens of homes in Chicago and in one suburb. Our selected homeowner, Mrs. Smith, is a loving and endearing 93-year-old woman who lives in West Englewood with her recently disabled daughter, Gloria (63) who is confined to a wheelchair after suffering a stroke. They have lived in their home for the past 46 years. Mrs. Smith’s home was in need of major ADA improvements and repairs. On National Rebuilding Day, April 27, 2019, 46 volunteers from CSI Chicago and ...
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