• SURE House Wins Solar Decathlon 2015
    Our team won! The Metro New York Chapter of CSI helped sponsor the 2015 entry of Stevens Institute in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, and SURE House, their entry, took away the top prize overall, and won the top spot in 7 of the 10 categories of judging. The Chapter provided a generous contribution to the overall project budget, and also provided technical assistance in the specifications for the house construction. "Architecture" (which includes the construction documentation) was one of the 7 categories which was swept by the team!
  • Trade Show Speakers announced
    Here is the great lineup of speakers for the Trade Show this year!

    9:00 to 9:50 AM

    What’s Next for NYC?

    Jeff Echols, Architect of the Internet, Communicator, Influencer, Leader, Strategist, Visionary
    10:20 to 11:10 AM

    From Vision to Redevelopment: Manhattan’s Far West Side

    Gerard F.X. “Guy” Geier II, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP, Managing Partner, FxFowle Architects

    11:40 AM to 12:30 PM 

    Far Rockaway Queens Neighborhood Revitalization 

    Oliver Schaper, LEED AP BD+C & ND, CDT Senior Associate, Senior Sustainability Strategist Gensler

    During Lunch we will hear from Mark Dorsey, FASAE, CAE, New Executive Director and CEO of CSI

    1:00 to 1:50 PM

    Agile Buildings for Agile Cities

    Keynote Speaker: James S. Russell, FAIA, Architecture Critic, Journalist, Registered Architect, Consultant

    2:30 to 3:20 PM

    Uncovering the Code: An Update on NYC’s New Energy Code

    Michael O’Donnell, Energy Analyst, Senior Energy Consultant, Steven Winter Associates

    4:00 to 4:50 PM

    Columbia University Medical & Graduate Education Building

    Anthony Saby Jr., Architect, Associate, Project Manager, Lead Designer Columbia University Medical and Graduate Education Building, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro

    Each presentation will earn the attendee 1 LU CES Continuing Education Credit

  • A report on the May 2014 meeting at CSI
    CSI Networking
    An evening of reconnecting with old friends and making new ones...
    By Luis Losada

    The network is an ever evolving and most valuable part of our daily business lives. About 40 CSI members and guests took advantage of the networking event hosted by 3Form at their showroom to catch up with colleagues and make new contacts. It was an energetic evening and great opportunity to uncover new business. If you have not taken advantage of these networking opportunities it is strongly recommended that you join us for the next one. Nowhere else will you find a group of like minded individuals focused on projects such as those that you are working on. Keep an eye on your e-mails or visit our website to see when and where the next event will be held. Read more>>

  • Justin Henshell hits the 61 year mark!
    Interview by Luis Losada

    What has it meant to you to be a member of CSI?I joined CSI as the first member after the MNY chapter was founded in the early 1950's. Meetings were held in the Architectural League basement on East 40th Street adjacent to 101 Park Ave., the Architects' Building It was through my association with specification writers and architectural materials representatives that I learned the science of building construction. Information that was not available in catalogues was freely given at the bar in the League and during the technical portion of the meetings I chaired the technical programs from 1953 through 1963. Joining CSI provided me with a great technical education and taught me that it is not what you know, but who you know. Read more>>
  • Membership Committee Report
    by Tom Lanzelotti

    The Committee reports on our current Chapter Membership of 252 and announces that they will be including at least one membership bio in each month's newsletter to highlight professional accomplishments or career changes of our members. If you have any new career updates that you would like to share with the chapter, please reach out to Josh.

  • Last month we welcomed DHI members to our meeting and program
    Welcome to the NY Door and Hardware Institute by Luis LosadaWe welcome the members of the New York Chapter of the Door and Hardware Institute. This past meeting was co-hosted by the Door and Hardware Institute. We appreciate those members who ventured out in the inclement weather and attended the co-meeting.
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  • March 2015 President's Letter
    Digging Out

    It has been a while since my last letter right before the holidays...I hope you all were able to find time to enjoy the holidays with Family and Friends...  

