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Leadership Roster


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Smart Grid Sept. 15, 2009

5:30 - Social Hour | 6:30 - Dinner 7:30 - Presentation

$26 - member fee $36 - non-member fee $15 - program only fee

Membership not required!

RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 10 or more info can be found on page 6

A Message From

Your President

Welcome to a new year with Central Virginia CSI. I am excited to introduce you to our new board of directors and committee chairs. Over the summer we have worked hard to plan informative programs and special events for local construction industry professionals. In the current economy it is important that you get the most value from your membership. Feel free to contact myself or any other board member with ideas for programs, lectures or special events you would like to see in the upcoming year. Our first program of the year will accompany our annual awards presentation on September 15, 2009 don’t miss it. Reservation deadline is Friday September 11, 2009. Also you won’t want to miss our Mid Atlantic Region Conference October 8-11, 2009. I look forward to working with you throughout the year. ~Tracie Skipper, CSI

Note: We will be featuring some of the board members’ bios in this issue. Other board members may have their bios featured in subsequent issues. Tracie S. Skipper graduated from Longwood College in 1996. After spending a few years deciding what she wanted to be when she grew up she found her calling in the construction industry. She worked as a trim carpenter before starting as an inside sales rep for Pella Windows and Doors in 2000. Tracie has been an outside sales representative providing windows and doors to commercial and residential contractors since 2003. Tracie is married and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her five furry four legged children. Duncan Macfarlane is owner and founder of Macfarlane Homes, Inc. Macfarlane Homes was founded in 1987 in Lexington, KY, and in 1998 the business was moved to Charlottesville, VA. Macfarlane Homes strives to build quality, energy-efficient houses that exceed Earthcraft standards.

Laura Fiori, LEED AP works at CoolGreenEnergyAudits (a division of Macfarlane Homes) as a BPI certified Building Analyst. In addition to performing Home Energy Audits, she works with Macfarlane Homes’ clients to integrate sustainable, healthier options into their custom homebuilding plans. Prior to working with Macfarlane Homes, Laura worked as Project Administer on a LEED certified home that achieved LEED Gold status. She was also employed at Nature Neutral Green Building Supply in its early years. Laura resides with her family in Downtown Charlottesville. Ron Keeney RA, NCARB, CSI, CDT is a 1976 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Following six years of architectural internship, in 1983 he passed the state architectural boards and became licensed in Virginia and also certified by the National Council of Arch. Registration Boards (NCARB). He was briefly in a professional partnership until the unexpected death of the senior partner. Since 1985, he has been the sole owner and principal architect of Keeney & Co., Architects. He became licensed to practice architecture in Maryland in 1984 and in North Carolina in 1988, and has maintained those registrations continuously since then.

CVCSI Membership CVCSI membership currently stands at 75 July Anniversaries:

James Parker, Member Emeritus - 38 yrs Michael Hammer, Patton, Harris, Rust & Assoc. - 5 yrs Will Adams, Superior Concrete - 2 yrs September Anniversaries: Michael Shaner, Augusta Steel Corp. - 15 yrs Russell Narkie, House Advisor LLC - 3 yrs John Kerber, Dominion Development Company - I year Robert Bowman, VMDO - 1 year



New Members: Joseph Benjamin “Ben” Hicks, Clearview Window Tint Ken Clark, American Cedar and Millwork Kevin Policay, Benjamin Moore & Company

Member News The Eagle Corporation, the Owners of both Allied Concrete Co. and H.T. Ferron, have officially merged H.T. Ferron into Allied Concrete.

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Upcoming Events...

September 2009

September 2009 Sept. 4-5 - Harvestfest @ First Colony Winery Sept. 10 - Chamber Music Fest @ the Paramount Sept 12 - Heritage Harvest Fest @ Monticello Sept 13 - The Temptations @ the Paramount Sept 15 - CVCSI Dinner Meeting & Awards Ceremony MARC REGISTRATION EARLY BIRD DEADLINE Sept. 18 - CVCSI Cardinal Glass Plant Tour Sept 19 - Symphony Under the Stars @ UVA Amphitheater Sept 20 - Patti Loveless @ the Paramount Sept 24 - The Decemberists @ the Pavilion Sept 26 - Lucinda Williams @ the Pavilion Sept 30 - CVCSI Valley Vegetated Roofing










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Chamber Music Festival @ the Paramount

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CVCSI Cardinal Glass Plant Tour

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The Decemberists @ the Pavilion


City Market

Lucinda Williams @ the Pavilion


CVCSI Valley Lunch Meeting Harrisonburg

Oct 28th CVCSI Valley Lunch Meeting

Valley Meeting Our valley meetings will all be held at Clementine Café, 153 S. Main St, Harrisonburg, VA Sept 30th - Vegetated Roofing October 28th - Creating Healthy Living Environments with new Paint Technology For more information, please contact Charles Hendricks at

GREEN TERM OF THE MONTH Smart Grid A nickname for an ever widening palette of utility applications that enhance and automate the monitoring and control of electrical distribution.

