November 18th Chapter Meeting

Understanding the Mystery of Doors, Hardware & Codes and
Understanding Architectural Hardware Submittals
Two comprehensive educational programs focused on building codes as they relate to doors and hardware and on reading and interpreting hardware submittals.

Learning Objectives:
- Know how to add clients’ security concerns into specifications.
- Make proper choices in selecting doors, frames & hardware that comply with current building codes.
- Specify hardware that meets building and life safety codes including fire door requirements.
- Understand the importance of balancing life safety vs. security in the built environment.
- Identify the basic components of an architectural door opening.
- Identify the nomenclature of commercial wood doors.
- Understand what information a supplier is trying to convey in hardware submittals.
- Apply knowledge of hardware shop drawings and submittals to increase accuracy and save time in the approval process.

Speaker:
Liana Steffens is an Architectural Consultant for ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in complete door openings solutions. With over 15 years of industry experience, Liana is passionate about providing the architectural community with security and life-safety solutions that balance the needs for aesthetics, convenience, and sustainability. Based out of Long Island, she regularly assists Long Island and NYC firms with the design and coordination of complex building access control systems and emergency egress pathways. Liana’s dedication also permeates outside her workday, including active memberships and volunteer work for several industry-related non-profit organizations: AIA, CSI, DHI, IIDA, and USGBC.

Earn 2.0 Hours CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Liana Steffens is an Architectural Consultant for ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in complete door openings solutions. With over 15 years of industry experience, Liana is passionate about providing the architectural community with security and life-safety solutions that balance the needs for aesthetics, convenience, and sustainability. Based out of Long Island, she regularly assists Long Island and NYC firms with the design and coordination of complex building access control systems and emergency egress pathways. Liana’s dedication also permeates outside her workday, including active memberships and volunteer work for several industry-related non-profit organizations: AIA, CSI, DHI, IIDA, and USGBC.


Chapter meetings are the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
We meet at H2M architects + engineers, 538 Broad Hollow Road, 4th Floor East, Melville, NY 11747.
Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

October 21st Chapter Meeting

Controlling and Isolating Sound in the Design and Construction Process
Controlling and isolating sound is tricky—without the correct tools, the right people, and the proper design, the results are often disastrous. Participants in this course will review the needs for creating sound isolated specialty spaces and discuss how much sound isolation is needed in varying circumstances. In addition, attendees will dive into the three tools of sound isolation—mass, absorption, and mechanical isolation and the role of each in the design and build process, while discussing the process of designing and constructing a specialty space. This course will also outline the benefits of working as a team with other trades to provide the client the expertise in bringing about a well-designed and functional space.

Learning Objectives:
- Define the importance of controlling sound.
- Define how much sound isolation is required in varying circumstances.
- List the three tools: mass, absorption, and mechanical isolation and the role of each.
- Outline design considerations related to the construction of specialty rooms.


Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Ellen Giuffrida is the Director of Special Projects for DSG Distributors and Digital Sales Group Metro, and is a CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) Certified Outreach Instructor. Experience includes Marketing and Operations for Audio Video Invasion – a Pinnacle (Top 20 in North America) Control4 Integrator and Manager for Audio Command Systems, a CE Pro Top 100 Automation Integrator – one of the pioneers in the Integration Industry. Ellen has managed multiple high-end and high profile projects, and is working towards the goal of promoting industry-changing products and news to architects and builders to ensure cutting-edge technology is always an option presented to the end user.


Chapter meetings are the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
We meet at H2M architects + engineers, 538 Broad Hollow Road, 4th Floor East, Melville, NY 11747.
Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

Canstruction Long Island

Canstruction is the most unique food charity in the world!

Structure Buildout:                    October 28, 2015    4 pm - 4 am

Awards Reception:                     October 29, 2015    6 pm - 9 pm

Exhibit Open to the Public:     October 30 - November 11, 2015
                                                          8 am - 6 pm everyday
                                                          RXR Plaza, Uniondale, NY        

For thousands on Long Island, the day begins and ends with the anguish of hunger. Canstruction Long Island is determined to end this suffering. At our event, teams are given 24 hours to defy expectations, logic and gravity as they build fantastic sculptures from thousands of cans of food. Driven by the knowledge that their structures will change lives by lifting the spirits of those in need, by raising public awareness, and most importantly, by filling the shelves of local food banks dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to bring their creations to life. The following day, the super-sized masterpieces are judged in a variety of categories as these unconventional art exhibits are opened to the public. The cost of admission: just one can of food. At the end of the exhibition, all cans are donated to help feed the hungry on Long Island.

