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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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The 2019 Annual Awards Banquet was a fun night of celebrating CSI Chicago. 70+ attendees came out to help us reflect on our achievements in 2018/2019 at The Cliff Dwellers in Chicago.  We thankfully had a break in our rainy weather and everyone was able to enjoy the breathtaking views of Chicago from the 22nd floor patio and enjoy the sunshine.   Peter Grotenhuis, 2018/2019 President opened the Awards Banquet thanking everyone for helping him accomplish his goals this past year and made it clear that it takes a lot of help from Chapter Members to deliver the programs, events and content CSI Chicago puts on in a year.  He then noted we should be proud of ...
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95+ attendees gathered on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at East Bank Club in Chicago for our April Chapter Meeting. It was a successful night of networking, giving back and knowledge sharing.   The night lead off with membership committee member Chris Walsh welcoming our members and guests which included this month’s five new members and fifteen guests.  Chris provided a brief update on our membership growing over 300+ members and reviewed our upcoming events .   Chris was followed up by the CSI Chicago Foundation Committee providing and update on our 2019 Rebuilding Together Initiative.  Rebuild Day is Saturday, April 27, 2019 and over 50 volunteers were ...
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The combined efforts of our programming committee and the CSI Chicago Foundation resulted in maximum attendance (175+) on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Maggiano’s Chicago. It was a great night for our Chicago Construction Community to share important building code information while also giving back.   The night lead off with three exciting announcements from the CSI Chicago Foundation regarding their two primary initiatives that give back to our community -  Rebuilding Together and Student Scholarships . Sailing On Lake Michigan Raffle Promotion - It’s easy to enter, contribute $50 to the 2019 Rebuilding Together Initiative using the link above between ...
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Over 70 design, construction and manufacturer professionals came together on Thursday, March 14 to share their knowledge with one another on new product and system solutions in the areas of low slope roofing, air and water barriers, decorative claddings, high performance coatings, thermal bridging, acoustics, 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 existing and future projects. Participating manufactures included American Hydrotech, Armatherm, Arriscraft General ...
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125+ Attendees Make 16th Annual Building Enclosure Event A Success Our 16th Annual Building Enclosure event was held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Maggiano’s in Chicago.  There were over 125 attendees between the two sessions (Breakfast & Lunch) to listen to Manfred Kehrer and Andi Mele present Modern Hygrothermal Performance Assessment by Simulation – Motivation, Basics & Examples. The presentation described the motivations for hygrothermal engineering, outlined the basic principles and showed multiple tools and examples.  The learning objectives covered in the presentation were as follows: Learn the importance of hygrothermal performance ...
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Winter Weather Doesn’t Stop our Chapter Meeting and BYOEP Night!   Things got a little icy on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – on the roads and for CSI Chicago.  The January Chapter Meeting reached maximum registration capacity with 29 Emerging Professional guests excited to attend.  Kurt Hoigard of Raths, Raths & Johnson Inc. was set to present his excellent presentation Delegated Design - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly .  All was great…until the Chicago weather hit.  Beth Winkler, CSI Chicago’s Executive Director was starting to get nervous as she started to receive a few understandable cancellations and East Bank Club was finishing up the dinners ...
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What do live lobsters, a Roku stick, a bottle of Bourbon, a Fire HD 8 tablet, a retirement announcement and a home adoption have in common?  You guessed it, the 2018 CSI Chicago Holiday Party.   This year’s holiday party delivered on our goal of holiday fun with a charitable heart.  The Social Committee out did themselves this year with over 70 attendees and a very successful night raising money for our 2019 Rebuilding Together Project.  The Erie Café was a perfect choice of venue as it delivered a spacious back room with plenty of room for networking and showcasing the 30+ raffle prizes donated by members.  Raffle prizes included large gift baskets, bottles ...
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Chapter Meeting: Tuesday November 27, 2018 Alchemy of Architecture There was a lot of great chemistry at this month’s Chapter Meeting. The 70+ attendees were compatible with both the announced Rebuilding Together Fundraiser and our guest speaker Dave Kimball from PROSOCO. We kicked off the night with an exciting announcement that in honor of Giving Tuesday, CSI Chicago would match up to $1,000 donated that night to our 2019 Rebuilding Together Initiative. We were overwhelmed with the generosity of the attendees as we received $1,550 of donations in 3 hours which helped maximize CSI Chicago’s offer of matching up $1,000. A proud moment that proved ...
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“We rise by lifting others,” writes Norman Mugisha, a Scholar studying at EARTH University in Costa Rica. “Giving back builds hope — and when there is hope there is always a future.” For the 2 nd year in a row, CSI Chicago will build that better future by partnering with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago to provide a family in need with a home that is safe, warm and dry.  Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago is an organization that works to improve the declining housing stock of homeowners in Chicago and Cook County. They serve existing homeowners, who, due to financial or physical limitations, have been unable to maintain their homes.  Although we ...
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CSI Chicago is proud to support and help develop the future architects of our industry.  Advancing and educating the next generation of industry leaders is at the forefront of the minds of our Emerging Professionals committee.  The committee coordinates special events geared directly to emerging professionals and students, coordinates ride share to get students to targeted CSI events, and goes to Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)’s campus to connect with undergraduate and graduate students.   Each year the Chicago Chapter recognizes one or more IIT College of Architecture students for their exceptional design efforts and awards a cash prize.    Applicants ...
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Chapter Meeting: Tuesday October 23, 2018 Virtual Reality in Construction This month’s Chapter Meeting was a perfect mix of honoring members and organizations for their dedication to CSI over the years and discussing how new technologies can improve the construction process today and in the future.    We started out with a CSI Chicago reception to celebrate members Scott Conwell and Kurt Moehlmann for the honors and awards they received at CONSTRUCT. Scott was elevated to Fellow and Kurt Moehlmann received the Andrew J. Drozda Mentorship Award earlier this month in Long Beach.  It was nice to recognize them back home in Chicago at the East Bank ...
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Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Buildings as Product: Exploring the Benefits of Factory-Manufactured Buildings for the 21st Century Skender graciously hosted 105 attendees to kick off CSI Chicago’s fall chapter meetings with a riveting presentation from Skender’s Chief Design Officer, Tim Swanson, on “Buildings as Products.” Over the course of an hour, Tim walked us through the precision assembly processes of automobile and other manufacturing sectors that could potentially translate into the construction industry. Below are the key takeaways that Patrick Reicher of Raths, Raths, and Johnson took from the presentation: Construction technology ...
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