Joint Statement on CONSTRUCT 2020
CSI and CONSTRUCT are committed to the safety and wellbeing of attendees, exhibitors, staff and CSI members. We are continuing to monitor COVID-19, specifically in the Dallas area, combined with local guidance. CONSTRUCT, an Informa Markets show, made the difficult decision to transition CONSTRUCT 2020 to a digital experience. CSI fully supports this decision.
The CONSTRUCT and CSI teams understand the importance of connecting and celebrating the architecture, engineering, and construction communities. Therefore, we are excited to offer a unique virtual event that will allow the industry to source, learn, network, gain inspiration and overcome challenges in this new environment.
The CONSTRUCT virtual event will take place October 7th – 9th, one week later than the original dates. CSI events associated with CONSTRUCT, such as the Honors and Awards Celebration and the Annual Business Meeting, are being rescheduled as well. Full details will be announced soon.
All attendees will receive a full refund, and answers to frequently asked questions are on the CONSTRUCT website.
Although the decision to transition this year’s in-person event was difficult, and we will miss seeing everyone in Grapevine, we are excited about a new way to engage and interact with our industry.
We know the construction community is eager to come together face-to-face. Our reimagining of CONSTRUCT through a virtual event will offer exceptional content, the ability to source new products, learn, share ideas, and network.
Thank you for your continued understanding, patience, and support. We look forward to seeing you online in October.
|Douglas Lugo, CONSTRUCT Show Director
||Mark N. Dorsey, CSI Chief Executive Officer
New Resource: COVID-19 Response Team
The COVID-19 Response Team is a public community moderated by members of the College of Fellows. Many Fellows have navigated economic downturns and natural disasters throughout their career and are available to offer their experience and expertise one-on-one or in groups via CSI's online community.
Click here for access to the public community.
You are encouraged to participate by posting your questions, concerns, or comments regarding the impact of this pandemic on the industry. Expect direct responses to your posts within 48 hours and continue the conversation by replying to others.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Lisa Sidletsky at email@example.com.
CSI Member Support Program
As the economic realities caused by COVID-19 are unfolding, CSI is creating ways to support members at your time and place of need. Beginning today, CSI is launching a Member Support Program to offer a three-month dues deferment to individual members who are experiencing financial hardship.
To apply for the Member Support Program, you must be:
- An active member of CSI with an expiration date on or after March 31st, 2020
- Undergoing financial hardship due to the economic crisis
A member who wishes to apply must contact CSI to begin the process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-689-2900
Please note: Chapters can opt-out of participating in this program. If a Chapter does not participate, a member will be responsible for 3-months’ worth of their Chapter(s) dues before the deferment begins.
Looking forward, CSI continues to evaluate how to support its members during this unprecedented time. If changes or extensions to the program are made, CSI will communicate with members as soon as possible.
Click here for an FAQ with more program details.
What You Should Know
Here’s the latest for those of you who have been working hard to take a CSI exam or are considering taking an exam:
- As of today, Spring CDT®, CCSSM, and CCCASM exams are still moving forward.
- Early Bird Exam Pricing and registration are extended until July 17 — registration information is here.
- Testing window is expanded to May 4 — July 31.
- Online Remote Proctored Testing is now available to test-takers, provided you meet the computer requirements.
- Online resources are available to meet you at your time and place of need
Please visit Prometric’s Coronavirus Update webpage for information about permissible personal care items, as well as test center cleaning procedures. Click here for the status of testing center openings.
CSI NATIONAL EVENTS:
For the time being CSI meetings will proceed as planned. We will make every effort to ensure the health and well-being of our attendees.
There are currently no restrictions for travel within the U.S. However, if you choose not to attend in-person meetings, we will do our best to enable virtual meeting technology.
Decisions regarding upcoming events like the Master Specifiers Retreat in July and CONSTRUCT in September will be addressed as we get closer to these events and will be based upon published information from health authorities and organizers.
Staff is monitoring the unfolding events closely and will continue to update this page as the situation evolves. Please check this page regularly for updates or should you have concerns.
CSI REGION AND CHAPTER EVENTS:
Region and chapter events are produced independently and locally. Please contact region or chapter leadership if you have questions. Region and chapter contact listings may be found here.
Dear CONSTRUCT Show Friends and Family,
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, and so many facets of our daily lives dramatically shifted, we want to take a moment to check in on you. Our priority is your safety and well-being, both physically and financially.
We understand the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing and the health and safety of our exhibitors and participants is of the utmost importance. CONSTRUCT is 6 months away, so we are going ahead as planned and working diligently to deliver an impactful and engaging event. Our belief is that once the COVID-19 situation is behind us, live events and trade shows will be even more important and create a pent-up demand to meet with and see customers face-to-face.
We know this is a stressful time for our community, and the CONSTRUCT Show would like to take a moment to express our gratitude and support to all of you, especially those who are essential workers. We will be monitoring this closely and keep you informed at regular intervals, so you have the best information and can plan accordingly. The latest updates will always be on our News page.
So, stay tuned and be assured we are doing everything within our power to guarantee once this passes, we will be ready to provide you with a great experience. You take care of your family, employees, customers, and community now – and we’ll be with you every step of the way to September.
As we all wait for normalcy to return, if you have any questions, or need any type of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Stay safe and healthy,
CONSTRUCT Show Director
CSI is following the evolving situation to evaluate and communicate potential impacts on members and the AEC community.
|Your Professional Community and COVID-19
Message from the CSI Board Chair
It’s often been said that the single most important element of CSI is its people—you, and this network of friends and colleagues across the country that contribute to each other’s personal and professional success. Please understand our community is something you can count on now more than ever.
As we all wonder what comes next and how we will find our way forward, I assure you that the deep ties and genuine friendships within the construction industry community are available as a resource on any issue. It is increasingly clear that while we are more connected through technology, we can still feel more isolated and distant from each other while facing the virus’ impact on our daily lives and the economy.
We have all seen how quickly our routines have been disrupted by worries about our friends, families, and livelihood while trying to work with everyone—parents, children, pets—all craving our attention. During such chaotic change, work and daily life still move on as we collectively plan and work for a better future.
Part of being in an association is that you have a national network to help you process ideas about how to handle pressing issues, seek answers about how to adapt during rapidly evolving circumstances and, should you need it, a shoulder to lean on. In the coming weeks and months, we’re going to need one another as we settle into the new normal—whatever that may be.
Whether it’s business as usual or you are facing something brand new, or maybe you are feeling out there on your own, please use the real-time resource of the CSI Connect Community Page to pose your questions and support one another by offering your wisdom, expertise, and insights.
Rest assured that we, your volunteer and staff leadership, are looking at additional ways to help you navigate these rough waters. While connecting to the community isn’t the only step, it is an important first step, so please use it.
CSI was created by construction industry professionals for the benefit of construction industry professionals, and every day we welcome the opportunity to support you and the entire AEC industry. We’ll do our part to be here for you and keep you connected.
Be well, stay safe, and on behalf of CSI, thank you for letting us serve you.
Ellen Kay Crews, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CDT, SFP, FMP
Board Chair, Construction Specifications Institute
CSI's Top Tips for Working From Home (Updated 3-23-2020)
COVID-19 has had an immediate impact on how all of us live and work. As we adjust to new standards for ensuring our own health, as well as the health of our personal and professional community, working virtually, or “Working from Home” (WFH), has become a critical element for maximizing our business opportunities while minimizing our exposure risk.
Click here for a blog with tips from CSI staff on working from home.
Centers for Disease Control and Infection
Recommendations to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus