October 14



7:00-8:30  |  Breakfast


Kick-start your day with coffee, tea, and breakfast in the Centennial Foyer. Can't wait to start learning? Feel welcome to grab breakfast and take it with you to one of the early riser education sessions or breakfast roundtables.

Breakfast Discussion Roundtables

Join your peers for a working breakfast to discuss timely and engaging industry topics proposed by the CSI community. Each table will have a topic of focus and will be facilitated by a sponsor representative.

7:15-8:15  |  Early Riser Sessions

Specifying the Commissioning Trifecta

Speaker: Melissa Payne

To say that commissioning is an important part of building enclosure construction is an understatement. Set forth during the initial design phases, these proactive quality assurance guidelines help ensure the design approach protects the owner’s project requirements throughout the project. Without careful, well-considered commissioning, much is at risk: the ability to meet owner expectations, comply with codes, and stay within budget. This session will cover the critical role architects play as the owner of the commissioning specification. We’ll discuss why and how to specify building enclosure commissioning that results in a successful trifecta scenario for the owner, design team, and construction team.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Plan for the adoption of Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) standards by institutions and organizations.
  2. Evaluate code requirements for the implementation of exterior wall envelope detailing as part of design drawings and construction documents.
  3. Assemble specifications in Section 01 91 00 – Commissioning, Section 01 91 19.43 Exterior Enclosure Commissioning, and Section 01 40 00 – Quality Requirements.
  4. Integrate construction performance requirements within the 01 83 16 – Building Enclosure Performance Requirements specification to mitigate risk, ensure quality assurance/quality control processes, and attain the defined directives of the owner’s project requirements.

Target Value Design: How Preconstruction, Collaboration & Technology Are Impacting the Future of Design Intent

Speaker: Jeffrey E Sample

Construction has been evolving as an industry to deliver more complex projects for increasingly sophisticated consumers with continually compressed schedules.  To meet these needs, modern builders are turning to collaborative delivery methods like Design-Build and delivering projects using Target Value Design. In this talk, the speaker will introduce the audience to the fundamentals of TVD and its impact on the overall process. There will be a focus on the earliest stages of design phase management and preconstruction collaboration to set project teams up for success. Finally, the discussion will turn to technology tools and techniques that can amplify the success of your project team's execution of TVD projects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the alignment process for project teams delivering TVD and how it relates to preconstruction
  2. Learn about the change in collaboration and its impacts on Design intent for the project.
  3. Discuss the Decision-Making process in construction and its challenges and opportunities for project teams to drive success.
  4. Define Clustering and other differences in TVD that impact data in the preconstruction and construction process.

Building Your Career in a World of Accelerating Uncertainty & Change

Speaker: Al Dea

In a world marked with continuous uncertainty and accelerating change, organizations that identify opportunities and take strategic actions for growth will be the ones to evolve and thrive. The same is true for professionals. In our new world of work how can professionals manage their career, identify opportunities, and take advantage of these new market conditions? This workshop continues the conversation on Talent Awakening and will demonstrate how future ready professionals are thinking and working in new ways to strategically grow their career.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how they can build the mindset and practices for career growth
  2. Learn how trailblazers in their profession are successfully managing their own career
  3. Gain practical actions to build and grow their career during uncertain and challenging times

8:30-9:45  |  Keynote Panel

The 'Three Horizons' Framework for Innovation: Understanding Current and Future Technologies

Speakers: Rose Hall, Tessa Lau, Adam Bridgman

Moderator: Hugh Seaton

Admit it: It’s hard to keep up with the never-ending flow of programs and platforms that are supposed to help you do your job, stay organized, and be competitive. From digital twins and the internet of things (IoT) to artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, how do you decide which solutions are worth the investment? This panel of tech experts will demonstrate how they are using a technology framework known as the “three horizons1” to understand, assess, and adopt innovative technological tools in their jobs. They’ll also discuss emerging technologies that promise to make your job easier. Designed to help you shift from overwhelmed to excited, this session will equip you with a practical framework for assessing and adopting technology in your work.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Introduce a framework for thinking about innovation 
  2. Understand the differences between near term and farther out innovations 
  3. Understand how to assess near term innovations and products 
  4. Understand how to think about medium and longer term trends in technology

Sponsored by   


1McKinsey & Company (2009, December 1). Enduring Ideas: The three horizons of growth. Retrieved from https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/enduring-ideas-the-three-horizons-of-growth

9:45-10:00  |  Break


15 minute break - say hello to someone new!