Canstruction is using ‘one can’ as a catalyst for change, ‘one can’ to represent the building blocks of these massive sculptures, ‘one can’ to prove that every act of kindness makes a difference. Through the generosity of volunteers, celebrity judges, and members of the community, Canstruction has contributed millions of pounds of food to community food banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger.

Since 2007, the participants of Canstruction Long Island have donated over 264,000 cans of food and thousands of dollars to help feed the hungry on Long Island.

Help us help our neighbors in need …
Form a Team, be a Sponsor, donate to Canstruction Long Island!

Canstruction Long Island, Inc. is a recognized 501(c)(3) public charity.


For more information: http://www.canstructionli.org/

September 16th Chapter Meeting

Storefront vs. Curtainwall & Preventing Curtainwall Failure
Learning Objectives:
- Describe what a Storefront System is and how is it best utilized in a commercial project?
- Describe what a Curtain Wall is and how is it best utilized in a commercial project?
- Identify the main Drivers that must be considered when deciding between Storefront or Curtain Wall?
- Understanding How Curtain Wall Performs and Installation for Proper Performance.
- Understand the consequences of selecting the wrong system.
- Influence of Wind Load on Curtain Wall Design/Selection.
- Importance of Properly Securing Curtain Wall to Surrounding Conditions.
- Importance of Following Manufacturer’s Installation Instructions Addressing Internal Seals.


Earn 2.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Mr. Robert Barbone, Architectural Consultant, Kawneer Company


Chapter meetings are the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
We meet at H2M architects + engineers, 538 Broad Hollow Road, 4th Floor East, Melville, NY 11747.
Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

June 16: Long Island Chapter Annual Awards Banquet

THE LONG ISLAND CHAPTER
of
The Construction Specifications Institute
 
Requests the Honor of Your Presence
at its
 
ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
Sponsored by
url
 
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
6:30 PM
 
at the
Chop Shop
47 East Main Street
Smithtown, New York 11787
(631) 360-3383
6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
 
$50 per Member & $50 per Guest
 
You can RSVP and pay cash, check, or credit card at the door.
 
RSVP email to:
KRaikowski@assaabloydss.com
 
Make checks payable to: Long Island Chapter CSI



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May 20th Chapter Meeting

Cold Formed Steel Framing Systems

Learning Objectives:
• Discuss LEED and the recyclability of cold formed steel products
• Review the uses and methods for cold formed floor systems
• Identify floor framing products that cold formed steel can efficiently replace
• Provide basic design guidelines for what needs to appear on your construction documents
• Provide resources you can use to help your design effort for cold formed steel floor systems

Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Anthony Stazzone, CSI
Mr. Stazzone is the North East Architectural Sales Manager for Marino\WARE Industries, Inc., and is based at Corporate Headquarters in South Plainfield, New Jersey. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. Mr. Stazzone is a Liberal Arts Management Sciences program graduate of the Virginia Wesleyan College. His professional affiliations also include the Construction Specifications Institute, Certified Steel Stud Association, Drywall & Interior Systems Association of New Jersey, New Jersey Subcontractors Association, New York Subcontractors and the North Eastern Subcontractors Association.

Anthony Stazzone has over 30 years’ background in the steel framing industry, with particular expertise in cold-formed steel framing products for floors, curtain walls, interior non-load bearing, and roof systems, LEED implications of product selection, and recyclability benefits. He has provided solutions-oriented technical assistance to architects, professional engineers, specification writers, interior designers, general contractors, subcontractors, and distributers, from building conceptualization through completion. Mr. Stazzone has consulted on Pre-Design Value Engineering for major projects in and around the Mid-Atlantic and North East regions, including B2 Brooklyn (a 32-Story modular building in New York City, billed as the “World's Tallest Pre-Fab Modular Building”), as well as the Lewis Arts Center at Princeton University. He has been an invited speaker at numerous architectural and construction industry continuing education seminars, including those sponsored by The American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute on such topics as Cold-Formed Steel Framing Floor Systems, Interior Non-Load Bearing Partitions, and Dynamic and Static Head-of-Wall Joint Fire Protection.

WHERE?
H2M architects + engineers, 538 Broad Hollow Road, 4th Floor East, Melville, NY 11747 

Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

What's the difference between drawings and specifications?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

We all know what specifications and drawings are. Or do we?

