President's Message

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Hello and thank you for your interest in the CSI Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Welcome back everyone to another great year for CSI. We have many opportunities to learn and share ideas to improve the practice of writing and communicating construction documents. But before I touch on those I would like to thank our Immediate Past President, Cynthia Long and the 2018-2019 outgoing Board of Directors. 

The year was launched by the 60th anniversary celebration of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of CSI and wrapped up with another fun filled golf outing. Under her leadership the chapter not only increased its cash reserves but also offered outstanding programs, events, training, and networking opportunities for everyone who participated. The heavy lifting was accomplished by all those who graciously offered their valuable time volunteering on committees and as needed.

Finally, I would like to thank our sponsors. Their financial support has and will continue to allow The Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of CSI to continue its mission “To advance building information management and education of project teams to improve facility performance.”

So, looking forward to this year please be sure to sign up for the many opportunities and events we have planned. Beginning with our September 10th Allianz Field Program at the project site. It is the new home of Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United. With guest speakers Chris Bubser, Architect of LHB; Kevin Larson, Sr. Project Manager of Olympic Companies; and Mark Needham, Asst. Project Manager of Mortenson Construction, members and guests will have an opportunity to get an insider’s perspective on the lessons learned from this successful project. Please be sure to invite your colleagues and clients with the “SHARE THIS EVENT” button and sign up early; as space is limited!

In addition to this amazing opportunity the Programs Committee has many more opportunities to learn and share later this year; to include a review of the 2018 Building Code by attorney Ujjval Vyas, Ph.D., J.D., Principle of the Alberti Group based out of Chicago IL.; a program on the use of Virtual Reality Information systems; a program on the use of Panelized Wood Framing with guest panelist Frana Companies; and much more.

With an Expo Committee that promises to offer new strategies to network, a Certification Committee that will better prepare members for the CDT, CCS, CCCA, and CCPR exams, the Membership and StEP Committees that provides members and guests with the tools to benefit from CSI, the Awards and Golf Committees who help us celebrate the year’s successes, and the efforts of the Communications Committee keeping us all connected; I am confident that an association with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of CSI will be a smart investment in your and your associates time.

So, this is my call to action: First, invite those around you with whom you work to attend a program that would interest them. It’s a small investment of $45 for a guest to enjoy a good meal and advance their practice. Second, as a member invest a small bit of your time to a committee or an event. CSI is a great organization because people in it make it great. You get what you give.

Respectfully Submitted,

James R. Bergevin || CSI, CCPR, CDT