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The Newsletter of The Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter CSI       February 2018 


March Program

Construction Documentation using UAS (drones), photography, scanning and video and its impact on the construction community.  

March 12, 2018

11:00AM - 1:00PM

Visual construction documentation requires a full suite of services, easily accessible on an intuitive cloud-based platform with local boots-on-the-ground support. These services include streaming webcams, professional facility management videos, virtual walkthroughs, 3D Scanning, UAVs (Drones), and mapping to deliver interactive as-builts by linking inspection-grade visual documentation to architectural plans to capture every project with exceptional clarity.


Meeting will be held at The Pourhouse, Lumber Exchange, 10 South 5th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402


11:00-11:30: registration
11:30-12:00: lunch and business meeting
12:00-1:00: presentation




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Last Chapter Program



Wood from the Hood

Finding New Uses for Neighborhood Urban Forest

On a balmy January 8 day, CSI-MSP toured Wood from the Hood in Minneapolis, reclaiming wood from urban trees.  The desire was to put downed trees to a higher and better use than wood chips.  But how?  By turning urban trees into lumber and then into something magical.  Wood from the Hood was the brainchild of Jon Buck and Rick Siewert, as over beer great minds get great ideas.  Ironically, our dinner was prepared by “Birchwood” Café.

This concept is thousands of years old, using what you have on your site.  However, industrialization has made this concept uncommon, less practical and the economics more challenging.  They started the business 10 years ago, in 2008, with Cindy Siewert as the Owner of Wood from the Hood.  Our fearless tour leaders, Jon Buck, Designer and Custom Sales at Wood from the Hood, and Rick Siewert, Owner of Siewert Cabinets, played pied piper and led about 50 CSI folks through their wood shop, out into the back yard, and back into the warehouse.

Big Picture (Top of the Canopy) Process

The process starts with finding sources of wood.  The felled tree is brought to the back yard, colored-dot coded, and sawn into designated thicknesses.  Then the wood is air dried followed by kiln-drying.  Finally the wood is manipulated, stained, coated, and loved until it goes out the door.

The Root of Sustainable Lumber Sources

Where does the wood come from that stock the yard?  Trees die.  Some from disease, some from construction projects.  Some trees die of old age too, just years longer than we do.  Sometimes Wood from the Hood has to pick up trees.  Minneapolis Parks sometimes delivers the trees.  Private services also donate.

One source is the Minneapolis Parks Board, as they thin the municipal canopy from diseased, dead or felled trees.  Currently the majority of the species tend to be Dutch Elm (affected by Dutch Elm Disease), Ash (affected by Emerald Ash Borer) and Oak (Oak Wilt).  Private Tree Services also provide trunks to prevent them from going into the chipper.  Residents often remove a tree from their property for disease or construction, or species specific reasons like Black Walnut that affect soils, ruin gardens, and are messy with nuts and rowdy squirrels.

To be usable, the trunk of the tree must be 6’-0” or longer, as shorter trunks are hard to cut. This can be a challenge, as above the truck is the canopy, where the limbs branch out.  These limbs are not good for most work as they are off-center and in tension, and when cut release stress so they don’t lay flat.  Forest trees compete with each other for sunlight, growing tall and producing long trunks.  Urban trees do not have as useable trunk lengths as forest trees, as they do not have to compete for sunshine and thus branch out at a lower height.

Saw Shack

In the back yard is the stock of logs to be cut, with protective bark still attached.  These have various colored dots to identify from where the trees came, and if there was a cost associated.  Then these trees get sent to the saw shack, in the spring, summer and fall.  (It is too cold to do this work outside in the winter).  The saw shack houses a mobile saw.

Three cutting methods for hardwood are plain sawn, quarter sawn, and rift sawn.  Plain sawn provides the largest yield from a log, is the fastest cut, and can provide up to 8” or 9” wide pieces.  But these can have a tendency to warp over time.  Quarter sawn is cut perpendicular to the growth rings and provides a “tiger” stripe grain which is stable from warping.  Typically reserved for red oak and white oak, it yields about 20% less than plain sawn, requires a 20” minimum diameter log, and ends up costing 30% more than plain sawn.  Rift sawn is also perpendicular to the grain and is the most dimensionally stable.  Providing a straight grain similar to veneer, it is the most wasteful of cuts, yielding 35% less than plain sawn and costing about 30% more.

