Chapter Members Go to Nashville

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Several Chapter members attended Construct 2013, CSI's national convention, in Nashville. Held in the brand-new Music City Center, the trade show and the education program filled four days, while the social occasions and business meetings filled the evenings and another day of the conference. There was live country and western music everywhere, including an evening event at the Country Music Museum and Hall of Fame. Members took the opportunity to reunite with old friends, discuss and learn a lot of new things (and get their learning unit credits!), see a whole host of innovative construction products and meet the experts who represent them, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Nashville. Among the members who attended were President Arnie Kravitz, Immediate Past President Jeff Matles, Vice President Tom Lanzelotti, Vice President Bill Jacquette, Secretary Cliff Marvin, Treasurer Linton Stables, Director Kenneth Raikowski, Mary Hosley, Carl Grimm, Ben Caldwell, Rowan Georges, and David Stutzman (plus others, we're certain). While the evening at the Country Music Museum and Hall of Fame was spectacular, one of the highlights of the conference was the back-of-the-house tour of the new convention center. The facility is in the final stages of securing LEED Gold certification, and includes one of the largest vegetated roofs in the U.S., and uses collected rainwater for irrigation and toilet flushing, storing the run-off in a 250,000 gallon tank under the public street in front of the building.

Another highlight of the convention was keynote speaker Ira Blumenthal. Read more about his talk here.

Cliff Marvin reports on a couple of the educational sessions he attended. Read his reports on What Specifiers Need to Know and Training the Next Generation of Specifiers.

Next year's convention is scheduled for Baltimore, and will be September 9 to 13, 2014.