2014.09_President's Letter

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Continuing the Relationship

As we move into the 64th year of the Metropolitan New York Chapter’s illustrious history, we should all be excited about the prospects for our organization and for the Design & Construction Community we are a part of.  

Over the summer months, your Chapter Leadership Team including Board Members and Committee Chairs worked diligently to plan an exciting year of programs and activities for our membership crafted around the concept of “Continuing the Relationship”. 

Every design/construction project finally ends.  Or does it?  The new or renovated facility lives on, and the users and managers must deal with the prior decisions and actions of the owners, the designers, and the builders.  How a facility functions will have a lasting impact on those occupants, but it may also have an impact on the reputations of the designer and the builder, and on the manufacturers of all the installed products.  How a project "ends" will inform the beginning of several long-lasting relationships. As they are currently written, contracts include many provisions for these new relationships: closeout procedures and documentation, warranties, maintenance and operations data, and record documents are usually clearly spelled out in the specifications. But how does it actually work?

For the upcoming year, we are charging each component of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of CSI with incorporating some aspect of this continuing relationship concept into the development of all activities and programs, asking questions such as; How does the vast amount of information that went into the planning, design, and construction of a facility get passed along to the facility users?  What information formats are actually useful to facility managers?  What happens to the information once it is supplied? How can the design and construction industry improve this process, and thereby improve facility performance? How can we continue the owner-designer-supplier-builder relationships that we have developed?

We ask you to become a participant in these discussions and help guide the decision-making around these issues, through attendance at programs, involvement in committees, and volunteering your expertise toward real-world solutions.
Tom Lanzelotti
President, Metropolitan New York Chapter CSI