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Oct. 8-11 is also UVA’s Homecoming weekend... hotels are being snatched up very quickly. CSI has a room block at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel, but there is limited availability outside of the Omni. Please get your reservations in ASAP! Below are the descriptions of the tours and seminars that are going on during the Middle Atlantic Region Conference. In addition to these activities, we have an extensive family friendly spouse program with descriptions on our website Tour of the Academical Village Friday Oct 9th, 8:00am - 9:00am Join us for a tour of one of only three modern man made sites in the United States to be internationally protected and preserved as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Thomas Jefferson set to work on building plans that would mirror his philosophical vision. For Jefferson, the college experience should take place within an “academical village,” a place where shared learning infused daily life. Plans were developed for ten Pavilions—stately faculty homes with living quarters upstairs and classrooms downstairs—attached to two rows of student rooms and connected by an inward-facing colonnade. Each Pavilion was identified with a subject to be studied and inhabited by the professor who taught that subject. At the head of the shared lawn would stand the library (not, as in most other colleges and universities of the time, a chapel), its dome shape inspired by Rome’s Pantheon and symbolic of the enlightened human mind. The plans grew to include two more colonnades of student rooms facing outwards and attached to a set of “hotels” where private businessmen served food for the students. Jefferson corresponded with scholars in America and Europe, seeking the best faculty to teach in the areas of philosophy, arts, foreign languages, science, law, and medicine. Construction and transatlantic travel delayed the date of opening, but in March 1825, the University of Virginia opened to serve its first 123 students. (from


October 8-11 2009, Charlottesville, VA

Hard Hat Tour of South Lawn Friday Oct 9th, 9:00am - 10:00am The South Lawn Project, the most ambitious undertaking on Central Grounds in a century, will accommodate the requirements of Arts and Sciences while paying respect to the architecture of the nearby Academical Village. It will see 12,000 students every day. Join us for a hard hat tour of this $105 million dollar project led by project manager Barton Malow. To see the project in action go to: Lunch with Keynote Speaker Dave Toscano Friday Oct 9th, 12:30pm - 1:30pm Dave Toscano, Delegate for the 57th District, Virginia House of Delegates will be giving our keynote presentation on Friday. David Toscano was elected to his first term in the Virginia House of Delegates in November 2005. David was born in Syracuse, New York in 1950, the first of five children. He was educated in the public schools, received a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University in 1972, a Ph.D. from Boston College in 1979, and a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1986. He has taught at various colleges and universities, including Boston College, the University of Maryland (European Division), Piedmont Virginia Community College, the University of Virginia, and James Madison University.He is an attorney with Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz, Ltd., specializing in family law and real estate. David served on the Charlottesville City Council from 1990 to 2002 and as Mayor from 1994 to 1996. (from

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Seminar #1 - The State of the Construction Industry Saturday Oct 10th, 8:00am - 9:00am CSI Executive Director, Walt Marlowe, will present an assessment of the state of our industry. With the fragile economy, any insight into how our industry is doing and how we might recover from this slump is welcome. Seminar #2 - Biophilic Design - Connecting to Nature Saturday Oct 10th, 9:15am - 10:45am UVA professor Tim Beatley will present an overview of strategies for urban biophlia and will particularly address the health and well being impacts of connection to nature, the role of nature in child development, and the challenges of funding biophilic projects. A central theme of the presentations is the equitable distribution of natural amenities. We know that connection to nature at different levels of scale (indoor plants, backyard gardens, neighborhood parks, sky gardens, urban green spaces, daylight) has consequences for health and well being, and we also know that these benefits do not reach everyone and all places in urban environments. Seminar #3 - South Lawn Case Study Saturday Oct 10th, 11:00am - NOON South Lawn architects, John Ruble, FAIA and Krista Becker, AIA, LEED AP, will present their design for the South Lawn Project. The South Lawn Project will be the first LEED Certified project at the University of Virginia. The presentation will cover Holistic campus planning, integration of building and landscape, building longevity, and historic and cultural resources. For more information please see:

