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CSI Building Knowledge, Improving Project Delivery

JUNE MONTHLY MEETING Membership Awards and a Selection of Photos by Colin Edwards Salis June 12, 2014 Please join us for an evening of celebration! Colin Edward Salis will share his photos throughout the evening. Mr. Salis’s collection includes:     

Frank Lloyd Wright homes European buildings Mies Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion and Berlin National Gallery Buildings throughout Paris and other parts of France Famous US buildings from such architects as Fay Jones, Renzo Piano and Louis Kahn

Cost Members: Free Non-Members: $50

Table of Contents May Meeting Wrap-Up . . . . . . 2 Let’s Get Dirty Recap . . . . . . 3 CSI Golf Tournament . . . . . 4-5 The Color Corner . . . . . . . . . . 7 AIA Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Membership News . . . . . . . . . 8 From the Desk of . . . . . . . . . . 8 Spec Academy . . . . . . . . . 9-10 SW Regional Conference . . 11 Sheldon Wolfe . . . . . . . . .12-13 Paint Quality Institute . . . . . 14

Time 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Key Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Where Palette, at the Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004 Reservations can be made by online at: OR Louise Rehse at 602-258-7499 or

MAY CSI PHOENIX MEMBERSHIP MEETING RECAP By: Tim Garver, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, MPI ACS, Affiliate Member AIA Arizona , Dunn Edwards Paints

Dr. Robert Bechtel – Guest Speaker / May CSI Phoenix Chapter Membership Luncheon Dr. Bechtel spoke on the subject of ecological psychology as it reveals the important role of women across all different societies. Women do most of the daily work in everyday life. This has consequences on the design of our environment. Robert Bechtel studies people’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors as they relate to the environment, as well as environmental influences on the entire range of human behavior. His environmental specialties include extreme climates, housing, and small communities. He works with architects, engineers, landscape architects, government agencies and private corporations, including NASA and The University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2. Dr. Bechtel has written several textbooks in psychology and has done research in several foreign countries such as Israel, Peru, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh.

Dr. Bechtel speaking

Michael Wadding collecting for the 50 / 50 raffle. Ron Geren introducing Dr. Bechtel


LET’S GET DIRTY RECAP By: Louise Rehse, CSI, The Reference Library

On Thursday, May 1st, we gathered at the Seneca Architectural Products location for a CSI’s Let’s Get Dirty event with Formglas. After an educational program presented by Formglas, the attendees had a hands-on installation of GFRG (Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum) and GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) materials. Participants were able to install applications of a ceiling light cove and a column cover using a nail gun and finishing the installation with tape and drywall mud. Attendees left with a strong understanding of the composition and design flexibility these materials offer. Additionally, there will be a design competition to create a unique shape using Formglas GFRG. Formglas will actually produce the winning design and the completed fabrication will be awarded to the winner. Stay tuned to see the winning project!

A special thanks to our CSI member Bob Cowley and his staff for preparing our space and providing lunch and a wonderful presentation by Formglas – coming from Toronto for this event!


1st PLACE Simon Roberts, CSI, ATAS International, Inc.; Dave Bates; Jeff Nielsen, CSI, CCPR, ACO Polymer Products; Mark Holmquist

2nd PLACE John Young, Craig Curtis, Stephen Ramirez and JD Wagoneer




Rain? – In the Desert? Yes, and when it does, the IBC requires weather protection.11

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THE COLOR CORNER by: Merrilou Peek, CSI, CDT, PPG Architectural Coatings

There is no one I know of that is not effected by today’s stressful business environment. No matter what your specific position and how much you enjoy it, pressure tends to build up around us till we sometimes feel as if we will explode. Our CSI Phoenix speaker from the April meeting; Upali Nanda, author and expert on the subject, spoke to us about evidence based design, and some of the design elements that may impact the healing environment. This information is useful to many in CSI. Not only the professional members, Product Representatives need to understand and help to move towards a more healthful environment with the products we place in healthcare, education, and other types of facilities. Think for a moment back to a very stressful situation you encountered. Then allow your mind to wander to the place you would most like to be, in order to alleviate that stress. Ninety-five percent of people that are asked this question respond that they are most comforted and soothed by being outdoors. When discussed, they specifically mention that they would like to engage all of their senses. It is the complete sensory experience that relaxes our minds and bodies. The impact of color, artwork, and natural environments are significant in the well-being of us all. Taken in part from the website: (a site dedicated to evidence based design, and the exploration of color in the healthcare and education facility).

