2011.04 President's Letter

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March was a pretty exciting time around our Chapter. There was the blood-pressure-inducing last-minute change in our main program, which all turned out quite well with our fantastic speaker Asif Syed, Principal at AKF Engineers speaking to us on Carbon Footprint Reduction. We who live in New York seem acutely aware of how much energy we use and waste, and at the same time it is somewhat comforting to know how “green” living in a major metropolitan area can be! Asif was careful, though, to remind us that we have a long way to go toward being carbon neutral.

This month we are going on another tour, this time of the Northwest Corner Building at Columbia University, a laboratory and classroom building designed by Rafael Moneo, with David Brody Bond, and built by Turner Construction. The tour and the dinner are limited to the first 50 people who register, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. Dinner will be at the well-known Dinosaur BBQ, and includes beer and wine. All this happens on Wednesday, April 13.

Our Chapter sponsored a special program for interior designers and architects on March 10 in order to reach a group that has not been particularly well represented in our membership. The program was very well attended and a number of those present got very interested in CSI. Angela Centanni and Tandus Flooring put the whole thing together and hosted the event, and they did a terrific job. Thanks go also to Armstrong Ceilings (Tom Lull), LumiVisions (Jeff Matles), Benjamin Moore Paints (Bob Upton), and Decorating With Fabric (Neil Gordon) for being sponsors.

This month we are voting on new officers and directors for the Chapter, and we are making it easier than ever with an on-line ballot. The Nominating Committee has proposed a slate of candidates who are well qualified to serve you as directors and officers. Each member will receive an e-mail that will direct you to the ballot, which can be completed in less than five minutes. So please Vote!

Linton D. Stables, III, CSI, CCS, LEED® AP
Chapter President