In casual conversation, it's not unusual to hear someone say "the specs" or "the specifications" when referring to the project manual. Similarly, it's common for people to say "the drawings" when referring to, well, the drawings. In either case, it's almost certain that everyone's mental images are of documents in two sizes: 8 1/2 by 11, and 30 by 42, or some other large size.

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Are specifiers an endangered species?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

For many years, there have been debates about the future of construction specifiers. Where will we find new specifiers? Are they all dying off? Is the profession no longer needed? While I believe there is reason for concern, I don't think much has changed.
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April 15th Chapter Meeting

Designing with Thin-Clad Stone
We will discuss two distinct installation systems and the wide variety of potential uses for Thin-Clad Stone materials. These uses will include both interior and exterior veneer applications. The presentation will focus on both adhered masonry and “clipped” or anchored veneers.
Learning Objectives:
• Understand the process of quarried stone formation
• Understand how Calcium Silicate Stone is created and how the process is similar to quaried stone formation
• Identify two distinct systems for installing Thin-Clad stone materials (adhered veneers and rainscreen veneers)
• Identify Thin-Clad wall design systems applicable for the specific building designs, climate, codes etc. (e.g. face sealed walls, drainage plane assemblies, insulated drainage plane assemblies, and ASHRAE 90.1 compliant wall assemblies)
• Recognize the overall design versatility of Thin-Clad stone as a cladding material
• Understand the benefits of using Calcium Silicate Materials (e.g. green benefits)

Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Rocco Maggio of Consolidated Brick

WHERE?
H2M architects + engineers, 538 Broad Hollow Road, 4th Floor East, Melville, NY 11747 

Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

Haystacks: Do construction documents do what they're supposed to do?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

The purpose of construction documents is simple: They tell the contractor what is needed to complete a project. How best to do that has been a subject of debate for a long time, even though a basic set of rules has been used at least as far back as the 1940s. In his "The Case For the Streamlined Specification", published in the July 1949 Construction Specifier, Ben John Small referred to a book titled "Specifications" that was written in 1896; the older book apparently discussed some degree of streamlining. Read More...

March 18th Chapter Meeting

BCNYS Chapter 17 - Structural Tests and Special Inspections
The presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the requirements of NYS Building Code Chapter 17 Structural Tests & Special Inspections.

Earn 2.0 Hours CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Nick Bailey, PE, of Municipal Testing Laboratory, Inc.

WHERE?
H2M architects + engineers, 538 Broad Hollow Road, 4th Floor East, Melville, NY 11747 

Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

Northeast Region CSI Conference 2015

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Please be our guest in Williamstown this May. With the Worcester Chapter as your host and the inspiring Clark Institute of Art as a focus for this year's event, you'll have the opportunity to advance your career, support your chapter and grow our organization.

THE ART OF SUSTAINABILITY

Every year the members of the region get together to network, participate in professional education and leadership training events, and mix it with a little bit of fun and CSI business. This year's event is set to be a phenomenal experience thanks to the timing, the venue, and the technical focus.

After a major multi-year reconstruction, the Clark Art Institute reopened this year to resounding critical acclaim. The project has been featured in Architectural Record, the NY Times, The Boston Globe, and numerous other publications.With new building design by Pritzker Award winner Tadao Ando, reworking of the historic museum by Annabelle Seldorf, landscape by Reed Hildebrand, and Executive Architect Gensler Associates leading the project and pulling it all together, the facility and the experience more than justify the accolades.

In our technical sessions held on the museum campus, we'll learn about the projects challenges and solutions from members of the design team while we experience the facility for ourselves.

Our hotel headquarters is the Williams Inn, just a stone's throw from the museum entrance.

Our platinum sponsors, ASSA ABLOY and ALLEGION as well as our silver sponsor A W Hastings/Marvin Windows and Doors have provided generous support to help us ensure a first class experience.

Click on the link below for program information and registration.
http://ner.csinet.org/Functional-Menu-Category/Upcoming-Events/FY15-Northeast-Region-Conference-May-14-to-16-2015.pdf

Furnish, install, or provide?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

Most architects, I believe, define the terms furnish (or supply), install, and provide, and sometimes those definitions appear in an owner's general conditions. When defined, they are part of the contract documents, and requirements using them are enforceable based on those definitions. In practice, perhaps because the definitions are nearly ubiquitous, I have had few problems with interpretation by contractors, or with enforcement.
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February 18th Chapter Meeting - LOCATION UPDATE

Continuous Insulation for Code-Compliant, High Performance Walls in Type I-IV Construction
The presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the application of foam sheathing as part of a continuous insulation system.

