In this issue...
Board Members

Board of Directors

Gregg Jones




Charlie Appleby




Stan Elenbaas



Erhardt Construction

Gary Beimers



GB Consultants

J Costen

Board Member


J2 Sales Solutions

    Jeff Murphy

    Golf/Scholarship Chair

    CSI, CDT

    Progressive AE

      Pat Corderman

      Programs Chair

      CSI, CCCA

      Rockford Construction

        Jennifer McCormick

        Membership Chair

        CSI, CDT


          Ed Avink


          CSI, CCS

          Progressive AEAdvertising ChairTechnical ChairCertification Chair

          Jim Hojnacki

          Chapter Historian

          CSI, CCS



            2016 Grand Rapids CSI Jim Hojnacki Scholarship Golf Outing Recap

            On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, your CSI Chapter held its annual Scholarship Golf Outing.  As you know all proceeds go to our scholarship fund to help the next generation of architects, engineers, specifiers, facility managers, builders and product representatives.  This year’s outing has generated $5000.00 for next year’s scholarship recipients, whomever they might be.

            The scholarship winners for 2016-2017 were: Eric Dejong, Mechanical Engineering major at Michigan Technological University; Audrey Hesson, Architectural Technology major at Ferris State University and Cheyenne Liabenow, Architectural Technology major at Ferris State University.

            This year, the outing had a participation level we have not seen in quite a few years, which is a good thing.  71 golfers teed off at approximately 12:00 noon, under blue skies.

            You will see, in Jim Hojnacki’s “WE SAW YOU” article in this month’s newsletter, many of the golfer’s names that participated this year.  It was a great representation of all aspects of our industry, from product representatives, architects, manufacturers to educators.

            The participants and the sponsors for this outing, are really the ones that make our Scholarship Fund what it is.  Without them, we would not be able to give the dollars that we are able to give.

            A Special Thank you to our Sponsors:  Erin Gross – Allegion; Bruce Burgess – Mull-It-Over; Charlie Appleby – MWA Firestone; Dan Goodman – Tubelite; Jim Collins – C2AE; Phil Catalano – FBM Sales; Beau Preston – Advanced Architectural Products/Smart CI; Ben Buter – Inpro; Corinne Mitrzyk – Atlas Roofing; Todd Belden – Belden Brick; Mike Tiesma – Midwest Sign; J Costen – J2Sales/IFMA; Brad Hayden – Tremco; Colin Vaughan – Georgia Pacific; Alan Wiechert – Building Envelope Solutions/Vaproshield; Jim Horman – Progressive AE.

            As the Golf Committee Chair and the Scholarship Committee Chair for the Grand Rapids Chapter of CSI, I would like to personally thank my committee: Ed Avink (PAE), Jim Collins (C2AE), Erin Gross (Allegion), Pete DeJong (Monsma Marketing), Hank Hondorp (PAE), and all of the participants and the sponsors for making this a great outing. We have set the bar pretty high, but let’s make next year, the best year ever.


            Whitecaps Mixer – July 20!

            This month our Chapter Monthly Meeting will be held at the Fifth Third Ballpark.

            We hope to see everyone there. For more information, visit the Events page on our website.

            President's Message


            Hello to all of you in the CSI Grand Rapids Chapter.  I am Gregg Jones and your new Chapter President as of July 1st.  I am looking forward to leading our chapter for the next year.  We have a very strong board and membership.  And together we will do some great things over the next year.