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Seminar #4 - Product Certification - Cradle 2 Cradle “Less Bad vs Sustainable� Saturday Oct 10th, 1:30pm - 2:30pm Cradle to Cradle presents an innovative concept and tools for designing products, processes and systems to optimize material health, recyclability / compostability, product life cycles, renewable energy use, water efficiency, water quality, and social responsibility, instead of only reducing the negative impacts of commerce. This presentation will talk about the next step of design, moving beyond less bad to become sustainable. Seminar #5 - Cancer Center Case Study Panel Discussion Saturday Oct 10th, 2:45pm - 4:00pm A case study panel discussion on the Emily Couric Cancer Center . Join Zimmer Grunsul Frasca, and the design team as they discuss the complex reality of creating a project that moves beyond a simple green rating system to a truly sustainable solution that addresses human psychology, human health, and impact on the environment. Speakers will include Terri Johnson, principal with SGF, Bryan Cannon, Associate Partner with ZGF, and Heidi Jones-Huffman, Associate with ZGF. Seminar #6 - Beyond Green - How to achieve sustainability Saturday Oct 10th, 4:15pm - 5:30pm The culmination of our technical seminars will be a panel discussion compiled of various presenters from earlier seminars. The format will be very interactive with plenty of opportunities to present your questions.


September Dinner Meeting Tuesday, September 15, 2009: Smart Grid/Awards PresentationSmart-grid Is here. Charlottesville has been chosen as the first city to receive Dominion Virginia Power’s “smartgrid” technology and other energy-saving programs. We’ll hear from a speaker from Dominion Power on how the smart-grid technology works and how installing smart meters is projected to create substantial energy savings. AIA LU’s that qualify for the SD requirement will be offered. Location Omni Hotel Charlottesville, VA 235 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 RSVP: (will allow to pay via Paypal) or 434-531-0158 (must pay by check at meeting)

Charlottesville to be First City in Dominion Virginia Power’s ‘Smart Grid’ Network - Innovative program opens doors to wide range of energy conservation options

- “Smart grid” uses “smart meters” to offer customers more control over electric bills - Improved efficiency would save money, reduce environmental impact CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Charlottesville has been selected as the first city in Virginia and one of the first in the nation to benefit from “smart grid” technology that will make the delivery of electricity more efficient and less costly while improving customer service. Smart grid capabilities also will promote energy conservation and environmental responsibility. Dominion Virginia Power executives joined Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, University of Virginia President John Casteen, state and local officials, and private industry partners today to unveil SmartGrid Charlottesville. The $20 million program begins with the installation of about 46,500 “smart meters” in the city of Charlottesville and Albermarle County. More than half of the meters have been installed, with completion scheduled by the end of this year. “This program launches a new era in energy efficiency and customer empowerment for Virginia,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion. “As the smart grid develops, energy conservation capabilities and programs will grow and provide additional benefits for our customers, the environment and our company.” Pending regulatory approval where required, the highlights ultimately are expected to include: •

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Automatic energy usage reduction of about 4 percent or more annually for typical residential customers through more-efficient management of energy delivery by Dominion. That will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 12,000 tons annually, equal to removing 2,100 cars from the road. A demonstration project providing customers Web access, through, for energy usage and billing information. The option of time-based rates that give customers the opportu-

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nities to shift electricity use to off-peak times for additional savings. A demonstration project with Arlington, Va.- based Positive Energy to provide periodic reports that show customers how their energy usage compares with other customers. A demonstration project to test battery storage systems that could promote renewable electricity generation such as solar. Automatic reporting of outages, allowing for quicker restoration of service. Increased customer convenience through remote turn-on and turn-off of service and remote meter readings. A demonstration program for light-emitting diode (LED) street lights. Assistance for Charlottesville to evaluate an electric transportation program.

