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The Cincinnati Chapter is in its seventh decade of serving the local design/construction community. Our membership is made up of architects, engineers, interior designers, facilities managers, contractors, product manufacturers and representatives, and others involved in the construction industry. 

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The President's View


The effects of COVID-19 have caused massive changes to our daily lives, changes that have often happened rapidly and abruptly. These adjustments often come with a wide range of experiences and emotions. Sometimes that transition can feel smooth and other times that journey is choppy or downright bumpy!

It's hard to believe that we are already over half way through the CSI fiscal year (started in July).  It has been a challenging time and we have had to make a lot of adjustments.

I just want to express my appreciation to our committed Board of Directors and their efforts to adjust with the times.  We started out our program year in September getting back together with face-to-face meetings, but soon realized with the uptick in COVID cases that we needed to go back to virtual meetings.  We had to cancel a tour we had scheduled in December and went back to virtual meetings in January 2021.  I thank our program committee, especially Dave Edwards, Bob Bartolt, and Mike Kohus (operating the Zoom platform) for making all these adjustments to our schedule. 

Our programs this month and in April will be virtual (via Zoom), but we are looking to getting back together in May for a tour of 3dx in Blue Ash, Ohio (See the website for details).  This was the tour we had to cancel in December.  I’m sure it will be an exciting and enjoyable event.  I look forward to seeing everyone in person again!

I would also like to thank our Great Lakes Region Conference committee, especially Mike Hornback and Paula Harris for all their hard work keeping the conference on track.  The original conference was scheduled for April 2020.  With the onset of the pandemic, we moved the conference to August.  This proved to be too soon, so we scrambled to create a virtual conference. This proved to be a successful event.  Since we had already done all the legwork for the original conference, we requested to the region that we hold the 2021 conference in Cincinnati.  Well, as you can guess, this also had to be cancelled and we are now looking to host the conference in April 2022.  I’d also like to give a BIG shout out to Kathy Kappner with the Radisson Inn in Covington, Kentucky for working with us in making all these adjustments.  She has been great!  And of course, I’d like to thank our Region Conference Sponsors for sticking with us though all these changes.

So, as you can see, our board of directors and committees are integral to the smooth running of the chapter. We could not run this chapter without the help of the volunteers and their ideas. If you are a member of CSI Cincinnati, I urge you to become involved on the board or in a committee and provide us with your expertise.  Not only will you find it a rewarding experience, you will make al lot of friends. 

That being said, this month we will be voting in our new Board of Directors.  We have a few vacancies we need to fill, so if you are interested in getting more involved with our chapter please let us know and we can get you on the ballot. We will soon be sending out an official notice.  Last month at our monthly board meeting, we voted to install Larry Suer of Dovetail Architectural Services to fill one of vacant director positions.  We thank Larry for stepping up to help us out!

To make CSI Cincinnati membership more valuable, at our February board meeting, we voted to provide some additional benefits for chapter members:  They include:

  • 1/2 the cost of the certification exam - a $187.50 value.
  • 1/2 the cost of CDT study workbook - a $14.50 value.
  • 1/2 the cost of Project Delivery Practice Guide - a $59.50 value.
  • 1/2 the cost of Program Tabletop - a $50.00 value.
  • 25% off chapter sponsorships.

For more detail on the benefits, give me a call. 

There is much bad, sad, and troubling news out there in the world today so let’s focus on the many positive things that surround us all.  I am optimistic that things will return to normal soon and we can soon gather with our fellow colleagues to network and discuss our roles in the design/construction community.  In the meantime, stay safe and optimistic. 

To succeed in baseball, as in life, you must make adjustments - Ken Griffey, Jr.

David S. Proudfit, FCSI, CDT, CCS, AIA, SCIP
President, CSI Cincinnati

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Monthly Program


March 9, 2021 - 11:45 AM - Virtual, Online. THE PROGRAM IS FREE FOR ALL!

Among the most popular building enclosure choices are rain screen walls and systems. This program investigates the building science and evolution of wall theory from mass walls to drainage and cavity walls finally to both pressurized and non-pressurized rain screen systems. You will learn specific details of common terra cotta, porcelain and composite panel systems operating as a rain screen.  We will investigate the different types of rain screen walls, learn how they function, and learn how to design moisture and energy management systems using rain screen wall principals.

Go to for more information and to register online.

Login information to our zoom platform will be provided with registration confirmation. 