            One of my other duties in the chapter is the Awards Chair. At this time of the year I prepare our submission for the Institute’s Outstanding Chapter Commendation (OCC) Award. This is a summary of the basic expectations of a chapter, accomplishments and a chance to pat yourself on the back.  And that we should do.  We had a great FY 2016 thanks to all of you. Here is a brief summary of our accomplishments:

            • We held 7 regular chapter meetings with a variety of interesting subjects
            • The 2015 Design and Construction Expo had over 600 attendees, 80 booths and 6 CEU programs
            • Our golf outing this year was attended by 72 golfers, raised over $5000 for scholarships, and we awarded 3 student scholarships
            • Our newsletter the “Rapid City Ramblings” was published monthly and won a CSI Great Lakes Region publication award
            • Two CDT certification classes were offered in the spring with 40 participants total, 19 have passed to date (congratulations to all of you)
            • Gary Beimers won the CSI Great Lakes Region Bud Reed Memorial Award
            • And our board favorite – we have started a new and exciting webpage (!

            I am anticipating another great year in 2017.

            Gregg Jones, AIA, CSI, CCS

            Grand Rapids Chapter President

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            Remember When 116813 Playground Equipment

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            Say What? 10 14 00 – Signage

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            We Saw You

            Scholarship Golf Outing

            The weather warmed up briefly and the rain clouds stayed away for the day and 18 groups of golfers (71 total) had another wonderful day at Thornapple Pointe Golf Club for our annual Scholarship Golf Outing.  This year’s scholarship winners were able to spilt a little over $2000 between them.  The winners this year are 1) Audrey E. Hesson from Monroe, MI who is majoring in Architectural Technology at Ferris State University (FSU); 2) Cheyenne J. Liabenow from Greenville, MI who is majoring in Architecture at Ferris State University (FSU); and 3) Eric R. DeJong from Ada, MI who is majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech University (MTU) up north in Houghton, MI in the Upper Peninsula.  Of these three winners, only Eric was able to participate in this year’s outing.

            Let me tell you a little about Thornapple Pointe Golf Club.  The golf course is sandwiched snugly between all of today’s modern age transportation modes – car, rail, air, and sea.  Well, I may be stretching it bit with the “sea” example, but you do have to admit, the Thornapple River eventually does run out to the ocean albeit several hundred miles away.  For cars, the highway interchange between two major highways (M-6 and I-96) is located a mere 200 yards beyond the 12th green.  For air, the landing approach for our Kent County Airport is directly above the fairways for holes 5, 6, 7, 11, 14, and 17.  The end of the main East/West Runway is about 1/2 mile from the fairway of Hole #11.  Commercial airliners are constantly flying overhead about another 200 yards above our heads.  For rail, the golf course is bisected between holes 2, 3, 6, 17, and 18 by the CSX Railroad.  Our golf carts must literally drive under the tunneled overpass while freight trains roll over the top not more than 10 feet above us.  For sea (river), the Thornapple River wraps around a point along holes 3, 4, 5, 12, 13, and 14.  Pontoon boats, fishing boats, and water skiers can be seen occasionally enjoying the cool water when the temperature is a little warmer than we had during this year’s outing.  The high temperature during the outing was a nice 65 degrees with very few cumulus clouds allowing a lot of sun to keep us comfortable.

            There was a tie for low gross score (55) between Team 6 and Team 7.  The winner was determined by awarding the team with the best score on the No. 1 Handicap Hole (Hole 5).  Team 7 (B. Hayden, T. Brisboe, N. Bush, B. Cornell) had an Eagle on the 597 yard hole.  Team 6 (M. Hinton, S. Hinton, J. Saladino, and D. Dennis) also had a gross score of 55 which almost made them winners two years in a row except for the luck of an extra strip of Surveyor’s Tape.  Only one stroke back (56) was the Team 4 group (J. Hojnacki, M. Marks, and B. Buter).  What can I say, my team ran out of tape.  Ours was the only group which didn’t have a full foursome, so we had to alternate an extra shot between us on every hole.  With all due respect to all of this year’s attendees, NO TEAM SHOT OVER PAR.  All teams shot below par.