SUMMER SCHEDULE No meetings in July or August. No newsletters in July or August. Publication deadline for the September 2014 issue of the Phoenix Chapter Newsletter is August 15, 2014

AIA ARIZONA JUNE CALENDAR June 3rd—SAC Board of Directors June 12th—Phoenix Metro Board of Directors June 13th—Board of Directors Meeting June 19th—Chapter Meeting June 25th—AIA National Convention & Advocacy Committee

MEMBERSHIP COMMITEE NEWS Don't miss this special offer! Join CSI by May 31 and pay only $192 for national dues -- a 20% savings. 1. Log onto 2. Select "Join Now", and then click "Sign Up as a New Member". 3. Enter Promotion Code CSIsocial14 when prompted. 4. Click the "Add Discount" button.

Should you have any questions, please contact Bobbi Jo Huskey, Membership Chair, at (480) 4218186 or via email at

FROM THE DESK OF BRUCE DIMMIG... To All My CSI Friends, I want you to know that I have liver disease - chronic non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with major complications (portal hypertension, fibrosis and hepatic encephalopathy). I am unable to drive - my "sweetie" has to take me anywhere I need to go. I could be a candidate for a liver transplant but am currently at the bottom of the list - could be 10-20 years before I "qualify." I am on disability and have debilitating fatigue and vertigo. I would enjoy hearing from you. Below is my contact information. Bruce Dimmig P. 602-525-8343 E. Regards,


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Construction Specifications Institute presents the

2014 Spec Rep Academy Is your architecture/construction knowledge current? Come hear professionals in your industry speak on current construction topics that will influence you as a product rep. When

Friday, June 6, 2014




The Reference Library – Professional Learning Center 99 E. Virginia, #140 Phoenix, AZ 85004


CSI members/nonmembers Each additional employee (same firm)

(includes lunch)


$75.00 $55.00

-- Walking through the B.S. of Construction -- LEED Version 4 for Product Reps -- New Marketing versus Traditional Marketing -- A Conversation about Transparency HPD’s, Declare, and Cradle to Cradle

Reserve your spot today, seating is limited. DEADLINE to RSVP is Wednesday, June 4, 2014



Company ___________________________________________________________ Phone

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Please email or fax back your form to or fax 602-297-6613 OR Mail with Check to 99 E. Virginia, #140, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Checks made out to Phoenix CSI Chapter OR Credit Card payments are made through Pay Pal online at

PROGRAM SCHEDULE: 8:30am- 9:00am 9:00am-10:00am

Registration and Coffee

Walking through the B.S. of Construction

Learn about the different roles of general contractors and subcontractors, and how to connect with the right decision maker at the right time in the evolution of a project. Understand some suggested strategies and questions to ask to assist you in winning projects. Speaker: Daniel Osterman, LEED AP BD+C, Sundt Construction 10:00am-10:10am Break 10:10am-11:10am LEED Version 4 for Product Reps When LEED v3 was introduced in 2009, it was basically a structural upgrade to the previous version, but LEED v4 contains some serious differences that promise to move the green building industry forward at a monumental pace. Join Green Building Expert Charlie Popeck of Green Ideas as he discusses the newest LEED program that was introduced in November 2013. Charlie will highlight the changes that have been incorporated into LEED v4 that will affect the Product Representative in a category-by-category review of LEED prerequisites, credits and points that have been affected by the upgrade. This program will provide you with a framework for how to prepare yourself for using LEED v4 in 2014 and beyond. Speaker: Charlie Popeck, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants 11:10am-11:40am Lunch Break 11:40am-12:40pm New Marketing versus Traditional Marketing This seminar will touch on business development, traditional marketing and online marketing methods. Marketing efforts have expanded from traditional approaches. Learn how to take those tried and true marketing tactics to reach the millennials in the office and get them to interact and engage with your business. Speaker: Kimberly Mickelson, Small Giants 12:40pm-12:50pm Break 12:50pm-1:50pm A Conversation about Transparency – HPD’s, Declare, & Cradle to Cradle Product transparency has become a hot topic in the materials world. More and more sustainability certification programs are looking at the chemical contents of products with more scrutiny. The Living Building Challenge has its Red List Imperative which asks project teams to eliminate the use of 13 key chemicals of concern in all projects seeking Living Certification. The newest version of LEED (v4) has added several credits related to material optimization and disclosure. There are a variety of ways that manufacturers can comply with these requirements and we will talk about each of them; namely the Declare Label, Health Product Declarations (HPD’s) and Cradle to Cradle certification. There is a critical nature to these discussions. A large number of national design firms (approximately 30 to date) have issued letters requesting transparency in products from manufacturers, often times with implications where noncompliance could mean restricted access to firm presentations, librarys or specifications. It is important to understand the purpose and intent behind these requests and what it means to comply. This presentation will dispel some of the misconceptions related to transparency and give you a good understanding of the different transparency tools out there, including the open-format and free HPD. Speaker: Jeff Frost, LFA, CSBA, LEED AP BD+C, Homes, SmithGroupJJR ______________________________________________________________________________ Questions? Call Richard Vullo at 480-236-5693 or Jill Anderson at 602-258-7499




2015 CSI TRI-REGION CONFERENCE SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA MAY 13-16, 2015 HILTON MISSION BAY HOTEL For 2013, the West and Northwest Regions joined forces in production of their very successful West by Northwest Region Conference. For 2015, the Southwest, West, and Northwest Regions are planning a TriRegion Conference. Please plan on joining us for the 2015 CSI Tri-Region Conference in San Diego.