    As tiring as it has been to keep digging out from under our numerous winter storms, I have taken some solace in that it could have been worse... Look at our friends up in Boston... They’ve had more snow in a one month period than they’ve had in any one year period before...So on behalf of the Boston Chapter I will jump on the “No More Snow” bandwagon.. 

    On this topic of nasty weather, I want to say thanks to all the Chapter members who despite the wintery weather conditions have been able to contribute to and/or attend our first two Chapter meetings of 2015...At those meetings, we shared the first two sessions of our four-part “Integrated Project Delivery” Series with two engaging presentation/panel discussions titled “Let’s Get Started: Setting the Path to Successful Project Delivery” and “Design and Design Documents”. Thanks to our session leaders Mary Hosley, Bill DuBois and Oliver Wilhelm for their time & efforts and our two showroom partners, Hafele and BSH/Caesarstone.

    Session 3 “Product Selection & Construction Documents” is slated for our March 11th Chapter Meeting at the Koroseal Showroom and Session 4 “Procurement, Construction, and Facility Management” is scheduled for our April 8th Chapter Meeting at the Haworth Showroom. We look forward to seeing you all there.

    Lastly, I want to let you know about the CSI Northeast Region Conference being hosted by the Worcester Chapter. It will be in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on May 14-16... Read the entire letter>>
  • Previous President's Columns
    President's Columns from the past
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  • Profile: Cassie Walker, CSI, AIA, CDT

    This month we continue our "Spotlight on CSI Membership" and introduce to you Cassie Walker, Associate at Curtis + Ginsberg.

    Cassie moved to NYC 7 years ago after completing her Master of Architecture at Clemson University in South Carolina. She has been with Curtis + Ginsberg Architects for almost 7 years and is an Associate there now. The firm specializes in affordable housing and small institutional projects. She is a licensed architect in New York, a member of the American Institute of Architects and, of course, Construction Specification Institute. She is also an Advisory Board member of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) 2G Board and NYSAFAH 2G Events Committee Co-Chair. Outside of work, she has quite a green thumb, bakes a great brownie, pretends to be a photographer, dabbles in home brewing beer and is a regular at a whiskey tasting series in Brooklyn.

    Cassie, How were you introduced to CSI and what lead you to join our organization?
    I was first introduced to CSI by Angela Centanni at Tandus Centiva. I really enjoyed the first meeting I attended and the people I met there and decided to continue going. I joined CSI to continue the relationships I had made and to support a group I feel is beneficial in the design and construction industry. Read more of Cassie's interview>>

  • Profile: Thomas Lanzelotti, AIA, CSI

    This month we feature Tom Lanzelotti.

    Tom is a licensed architect in New York and Connecticut with over 25 years of experience in the architecture profession. He has been at Gensler for more than 17 years. As a Technical Principal at Gensler, Tom applies his technical expertise and experience working with design teams, consultants, vendors, and contractors to ensure that design concepts are properly translated into built environments.

    Tom also leads Gensler's firm-wide BIM Oversight Team focused on developing BIM best practices to be shared within the firm. He is the Gensler Northeast Region Technical Leader working as a key member of the Gensler firm-wide Design+ Delivery Team to ensure that quality assurance and risk management best practices are being properly implemented across Gensler's region offices. Tom is also the Gensler Northeast Region Talent Development Team Leader, following his passion for mentoring of young professionals through the development of a comprehensive multi-disciplined learning program that affords Gensler staff the opportunity to continue their professional growth in-house.

    Tom has been a Metropolitan New York Chapter member since 2008. This past year Tom was elected a Chapter Director and is the Chapter’s Membership Chair. In these roles Tom has focused his efforts on the diversity of our membership regarding design disciplines and has initiated a push for the greater development of members and to take advantage of their "membership experience” in our Chapter.

  • Profile: Angela Centanni, CSI
    In April we profiled Angela Centanni.
  • Profile: Bob Crane
    In March we profiled Bob Crane.
  • Profile: Bill DuBois
    In February we profiled Bill DuBois.
  • Profile: William Jacquette
    In January we profiled William Jacquette.
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