October 12



8:00-8:30  |  Continental Breakfast for Pre-Conference Workshop Attendees

8:30-3:00  |  Pre-Conference Workshops

Leadership Building Blocks for Every Level

Note: This pre-conference session is only available to active Chapter, Region, or Board of Director volunteers.

Whether you are just stepping in or a seasoned volunteer, you will be able to walk away from this pre-conference with the building blocks to form a strong foundation or build on your current knowledge base.  You will learn the ins and outs of CSI, purpose, governance, relationships, roles, and so much more during this day-long workshop. To prepare for the session, you'll be asked to complete a series of short online videos (approximately 1.5 hours total).

As a result of attending these sessions you will:

  • Learn and generate “what if” discussion and how to engage in constructive conflict.
  • Work through common board leadership scenarios.
  • Be exposed to core board leadership competencies like goal setting, strategic thinking, and common (and often misunderstood) board responsibilities.

Specs 101 Supercharged

Speaker: Susan Bliss

To help you "supercharge" your specifications production, this workshop builds upon the basics of writing specifications and demonstrates a proven approach to completing and delivering quality specifications for a project. Emphasis will be placed on organizing the project, gathering the required information, and editing and processing the data to produce a compiled Project Manual. This Workshop will make you "Future Ready." Bring it on!

Section 1: The Importance of the Specifier

A presentation of the role of the specifier, the importance of their expertise, and their function as a member of the Design Team especially ensuring quality requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the role of the high-performing specifier.
  2. Discuss why effective communication is a critical part of the specifier’s role.
  3. Discover efficient methods of collecting and processing data and managing information.
  4. Identify how quality is achieved through well-written specifications.

Section 2: Processes and Procedures

An in-depth discussion about processes and procedures, the ways they provide a stable framework for the project workflow, and how they are used as quality control mechanisms.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Emphasize that organization and standard procedures are key to getting the job done and maintaining a quality standard of service.
  2. Identify formatting tools used in writing specifications.
  3. Discuss using the Table of Contents as a means of planning and organizing specifications.
  4. Recognize the importance of using Drawings as a tool when writing specifications.

Section 3: Gathering and Processing Information

A closer look at ways to collect, process, and manage project information and why this process is critical to correctly editing specifications and expressing the quality requirements. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify credible sources of information.
  2. Recognize required information for Division 00 sections.
  3. Understand the required information for Division 01 sections.
  4. Determine what information is required for technical sections.

Section 4: Editing

An interactive, hands-on experience in using CSI's SectionFormat® and determining what information is needed to correctly specify a product.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate how to begin with a master section.
  2. Learn what needs to be addressed in Division 00.
  3. Understand what needs to be addressed in Division 01.
  4. Recognize Technical Sections and the 3-PART Section Format.

Section 5: Compiling/Finalizing and Revision

A closing discussion on the progression of the project’s specifications – how all the previous work comes together to issue a completed, coordinated Project Manual and the follow-up actions required for revisions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the objective of a progress set.
  2. Explain the process for reviewing a progress set.
  3. Use a final checklist before issuing.
  4. Differentiate revisions to a signed/sealed set.

3:30-5:30  |  Speed Networking

Speed Networking with Building Product Manufacturers

Design/construction professionals and conference sponsors, connect one-on-one to discuss specific project needs and cool new products (as well as the tried-and-true). Every minute of our days matter—each 15-minute meeting is matched based on interest expressed by both parties. Registration required.

Note: Product Representatives may only participate through sponsorship. Contact Brian Knotts at bknotts@csinet.org or 303-565-4019 for sponsorship information.

5:30-6:30  |  Happy Hour for Speed Networking Participants

Happy Hour for Speed Networking Participants

Continue the conversations from your Speed Networking meetings and make new connections with fellow attendees you didn't have one-on-one meetings with at this happy hour, exclusively for Speed Networking participants.

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6:30-8:00  |  Welcome to Denver Reception

Welcome to Denver Reception

A skyline gallery of urban architecture, mile-high rocky mountain air, and the hospitality of your CSI community...Welcome to Denver and CSI’s National Conference! Join us for an evening of light appetizers, beverages and (re)connecting.