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About Us

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


Leaders shape our nations, communities, companies, and organizations.  We need good leaders to help guide us and make the essential decisions that keep us moving.  We are all capable of becoming leaders.  All that it takes is that first bold step.  You will find that after taking that step, that the benefits of leadership touch all aspects of your life, including your work and business life, your relationships and family life and your health, spirituality, and personal life.

Many years back I was asked to take on a leadership role at CSI.  And believe me, it was a really big step!  I had been serving as the technical committee chair for the chapter and honestly had not done much with it.  I felt my leadership skills were inadequate and was afraid to move forward in a bold way.    Then I got a call from our nominating committee chair and he asked me if I would like to be considered for President of the chapter.  I was taken back, but thought about it for a minute and wanting to develop my leadership skills, I said “Sure, you can put me on the track to become president.” The response on the other end of the line was “No, we want you to start next week” (our current president had accepted a new position in another city).  Well, I couldn’t backout now, so I dove in with both feet.  I finished out the last year of the former president’s term, did my own two-year term, then ran and won election for Institute Director from the Great Lakes Region and Region President, and then served two terms as Institute Vice President.  Needless to say, that decision I made on that phone call in 1996 was the best decision I ever made.  CSI has been instrumental in developing my leadership skills and has helped enormously in my career as an architect and specifications writer.  I don’t where I would be without CSI.

So, how are your leadership skills?  Becoming a leader in CSI not only benefits the organization but will benefit you in your career.  Our young people need to learn the leadership skills that will help them communicate and negotiate with their peers, gain self-confidence and take initiative necessary for reaching their goals.  Bud Bilanich, a career mentor, defined how leadership skills will benefit your life and career:

  • Leadership Skills Help You Develop Greater Self-Confidence. One of the most important skills or qualities in life is self-confidence. You probably can’t even think of a single area of your life that wouldn’t benefit by having greater confidence. Imagine how your life could improve if you had more confidence to call on bigger sales prospects or ask your boss for a raise at work.
  • Leadership Skills Inspire Initiative. When you’re the leader – whether in your company, in your home or in a community organization, people look to you to guide them toward their goals. People follow leaders who have a vision, who inspire greater levels of performance and who take initiative. Great leaders produce change, and no change ever takes place without somebody taking the initiative to get things rolling in a new direction.
  • Leadership Skills Build Character. Above all, leadership builds character. Honesty, integrity, humility, patience, perseverance, self-discipline – all of these are developed in the crucible of leadership. The greatest leaders of all time have been those who learn to serve others with deep love and respect and a desire for the greater good. As you learn to develop your leadership skills the effects will spill over into all of your relationships and all aspects of your life.
  • Leadership Skills Increase Your Communication Skills. The cornerstone of all relationships is strong, honest communication, and being in a place of leadership gives you ample opportunities to develop your communication skills, whether in one-on-one briefings, group meetings, public speaking and written communications as well. 

Leadership can benefit every aspect of your life, giving you greater confidence, strengthening your communication and negotiation skills and developing character. The values you learn as a leader can improve your personal life and relationships and set you on the fast track to success in your career and business life.

We are currently looking for new, young leaders to become involved in the chapter.  Your ideas are the ideas of the future and we need you to keep our chapter moving forward.  The CSI Great Lakes Region is about to embark on a new program called “Leap into Leadership.” Details will be coming out soon.  I strongly encourage to take advantage of this program and develop not only your own leadership skills, but also help the CSI Cincinnati chapter grow into a vibrant and successful chapter that benefits the entire Cincinnati design/construction community.


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

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Monthly Program

Cost Management Through the Design Process

November 10, 2020 - 11:30 AM - The Original Montgomery Inn

This presentation provides an overview of the estimating process from budgeting to bidding. It identifies the steps of the budget process, as well as the differences between the budget versus the bid estimates. This session also compares and contrasts the various costing resources, and the purpose and functionality uses of each. This presentation is intended for A/E Firms, Owners, and cost consultants.

You will learn to:

  • Identify the steps of the budget estimating process.
  • Evaluate the differences between budget and bid estimates.
  • Compare and contrast various costing resources.
  • Understand the purpose and functional uses for each.

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Cincinnati Area Construction News

CSI Member and Education Chair, Tom Shumaker, Profiled  by AIA Cincinnati
AIA Cincinnati - Oct. 28, 2020

  • One of our active members, Tom Shumaker, was interviewed by AIA Cincinnati…read more.

Lake West Five Wins AIA Ohio Honor Award 
GBBN - Sep. 30, 2020

  • GBBN recently won top honors at AIA Ohio’s 2020 Design Awards, which is dedicated to recognizing the best of Ohio architecture. GBBN’s Lake West Five Community Clubhouse in Tianjin, China was one of only three projects to receive an Honor Award – the organization’s highest distinctionread more.

$80 Million Mixed-Use Project Planned in OTR
Elevar Design Group - Oct. 1, 2020

  • Elevar is working with Kean Ventures and Buckingham Companies in the design of this mixed-use development at the corner of Liberty and Elm St in Over-the-Rhine. The project now consists of over 300 residential units and between 5,000 and 15,000 square feet of commercial space. The proposed new version of the development would be a total investment of about $80 more.

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At the Institute...


CSI Annual (Virtual) Events

Don't Forget! Register for CSI’s Annual (Virtual) Events on November 5

There’s still time to register for CSI’s Annual Events on November 5! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn, meet, and celebrate from the comfort and safety of your office or home, free of charge. Click on links below to register. 

Chapter and Region Leadership Forum sponsored by TREMCO*: 1:00-1:50 p.m., EST

Annual Business Meeting & Member Forum sponsored by BSD SpecLink*: 2:00-3:00 p.m., EST

*These exclusive CSI members-only events allow you the chance to hear about the dynamic future of your CSI. Click here to become a member today to access these and future CSI events.

Honors & Awards sponsored by ATAS International, Inc. and Maxxon: 3:00-4:30 p.m., EST

Click here for a list of honorees – See someone on here you recognize? Tune in to raise a glass to their accomplishments. The event will be highlighted by the induction of the new Class of Fellows and a new Distinguished Member.

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New Members and Member Anniversaries

New Members

Would you like to become a member of CSI? 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!

Thomas Yocum, Esq., CSI Yocum & Neuroth, LLC
Jack Morgan, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CDT, AIA, LEED GA, NCARB, SCIP, USGBC Jack P. Morgan, AIA, CSI - Architect 2001
James Larva, CSI, CCCA, CDT
Hendon & Redmond, Inc.
David Edwards, CSI, CDT, AHC Erlanger Hardware Consultants, Inc. 2004
Karl Gieseke, CSI, AIA
Gieseke Rosenthal Architecture & Design, LLC
Benjamin Breyley, CSI, CDT, LEED GA
Hixson, Inc.
Judy Tolle, CSI Aristech Surfaces
Andrew Roehl, BA, RA, CSI, CDT, AIA, LEED AP, USGBC Andrew R. Roehl - Architect


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