10:00-11:00  |  Breakout Sessions

Fix It, Don't Forget It: Post-Restoration Maintenance Programs

Speaker: Jaqui Hogans

After an exterior restoration program is completed, we’re ready to move on to the next project, right? As designers, specifiers, owners, and building managers, however, our involvement doesn’t always end then and there. Monitoring a building after a restoration program and continuing maintenance as needed can have a significant impact on a building’s service life. That ongoing care and oversight translates to fewer and smaller fixes, when they are less expensive and disruptive. It also allows us to apply what we’ve learned about products and maintenance earlier and earlier in the design process for new projects. Using several case studies this session will illustrate the benefits of developing and instituting a post-restoration monitoring and maintenance plan, and how this process can teach us even more about the buildings we rehabilitate.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the importance of developing and executing a post-repair monitoring and maintenance program.
  2. Develop and execute a post-repair monitoring and repair program for a historic restoration project.
  3. Identify specific elements that would benefit from a post-repair monitoring and repair program.
  4. Propose a post-repair monitoring and repair program to stakeholders.

How Specifying Powder Coatings Contributes to Sustainable Design

Speaker: Fiona Levin-Smith

Green building is a movement worth supporting, but how, exactly, do we do it? By creating energy-efficient structures, repurposing materials, and selecting materials that are manufactured using responsible methods. One simple way to lower the embodied carbon of a design and contribute to LEED requirements is through specifying powder coatings over liquid coatings. In this session we’ll review the fundamentals of powder coatings—how they work and where they are used—as well as why they are sustainable. We’ll describe how virtually VOC-free powder coatings offer a safer work environment for the hard-working individuals manufacturing these coatings and the neighborhoods surrounding the manufacturing plant. We’ll also explore the many material transparency programs available and clarify how each program achieves more sustainable outcomes. You’ll leave this session with specific details on how to specify powder coatings for your projects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how long-life coatings contribute to sustainable design goals.
  2. Compare high-performance powder with anodizing and liquid PVDF.
  3. Understand how powder coatings fit into programs like LEED, LBC, and C2C.
  4. Specify the right sustainable powder coating for a project.

Six Steps to Successful Construction Administration

Speakers: Steve Etelamaki, Corey Kurek, Jason Puestow

If you want to become a successful construction administrator, there are six key steps that can help you get there. In this session we’ll examine each one, beginning with how to set yourself up for success through coordination between the drawings and specifications, including the specification of and the use of mock-ups and pre-installation meetings to eliminate confusion about expectations. The next steps take you through the critical tasks presented during the construction administration phase, such as how to conduct a meaningful site visit report, including what and when to document. The final step is the substantial completion and project closeout phase—what to expect and what’s expected of you. Each step will have a technical explanation followed by examples and summarized with a key takeaway.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Create well-developed construction documents to help ensure successful construction administration.
  2. Utilize mock-ups and pre-installation meetings to achieve desired project results across all parties.
  3. Identify when it is appropriate to conduct a site visit, substantial completion review, and final inspection.
  4. Produce a meaningful site visit report.

What's Next for Buildtech?

Speaker: Tim Gollogly

In this session Tim will talk about innovations he’s seeing and how they are affecting jobsites and workflows. VR/AR, Artificial intelligence, Machine Vision. Tim will draw analogies to other investment industries that have gone through a similar transformation like community banking.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Come away inspired by the future of the industry.
  2. Gain an understanding of upcoming technologies like AI and AR/VR.
  3. Understand how these technologies might impact their future.
  4. Learn about possible leading indicators regarding industry trends.

10:00-11:00  |  Lightning Round Product Demos

10:00 a.m.  |  LiftMaster: The Role of Door and Gate Operators in Today's Technological World

Brian Valdez  I  Senior Specialist, Architect & Specifier Group

Learning Objectives:

Details Coming Soon!

10:30 a.m.  |  ARCAT: Online Product Sourcing – a Quick History & Thoughts for the Future

Brian Miller  |  Vice President of Marketing, ARCAT Inc.

Learning Objectives:

Those who participate in the presentation will learn how product selection and specification have changed in the past thirty-five years, as Brian shares his own experiences in the industry.  We’ll cover the evolution of online product data, and manufacturer’s websites, and other forms of content delivery.  Finally, Brian will share his thoughts on the future direction of platforms such as ARCAT.

