President's Message

Greetings Memphis Chapter CSI!!

BUILDIT/2017 was our meeting event for April.  Very large kudos go out to Jeffrey Parnell, Mike Zielinski, Julie Fleming and Susan Evans.  They were the committee I appointed to plan and execute the BuildIt products show and the Gulf States Region Conference.  The BuildIt show was undoubtedly taken to a higher level. The venue, the Columns, was without a doubt the most elegant space CSI Memphis has ever held the products show.  The keynote speaker was Marlon Blackwell, FAIA who I had the pleasure of having lunch with prior to his presentation.  His presentation featured many of his works including those he designed for Shelby Farms.  If you haven’t been to Shelby Farms to experience his work first hand I recommend that you visit.

The Gulf States Region Conference was held at the Springhill Suites and in the adjacent historic Kress Building.  In fact most of the events, with the exception of the Awards Banquet, took place in the Kress Building. The conference was well attended having opportunities for continuing education, board level region business and networking.  In particular I was excited to see my old pal Louis Medcalf, FCSI who attended and taught a class on Multiple Work Packages.  We also had some time to play music-you will recall we had a band called Critical Path…but I digress.  The Conference was as successful as the BuildIt show so you can imagine my elation that BOTH events went off splendidly!! A very special thank you to those who attended, participated and volunteered to make these events happen is such a successful way!

This month we are publishing the article What Architects Can Learn from The Beatles written by Bill Schmalz, CSI, CCCA, FAIA who is a principal with Perkins and Will in Los Angeles.  While not your typical technically related I think you will find it an enjoyable read.

This month’s chapter meeting features Brian Bullard, AIA with UrbanArch who will present the Renovation of the Winchester (Scimitar) Building into the Hotel Napoleon.  This was an excellent renovation of a historic downtown property.  Let me encourage you to attend!!

Finally I want to thank everyone who attended our events last month.  I especially want to thank our sponsors who are noted at the end of this issue. 

Hans Dietrich Faulhaber, Architect

The University of Tennessee

President's Message

Greetings Gulf States CSI Members!! 

Welcome to Memphis Gulf States Region members! The Memphis Chapter is proud to host the Region Conference and look forward to having a successful and productive meeting. If you arrive on Thursday be sure to attend our BUILD/IT2017 products show at the Columns- a short walk from the host hotel. The Keynote speaker for that event will be Marlon Blackwell a noted architect hailing from Arkansas.

Our Gulf States Region Conference will be held at the Springhill Suites Downtown. We have a full agenda with continuing education and leadership development opportunities. This will also be a time to reconnect with other professionals in our region.  Welcome to the home of Rock and Roll!! 

This month we are publishing my article on Change Orders.  This article focuses on what a change order is and how it affects the construction process. This article provides further insight on how we administer contracts in the construction industry. We also have a regular article from Sheldon Wolfe

I want to encourage you to make a donation to our Dempsey B. Morrison Scholarship Fund.  CSI Memphis in partnership with the University of Memphis provides two scholarships that fully fund the tuition for the two selected students for one year.  This can eliminate a financial hardship that might exist and in turn provide peace of mind to the student allowing them to focus on their studies and not fund raising activities. Please consider a donation to this very worthy endeavor.

I want to encourage everyone to participate in our major events this month.  Memphis hosts the Gulf States Region Conference about once every 15 years so this is an opportunity for those of you who reside in this locale to attend a region conference on the cheap. It is also an opportunity to connect with or reconnect with professionals in our region. And I want to encourage you to attend BUILDIT2017.  We host a products show every year where vendors display and provide information on their products and services.  The Vendors make a concerted effort and investment to participate.  It’s a free event so you should make a concerted effort too! I hope to see you there!!

Hans Dietrich Faulhaber, Architect
The University of Tennessee
 

President's Message

Greetings Memphis Chapter CSI!! 

Our program last month featured Kurt Hansen (Hilti) who presented his excellent program on Firestopping 101- New Developments in Fire Stopping. This month we will feature Joe Lincourt (Advanced Building Products), who will present his program, Designing and Detailing Exterior Walls for Moisture Control. This program will be a relatively technically oriented presentation that will provide information for the design professional, material supplier, general contractor and sub-contractor alike. Please plan to attend and bring along a friend.

Our GSR Conference to be held in April (21 &22) at the Springhill Suites Downtown is coming along well.  Our very own Jeffrey Parnell has been heading up the planning effort for this event and our products display show- BUILD/IT 2017 (April 20) and is to be commended indeed. There will be continuing education opportunities available too.  Please see Jeffrey’s editorial later in this edition for details.

This month we are publishing my article on Contract Closeout.  This article focuses on what effective construction administration is related to construction contract closeout defining what activities should take place to ensure a successfully closed out project. This article provides further insight on how we administer contracts in the construction industry. 