            Individual prizes were awarded as follows:

            Longest Drive Hole #7 – Tyler Godfrey

            Longest Drive Hole #13 – Derek Dennis

            Closest to Pin Hole #8 – Phil “Dr. STO” Catalano

            Closest to Pin Hole # 12 – Ron Dutoi

            Longest Putt Hole #17 – Jeff Murphy

            Putting Contest – Ben Cornell

            Chipping Contest – Trent Brisboe

            50/50 for landing the ball on the green Hole #15 – Spencer Hinton


            Company sponsors did another magnificent job of supporting this year’s scholarship outing.  Allegion, Tubelite, Progressive AE, Monsma Marketing, MWA-Firestone, Henry, Mull-It-Over Products and Vaproshield.

            Hole sponsors included:

            Georgia Pacific DensDeck (2), Altas EPS Insulation, Progressive AE (2), VaproShield (2), Midwest Sign Co., IFMA – Int’l. Facilities Mgrs. Assoc., Advanced Architectural Products, SMART CI, J2 Sales, Inpro Architectural Products, Belden Brick, Tremco Corp., Foundation Bldg. Materials, Tubelite, and MWA – Firestone.



            The following teams of golfers (and companies) participated in this year’s scholarship outing:

            Teams      Names                  Company                          Gross Score

            Team 1       Pete DeJong           Monsma Marketing                    60

            Jeff Murphy            Progressive AE

            Dale Cammenga      Progressive AE

            Eric DeJong            Scholarship Winner


            Team 2       Chas, Appleby        MWA-Firestone                          59

            Joe Owinga             Straightline Sheet Metal Co.

            Don Corrigan           Straightline Sheet Metal Co.

            Eric Biller                Progressive AE


            Team 3       C. Mitrzyk               Atlas Roofing                            61

            Tyler Godfrey

            Kevin Hallett

            1. Wesseldyke


            Team 4       Jim Hojnacki           Emeritus                                   56

            Mike Marks             Spectrum Lanes/Woodys

            Ben Buter                Inpro Arch. Products


            Team 5       Mike Otis                Double O Supply                       61

            Bob Tebos              Double O Supply

            Randy Balch           Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors

            Mike Stoffel            Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors


            Team 6       Mickey Hinton         FFE Transportation Co.             55

            Spencer Hinton       FFE

            Joey Saladino         Kent County Sheriff Dept.

            Derek Dennis          FFE


            Team 7       Brad Hayden           Tremco Inc.                               55* Winner (Eagle on No. 1 HDCP Hole)

            Trent Brisboe          Tremco

            Nate Bush               Weathershield Roofing Sys.

            Ben Cornell             Weathershield Roofing Sys.


            Team 8       Lee Templin            Ferris State Univ.                      63

            Bob Eastley            Ferris

            Suzanne Miller        Ferris

            Paul Long               Ferris


            Team 9       J. Costen                J2 Sales Solutions                    59

            Kevin Clausen         Great Lakes Systems

            Kyle Clausen           Great Lakes Systems

            Tony Clausen          Great Lakes Systems


            Team 10     B Hatley                  Rulon                                        66

            M VanHekken

            D Moomey

            J Haynes


            Team 11     Dan Goodman        Tubelite Doors & Windows         61

            Kim Hunt                 Tubelite

            Jeff Vliek                Battle Creek Glass Co.

            Wade Wilke            Battle Creek Glass Co.


            Team 12     Elizabeth Bovard     WM Builders Exchange              70

            Glenn Rahn             Retail Design Concepts

            Wayne Bickel          Jeffrey Parker Architects

            Gary Johnson         Tower Pinkster Titus


            Team 13     Craig Harmon          Mapei                                        63

            Nathan Root           Daltile

            Bob Irvine               Irving Carpet & Tile

            Dave Irvine              Irving Carpet & Tile


            Team 14     Phil Catalano           Sto EIFS Stucco Systems          63

            John Dykhouse       Bouma Corp.

            Jeff Moomey          Bouma Corp.

            Austin Bender         Bouma Corp


            Team 15     Mike Teisma            Midwest Sign Co.                      62

            Lou Northouse        Soils & Materials Engrs.