10:45 a.m.  |  ISE Logik Industries, Inc: A Tale of Two Projects - It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

Bill Roper  |  Western Regional Sales Manager, ISE Logik Industries, Inc.

Learning Objectives:

Details Coming Soon!

11:00 a.m.  | Dow: DEFENDAIR™ 200C Air and Weather Barrier Coating

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the benefit of using a Silicone Liquid Applied Air and Weather Barrier.
  2. Describe the ease of installation versus a mechanical Air and Weather Barrier System.
  3. Understand system compatibility and vapor permeability on an Air and Weather Barrier.
  4. Learn how to apply a Liquid Air and Weather Barrier System.

11:00-11:15  |  Break


Stretch those legs - 15 minute break!

11:15-12:00  |  Express Sessions

Interactive Virtual Construction for Business & Training

Speaker: Hassan Anifowose

The beauty of an interactive virtual environment is that it allows people to receive current information and product training on manufacturer-specific content, on their own time and at their own pace. Are you taking full advantage of this essential technology? Building information modeling (BIM) and virtual reality (VR) have the potential to teach building product assembly not only to architects in design phases but also to contractors at the project site. This eliminates the need to deploy training personnel and set up costly physical laboratories.

This session will showcase the development of a BIM+VR prototype for a wall manufacturing company in Michigan. This was achieved by accurate product modeling, texturing, interactive features, and even common game optimization techniques. We’ll also delve into underlying principles for creating and adopting new technology for business and training. In addition, product manufacturers will discover methods to develop strategic mind maps while aiming for market penetration.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize strategies for overcoming the entry barriers of new technologies.
  2. Compare development approaches for VR training solutions.
  3. Identify opportunities for BIM+VR integration.

Carbon and Our Ability to Reduce Its Footprint

Speakers: Amber Duco, Regan Everhard, Bryan Ziga

Our built environment is not as sustainable as it needs to be, and as design professionals we have the responsibility to act. This session will focus on how we can help reduce two categories of carbon: embodied (the carbon footprint of a material) and operational (carbon released from the ongoing operation of the building). Featuring a panel of AEC practitioners, participants will be able to join the sustainability conversation by learning its key terms and concepts. We’ll provide information on available resources used to identify and reduce embodied carbon during design and define how to determine operational carbon baselines and targets.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn important terms for discussing Carbon and how it relates to Sustainability
  2. Read and understand environmental product declarations to assess embodied carbon.
  3. Review available resources that can be used to identify and reduce embodied carbon during design.
  4. Identify energy baselines, targets, and tools to predict operational carbon.

The Myth of the Roof Warranty

Speaker: Jeffrey Martin

A warranty is always set in stone... or is it? In this session we’ll discuss the pros and cons of today's roofing warranties, how warranties have evolved over time, what is and isn't covered within warranty parameters, and how to avoid pitfalls when choosing a specific type of warranty. You’ll learn about common misconceptions on warranty coverage, what types of items tend to fall within the warranty frame, and the general limits of the coverage. We’ll also discuss how designers and owners can make changes to the roof systems to include more of the assembly within the warranty, as well as the limits of the roof warranty, how the end user can better protect the structure from leaks, and how to keep the warranty in effect while limiting liability.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize limitations of the roof warranty.
  2. Recognize when design modifications are necessary.
  3. Negotiate better warranty terms on what is and what isn't covered.
  4. Limit the owner's liability and help ensure the structure remains watertight.

Build Your Brand, Tell Your Story: Social Media For Design and Construction Professionals

Speaker: Scott Conwell

Social media is big business, and if you’re not using social platforms to build your brand, you could be missing huge opportunities. Presented by an architect and prolific LinkedIn geek, this session is geared specifically to design and construction professionals wanting to organically build their networks—in-person and online—and grow their business. We’ll take a critical look at actual posts from architects, specification writers, and construction product representatives and analyze them for effectiveness and technique. We’ll also discuss setting goals for social media, establishing a voice and a brand, identifying what makes good content, and using the right techniques to tell your story. We won’t talk about algorithms, third-party tools, or technical hacks for posting; rather, the focus will be on how to create effective content and tell a compelling story.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and clarify unique goals for establishing a social media presence.
  2. Use a social media voice to establish expertise in a field and build a personal and professional brand around that expertise.
  3. Develop compelling content to increase followers and new business opportunities.
  4. Recognize effective and ineffective social media storytelling techniques.