SHELDON WOLFE Excuse Me, But Your Slip is Showing! I don't know how this issue has escaped me for nearly forty years, but I'm not alone. In that time, I have occasionally talked about coefficient of friction for floors, but I just discovered there has been no widely accepted standard for slip resistance. Not only that, but neither the IBC nor ADA define slip resistance, even though both require slip resistant floors and walkways. How the heck is that possible? Think of all the very specific requirements in the building code. How did they miss this one? And think of ADA, with its Byzantine combination of Spock-like precision in some areas, and a "Take a guess and we'll see you in court" approach to other requirements. How can it be that the good folks who write the ADA requirements know exactly what so many dimensions must be, but they have no idea what they mean by slip-resistant? It seems to me that not falling on your arse is a lot more important than a quarter inch difference in the location of a water closet, but this apparently - no, this obviously important performance characteristic has had no definition. The IBC, in 1003.4, requires that "Walking surfaces of the means of egress shall have a slip-resistant surface and be securely attached" but does not define what slip resistance is. Apparently, the IBC doesn't care about floors not in an egress path. According to the US Access Guide: Accessible surfaces must be slip resistant ... However, the standards do not specify a minimum level of slip resistance … because a consensus method for rating slip resistance remains elusive. While different measurement devices and protocols have been developed … a widely accepted method has not emerged. Compliance with the standards requires specifying surface materials, textures, or finishes that prevent or minimize slipperiness under the conditions likely to be found on the surface. Standard practices for minimizing floor or ground slipperiness will likely satisfy compliance with the standards … [my emphasis]. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn't it? It's not that there are no standards related to slip resistance. We have: 

ASTM C1028 Standard Test Method for Determining the Static Coefficient of Friction of Ceramic Tile and Other Like Surfaces by the Horizontal Dynamometer Pull-Meter Method.

ASTM D2047 Standard Test Method for Static Coefficient of Friction of Polish-Coated Floor Surfaces as Measured by the James Machine

ASTM D5859 Standard Test Method for Determining the Traction of Footwear on Painted Surfaces Using the Variable Incidence Tester.

ASTM F462 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Slip-Resistant Bathing Facilities.

ASTM F489 Standard Test Method for Using a James Machine (measures slip resistance). Withdrawn 2005.

ASTM F609. Standard Test Method for Using a Horizontal Pull Slipmeter.

ASTM F695 Standard Practice for Ranking of Test Data Obtained for Measurement of Slip Resistance of Footwear Sole, Heel, and Related Materials.

ASTM F802 Standard Guide for Selection of Certain Walkway Surfaces When Considering Footwear Traction. Withdrawn 2012.

ASTM F1679 Standard Test Method for Using a Variable Incidence Tribometer. Withdrawn 2006.

ASTM F1637 Standard Practice for Safe Walking Surfaces.

UL410 Slip Resistance of Floor Surface Materials (similar to ASTM D2047).

NFSI/ANSI B101.1 Test Method for Measuring Wet SCOF of Common Hard-Surface Floor Materials. Surely, with all those standards - and there are many more! - determining what slip-resistance means should be easy. Well, not quite. As noted, some of the standards have been withdrawn, and, with a couple of exceptions, most are test methods or discussions of slip resistance only that do not set minimum standards. To make things more interesting, there is strong disagreement about the validity of various test methods and equipment. For example, the Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA) objects to the use of ASTM C1028, claiming it is "widely recognized as being inappropriate for assessing pedestrian safety" and that it "can give 'safe' ratings to very slippery materials." CTIOA and others argue that ASTM C1028, which measures static coefficient of friction, has little to do with real-world slip resistance. Furthermore, the ASTM C1028 test method is limited to the laboratory, which makes it useless for testing in -place conditions.

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Some of the standards specify a coefficient of friction, but do not indicate if it is for wet or dry conditions, or do not specify the test method. Given the different materials and methods used for testing, those standards mean nothing. An additional complication is inherent in the nature of the products: we walk on them, so normal wear reduces their slip resistance. Unless there is a maintenance program to replace flooring as the coefficient of friction changes, does it make sense to specify a property that may be valid only for a couple of years?