Foreign Objects

They use metal detectors to find foreign objects in the wood and remove them before sawing (it ruins the blades).  Being urban wood, 75%-85% of wood have items in them, from staples (folks love to staple flyers to trees - lost dog, yard sale,...) and carriage bolts to bike rims and 32 caliber bullets.  Unfortunately, metal detectors do not find rocks, as they found out the hard way.

Ash borer does not affect the wood.  The insects live in the cambium layer which is just under the bark.  On exposed edge slabs this can be visible and if left the patterns can tell the story of the tree.

Drying Cycle

The first 15%-20% moisture is achieved by air drying, before placing the wood in the kiln to complete the drying cycle.  This reduces warping and cracking.  As much air drying is done as possible before placing in the kiln as it is gentle on the wood and to reduce the cost of electricity to run the kiln.  They had considered burning wood to run the kiln, but in a dense urban neighborhood the micro-particulates from burning can be offensive (not to mention we wouldn’t want them burning their product in order to dry it!). 

Air drying outside in the winter is not a problem, as there is less humidly.  Snow doesn’t hurt the drying as it just affects the top and edges.  Rain also only affects the exposed layers.  When the sun comes out the top and edges get the warmth and dries out the wood.  The only thing that happens is the wood exposed to sunlight turns gray, but it goes away when it is sanded and finished. 

The kiln is the end of the drying cycle.  During our visit they were drying ash in the kiln (smelled like a wood sauna, which in essence it is, a sauna enjoyed by planks of wood!).  The wood outside and inside is stacked and stickered (that means with sticks of wood between the drying planks in order to allow air flow, not the Chiquita Banana type of sticker!).   1” thick ash takes about 2 weeks to kiln dry to desired humidity.  A moisture meter is used to read 1” deep into the wood.  Every inch of wood has a different density, so the probes need to check several locations in the wood to tell the wood’s moisture content. 

The tour showed us the homemade, first dehumidification kiln they made and used.  It was used for 4 years running 365 days, and was basically a smaller wood box than the kiln building currently out back.   They had to replace the dehumidifier every 9 months, as they are not designed to be running that amount of time for such an intense amount.

Kiln drying temperatures start at 90 degrees, then as time goes along it gets gradually raised up to 125 degrees.  Due to regulations, when they are drying ash from borer infestations, they need to run the kiln at 140 degrees for 48 hours to kill any larvae.  So far it has been effective.  This has also proven effective for dehydrating squirrels.

The shop tends to avoid softwoods, as the sap needs to be set.  This requires the kiln at 165 degrees to avoid sticky edges. 

Timing – Schedule for Planning a Project

How much time does it take?  Depending on species and thickness, air drying the wood can take between 2 months to 18 months, to get the wood to 15%-20% moisture. Then it is kiln dried a few weeks to get the moisture down to 6% - 8%.  For industry standards, 5% - 10% is considered “acceptable”.  However, wood adjusts to ambient conditions and in July the air adds humidity which can put it out of range.  Total process can take about 1 - 2 years; 1” ash can take as little as 4 months if conditions are right.  Air drying takes as little as 2 months for 1” thick ash, often 5 months, and as much as 9-10 months.  For 3” thick slabs, drying can take a year to 18 months before going into the kiln.

WORD OF THE DAY: Hydroscopic. 

With “material moments” on the tables, education is on the process.  Wood is hydroscopic, tending to absorb moisture from the air.  For this reason it has to be dried down below the desired moisture level to allow it to absorb from the air in its final location, and yet remain within acceptable humidity range.

SUPER-Regional Materials: Reclaimed Wood into VERY Local Products

Reclaimed material FROM a jobsite – can be used for something IN that built construction.  For example, on the tour they showed reclaimed wood from Land O’Lakes, that had to clear some forest for a parking lot.  After walking the site with the architect and owner, marking the trees slated for removal, cutting them, and drying the wood, these will become 13’ communal tables for that company.

Only a handful of local lumber yard still have a saw mill, but this is a dying art.  There may be saw mills around in the rural areas, but kilns are not available.  Kiln drying reduces the moisture to prevent cupping and warping.


They can kiln dry 12,000 board feet a month and then need to store it.  In the warehouse they can store between 70,000 – 80,000 board feet of lumber at any time.  They try to keep thicker flitches of logs together in case they have to book match material or if they need to end-match for a longer table.

Finished Products from the ‘Hood'

Samples of finished tables were on display.  This included an American Elm with a dark stain that looked almost metallic in the grain.  Absolutely gorgeous.  American Elm is a tough wood to dry.  This table is going to Colorado.  Wood From the Hood is often contacted for specialty products, as they can produce a unique look and different or odd size or “live” edge.