Lightning Round Product Demos

See the conference sponsors share their latest and greatest in this fast-paced series of product and technical demonstrations. Stay tuned for details of each 15- or 25-minute session.

12:00-12:15  |  Break


Refresh! 15 minutes until lunch begins.

12:15-1:00  |  Lunch & Certification Celebration

Certification Celebration

Celebrate the newest CSI credential earners! AECO professionals who earned their CDT®, CCS®, CCCA®, or CDT+CCPR® in the past year will be honored. Join in cheering their accomplishment...and enjoy lunch too!

1:00-2:00  |  Keynote

Change. Adapt. Innovate: How to be Future Ready

Speaker: Linda Alvarado

In this session, learn from industry trailblazer Linda Alvarado President and Chief Executive Officer of Alvarado Construction Inc., and first Hispanic owner of a Major League Baseball Franchise, The Colorado Rockies. Come be inspired by Alvarado as she shares her insights on preparing for the future by breaking traditional barriers through change, adaptation, and innovation.

Sponsored by   LiftMaster Logo

2:00-2:30  |  Break


30-minute break - get ready for the off site tours or say 'see ya next time' to your CSI friends!

2:30-4:30  |  Guided Off Site Tours

Clyfford Still Museum Tour

Visit the award-winning Clyfford Still Museum which was designed specifically to showcase the legacy of Clyfford Still, an artist whose life has been shrouded in mystery and whose work has mostly been hidden from public view for decades. This facility is home to nearly everything Clyfford Still created, and his art can only be seen in Denver. During our customized tour you will see the unique artistic vision uncompromised for money or recognition. Our tour will include back-of-house areas, processes and an overview of the architectural beauty of the museum building. See how the building details and design complement and enhance the displays, storage, and maintenance of the art it houses. Understand how the building design anticipated both current and on-going preservation.

Learning Objectives: After completing the tour participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how building design, which is iconic in and of itself, enhances the artwork displays without competing with them.
  2. Describe special design features integrated into the building design for protection, storage and maintenance of artwork.
  3. Describe how natural and artificial lighting was used to both protect and enhance the artwork displays.
  4. Describe elements of building design which look into the future for protecting and displaying iconic artwork.

Activity Involved: There will be walking and standing during the tour with occasional stools/benches for resting. Limited wheelchairs available at the museum.

Special Notes:

  1. There will be a .5 mile walk to and from the museum from the hotel. Staff will be on hand to assist you, if needed, in arranging transportation to and from the museum via your Uber or Lyft app.
  2. The Clyfford Still Museum is currently requiring visitors to show proof of vaccination. We will update this policy if it changes, but please only sign up for this tour if you can comply with this requirement.
  3. Masks are currently required on public transportation and the museum recommends masks during the tour. Please bring your mask.

Price: $45

Date: Friday, October 14

Time: 2:30 Meet in the hotel lobby. Tour is from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: 1250 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204

LU Credits: 1.5 CSI LUs, (AIA LUs pending)

Capacity: Maximum group size is 24

Partner: Denver Chapter

Colorado Convention Center Tour

Come explore the planned expansion of the Colorado Convention Center. The plan includes a new 80,000 square foot column free, multipurpose room, and outdoor rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the city skyline and mountains.  The project, once completed, will be the largest ballroom in Colorado and expand one of the largest buildings in Denver.  On the ground floor, there will be lobby renovations and seamless integration with the existing building, while offering attendees safe and easy access to an additional 150,000 square feet of meeting space, 600,000 square feet of exhibit space, and a 5,000 seat Bellco Theatre. 

The project is anticipated to be completed in late 2023. Get a behind the scenes look into the future!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the unique aspects of constructing above an active facility including unique crane access.
  2. Describe unique design features of the facility.
  3. Describe the design constraints that led to the large and unique structural members.
  4. Describe the benefits of the Design-Build Delivery method.

Activity Involved: Site walk of an active construction project including navigating stairs and un-even surfaces. Boots or leather closed-toed shoes required for the site walk.  Hard hat and vest will be provided. A waiver will be sent to you once registered, and will need to be completed to attend this tour.

Price: $30

Date: Friday, October 14

Time: 2:30 Meet in the hotel lobby. Tour is from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

LU Credits: 1.5 CSI LUs, (AIA LUs pending)

Location: 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Capacity: Maximum 15 people per tour, 2 concurrent tours planned

Partner: Denver Chapter