Thursday, October 17



7:00 AM - 8:30 AM  |  College of Fellows Annual Meeting

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  |  Breakfast

Sponsored by   Woodwork Institute Logo


7:00 - 8:00 AM  |  Breakfast Keynote

Meet AI, Your New Work Partner

Artificial intelligence continues to develop at an unprecedented pace, with the models and products they empower getting more and more capable by the month. In 2024 and beyond, we're beginning to see AI agents and other products that can do more than just answer questions. They can take on tasks and sequences of actions to produce real outputs, much like a human would. In this keynote, we'll explore what this means now, and where it's like to go in the coming few years.

Learning Objectives:

  • Definition of AI agents

  • Framework for working with AI more effectively

  • Tactics for working with chatbots and agents

  • Understanding how to personally develop to meet the changes presented by AI

Speaker: Hugh Seaton


7:00 AM - 8:30 AM  |  College of Fellows Annual Meeting


7:30 - 8:30 AM  |  First Timers Orientation 

+ First Timers Orientation Session

Are you a first timer? Meet other newcomers, learn about CSI offerings, and get tips on how to maximize your experience at your first conference.


8:30 - 10:00 AM  |  Welcome & Opening Keynote

Sponsored by  Sherwin Williams Logo  

An Economic Forecast for Commercial Construction

Ken Simonson will discuss the current state and outlook for construction materials costs, supply chain issues, labor availability by region, and demand for construction projects by type.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to track changes in materials costs and contractors' pricing using producer price indexes

  • What data is available regarding employment by locality, job openings nationally, and wage trends

  • Uses and limitations of data sources for construction spending and starts by project type

  • Legislative, regulatory, and economic factors affecting the outlook for construction

Speaker: Ken Simonson


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  |  Speed Networking Session #2

+ Speed Networking Sessions

Design professionals and conference sponsors, connect one-to-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.


10:15 AM - 11:15 AM  |  Education Sessions

+ Ensuring Quality Contractually

Is there a way to ensure excellence in the quality of construction? How does an owner know that the “hidden” features of the facility were manufactured and installed with proper attention to detail? Specifying certified materials, verifying manufacturing processes, and monitoring installations can assure an owner that the facility will be built in strict accordance with the contract drawings and project manual. Should this be: Three ways to “safeguard” the quality of products and work are to specify certified materials, verify manufacturing processes, and monitor installations to assure an owner that the facility is built in strict accordance with the contract drawings and project manual.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate materials, verify manufacturing processes, and monitor installations for compliance with contract documents.

  • Examine and inspect installations for compliance with industry standards and life safety requirements.

  • Specify certified materials, processes, and installations where applicable on their projects.

  • Discuss how to assure owners that their facilities will be in full compliance with the contract documents.


Clifford Marvin, CCS, AIA Assoc., LEED-AP
Professional Content Designer, RIB Software

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU|HSW

+ Building Enclosure Fundamentals: Overview of Building Science, Heat, Air, Moisture

A building may be aesthetically beautiful, completed on time, and meet the budget, but if the heat, air, and moisture-control systems aren’t carefully designed and modulated, the structure’s durability as well as occupant health and wellness are at risk. This session explores the relevance of building enclosure systems and how to design them correctly so no one has to worry about the functionality, longevity, comfort, and overall safety of the facility.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify four heat/moisture control functions of a building enclosure.

  • Understand how the building enclosure affects occupant health and wellness.

  • Understand the function, benefits, and purposes of water-resistive barriers, air barriers, and vapor retarders/barriers.

  • Explain rainwater management strategies and understand the key factors for building enclosure durability.


Tony Ferrante, RRO, CSI, CDT
Senior Building Enclosure Consultant, BPL Enclosure

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU|HSW

+ Blown Away: Designing a Roof that Won’t!

“Thar she blows” is not a phrase you want to hear about your building’s roof! Designers will leave this presentation with the skills needed to determine various types of loads and load combinations on roofs, including wind uplift criteria for roofing assemblies. We’ll review the wind-related updates to ASCE-7, including the new 2022 version. Using specific examples, we’ll also learn about parameters factored into calculating roof design wind pressures and how to select rated roofing assemblies from available listing services. Finally, we’ll discuss the importance of edge metal on roof performance, including the code requirements for ES-1 ratings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Choose the correct ASCE 7 version for a project and demonstrate knowledge of foundational elements involved in determining wind loads acting on a building.

  • Analyze load side variables and illustrate how they impact design wind pressures.

  • Select a rated roof system from one of the six available Listing Services.

  • Differentiate between field-fabricated and premanufactured edge metal and summarize why ES-1 rated edge metal is important to the project.