I want to encourage you to make a donation to our Dempsey B. Morrison Scholarship Fund.  CSI Memphis in partnership with the University of Memphis provides two scholarships that fully fund the tuition for the two selected students for one year.  This can eliminate a financial hardship that might exist and in turn provide peace of mind to the student allowing them to focus on their studies and not fund raising activities. Please consider a donation to this very worthy endeavor.

I want to encourage those of you spec writers out there to compete in the 2017 Gulf States Region CSI Document Competition.  All of the materials necessary for you to enter are included in this edition of the PerSPECtive. I also want to encourage you to exercise your voting rights by voting for our national representation which will be happening in a short time.  I have included a letter from Anne Roper who is running for Institute Secretary.  This is not an endorsement – we will publish any letters from any candidates for national office.  I simply want you to vote!! I’ll see you at the meeting!  

Hans Dietrich Faulhaber, Architect
The University of Tennessee
 

President's Message

Greetings Memphis Chapter CSI!!
  
We have real news here: the time and place for our chapter meetings has been changed.  The Board deliberated and determined to change from a plated dinner meeting to a buffet lunch meeting starting at 11:30am.  The venue has changed to the Holiday Inn on the University of Memphis campus.  The location is more central to our membership and having a lunch meeting instead of a dinner meeting should translate into more members and guests attending.  Oh, one more thing:  the cost of the meal has DECREASED by $5.00 to $20 for members.
 
We have had some Board changes over the past few months. Richard Hill’s work schedule has caused him to decline the position of President. Our very own Julie Fleming has stepped up and will become the next President of our chapter!! Way to go Julie!! Richard will maintain a seat on the board and in fact will replace Julie’s Board position.  Gary White has agreed to take Ken Hudson’s Secretary position also due to Ken’s work schedule. We should have a succession plan for the next couple of years which is really good news for the chapter.
 
This month’s meeting program is by Kent Kile with PPG on the colors of Frank Lloyd Wright. I’ve actually seen this presentation before and is why I asked Kent to present it to our chapter.  I found it very interesting and informative and I am sure you will too.

The Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis - 3700 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111

The Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis - 3700 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111

Please don’t get tired of reading this plea: I want to encourage everyone who reads this-member or not- to contribute to the Dempsey B. Morrison Scholarship Fund.  This is a tax deductible contribution to the extent allowed by law. I encourage you to make a donation to this very worthy scholarship fund.  CSI Memphis in partnership with the University of Memphis provides two scholarships that fully fund the tuition for the two selected students for one year.  This can eliminate a financial hardship that might exist and in turn provide peace of mind to the student allowing them to focus on their studies and not fund raising activities. I knew Mr. Morrison and had him as a drafting teacher while attending State Technical Institute at Memphis-now SWTCC. Please consider a donation to this very worthy endeavor. If I can donate to this very worthy fund…so can you!
 
We are currently in the planning stages for the Gulf States Region Conference to be held right here in lovely Memphis next April.  Our very own Jeffrey Parnell is heading up this effort and doing a fine job.    In upcoming issues we will provide the schedule, the speaker’s bios, and the classes that will be available for continuing education.  So be on the lookout for what’s coming!
 
Once again I thank you for the opportunity to serve the chapter in this honorable position.  I am humbled by the history of this chapter and its membership, past and present and hope to have an effective, productive and meaningful term.  My phone is always open so if you have questions, comments, recommendations or simply suggestions give me a call.  I’ll see you at our next meeting!

Hans Dietrich Faulhaber, Architect

The University of Tennessee

 

 

President's Message

Greetings Memphis Chapter CSI!!
  
Is it me or is time really flying? We are in the 10th month of this year already! At least the weather seems to have broken with milder temperatures.

This month’s meeting program is by Tommy Smith and Carl Drennon. These are two of the most experienced guys in our chapter.  They are presenting their program titled: The Manufacturer’s Role in Code Compliance.  I am sure this will be a lively and informative discussion.  Please be sure to attend and bring a friend or colleague!!

Please don’t get tired of reading this plea: I want to encourage everyone who reads this-member or not- to contribute to the Dempsey B. Morrison Scholarship Fund.  This is a tax deductible contribution to the extent allowed by law. I encourage you to make a donation to this very worthy scholarship fund.  CSI Memphis in partnership with the University of Memphis provides two scholarships that fully fund the tuition for the two selected students for one year.  This can eliminate a financial hardship that might exist and in turn provide peace of mind to the student allowing them to focus on their studies and not fund raising activities. I knew Mr. Morrison and had him as a drafting teacher while attending State Technical Institute at Memphis-now SWTCC. Please consider a donation to this very worthy endeavor. If I can donate to this very worthy fund…so can you!
 