Another sample of a couple tables had a gray wash on ash which is going to a Caribou Coffee, one in Apple Valley and the other in the Mall of America. 

Wood From The Hood has done some veneers, but it needs to be 1-1/4“ thick material, which is then sent out to Green Bay for a fabricator to make it veneer.  Here it goes into a special slicer.  This process is considerably more expensive (about double) what conventional veneer would cost, but if the desire is to use a specific wood, such as site-specific, this process is available.


How do we specify this to achieve these kinds of results?  The National Hardwood Association has criteria that can be used.  But the designer needs to know if the wood they desire is going to be available when they want the project.  Knowing that cutting, sawing, air drying and kiln drying can take a year or two before the lumber is ready, it would behoove the designer to talk with the supplier when the project is first in the conceptual /schematic design phase, anticipating the design would be about a year and construction about a year for the wood to be finished and ready in time for the final project.

FSC is not compatible for these uses.  In order for the trees to be from a FSC source, the entire city urban forest would need to be certified.

Identifying the preferred cut and character grade (as #1 and better) identifies the grain desired and number and size of knots.


How do folks find out about Wood From The Hood?  This has been mostly word of mouth advertising.  Originally they got some ads when they partnered with Seward Coop during their expansion.  They created a conference table out of Elm on the second floor, and then Seward Co-op advertised in their SPROUT newsletter.  They also received quite a bit of media coverage originally.

They started with a number of residential projects, but now they do mostly commercial projects.

They plan to do some educational lunch and learns for designers, architects, interior designers and furniture folks.  Other products they have on hand include retail products like picture frames, cribbage boards, beer flights, cutting boards, and grow sticks.

Upstairs is a sample room with a range of unique variations of woods and their zip codes, including a spalted maple and a local mahogany (WHAT?  In OUR climate?  Oh, it was in the Como Conservatory!).  Spalting creates beautiful patterns from dead trees either standing or laying down.  Microorganisms process the wood, and the kiln drying stops the process.  It is not as sound as other woods, but gorgeous.  Like birds-eye maple, you don’t know what beauty may be lurking beneath the bark until you dry it.  There is a wormy butternut sample with an epoxy experiment that is fun with character.

Where have the Kids Gone?

Like a parent, do you ever wonder where your “kids” went?  With many of the projects, they create the end result, such as restaurant tables for Surly Brewery, bar tops for Summit Brewery, coffee tables, “inlaid” maps with coffee beans, benches, wall paneling, communal tables, and conference tables.  Some are local, some get to travel far away like Colorado.  Sometimes they prepare the lumber and it gets adopted by other loving parents whose hands further mold the little ones.  In each case, it is rewarding to know that the local trees have found a much higher calling than wood chips.  Absolutely “heavenly”.

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New Member Spotlight







Suben joined the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) in 2017 to network with industry professionals and to broaden his knowledge base with an emphasis on building envelope related issues for existing buildings (including historical), and related design for new commercial buildings.

He is a Quality Manager for JE Dunn Construction Midwest Group, where he is based in Minneapolis covering JE Dunn’s commercial building construction projects throughout Minnesota and North Dakota.  He draws and collaborates very closely with the JE Dunn Construction National QA/QC group to provide JE Dunn Construction project teams with Building Envelope Peer and Constructability Reviews, Quality support (Codes, Building product(s), and 3rd Party Consultant and Peer reviews and verifications), on-site Quality inspections, and participates in all endeavors relating to forensic demolition.  Suben also initiates and manages regularly scheduled monthly “Lunch and Learn” sessions for JE Dunn’s Project Managers, Field Engineers, Superintendents and Forepersons, etc., as offered by different building product suppliers, vendors, trade partners, and related entities.

Suben received his Civil Engineering Certificate in Malaysia, completed his Building Construction Technology, and Construction Management Degrees in the United States, (Nebraska, and Colorado respectively).  In addition to his work with JE Dunn, Suben also currently holds a position as Management Trustee for the Cement Mason’s Health and Welfare Fund, appointed by the AGC.

He has over 25 years of industry related experience covering Commercial, Industrial, and Infrastructure projects, of which 21 years have occurred here in the United States, and the rest abroad, specifically in Southeast Asia.