Melody Jackson, AAIA, CSI, CDT
Building Design Manager – Southwest, GAF

Mary Beth Reed, RPO
Building Design Manager – Southeast, GAF

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU|HSW

+ Navigating Carbon Neutral Objectives in Design

Owners and teams are challenged with balancing structural safety, energy performance, occupant comfort, and the embodied carbon of envelope and interiors all while meeting a budget objective. Additionally, regulatory requirements and investor perspectives influence procurement in the desire to tie every decision to overarching environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives, net zero goals, and transparent reporting. In this session, four subject matter experts will discuss what private sector clients, public sector procurement specialists, and product manufacturers grapple with to ensure owners and design teams are empowered to make the shift to specify and procure materials that meet carbon neutral, high-performance building objectives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand goals and objectives of owners and what drives them to set goals for carbon neutrality.

  • Understand key aspects of decision-making related to carbon neutrality goals, including how other procurement objectives like circularity, bio-based, and recycled content can factor into specification decisions.

  • Prioritize procurement considerations, including increased demand for environmental product declarations (EPDs) and where to find them.

  • Identify collaboration points required among key stakeholders to realize carbon-neutral goals.


Vicki Worden
President and CEO, Green Building Initiative

Tim Thiel
Global Circular Economy Manager, Sustainability & Public Affairs North America, Covestro 

Amlan Mukherjee, Ph.D.
Sustainability Director, WAP Sustainability

Alison Hoagland, AIA, GGP, ITC Level 1, LEED AP
Principle, Architect, Mackenzie

Consolato Gattuso
Director of Engineering, Piedmont Office Realty Trust

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU|HSW


10:15 AM - 11:45 AM  |  CSI Foundation Board Meeting


11:30AM - 12:30 PM  |  Education Sessions

+ Security Design Case - Combining CPTED Principles and Product Solutions

This session explores the roles that various products play in protective design and how you can apply them to your project sites using the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Real project applications will be reviewed with each learning point to provide actual product solutions being used in creative ways. The physical security industry has seen significant change in recent years. The threats have changed and expectations of product performance have changed as well. Diverse product options complicate navigating these challenges and staying informed has never been more critical to ensure a safe and secure environment. Parking spaces, signage, fence, bollards, cameras, even landscaping and plantings play a role in the security design of a project. This session will leave you better equipped to understand it is not just the product, but how you use those products on your project site.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how protective design products inherently provides territoriality and territorial control.

  • Explore how the correct blend of products can increase natural surveillance and complement existing plans.

  • Discover how aesthetics play a role and how the right system can add to the image of a particular site or facility.

  • Review how protective design product placement can help control access and reinforce existing territorial measures.


Robert Miller, CSI, CDT, PSP
President, Imperial Professional Consulting

+ Building, Fire Codes & Structural Fire-Resistance/Effective Compartmentation

Fireproofing and firestopping (or, compartmentation/Firestopping) are two different subjects, but when it comes to the safety of a building they’re strongly connected. This session explores the similarities and differences between these essential fire-resistance disciplines. We’ll review the International Building Code standards and acceptance criteria for fireproofing and compartmentation and discuss their relevance.  We’ll also cover fire code requirements for the life cycle safety of a building and discuss how specifications can guide the building owner to maintain protection for fire-resistance. Don't miss this session that brings attention to this critical synergy of building fire safety. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand general International Building Code requirements for fire-resistance.

  • Know which standards are used for fire-resistance.

  • Know International Fire Code general requirements for fire-resistance.

  • Understand the Division 1 location that creates documentation for the building owner to maintain protection.


Bill McHugh, CSI, CSC
Technical Director, National Fireproofing Contractors Association & Firestop Contractors Association

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU|HSW

+ Concrete Innovations: Proven Pathways to Reducing Carbon Footprint

Cutting-edge building projects must use durable materials that also help reduce carbon footprint. Concrete is the material of choice for the tallest buildings in the world and infrastructure designed to last centuries. This session explores how new products using pozzolans, calcined clay, biochar, and other innovations enhance a product that is nearly 5,000 years in development and provide another pathway for meeting future challenges in the built environment. This presentation includes the history, composition, and environmental impact of these technologies and offers case studies to show how innovation is being put into action. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe new technologies used in concrete manufacturing that utilize recycling of materials. 

  • List ways in which these innovative concrete products can improve project performance. 

  • Explain how to implement the latest concrete innovations in building and infrastructure projects. 

  • Discuss the importance of incorporating new technologies to enhance resilience and sustainability in the built environment. 


Senior Director of Building Innovations, NRMCA

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU|HSW

+ Practically’ Magic: Practical Applications for AI in Architecture and Construction

Artificial intelligence (AI) is shiny, cool, and here to stay… but how can we actually start applying it to our work now? What does this technology mean for the architects and specifiers of today and tomorrow? In this session we’ll look at practical examples of AI, review useful tips for getting started, and consider the wide-ranging impact this technology has on our profession, from adoption to education and economics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the potential business impact AI will have on the practice of architecture and ways to prepare for this change.