The SmartGrid Charlottesville project is in addition to 12 energy conservation programs that Dominion Virginia Power plans to offer across its service area pending approval of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The company expects to seek SCC approval for those programs in a filing early in July. The Charlottesville-Albermarle County area was chosen for the project for several reasons. Its varied, hilly terrain provides a test of the two-way wireless communications capabilities of smart meters. It also has a mix of residential, business and institutional customers, and customers have expressed a high interest in actively managing their energy use. “SmartGrid Charlottesville is a major leap forward in reducing energy consumption in our households and sets a great example for the rest of the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Kaine. “As Virginia continues to invest in industries of the future, innovative tools like smart meters will help households save money on their utility bills while reducing our impact on the environment overall.” U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, D-5th, said, “Smart grid technology is our gateway to the frontiers of the new energy economy, and I’m proud that Charlottesville will be leading the way with this demonstration program. I believe our area can be a catalyst for new technologies that will lower costs for consumers while also reducing our carbon footprint. “This initiative gives consumers new tools to make smarter choices in how -- and when -- they use energy,” said U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner. “I salute Dominion Virginia Power and Charlottesville and Albemarle County officials for blazing the trail in Virginia with this next-generation energy conservation program.” Pending regulatory approval, the company plans to install smart meters and equipment throughout its service area over the next few years. The $600 million program is part of a plan the company announced in June 2008 that is expected to save customers more than $1 billion over the next 15 years through fuel savings and by potentially avoiding the need for two future power stations and delaying the need for two others. SmartGrid Charlottesville is in addition to Dominion Virginia Power’s green power program and its other energy conservation programs. Even with conservation, however, Virginia’s demand for electricity will continue growing by an estimated 4,600 megawatts by 2019. In addition to improving the infrastructure for transmitting power, the company will meet the growth in demand by pursuing a balanced mix of new generating facilities, including wind, biomass and other forms of renewable energy, emissions-free nuclear, natural gas and clean coal technology. Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the nation’s largest producers of energy, with a portfolio of more than 27,400 megawatts of generation. Dominion serves retail energy customers in 12 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s Web site at www.dom. com.

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June 12, 2009

by August 21.

Call to order: 12:04pm


Attendees: Tracie Skipper, Duncan Macfarlane, Mark Wingerd, Nida DeBusk, Freda McClung, Ron Keeney, Ray Gaines, Laura Fiori, Adrienne Stronge, Charles Hendricks

10. Education: No Report

President’s Report: Charles Hendricks Thanks for all your support over the last two years.

11. Historian: After the Region Conference, we are one year from the 20 year history being done. 12. Academic Liaison: No report

Secretary’s Report: No report.

13. Nominating: No report.

Treasurer’s Report: Ron presented his report which was submitted in advance. Committee Reports

14. Electronic Communications: The chapter website is out of date. David Groff will be updating it over the summer.


Technical (Super Committee): No report.

Old Business:


Membership: Our membership stands at 75 – a 40% increase over the 54 with which we started the year.


Product Expo: No report.


Newsletter: Adrienne Stronge – We sent out 714 Parameters last week. Over the summer, members have the choice to receive their Parameter by regular mail or email. Starting in September, each member will make a final choice on how to receive their Parameter going forward. The next issue will feature an article on the Region Conference.


Programs: Charles Hendricks – Our average meeting attendance over the last year has been 50 people, up significantly from the year before.


Region conference: Ray Gaines – The importance of finding sponsors for the Expo was discussed so the chapter doesn’t have to spend its reserves. Ray suggested that if each chapter member’s employer/ company sponsors at the $250 level, the Expo will be a financial success. Sponsorship money is due July 15.


Hospitality: Tracie Skipper – We will hold our meetings at the Omni next fiscal year. There was discussion on charging an extra dollar for dinner meetings charged to PayPal to cover our added expense. A decision was made to increase the cost of the dinner meetings and the amount will be finalized at the next meeting.



Certification: David Groff will be teaching the CDT certification in the fall at PVCC.

Awards: Adrienne Stronge – Awards will be given at the September meeting. The Craftsmanship award will be given for the local project, firm or individual who made a significant contribution to the local built environment this year. Please get your nominations to Adrienne

New Business Survey Results: Charles Hendricks - We received 25 survey responses, a 33% response rate. Here are the survey questions with the most popular answers: 1. Check the items below that are your reasons for joining CVCSI: b. Acquire Continuing Education 72% 2. I prefer meetings that are held at: b. Dinner (5:30 – 9:00) 68% c. Omni Hotel Charlottesville 68% 3. I would like CVCSI to schedule these types of meetings next fiscal year c. Mm with an architect / contractor case study presentation 92% d. MM case study of LEED projects 76% g. MM with product representatives giving technical presentations 72% (other survey responses may be requested) Financial Information: Tracie Skipper – We are losing $150 to $400 per month on our dinner meetings. This is mostly due to people making a reservation, CSI being charged for their meal, then the participant not attending and not being billed. The group discussed if paying when making a reservation was the best option for resolving this situation. This will be discussed at the next meeting. The chapter is looking for a volunteer to handle billing for the dinner meetings. Regional Conference Planning Meeting: June 23, 2009 at 4pm at The Gaines Group Next Board Meeting Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 from 12pm to 1pm at The Restaurant on West Main. Any chapter member is welcome to attend board meetings. The meeting was adjourned at 1:10 pm.