A list of notable projects that Suben has been involved with include:

  • Petronas Twin Towers, a.k.a. KLCC Towers (Malaysia)
  • Singapore Second Causeway Bridge (between Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Minnesota Wild Arena a.k.a., Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, MN)
  • Minneapolis Convention Center Expansion
  • Minneapolis Central Library Project
  • Willmar Wastewater Plant Campus
  • NorthStar Corridor Rail’s Downtown Intermodal Station and LRT Connection
  • Eisenhower High School Campus (Yakima, WA)
  • Minot ND International Airport
  • Southwest High School Expansion (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Minnesota State Capitol Interior and Exterior Restoration and Upgrade
  • U of M Tate Science and Teaching Renovation
  • Baker Center Property Renovations and Amenity Enhancements
  • Williston Basin International Airport ND


Suben may be reached at:

Suben Kanagaratnam  |  Quality Manager

JE Dunn Construction

800 Washington Avenue North, Suite 600

Minneapolis, MN 55401

Direct:             612.260.2323

Mobile:            612.704.4954



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Upcoming Events



Local Construction Associations

Compiled by Joel Meyer

(check respective websites for complete listings)


The Minnesota Construction Association recently announced their 2018


On January 31, 2018, the Minnesota Construction Association (MCA) honored its members for outstanding recently completed construction projects.  The awards were presented at the annual MCA Awards of Excellence Gala at the Minneapolis Marriott West. The MCA is a non-profit association dedicated to providing networking and continuing education opportunities for professionals in the construction industry. 

Several of our CSI member firms were recognized for these projects. Here is the list of MCA Awards of Excellence:

Adolfson & Peterson Construction won in the New Project Total Value Under $15,000,000 category for the Wayzata Mill Street Parking Ramp.   The Mill Street Parking Ramp included construction of a new 385-stall, 93,700 square-foot parking structure for the City of Wayzata. Work consisted of a cast-in-place concrete with a post-tensioned cable 2nd floor deck. Exterior façade consisted of precast panels with a thin-brick facing, factory finished metal wall panels and decorative ipe wood cladding.

In the New Project Total Value Over $15,000,000 category, Meyer Contracting won for the Nicollet Mall Roadway and Streetscape Project. The project was a full reconstruction of Nicollet Mall between Grant Street and Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. The work included new pavement, curb and gutter, storm sewer, street lighting, streetscape, traffic signals, signage, soils, irrigation and site furnishings.

 Versacon, Inc. won in the Renovation, Expansion or Tenant Improvement Project category for the Municipal Building Historic Clock Face Renovation project.  The replacement of all four clock faces, salvage the existing iron and porcelain clock faces, installation of a new interior lighting system and masonry restoration located in the historic Minneapolis City Hall.

In the Government Construction Project category, Terra General Contractors won for Rogers High School Additions project. The Elk River School District hired Terra General Contractors as the Construction Manager to work with Wold Architects & Engineers to design and construct the 52,000 square foot, third wing addition. A 26,000 square foot auditorium was also constructed as part of the $98,000,000 bond referendum.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction won in the Green/Sustainable Project category for the University of Minnesota Combined Heat & Power Plant. The project included the renovation of the Old Main Heating Plant building to add combined heat and power generation equipment to create a multi-functional Old Main Utility Building. The new Energy Plant connects to the existing Gopher substation and the University’s utility system.

In the Subcontractor/Specialty Contractor category, Empirehouse, Inc. won for the Westminster Presbyterian Church Expansion project.  Empirehouse teamed with Mortenson Construction and James Dayton Design on the Westminster Presbyterian Church expansion project as the architectural glass & metal contractor and design-assist partner. Unique features included a 30-foot wide domed skylight, over-sized sliding glass doors and folding glass walls, dichroic-filmed curtainwall, fly-by condition and a total glass area of approximately 11,000 square feet.

Terra General Contractors won in the Research, Innovation or Use of Technology category for Replication of Historic Column Capitals. Carleton College entrusted Terra with the challenge of providing replica columns/capitals to replace four columns that went missing some time after the original construction of Scoville Hall (1896). References for the replication included historical photographs and half columns that remained. Terra utilized laser scanning, computer modeling, 3D printing, and CNC machining to complete this task.

Each year, the Minnesota Construction Association recognizes a project that was completed as a result of resourceful blending of construction techniques and professionals.  The 2018 recipient of the MCA Choice Award was JE Dunn Construction for the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration project. The comprehensive, four-year, $275 Million restoration of both the interior and exterior of the capitol building which addressed the needs for restoration, life safety, accessibility, asset preservation and long-term functionality.