  • Understand ways AI is impacting us today and how to adopt AI in the workplace by applying adoption frameworks from previous innovations.

  • Prepare for the impact of an increasing generational divide and the role experience has in an “artificially” intelligent world.

  • Explore examples of practical applications of AI in architecture and specifying to eliminate waste and tedious tasks.


Jack Sadler
CEO, Part3

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU


12:15 PM - 2:15 PM  |  CSI Luncheon


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  |  Education Sessions

+ Digital Twin Technology in Building Design and Construction

What is digital twin technology and why use it? This revolutionary tool is a digital representation of a project that will be constructed in the future (hence the “twin” reference) and can serve as an exact model for a building, bridge, highway, or entire city. In addition to providing as-built drawings prior to start of construction, digital twin technology can provide other benefits to the construction industry:

  • Easy collaboration with project stakeholders

  • Efficient use of manpower with a collaborative approach

  • Fewer construction disputes

  • Automated progress monitoring

  • Better safety procedures from tailoring safety measures to the project type

  • Less environmental damage 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand this emerging technology in the design and construction industry.

  • Learn how digital twin technology can help keep projects on time, on budget and with the highest level of safety.

  • Discover how digital twin technology is helping promote sustainable design and construction.

  • Understand how project documentation can be maintained as a real-time model.


Rajesh Kaul, PE, FPE, CDT, CPD, LEED AP
Manager, Apogee Consulting Group, P.A.

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU|HSW

+ Blueprint for Success: Bridging the Gap between BIM and Specifications

The initial excitement about building information modeling (BIM) technology and specifications is over, and the reality of how the two work together is here. When BIM came on the scene, many dreamed about the model auto-generating a lovely specification book, fully coordinated with the associated drawings. It quickly became evident that this was easier said than done. In this session, a case study demonstrates how a change in drawing notations/standards and updates to in-house technology workflows has allowed our project teams and specifications writers to communicate more effectively. This has also provided a pathway for training younger staff. Specification writers will learn how to harness the power of keynoting in Revit to verify section inclusion. Architects, designers, engineers, and BIM managers will learn how to access the knowledge of senior technical staff to train younger staff through new workflows.

Learning Objectives:

  • Train staff through everyday tasks and use technology to keep teams informed.

  • Tie specific keynotes and language from drawings to specifications and back again.

  • Gather knowledge from senior technical staff and specification writers effectively.

  • Bridge the gap from BIM to specifications but not fall down the BIM “rabbit hole.”


Liz Price
Senior Associate | BIM Specialist, RATIO

Ivette Bruns, CSI, CCS
Associate Principal | Specifications, RATIO

Heather Worrell
Principal | Director of Design Delivery, RATIO

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU

+ Affordable Housing Tax Credits and Construction Risk: The Architect’s Role

Affordable housing funded by tax credits has multifaceted requirements that impact an architect's design and services offered to clients. Learn the basics of the tax credit and the challenges and opportunities of the design and construction process from a leading syndicator of affordable housing. We’ll discuss methods to serve clients, minimize risk, and be profitable while remaining socially responsible.

Want to learn about how the affordable housing tax credits process works and the implications for your design and client services? Join this discussion on how to better understand the core process behind funding and approval, how to maximize your design impact, and how to avoid common pitfalls. The speaker is a senior development risk manager for a top national investor, and the session will leave you wanting to design more affordable housing in your region.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basic process of affordable tax credits, including how new housing is funded, delivered, and maintained over the tax compliance period. Learn general information about the market and future directions.

  • Identify the key stakeholders in developing affordable housing and the architect's critical interactions with each. Understand an architect's additional services opportunities with tax credit clients.

  • Learn about tax credit design requirements, how to avoid common documentation flaws, unforeseen conditions, and opportunities for innovation on a budget. Understand sustainable design criteria specific to affordable housing.

  • Understand the cost-versus-value debate, and how to navigate affordable housing construction budgets with clients to produce a better building product. Learn about project cost estimating, construction contingencies, and value engineering.


Kevin Fitzgerald, RA, MRED, PMP
Senior Development Risk Manager, Raymond James Affordable Housing Investments

This session is approved for 1 AIA HSW LU

+ Division 27: Simplify the Specification: Add Schedules

Join us for a presentation highlighting the benefits of using standardized specifications in Division 27 – Communications. In today's construction landscape, effective communication of technically complex requirements has never been more vital. Without clarity in Division 27 specifications, projects face increased costs to the owner, risks to the engineer, and failures in performance. In this session we’ll examine how and why these risks arise in Division 27. We’ll emphasize the benefits of collaboration between the engineers and specification writer to prepare precise, accurate, and enforceable documentation. We'll also explore how specifications share common elements and can be structured to improve efficiency and consistency. By implementing standardized specifications and complementary detailed schedules, we can streamline processes, reduce preparation costs, improve performance, and lower risks. Don't miss this opportunity to discover how the use of comprehensive specifications and detailed complementary schedules can improve project outcomes in communications work described in Division 27.

