September 2020 Print

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

What a year this has been!  Who would have thought last year at this time we would be were we are now.  But take heart, this too shall pass and I'm confident we will eventually get back to normal. In the mean time, the CSI Cincinnati board is working on how we can best serve our membership.  We had our first virtual meeting in May and the CSI Great Lakes Region Conference, scheduled to be in Cincinnati, was held virtually in August.  Stay tuned as we adjust our way of doing things  and hopefully the coronavirus will be behind us soon.  By the way, we are still planning on an onsite Great Lakes Region Conference in Cincinnati next April.

That being said, I'd like to welcome you to our first issue of the the new Queen City Rapport newsletter!  After being on hiatus for sometime,  we are bringing it back to keep you up to date on the goings on of CSI.  You may ask about the name of the newsletter.  This was the name given to the newsletter sometime in the early 1980s.  We thought it would be nostalgic to keep this name. I have no idea how it got this name, but I found a newsletter from February 1981 mentioning that many members disliked the unimaginative title (Cincinnati Chapter News) and that a name change should be considered. Maybe some of our older members can fill me in.  Anyway, look forward to topical information on the Chapter, our members, news from the the Institute, and local Cincinnati area design/construction news.

Now that we have officially begun our program “year,” it is a good time to consider becoming more active in CSI.  Check out the “Committees" page on our website for a list of all committees and what they do.  If you are new to CSI, there is no better way to get the most of your membership than to get involved behind the scenes in one of our committees.

Please continue to visit our Website, join us for news on social media and reach out to any of our Board Members. Also, the Institute website also has good communities for asking national experts questions and participating in discussions. We may not be meeting in person, but everyone is still working hard to make CSI a great organization.

Hope to see you soon (in person).


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

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September Program

Commercial High Performance Coatings

September 8, 2020 - 11:30 AM - The Original Montgomery Inn

High performance coatings (HPC) are a special catagory of coatings which are normally two component in nature.  They are different than single component paints and require specialized handling and application to be used successfully.  This program goes into detail on surface preparation and discusses proper mixing and use of these important protective coatings.  Because of the complex nature of these products, understanding the life expectancy and long term value of these coatings is discussed in detail.

Go to for more information and to register online.

All our programs for the year will be on the website soon!  check at often.

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Cincinnati Area Construction News

Major construction set to resume at Newport on the Levee
Randy Tucker - Cincinnati Enquirer - Sept 2, 2020
  • After a brief pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, major construction is set to resume at Newport on the Levee later this week, developer North American Properties (NAP) announced Wednesday…read more.
Banks music venue construction is moving forward again
Courtney Francisco - WCPO - August 21, 2020
  • Construction of the Banks riverside music venue resumed Friday after a two-week pause caused by a property-rights dispute between the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County…read more.
Three Reasons Cincinnati is Industrial Hot Spot of America
Kristin Hiller - REBusiness Online - August 20, 2020
  • …the Cincinnati market is emerging as a destination for warehouse and fulfillment centers…read more.

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At the Institute...

MasterFormat® 2020 is Here!

Construction projects use many kinds of delivery methods, products, and installation methods. One thing is common to all: the need for effective teamwork by the many parties involved to ensure the correct and timely completion of work. 

Successful completion requires effective communication among the people involved. Efficient and correct communication and use of information is enhanced by the MasterFormat standard.

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  • MasterFormat is the basis for organizing information for contract documents 
  • Design professionals rely on CSI standards like MasterFormat to produce buildings that are safe, up-to-code and long-lasting
  • MasterFormat has changed the construction industry and influenced countless associated classifications, including the ASTM standard for sustainability assessment of building products, MasterSpec, SpecText, National Master Specifications (NMS), Building Systems Design (SpecLink), and SpecsIntact systems.
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From Concept to Construction - PDPG 3rd Edition

The Project Delivery Practice Guide 3rd Edition focuses on the art and science of leading project delivery methods. Learn the roles and responsibilities of every party, the deliverables during each phase of the facility life cycle, and the types of information flow that help ensure a successful project.

As part of the source materials for CSI Certification Exams, studying the PDPG 3rd Edition is an important preparation tool. Get your copy and register for the exam today.

Register now - early registration rates only last through August 31!

Congratulations to the 2020 Class of CSI Fellows!

The CSI College of Fellows has selected five new members to the 2020 class. Each was nominated through a rigorous application process, then elected by the Jury of Fellows for membership. Fellowship is one of the top two honors given by the Institute.