Another contentious issue is the test condition; most tests are done dry. Even if a test is performed under wet conditions, there is little agreement about what those conditions should be. How wet is wet? Should the tests be performed with deionized water? Or with a soap solution? What about oil? Or, for that matter, banana peels? The test methods themselves present more variables; the flooring itself is only one of the materials used in a test. Many of the older tests use leather, presumably because that was a common material for shoe soles. Being a natural material, leather is not consistent from one sample to the next. Today, many shoes use something other than leather for soles, and it's likely that the coefficients of friction vary from one material to another. It is clear that no single test will be applicable in all situations, or that it will accurately replicate even one real-world condition. One of the more recent standards is ANSI B101, which is unique in its extent. Much more than a test method, it includes a discussion of slip-and-fall dynamics and factors that affect slip resistance of all walkway surfaces. It sets three traction levels: High, with a static coefficient of friction (SCOF) greater than 0.6, Moderate, at 0.40 to 0.60, and Low, at less than 0.40. It doesn't look like this issue will be resolved anytime soon. Perhaps it's just too slippery. © 2014, Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC Agree or disagree, leave your comments at: and

SUMMERTIME IS A GREAT TIME TO PAINT YOUR HOME’S INTERIOR Originally published by Paint Quality Institute Submitted by Tim Garver, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, Dunn Edwards

Early summer is a great time to spice up your decor with some fresh interior wall color. You can paint with the windows open to enjoy the smells and sounds of the out-of-doors. And when you’re done, your beautiful new wall color will make you feel as if you’re on vacation without ever leaving home. If you’re stumped on color choice, there’s a simple formula for summertime painters: Choose wall color that looks natural in your part of the country. Just look out the window for inspiration. Take in the sky, the foliage, even the birds and the butterflies. Your eye will naturally be drawn to a color you love. Take a picture that accurately depicts the color and bring the photo along when you shop for your paint Tints and shades of green and blue are good summer color choices in all parts of the country since they evoke foliage, sky, and water. What’s more: According to color psychologists, these hues are among the most relaxing colors, making them ideal for summer living What if you’re not a fan of green or blue and live in the desert? Walls painted beige or brown will blend perfectly with your surroundings. Furthermore, this down-to-earth color family conveys feelings of warmth, solidity, and protection – tailor-made for the home environment. If you’re a sun lover, you can figuratively bring the sunshine in by painting your walls a pleasing yellow tone. Yellow can make an interior space more cheerful, which means that you can enjoy the good vibe even on a cloudy day. . .or when stuck inside next winter! After giving careful thought selecting the right color to use on your summer painting project, you’ll want to be just as careful choosing the right type of interior paint to apply. Zeroing in on the right paint is simple: Just choose a top quality interior wall paint made with 100% acrylic. Compared to ordinary paints, these coatings adhere better, hide better, resist fading, have better stain resistance, and are easier to clean if and when they get soiled. Take time to select a color you love and buy the right wall paint, and your summer painting project will go swimmingly. Before you know it, you’ll be back enjoying your favorite leisure activity knowing that you’ve given a super summer look to your home! For more information on interior painting, color selection, and newly developed paint and primer products, visit the Paint Quality Institute blog at

OFFICERS 2013-2014 President Brian McClure Stantec 602-707-4799 (work) 602-320-5323 (cell) President Elect T.J. Valdez The Twenty-One Tech Co. 480-226-5809 1st Vice President Eduardo Galindo CDM Smith 602-281-7900 2nd Vice President Bobbi Jo Huskey Soprema, Inc. 480-421-8186

Secretary Mark Yarish The Orcutt Winslow Partnership 602-257-1764 Treasurer Teri Hand Tnemec/Southwest Coating Consultants 602-418-1268 Director 2012-2014 Jim Daniels Atas International, Inc. 480-558-7210

Jeff Cox HKS, Inc. 602-462-0966

Director 2013-2015 John Campbell Architect 480-399-1805

Gary Campbell ASSA ABLOY 480-688-7919

Past President Angie France Sherwin Williams 623-606-1130

COMMITTEE CHAIRS 2013-2014 Certification John Campbell Architect 480-399-1805

Calling Louise Rehse The Reference Library 602-258-7499

Media Communications Tim Garver Dunn-Edwards 602-714-7280

Professional Development Richard Vullo Hafele America 800-423-3531 ext. 5310

Imagination Cube Ken Martinek Arcadia, Inc. 602-437-2514

Fundraising Jeremy Gustafson Arcadia Inc. 602-437-2514

Technical T.J.Valdez The Twenty-One Tech Co. 480-226-5809

Academic Programs Robin Goetz Lutron 480-290-5536

Programs Gary Campbell ASSA ABLOY 480-688-7919

Membership Bobbi Jo Huskey Soprema,Inc. 480-421-8186

Awards Mark Yarish The Orcutt Winslow Partnership 602-257-1764

June 2014 newsletter  
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