Learning Objectives:

  • Make use of comprehensive specifications and detailed complementary schedules as coordinated contract documents.

  • Eliminate the need for editing of project contract documents.

  • Prepare product details as a schedule and present to the Owner for approval before design begins.

  • Recognize information as it recurs between sections and restructure to eliminate repetition.


Peter Sharp, DipEng, RCDD
Editor, Business Network Technology

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU


3:45 PM - 4:45 PM  |  Education Sessions

+ Dirty Boots: The Importance of Being Onsite

Being onsite is a vital part of project management, but for some designers, architects, engineers, and owners, it can be difficult to navigate. Time on a site requires a variety of soft and hard skills from the design team and coordination with the construction team. These aren’t always easy to accomplish. More importantly, how do you ensure you’re the one to make that trip? How do you convince a client that an onsite visit is an essential step in the process? This presentation will discuss the importance of a design team member being onsite during construction and how to help prepare for such a visit.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance and benefits for designers and architects to be on site and your role in construction administration.

  • Learn ways to budget for the contract administration phase of a project.

  • Plan and prepare mentally, physically, and professionally for your time on site.

  • Understand the steps to take before, during, and after a site visit.


Julie Foley
Architect, Summit Design and Engineering Services

Nathan Taylor, CSI, CDT
Associate | Building Envelope Consultant, DTR Consulting Services, Inc.

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU 

+ Goodbye School, Hello World

Mundane work, lack of training, no sense of belonging. These are just a few of the difficulties young professionals are experiencing as they enter the AECO workforce—frustrations voiced by many in the audience of the “Influencing Our Industry Through Participation in Education” session at the CSI 2023 National Conference. It’s no wonder organizations often struggle to hire, build, and retain quality talent.

Motivated, challenged, engaged. These are the catalysts toward positive employee development. To build and develop quality talent, today’s organizations must focus on creating experiences that will motivate, challenge, engage, and even inspire our teams. Join us as we continue the journey of bridging the gap and removing barriers that impact positive employee development. Whether your organization is bringing on brand new professionals to the industry or experienced hires, the employee experience is key to not only helping build their success but the continued success of your organization and quality of the product it delivers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the challenges of bringing new-hires on board and building up their skill set.

  • Understand basic principles and organizational benefits of proper employee development.

  • Learn key techniques and practices to improve your employees’ experience.

  • Develop tools and resources to make onboarding more effective and efficient.


Senior Project Manager, JLL

Michael Young, FCSI, CCCA, CCS, CDT
Construction Manager, City and County of Denver DOTI, City & County of Denver, Colorado

Alexandria Anderson, CSI-EP
Architectural Intern, MBI Companies | Knoxville

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU

+ Competitive, Constructable, Complete: Specifying Total Envelope Solutions in a Low-Bid World

A whopping 90 percent of construction litigation is driven by moisture intrusion. That intrusion occurs within just 5 percent of the total surface area of the envelope. The culprit is always the same: transitions and penetrations. The roof must transition to the wall, the wall must transition to the foundation, the punched openings must be tied into the air barrier, the insulation must be installed over the air barrier, and the cladding goes overtop that... and on and on. What’s the challenge? We need the envelope to perform as a unified whole, but we specify, design, bid, VE, install, and inspect it in phases, which always involves multiple manufacturers and multiple trades. The industry is clearly consolidating around "total envelope solutions" provided by three to five horizontally integrated conglomerates. but we have not yet reached the inflection point: integrated envelope specifications/warranties. What's it going to take to do things better?

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the most prevalent industry obstacles to achieving a high-performance building envelope.

  • Write a competitive specification for a unified building envelope.

  • Collaborate with design teams and manufacturing partners to develop integrated building envelope construction documents.

  • Promote the value of a unified building envelope to owners and other partners in the project delivery process.


Matthew Dealy, CDT
Architectural Representative, Henry, A Carlisle Company

Donovan Heminokeky
Field Application Specialist, Henry, A Carlisle Company

This session is approved for 1 AIA LU|HSW


3:45 - 4:45 PM  |  Express Sessions


5:30 PM - 8:00 PM  |  CSI Celebrates Awards Ceremony & Reception

Sponsored by:

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Clark Dietrich
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+ Event Details

Raise a glass and toast the achievements of your fellow CSI members. This event will highlight the best and brightest of CSI at the chapter, region, and national level. The dress for CSI Celebrates is business casual to black tie - wear what makes you comfortable. Cocktail reception to follow.