The 2020 Fellows are: Alan Mitchell Horne Sr., CSI, CCS, CCCA, CDT®, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, USGB; Elias S. Saltz, CSI, CCS, CDT®; Lee Ann M. Slattery, CSI, CDT®, CCPR; Robin E. Snyder, Esq, CSI, CCS; and William Sundquist, CSI.

The new Fellows will be inducted during the virtual Honors and Awards Ceremony taking place on November 5, 2020. 

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New Members and Member Anniversaries

New Members

We would like to welcome the following new members to the chapter.  Since this is our first issue of the New Queen City Rapport, here are all the new members in 2020. Welcome to the Chapter!

Jana Bartlett, CSI
Director of Marketing, Aristech Surfaces
I have the sheer joy of promoting of a unique portfolio of surface design materials to make the world safer, cleaner, and simply stunning. Based in Northern Kentucky, Aristech Surfaces is an established manufacturer of Acrylic Sheet, Solid Surface and Architectural Resin which has provided customer solutions for 50 years. My husband and I have called Bright, IN home for many years, and enjoy the country life while still in reach of Cinci-Fun.

Kyle Durham, CSI-EP
Architectural Sales Representative, Jaimes Industries
I am with Jaimes Industries, a leading manufacturer of cold formed light gauge metal products, engineered trusses and prefabricated wall panels. As the sales rep and director of specifications for Jaimes Industries, I am excited to join the CSI Cincinnati Chapter.  My wife Paige and I have been married for just over a month. We are looking forward to celebrating our wedding with a larger reception this December (crossing our fingers)! Outside of work I enjoy golfing and cooking.

Jennifer Hessler, CSI-EP
Wall & Exterior Territory Manager, Reps of Ohio. 
I'm a Territory Manager for Reps of Ohio. We specialize in the entire building envelope and I'm apart of our exterior wall division. We've done a great job aligning ourselves with some very innovative product lines that have been very beneficial with all of the code changes. Not to mention our beautiful cladding lines!  I reside a little south of Columbus with my fiancé, his two sons, and our 3 horses. Our horses are thoroughbreds so racing consumes a significant amount of our free time. When we aren't taking care of the horses we enjoying boating, camping, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to being an active member if CSI Cincinnati and meeting everyone!

Jacob Kuhn, CSI-S
University of Cincinnati
I am a second year in the DAAP program of architecture. I found out about CSI from the young architect podcast hosted by Michael Riscica. My introduction to the field of construction started from my Dad. My Father owns a sub-contracting company that insulates duct work and pipes called M.P. Kuhn Insulation. I worked for M.P. Kuhn for two years. I am currently interning with Barton Coe Vilamaa. Barton Coe Vilamaa is an architectural and engineering firm in Fort Wayne, Indiana that designs schools. I am happy to join the CSI family and hopefully I can join a committee soon!

Brian Miller, CSI
Constructive Insight, LLC
I have been in the commercial construction industry for 34 years, starting with Sweets Catalogue in the late 80s and early 90s.  I left Sweets in 1992 to start a building product sales and marketing consulting business, Constructive Marketing Services, Inc.  In 2001, my old boss at Sweets who’d founded ARCAT convinced me to spend the next fifteen years building, now the largest product sourcing site of its kind.  Since then, I’ve helped friends in the BIM trade, worked with STACK locally to launch a cloud-based takeoff system designed around the specific needs of manufacturers, and most recently was with LumAware Safety, managing their photoluminescent exit signs sales and marketing efforts. I have been married for 27 years with two sons – Nick, a recent graduate of my alma mater Miami University, and now in UC’s MBA program, and Jacob, a senior at UC majoring in Communications.  We live in Loveland.

Kirk Paisley, CSI, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
President, Owner at BDCL Architects
I am the President and Owner of BDCL Architects which focuses exclusively on the design of affordable housing projects across the country.  I was previously involved with the CSI Columbus Chapter through various facets including Chapter President in 2010-2011.  After a brief hiatus from CSI while making a major career change and move to Cincinnati, I have rejoined CSI as a member of the Cincinnati Chapter and I am excited to get engaged with a new group of professionals in this region.

Jim Schaeper, CSI
Champlin Architecture


Member Aniversaries

Thanks for your service to CSI Cincinnati!

Ronald L. Lehman, CSI, Member Emeritis, CDT Ironclay Masonry 1974
Craig Chabot, CSI, AHC, CDC Norwood Hardware and Supply Co. 1991
James Sist, CSI Chemtech International 1997
Mike Frank, CSI GOP Limited 1999
Mark Sweigart, CSI University of Cincinnati 2008
Beth Breda, CSI, CDT, NCARB Beth Breda Architect 2012
Kimberly Shaw, CSI GCP Apllied Technologies 2016


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