We have our Board meetings the Monday prior to our chapter meetings that are currently scheduled for the second Thursday evening of the month. The general membership is invited to attend the Board meetings should they have business to bring before the Board or simply want to see how the Board functions. If you have an agenda item-let me know by email the Friday prior to the meeting and I will place it on the agenda.

Once again I thank you for the opportunity to serve the chapter in this honorable position.  I am humbled by the history of this chapter and its membership, past and present and hope to have an effective, productive and meaningful term.  My phone is always open so if you have questions, comments, recommendations or simply suggestions give me a call.  I’ll see you at our next meeting!

Hans Dietrich Faulhaber, Architect

The University of Tennessee

 

President's Message

Greetings Memphis Chapter CSI!!  

It seems like only yesterday I was returning from a great CSI convention in St. Louis. I am now preparing to go to another convention, this year in Austin, Texas, a town that prides itself on being weird. I am looking forward to the fellowship, the educational opportunities and meeting new folks in our industry. I will be there with our very own Jeffrey Parnell. We will both provide reports upon our return-look forward to them!

This month’s meeting program is by Michelle Ashbery, CDT, LEED AP, a familiar face to be sure. Her program last year was on acoustics, a subject near and dear to my heart. This year she will present her program: Understanding Code Compliant Integrated Ceiling Solutions. Unfortunately for me I will be in Austin during this gathering but hope to hear from an attending member on how good it was.

We have added a new feature in the magazine for your reading pleasure: What I Learned I hope will be a new feature that will be authored by a member who attended the meeting and, of course, was willing to write a quick report on what they learned. Look forward to future reports. Our first is by Susan Evans, CSI.

Please don’t get tired of reading this plea: I want to encourage everyone who reads this-member or not- to contribute to the Dempsey B. Morrison Scholarship Fund. This is a tax deductible contribution to the extent allowed by law. I encourage you to make a donation to this very worthy scholarship fund. CSI Memphis in partnership with the University of Memphis provides two scholarships that fully fund the tuition for the two selected students for one year. This can eliminate a financial hardship that might exist and in turn provide peace of mind to the student allowing them to focus on their studies and not fund raising activities. I knew Mr. Morrison and had him as a drafting teacher while attending State Technical Institute at Memphis- now SWTCC. Please consider a donation to this very worthy endeavor. If I can donate to this very worthy fund…so can you!

We have our Board meetings the Monday prior to our chapter meetings that are currently scheduled for the second Thursday evening of the month. The general membership is invited to attend the Board meetings should they have business to bring before the Board or simply want to see how the Board functions. If you have an agenda item, let me know by email the Friday prior to the meeting and I will place it on the agenda.

Once again I thank you for the opportunity to serve the chapter in this honorable position. I am humbled by the history of this chapter and its membership, past and present and hope to have an effective, productive and meaningful term. My phone is always open so if you have questions, comments, recommendations or simply suggestions give me a call. I’ll see you at our next meeting!

Hans Dietrich Faulhaber, Architect

The University of Tennessee

President's Message

We begin a new fiscal year this month which means we also have new leadership-new executive leaders and new board members. We will publish the new make up in this issue. I will be your President for another term and look forward to the opportunities and challenges that being your President will present. My “thank you” at the end of this message is from the heart- I truly thank the membership for the confidence you have in me to lead this very worthy organization.

Our Awards Banquet at the Butcher Shop was well attended.  The food and beverage was outstanding and the fellowship amongst our membership was on display. I will publish the list of award winners and those who were recognized for their contributions above and beyond being a member in this issue. 

I want to encourage everyone who reads this-member or not- to contribute to the Dempsie B. Morrison Scholarship Fund.  This is a tax deductible contribution to the extent allowed by law. I encourage you to make a donation to this very worthy scholarship fund.  CSI Memphis in partnership with the University of Memphis provides two scholarships that fully fund the tuition for the two selected students for one year.  This can eliminate a financial hardship that might exist and in turn provide peace of mind to the student allowing them to focus on their studies and not fund raising activities. I knew Mr. Morrison and had him as a drafting teacher while attending State Technical Institute at Memphis-now SWTCC. Please consider a donation to this very worthy endeavor. If I can donate to this very worthy fund…so can you!

We have our Board meetings the Monday prior to our chapter meetings that are currently scheduled for the second Thursday evening of the month. The general membership is invited to attend the Board meetings should they have business to bring before the Board or simply want to see how the Board functions. If you have an agenda item-let me know by email the Friday prior to the meeting and I will place it on the agenda.

Once again I thank you for the opportunity to serve the chapter in this honorable position.  I am humbled by the history of this chapter and its membership, past and present and hope to have an effective, productive and meaningful term.  My phone is always open so if you have questions, comments, recommendations or simply suggestions give me a call.  I’ll see you at our next meeting!

Hans Dietrich Faulhaber, Architect

The University of Tennessee