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Cincinnati Area Construction News

Upcoming renovation for the Seven Hills School Middle School
February 23, 2021 - HGC Construction

  • After the success of the new construction of The Schiff Center, HGC will soon be returning to the same campus. HGC will be Construction Manager for the upcoming renovation of The Seven Hills School Middle School. The renovations are intended to support the growing student population. The existing building is 31 years old and was constructed when enrollment was 160 students. Now with a student body of 255, the building requires upgrades...Read More.

As West End transformation begins, some public housing residents fear they will be pushed out
February 23, 2021 -  Lucy May, WCPO

  • There’s no doubt change is coming to the West End.  The question is, who will be part of it?  As FC Cincinnati works to complete its new $250 million stadium designed to draw thousands of major league soccer fans to the neighborhood, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority is beginning a two-year planning process to reimagine its West End public housing communities...Read More.

PLK Communities Building $15M East Side Apartment Project
February 21, 2021 - Elevar Design Group

  • Elevar Design Group is working with PLK Communities to design Gentry East, a 96-unit apartment development next to its Echelon Luxury Apartments in Union Township in Clermont County. Located at 4323 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, the apartment community is expected to be a total investment of $15 million...Read More.

Impact of COVID-19 Continues to Influence Construction Costs
February 16, 2021 - Turner Construction Company

  • According to Turner Construction Company’s quarterly Building Cost Index, overall construction costs remained stable during the Fourth Quarter 2020.  Turner Construction Company announced that the Fourth Quarter 2020 Turner Building Cost Index—which measures costs in the non-residential building construction market in the United States—had maintained the value of 1177. This remains unchanged from the Third Quarter 2020 and represents a decrease of 0.51 percent from the Fourth Quarter 2019...Read More.

CR architecture + design opens Detroit office
February 16, 2021 - CR architecture + design

  • CR architecture + design is pleased to announce the opening of its Detroit office to accommodate CR’s growth and investment in their clients. This location will leverage CR’s ability to continue to serve their current clients by being readily available to meet local needs...Read More.

CCC Selected by Hamilton Security for New Manufacturing Plant
Feb 15, 2021 - Cincinnati Commercial Contracting

  • Hamilton Security, a leading manufacturer and provider of physical security solutions, broke ground on a new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility located in the Milford, Ohio area...Read More.

City Council approves controversial $80M housing development in OTR, with no affordable units
February 3, 2021 - Mariel Carbone, WCPO

  • An $80 million development in Over-the-Rhine will move forward with no commitment to providing affordable housing units, despite neighborhood advocates’ successful pleas to have discussion paused for renegotiation...Read More.

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New Members and Member Anniversaries

New Members

Chris Highfield, CSI
Senior Project Architect, WA Architects, Inc.
Chris is a project manager/ architect experienced in healthcare, commercial, higher education and government projects with complex program requirements; His project management skills focus on maintaining a project’s milestones in the design and documentation, project cost, construction and specific criteria.

Jason Riley, CSI-EP
Regional Sales Manager, Epic Metals
Jason is an experienced sales professional with twenty-two years of experience in residential, commercial, and architectural sales presentations. He has an extensive background in management, operations, customer service, and multi-project development with the ability to develop new business opportunities within a market to drive growth and improve market positioning. 

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Become a CSI member and get construction industry news and resources, standards and formats, networking opportunities, webinars, events, member discounts, and more!

And boy, do we have a deal for you!  The CSI Great Lakes Region has instituted a program called the “Chapter Challenge.” We are offering one year of free membership in CSI.  This includes national, region, and chapter dues.  This offer is available to all new design professionals, contractors, legal professionals, and other related professionals.  Sorry, the program does not include product representatives, distributors, and similar industry memberships, nor does it include membership renewals.  If you are interested in joining via the “Chapter Challenge” contact our Cincinnati Chapter Challenge chair, Thad Goodman,  [email protected], 614-214-5666.

Member Aniversaries

Thanks for your service to CSI Cincinnati!

Angela Julian, CSI, CDT Sherwin-Williams 2005
Nathan Schneider, BS, CSI, CDT Valcom Enterprises 2012
Daniel O'Connell, CSI Key Resin Company/Flowcrete
James Schriefer, CSI, CDT, AIA SHP 2015
Richard Carpenter, CSI Pertersen Aluminum Corporation 2016
Robbie Zerhusen, CSI TRA Design 2017


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On the Lighter Side...

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