MCA also honored outstanding companies and individuals at the Awards of Excellence Gala.  These awards acknowledge the exemplary work and dedication to quality construction by our members.  

General Contractor of the Year – RJM Construction

Subcontractor of the Year – Veit  

Service Provider of the Year – Brock White

Design Professional of the Year – KOMA

Member of the Year – Allie Zeman   

 For more information, contact the MCA Office at (952) 928-4646, email, or visit  



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Chapter Membership Committee News


Click HERE for the new Membership Enrollment Form

Ask the Membership Commitee Chair:

Gary Patrick at 763-546-3434 or

Or contact the CSI-MSP Chapter Administrator

Vicky Olson at 952-564-3044 or

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Chapter Partnerships and Sponsorships




Would you like your company to come to mind first when a CSI member needs the services your company provides? 

Your company logo would be prominently displayed on all emails from the chapter (4 – 5 emails sent each month to 950 contacts each time), at all monthly programs (80 – 100 members), in the monthly Specifics (sent to 700+), on the pages of the CSI chapter website, at EVERY CSI event on each table and in the PowerPoint!

Your company could have quarter page ads or a featured article in the monthly Specifics (sent to 700+), or the opportunity to feature your company with a table top display at a monthly meeting.

If you answered yes, please send an email to and put “Need a Call” in the subject line and include your contact information.  You will be contacted by a CSI member.

Would you like to lend your company’s support to CSI events like the Annual Golf Outing or the Annual Awards Banquet?

If you answered yes, please send an email to and put “Sponsorship Call Needed” in the subject line and include your contact information.  You will be contacted by a CSI member.

Did you previously have a business listing or business card ad in the Resource Directory section of the printed CSI Chapter Directory? 

If you answered yes to the above, there are advertising options available for your company on the website and in the monthly Specifics.  Please send an email to and put “Advertising Call Needed” in the subject line and include your contact information. You will be contacted by a CSI member.

Your Partnership with the MSP Chapter at any level is your company’s path to visibility with decision makers in the design and construction industry. Your support also enables the continuation of high-caliber programs and events and networking among all parts of the building team.  Your participation is valued by all CSI members.

Chapter Partnerships

Platinum Partnerships
612-867-5173     651.704.0300 952-462-5359
 800.321.8194   763.546.3434    

763.544.0365 763.592.8640    
952-854-8723 612.349.9885    


Gold Partnerships



Silver Partnerships      



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The Construction Specifications Institute, Construction Specifications Canada Renew Agreement to License and Support MasterFormat®

ALEXANDRIA, VA (Jan. 17, 2018) - The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), a national association dedicated to improving the communication of construction information and Construction Specifications Canada (CSC), today announced the ten-year renewal of an agreement to license and support MasterFormat® in the United States, Canada, and worldwide.

MasterFormat is used throughout the construction industry to format specifications for construction contract documents. The purpose of this format is to assist the user to organize information into distinct groups when creating contract documents, and to assist the user searching for specific information in consistent locations. An internationally recognized standard for organizing specifications and other written information for commercial and institutional building projects, MasterFormat is a product of CSI and CSC.

“We are thrilled to renew our work with CSC to better serve the construction industry worldwide, and proud of the contributions CSI and CSC members continue to contribute to this important organizational system,” said Mark N. Dorsey, FASAE, CAE, CSI’s Chief Executive Officer. “renewing the long standing partnership with CSC for the next decade ensures maintenance and expansion of this vital resource.”

“The successful completion of projects requires effective communication among the people involved, and that in turn requires easy access to essential project information. MasterFormat, Uniformat and other CSI and CSC standards represent a key benefit for our members.” said Nick Franjic, CSC’s Executive Director. “We’re excited to renew our agreement with CSI to better serve the construction industry in today’s global business environment.”

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The 2018 Region Conference will be in Duluth, Minnesota,  April 12, 2018 through April 14, 2018, visit the website for further information!


Read the North Central Region Newsletter!

see the link below

North Central Region Newsletter


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Educational Opportunities



April 26-27, 2018 | Chicago, IL

Sharpen your skills in construction risk identification, assessment, mitigation, and monitoring by joining your peers at the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Academy on April 26 and 27 in Chicago. Learn from subject matter experts and share your experiences through highly interactive online and in-person sessions. This one-and-a-half-day conference features two tracks of focused educational content - Project Conception and Project Execution.


