February 2018

February 1-4, 2018

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Amelia Island, Florida

Keynote Session

Friday, February 2 at 8:30 am/Amelia 4 Ballroom

How Critical are Building Envelopes?
Learning objective: An answer to why there have been so many changes and requirements in the building industry. 

The recent London and Dubai fires have brought the discussion of envelope standards back into the spotlight. NFPA 285 testing and new International building code standards sponsored by the UAW may regulate 1 inch air gaps rather than the current gap of 3 inches. This AIA approved content will be presented by a panel of envelope experts from ATAS, ROCKWOOL and DuPont, moderated by Ron Geren.

They will investigate:
  • Then and Now - why change is necessary
  • What can we learn from failures? 
  • How to build a successful envelope

Ron Geren has over 30 years in the design and construction industry working at the public and private levels. Project experience ranges from military construction (e.g. hangars, vehicle maintenance), higher education (e.g. dormitories, classroom facilities, lab facilities, athletics), public (e.g. libraries, theater), and private (e.g. multi-family, religious, retail). He is retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve with over 23 years in the Air Force civil engineering career field, including deployments to Kuwait, Korea, Japan, and Germany.

Specialities include specifications writing for architects, consultants, owners, and product manufacturers; and building code consulting for architects, owners, and contractors on non-structural provisions of the building code: IBC, IRC, IEBC, and IECC.

He is the author of the book, “Applying the Building Code: Step-by-Step Guidance for Design and Building Professionals.” He also authors “The Code Corner,” a quarterly article that focuses on various aspects of building codes. “The Code Corner” can be downloaded from

Jim_Bush.jpgPANELIST: Jim Bush, CSI
Jim Bush has 30+ years experience in the industry. He is a CSI member and serves on the executive board of the Metal Construction Association.
  • Involved in the metal roofing and metal wall panel industry for 36 years
  • On the executive board of the Metal Construction Association (MCA)
  • Past Chairperson of the MCA Retrofit Council, MCA Roofing
  • Council and MCA Roofing Certification Committee
  • Member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
  • Member of the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues Inc. (RICOWI) Wind Investigation Teams
  • Past organizer and leader of the demonstration area at Metal-con, the major industry trade show
  • Speaks regularly on metal construction related topics throughout the country
  • Spearheaded ATAS’ monthly “Building Your Business with Metal” contractor training sessions
  • Worked on task group to create the MCA installation training manual
  • Inducted into the Metal Construction News Hall of Fame 2014

Theresa_Weston.jpgPANELIST: Theresa Weston, Ph.D.
As a member of the DuPont™ Building Knowledge Center, Dr. Weston works with industry to develop building envelope systems and construction methods to produce durable, energy efficient and comfortable buildings. Her focus is building envelope performance research and applications of water and air barriers, flashing products and insulation. In addition to this research, Dr. Weston manages DuPont Building Innovations advocacy related to building codes, energy codes and standards. Dr. Weston received her B. S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. She has worked for DuPont for more than 25 years.

Today, Dr. Weston leads building science and construction technology research for DuPont Building Innovations. She has developed and introduced many new products and is an inventor of four U.S. patents. Dr. Weston is also active in publishing technical papers and presenting at construction industry and building science conferences. Her areas of expertise include:
  • Water Management in Building Assemblies
  • Energy Efficiency, Durability of Buildings and the Built Environment
  • Sustainable/Green Building
  • Building and Energy Codes
Dr. Weston participates extensively in industry research programs and in standards and codes development. She is on the Board of Directors of the Building Environment and Thermal Envelope Council of the National Institute of Building Science, and has served on the Board of Directors of both the Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA) and the Cold Climate Housing Research Council (CCHRC). She is actively involved with many professional organizations, including ASHRAE and ASTM, for both of which she chairs technical and standard development committees.

Jon_Ram.jpgPANELIST: Jonathan Ram, CDT, CTR
Jon joined the ROCKWOOL organization in 2009 after graduating from St. Francis Xavier University.

While employed at ROCKWOOL, he has furthered his education with studies in Construction Management and Building Science at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Before embarking on his current role as Specification Manager, Jon worked as a member of ROCKWOOL’s technical team, where he assisted in product development and solutions testing.

Keynote Session

Friday, February 2 at 2:30 am/Amelia 4 Ballroom

Disaster Recovery: Experiences with FEMA after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Alan_Itzkowitz.jpgSPEAKER: Alan Itzkowitz, FCSI, CCS, CCCA
Alan Itzkowitz is the founder of ABI Specifications Consulting, an independent specifications consulting firm in the Chicago Metropolitan area. He is an Illinois licensed architect and is responsible for specifications for various project types including elementary schools, high schools, higher education facilities, building renovations and repairs, interior space build-outs, mid rise residential, high rise residential, high rise commercial/office, public works facilities, government buildings and transportation projects. Alan’s experience with specifications spans over 40 years working with Division 00, Division 01, architectural, and structural engineering specifications using CSI’s MasterFormat. He became a Certified Construction Specifier in 1989, a Certified Construction Contract Administrator in 1998, a MasterFormat Accredited Instructor in 2006 and a LEED Accredited Professional in 2009.

Alan’s professional experience in specifications, structural engineering, architecture and project management spans over 40 years.

In his CSI activities since 1987, Alan has twice served as Director on the Board of the Chicago Chapter and as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director of the Northern Illinois Chapter. In 2016 Alan was inducted in the CSI College of Fellows. He currently serves as a committee member of CSi2eye Committee for the Chicago Chapter. At the Institute level, he is a member of the CSI Certification Committee which oversees the exams for CSI’s certificate and certification programs and is the Director from the North Central Region on the CSI Board of Directors.

Keynote Session

Saturday, February 3 at 2:30 am/Amelia 4 Ballroom

Collaboration in Construction: A Case Study
Marvin_Kemp.jpgSPEAKER: Marvin Kemp, AIA, FCSI, CDT
Marvin Kemp is a Principal with Design Collective, Inc. of Baltimore, MD and is a member of the firm’s Education Committee. A 1994 graduate of Mississippi State University, he has been practicing architecture for over 23 years, specializing in higher education design and construction and holds licenses to practice architecture in Maryland and Mississippi.

Marvin has been a mentor in the Design Collective Mentor Program for nine years and the program’s moderator for seven years. He has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter of CSI for 17 years, is a past president of the Chapter and is currently Institute Director from the Middle Atlantic Region.

An avid blogger and Tweeter, Marvin has also presented in the Baltimore Chapter’s CDT prep courses for over ten years and has presented at several Middle Atlantic Region chapters, at the MAR Leadership Orientation Seminars and at CONSTRUCT.

Marvin has also presented to the Region One Forum of NAWIC and in Design Collective’s lunch time seminars known as DCU. He lives in Towson, MD with his wife and three children.