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Convention Report by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA

snob: one who disdains people or things considered inferior I recently saw a comment referring to this year’s convention as “great”. My initial inclination was to agree, but it got me thinking about what a given convention might mean to different attendees. My first convention was in 1990, and I have been to most of them since. I enjoyed every one, but, as you might expect, some were more memorable than others. For me, five conventions stand out: Chicago ‘90, San Diego ‘91, San Francisco ‘94, Dallas ‘01, and Las Vegas ‘02. The 1990 Chicago convention was my first. About fifteen members of the MinneapolisSt. Paul Chapter chartered a bus and rode down together, and some of us shared rooms. The keynote speakers were Studs Terkel and Willard Scott, and programs included Editing On-Screen, Integration of CAD Drawings and Specifications, and CSI Format for Mechanical and Electrical Specifications. I couldn’t believe the show floor; I felt like a kid in a candy store! This was the pre-Internet era, and everything was distributed on paper, so every booth was stocked with boxes of literature. By the time I reached the end of the first aisle I knew I wouldn’t be able to get everything back to the hotel. An experienced conventioneer came to the rescue, telling me to take only the most interesting brochures, as the exhibitors were happy to send literature. (See my March 2003 TechNotes at for a few interesting scans of 1990 memorabilia.) When I went to San Diego in 1991 I expected and got more of the same. There are two reasons it’s on my favorites list: It was my first visit to California, and I found out why everyone wants to go there; and I received my first Institute award that year, for creating a keyword index to the Manual of Practice. Also, it was the first time I was invited to an exhibitor-sponsored dinner, this one on a double-deck boat tour of the harbor. As I watched the daylight fade and the moon rise, I wished I had brought my family along, and vowed to bring them to a convention. 1994 was another year of great memories because of San Francisco itself, and because I brought my family. Since then, my wife has always accompanied me, and one or both of our children managed to go along a few more times. I think this was the year I became aware of how many members I knew in other chapters, and meeting them became a major part of attending conventions. The 2001 convention in Dallas was a high, with a couple of Institute awards. The best thing was that it was the one and only time my wife attended the opening ceremonies, where awards were presented at that time. I was president-elect for my chapter that year, so my wife and I hosted the chapter hospitality suite. One night we must have had fifty people in the room! Finally, there was Las Vegas in 2002, where I received my Fellowship. It was our biggest family trip, with both children, their spouses, and my wife’s mother. We stayed in a great two-story apartment across the street from the Hilton, with an outdoor pool and no slot machines. Looking back, it’s easy to see that the relative greatness of a convention depends a lot on what happens there. I’m sure this year’s first-timers, award recipients, and new Fellows will long remember Indianapolis, while those who have been to many conventions may not.

Although one thing or another has occasionally been less than expected, I have never been to a bad convention. This year, as usual, I found information about a number of new or changed products that I put to use immediately, again demonstrating the value of the exhibit hall. Another thing I have learned from CSI trips that you shouldn’t be too ready to snub a host city. The location definitely can improve the convention experience, but the programs and exhibits are useful regardless of where we go. I admit I have on occasion had reservations because of things I had heard - I didn’t want to go to LA (too much traffic, too much smog), and I had little interest in going to Las Vegas because I’m not a gambler. In each case, I’m glad I went, as both cities were amazing, and each had something unique to offer. I had been to Indy before, for a bi-region conference in 2002. Even though I am a Hoosier by birth, I had no expectations one way or the other, as all the time I spent in Indiana was either in the Fort Wayne area or near Columbus. We had a heck of a good time at that conference, and I was impressed by all the city had to offer. There is even more there now than seven years ago, yet many museums, the zoo, a beautiful canal parkway, and other attractions are within walking distance of each other. If you didn’t go this year because Indianapolis wasn’t sophisticated enough for you, you missed a great experience. Don’t make the same mistake next year. The 2010 convention will be at the Philadelphia Convention Center, 11-14 May. © 2009, Sheldon Wolfe