Learning Objectives:
  • Become familiar with the different means of achieving continuous insulation in high performance walls.
  • Learn the proper application and installation detailing for continuous insulation.
  • Be able to meet the new energy code requirements.
  • Be able to meet building code compliance including fire, structural (bracing, wind pressure & cladding), and weather/air/vapor barrier considerations.

Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Helene Hardy Pierce, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association technical expert from GAF.

WHERE?
H2M architects + engineers, 538 Broad Hollow Road, 4th Floor East, Melville, NY 11747 

Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

Vermont’s Architecture + Construction Expo

ACX 2015
Vermont’s Premier Architecture + Construction Expo
“Resiliency: The New Sustainability
May 20 (1/2 day, afternoon) + May 21 (full day) • Hilton Hotel • Burlington, Vermont • 150+ attendees
Overview

The Vermont Chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIAVT) and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSIVT) are pleased to bring you ACX 2015—Vermont’s Architecture & Construction Expo—at the Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, Burlington, Vermont on Wednesday, May 20 & Thursday, May 21, 2015.
Wednesday, May 20 is a half-day preconference beginning at approximately 1 p.m.; May 20 sponsors may keep their tables up on May 21. The actual conference begins with the cocktail reception at 5 p.m. on May 20 and runs a full day on May 21, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The bulk of sponsors will set up tables solely on May 21, the full day. However, sponsorships for May 21 include networking with attendees at the cocktail party on May 20.  (See the conference agenda attached for times of sessions, etc.; note: times could alter very slightly)
The conference focuses on current global resiliency challenges, Vermont's leadership role in the industry, and how we are moving towards an integrated resilient infrastructure addressing current and future needs. The event will draw 150+ attendees and exhibitors from across the country, bringing together architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, business leaders and regulators. Sessions will include design and technical workshops and presentations on current discoveries, ideas, trends, products, policy, regulatory and financial issues—all pertinent to resiliency.

For information on Vermont membership of:
AIA, contact Carol Miklos, cmiklos@aiavt.org, www:aiavt.org
CSI, contact Brian Leet, prez.csivermont@gmail.com, www.csivermont.org
Space is limited: act promptly! For inclusion in brochure, please register ASAP. The deadline for sponsor and exhibitors is APRIL 20, 2015
FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT SPONSORING/EXHIBITING, EMAIL CAROL MIKLOS, CMIKLOS@AIAVT.ORG

The importance of being earnest

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

A couple of months ago, in "Your slip is showing!", I mentioned that I had been specifying slip resistance for a very long time, but only recently became aware of a serious problem: Even though codes other regulations require a "slip-resistant" finish, there is no definition of what that means. I encountered a similar situation recently while reviewing the titles of the many standards cited in our specifications: I discovered that ANSI (the American National Standards Institute) produces no standards! Read More...

Rules of thumb

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

A huge problem that continues to grow is that we have too much information. When American architects formed AIA, 150 years ago, construction was much simpler; mechanical systems hadn't changed much since the Romans used them 2,000 years ago. Since then, countless new materials and processes have been introduced.
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January 21st Chapter Meeting

Energy Codes & Integrated Building Technology
The presentation is an overview of topics related to Integrated Building Technology, its benefits, and its role in fulfilling the changing energy codes and standards.

Learning Objectives:
  • Become familiar with the evolution of the various Energy Codes that have occurred over the past 35 years.
  • Be able to define IBT (Integrated Building Technology).
  • Be able to define the role IBT will fill in successfully meeting the increasingly stringent energy codes.
  • Be able to convey the benefits of a single-platform IBT solution to an Architect, Engineer, Electrical Contractor, General Contractor, Facility Manager, and others in the construction industry.

Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Richard Kurtzer, Northeast Market Development Manager of Crestron Electronics Inc.

Chapter meetings are the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
We meet at Super Enterprises, 126 Spagnoli Road, Melville.
Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

Time to brush up your resume?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

It's been ten years since my firm took the plunge and began moving from AutoCAD to Revit. There was a lot of behind-the-scenes research and discussion in the preceding year, after which a test team was assembled and trained. A real project was selected for live-fire testing, and we were on the way. About two years later, we did our first all-discipline project. In the next two years, the entire production staff received a full week of training. By the time the economy collapsed in 2008, Revit was our primary program, and today, it is used for virtually all of our work. Read More...