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  • 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

  • Last Month 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.

  • Welcome DHI Members!
    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.
  • Luis Rosario-Lluveras Professional of the Year Award for 2013.
    Luis Rosario-Lluveras was selected for the US Army Corps of Engineer Commander's Professional of the Year Award for 2013. He works for the Building Systems Section of the Engineering Division of the US Army Corps of Engineers and is a registered architect, a Construction Documents Technologist, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. As the design architect he has created several challenging projects, including a Consolidated Supply Complex at Thule Air Base; the Directorate of Public Works Building at Fort Meade; and an Information Service Facility at Fort Detrick. His expertise in the application of Building Information Modeling facilitated the use of this powerful tool in the District's design process. He exhibits the highest standards of professionalism in the execution of his duties, exceeding our customers' expectations and enhancing relationships with our regional colleagues. Mr. Rosario-Lluveras has contributed significantly to the success of the New York District and has brought great credit upon himself, his profession, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Learning units for 2013 Trade Show Presentations
    AIA/CES has determined that HSW credit for the program “Avenues: The World School, Chelsea” presented at NYC: Where Construction Never Sleeps on October 9 will not be permitted for AIA members. The program description and attendance list were re-submitted, and attendees should see LU credit (only) for this program on their transcripts. All other credits will be recorded as they were noted in the program.
  • Why Get the CDT Credential?
    Every year during the spring and fall, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Metro New York Chapter hosts Construction Document Technologist (CDT) review classes. These classes are offered at no cost and are a great value. Each class session lasts two hours with a wide array of topics covered in preparation for the CDT exam. With these great offers the question in your mind might be: why should I pursue the CDT credential? To answer this question Read more>>
  • Membership Report
    Membership Committee Update from Tom Lanzelotti (Chair), Bill DuBois, Wendy Ordemann, Andrea Dinice, and Joshua Diamond

    News: Membership Committee will have their monthly call on Thursday evening, December 5, at 6:00 p.m.
      Membership Totals
      Total Chapter Membership: 255 
      • 1 Professional Lifetime
      • 6 Professional Retired
      • 12 Professional Emeritus
      • 18 Emerging Professionals 
      • 34 Students
      • 183 Professionals

    • Chapter (and You) Donate to Sandy Recovery Efforts
      South Street Seaport Museum receives check

      This year the Trade Show asked for a $10 donation from each attendee, which will be turned over to the South Street Seaport Museum for their Sandy Recovery project. A little more than $1,000 was collected. The Chapter Board of Directors has decided to match that contribution with an additional $1,000 to further the recovery effort at the Museum.
    • Now THAT was a keynote speaker!
      The times, they are a-changing...

      Bill DuBois and Tom Lanzelotti have attended the CSI Convention together each of the past three years, where there have been very engaging key note speakers including a former colleague of theirs, Cameron Sinclair of Architecture for Humanity. But, this year, both of them were in total agreement that the mighty Casey did not strike out… His selection of Ira Blumenthal as the Keynote Speaker for this year’s event in Nashville was a stroke of genius... Read more>>
    • Solar Decathlon 2013 Entry Places Fourth
      Stevens Institute and CSI work together

      The Solar Decathlon 2013 competition was fierce. Our team was up against some major national teams and consortia of universities, but Stevens Institute's Solar Decathlon entry held its own and came in fourth out of the nineteen university teams. Points were awarded to each team in several categories. Demonstrating just how close the competition was, Team Austria received a total of 951.922 points out of a possible 1,000, winning first place. The Stevens Institute team was awarded 939.176 points. The Metropolitan New York Chapter was a sponsor of the Stevens Institute entry, contributing toward the cost through a Chapter donation, and by encouraging a number of our members to secure donations of construction materials to complete the project. Several of our spec writers helped with the Project Manual for the house.
    • Metro New York is an Outstanding Chapter!
      The Chapter has been notified that it will receive an Outstanding Chapter Award at the Annual Conference in Nashville this September. Awards Committee Chair Cliff Marvin notes that this is an honor for the Chapter that we have not received in the memory of any current Board member. The Awards Committee assembled and entered the nomination for the award, which recognizes chapters that meet and exceed a number of core requirements.
    • Frybergh Scholarships Awarded
      Fereshteh Tabe and Stephanie Paul, students of architecture in New York schools, are the winners of this year's Frybergh Scholarship Awards, totaling $3,500. They were presented with their scholarships at the June Annual Chapter Meeting by Ruma Som, Chair of the Academic Programs Committee. Read more about Ms. Tabe and Ms. Paul, and also read their essays given as part of the application process>>

    • May 2013 at CSI

      What does a network mean to you? In its most simplistic definition, a network can be described as an interconnected group or system. On May 8th the Chapter hosted a networking event at the HÄFELE showroom, where members and guests took advantage of this great opportunity to network. The team from Steven’s Technical Institute introduced their design and entry into the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition. The Metro NY chapter of CSI is a sponsor of their entry in the competition.
    • Donald P. Van Court, 1926 - 2012
      Donald Van CourtDonald P. Van Court, FCSI, and past president of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of CSI, died at home in Madison, New Jersey, on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

    • New Chapter Logo Introduced
      The Metro New York Chapter has a new logo, incorporating and in compliance with the Institute's new branding program.

    • A Different Kind of Precast Building
      Member Carl Grimm CSI, CCS, SCIP, NYSA, writes about a recent experience building a school for special-needs children in Guatemala, using a precast concrete system used extensively in the U.S. for highway sound barriers.

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    • Miriam S. Eldar, 1925 - 2011
      Miriam S. Eldar, former president of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of CSI.
    • Report on Northeast Region Meeting
      The Northeast Region Director's Report on the meeting Northeast Region, May 6-7, 2011.
    • One Member's Memories
      S. Steve Blumenthal, FCSI, a long-time member of the Chapter and former President of CSI, reminisces on the development of the Metropolitan New York Chapter
    • New York Takes the Lead on Membership
      The Institute has awarded the Chapter Membership Chair its Bronze level of recognition--the first to reach that level in the current campaign.