CVCSI Road Trip – Educational Event September 18, 2009 from 11 am – 3pm (leave Cville at 9 am) Join us for a interactive educational event at the Roanoke Cardinal Plant to tour the plant, see how float glass is created, learn about fabrication processes for tempering, laminating, coating, and insulating glass, and identify common problems in glazing. There will also be seminars on composite materials and pultruded fiberglass in the window and door industry and a seminar on understanding energy efficient windows. 4 AIA LU’s will be provided for this event. Please RSVP by Monday Sept 7th to Cost is $10 for this event, lunch will be provided. If there is enough interest in a vanpool to get there, we can make arrangements. Please let me know when you reserve if you want to vanpool. You will be invoiced to confirm your registration for this event. Thanks to our sponsors Cardinal Glass Industries, Inc. and Integrity Windows and Doors.

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Construct 2009 - Indianapolis, Indiana Pictures from Charles B. Hendricks, AIA, CDT, LEED AP

CSI Immediate Past President, Gilman Hu addressing the crowd...

CVCSI member Ray Gaines accepting his Fellowship award.


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CVCSI Leadership Roster


Tracie Skipper

Pella Windows & Doors



W. Duncan Macfarlane

Macfarlane Homes, Inc.



Ron Keeney, RA, CDT, NCARB

Keeney & Co., Architects PLC



Laura Fiori, LEED AP

Macfarlane Homes, Inc.


The Gaines Group, PLC



Meghan Johnston, CDT

University of Richmond



Adrienne Stronge, LEED-AP

The Gaines Group, PLC



R. Tucker Shields, RA, CCCA

R. Tucker Shields, Architect.



Patrick Wright

Luck Stone Corporation



Mark Wingerd, CDT

Window & Door Pros



John Kerber

Dominion Development Co.

434 975-1166


Nida DeBusk, Intl. Assoc. AIA, CDT, LEED AP

Martin Horn Inc.



Freda McClung, CDT


Virginia Tech



Charles Hendricks, AIA, CDT, LEED-AP

The Gaines Group, PLC



W. Duncan Macfarlane

Macfarlane Homes, Inc.



Tracie Skipper

Pella Windows & Doors



Adrienne Stronge, LEED-AP

The Gaines Group, PLC



Laura Fiori LEED-AP

Macfarlane Homes, Inc.



Tracie Skipper

Pella Windows & Doors



Adrienne Stronge, LEED-AP

The Gaines Group, PLC



Charles Hendricks, AIA, CDT, LEED-AP

The Gaines Group, PLC



Susan Parker

Hazard & Associates, LLC



Ray Gaines, RA, CDT

The Gaines Group, PLC



Charles Hendricks, RA, CDT, LEED-AP, Assoc.

The Gaines Group, PLC



Ron Keeney, RA, CDT, NCARB

Keeney & Co., Architects PLC



David Groff, CDT

Virginia Tech



George Gercke, CCCA

Gercke Brothers, Inc.



Ray Gaines, AIA, FCSI, CCS

The Gaines Group, PLC


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The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national professional society promoting the advancement of construction technology through communications, education, and service.

The Central Virginia CSI Chapter (CVCSI) is a local group of construction-interested persons, including design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and manufacturer representatives, meeting regularly to improve our industry by openly discussing project interaction, general construction problems and possible solutions. We are committed to the free exchange of information and experiences in the local construction industry. Membership is on an individual basis for $245 annually. ($210 national dues, $35 CVCSI local dues). Discount fees are offered to students and young professionals. Membership Committee - Ray Gaines

Chapter Meetings are held monthly. Chapter meetings provide an excellent opportunity to network with other industry professionals. Chapter meetings consist of a social hour, dinner, and a program on an industry topic, followed by an open, informal discussion. All are welcome. Dinner reservations are necessary, please specify specific dietary needs. Those reserving who do not attend must pay for the dinner prepared for them. Payment is expected at the door. Please support your local chapter by attending dinner meetings! Hospitality Committee - Charles Hendricks

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is the chapter’s newsletter and is mailed to members and interested parties all over the country. Outside opinions, technical articles, articles on individual projects, and local news reports are strongly encouraged. Please submit any articles by the 20th of the month preceding publication. Opinions expressed are those of the editor or contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, policies or practices of the Chapter or the Institute, Copyright 2008 Central Virginia Chapter CSI.

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