  • Expand your working knowledge of every step in construction risk management
  • Understand the fundamentals of construction risk and how it affects different project phases
  • Develop real-world strategies for addressing risk management in your projects, from risk identification and assessment to methods of mitigation and monitoring existing risks



  • Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals
  • Individuals who are new to risk management
  • Individuals who are implementing a risk management plan
  • Individuals who wish to be familiarized with the general terminology and best practices



Registration is open to industry professionals, with discounts for CSI Members. Early registration will open on January 9, 2018. Space is limited.

                        Early (1/9-2/15)      Regular (2/16-4/18)       

Member             $695                        $795

Non-member     $970                        $1,070

As part of the registration fee, participants will receive forms, templates, and risk management plan materials developed specifically for the Academy and up to 12 professional development hours (PDHs) towards CSI certification renewal.

The CSI Academy is produced in conjunction with the CSI Chicago Chapter. We hope to see you there!

Click here for more information and to register CSI Academy


March 1, 2018; 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)

March's session topic is still being developed and will be posted as an update to the this event once available.

CSI's Specifying Practice Community focuses on issues facing anyone reading or writing construction specifications. The group is led by David Stutzman, CSI, CCS, AIA, SCIP, LEED AP and Louis Medcalf, FCSI, CCS.

CSI Practice Communities are intended to help facilitate conversation and bring topics of today's industry to the forefront of professional conversation. The speakers and topics presented do not represent the views and opinions of CSI or its members. Additionally, the sessions are intended to be a more informal discussion and sharing of practices between peers. Unless explicitly stated, practice group sessions are not approved for CEUs with AIA or any other education provider. practice group sessions may be counted toward required continual education for CSI Certifications.


CSI on-Demand Webinars are education sessions that provide convenient, quality learning at an affordable price – you will be able to see materials, hear an instructor and earn continuing education credit. Courses qualify for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and AIA Continuing Education Hours (CEHs). 

CSI's Education Learning Levels

Each session, webinar, or similar event offered through CSI's programming meets a specific level of education:

Fundamental (100 Level): “Learn & Grasp”
Attendees require little to no previous knowledge of the topic area. Participants will learn fundamental facts, terms, and basic principles and understand their meaning. These sessions inform using the “what, why, and how” approach.

Intermediate (200 Level): “Apply & Organize”
Attendees require basic knowledge and understanding of the topic area. Participants will be able to integrate knowledge into the context of practice by organizing, comparing, interpreting, and relating main ideas. These sessions are identified by key words including “execute, perform, and apply.”

Advanced (300 Level): “Develop & Evaluate”
Attendees require a working knowledge and considerable experience in the topic area. Participants will be able to analyze problems and evaluate new situations by combining acquired knowledge and techniques to generate solutions. These sessions are identified by key words including “develop, evaluate, and implement.”

The cost per webinar is $55 for CSI members, or $75 for non-members -- join CSI now and save when you register for an on-demand webinar! 

See the webinars available on demand!


In addition to CSI Webinars, CSI has additional educational opportunities for members of the construction industry.

For more information go to:

The Construction Specifications Institute is a Registered Provider of American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System and United States Green Building Council Education Provider Network


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Chapter Leadership



Andy Garner, CSI, CDT 

 Immediate Past President

George Ramsay, CSI, CCS, CCCA


Cynthia Long, CSI, CDT 

 Vice President

Kasey Howard, CSI

 Vice President

Dave Rasmussen, CSI

 Vice President

Jeremy Nordby, CSI

 Vice President

Sandy McWilliams, CSI, LEED AP


James Bergevin, CSI


Mark McPherson, CSI, CDT


Awards Committee

Tohnya Adams, CSI-EP, Co-Chair

Rick Nichols, CSI, Co-Chair

Certification Committee

Jerrilyn O'Brien, CSI, CDT, EIT, Co-Chair

 Communications Committee

Keith Pashina, PE, CSI, Chair 


To be determined

 Membership Committee

Gary C. Patrick, CSI, AIA, RRC, Co-Chair

Susan Lee, CSI, Co-Chair

Programs Committee

Brien DuRouche, CSI, Co-Chair

Larry Lorbiecki, CSI-EP, AIA, Co-Chair

Emerging Professionals/Student Affairs

Hannah Fleischaker, CSI, Co-Chair

Adrienne Rulseh, CSI, Co-Chair

Annual Golf Outing

Ryan Hallesy, CSI, Chair

Chapter Administrator

 Vicky Olson, CSI, IntrinXec

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