            Ryan Dykhouse       Dykhouse Construction Co.

            Matt Bostelaar         Bosco Plumbing


            Team 16     Kevin Bush             ATAS International                     70

            Jim Collins              C2AE

            Dan Hill                   Progressive AE

            Matt Tibbe              GMB Design


            Team 17     Erin Gross              Allegion                                     69

            Gregg Jones           C2AE

            Henry Hondorp       Progressive AE

            Rick Wheeler           Allegion


            Team 18     Tim Kaye                Allegion                                     71

            Buddy Huyler          Tower Pinkster Titus

            Ron Dutoi               Allegion

            Phil Southland         Kingscott Arch. Design

            Chapter 98 History

            Nothing this month. Check out our previous articles.

            Sheldon Wolfe

            How did we get here? The good old days

            A couple of years ago I wrote two articles about how the number of CSI members

            CSI Membership by year
            CSI Membership by year

            and CSI chapters: “How did we get here? Membership,” which showed how total membership changed over the years, and “How did we get here? Chapters,” which looked at the change in the number of chapters during the same time.

            One of the things that has plagued CSI for some time is a lack of a tangible something of value. For a very long time, CSI offered useful things of real value. The first part of our membership curve suggests CSI must have had something that brought in new members and led to the creation of new chapters. Let’s see if we can discover what that something was.

            While reading several historical documents, I found nothing that said “We did this and gained 200 members!” but I found a few things that contributed to CSI’s growth. Yes, there were a few membership drives, but it’s important to understand that a membership drive with nothing to offer probably will be unsuccessful. If you have nothing to offer, what difference does it make if you can get it at half price?

            To understand what made CSI grow, we must look at what it was about construction documents that encouraged the formation of CSI. We could search for documents from that time and analyze them, or we could use the original goals of the organization as an indicator of what was wrong with construction documents. Consider this list of the five priorities, and what they suggest – if these things were not problems, there would have been no reason to include fixing them as goals!

            • Better specification writing. Unless specifications were poorly written, there would have been no need for improvement. I have read specifications written in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and I will tell you they could have been better. Lacking the guidelines of MasterFormat and SectionFormat, they appear to have been written in a stream-of-consciousness style, wandering from one subject to another. They were inconsistent in style, format, sequence, and organization, even when issued from the same office.
            • Simpler specifications. The specifications I read were short, which made them usable despite other deficiencies. I can only speculate that by “simpler,” CSI founders were thinking of consistent formatting and style.
            • Standardization of building codes. Unfortunately, CSI has had no influence on building codes, which, if anything, continue to become more complex and often contradictory.
            • Standardized specifications for public works at all levels. CSI has had some effect on public sector specifications, at least for the organization of information. Today, most national and many state agencies require compliance with MasterFormat and SectionFormat. More important, because of the common use of commercial guide specifications and manufacturers’ specifications, there is a great amount of standardization throughout construction in the US.
            • Study of new materials and processes developed during World War II, as substitutes or improvements. Although CSI formally presents discussion of new materials through the Construction Specifier, it was the informal networking of members that helped promote new materials and ideas.

            Other objectives included: providing a forum for exchange of information among architects, engineers, contractors, building maintenance engineers, educators, and others involved in construction; improving quality, clarity, and technical validity of specifications; developing a greater appreciation of the value of specifications; getting architecture and engineering schools to develop courses for preparing specifications;

            The architects who started CSI recognized the chaotic state of construction documents and banded together to bring order to them. How did they do that? What did they do that enticed others to join them?

            In 1948, CSI had members but no chapters. Even though the bylaws allowed the formation of chapters, with a minimum of ten members, it took a few years before chapters appeared. In 1960, an article titled “Chapters Not Begun” was published in the Construction Specifier. It listed ten states that had ten or more members, then encouraged those members to start local chapters. The Metro New York Chapter, with thirty-nine members, was the first, followed by DC and Chicago chapters in 1952, and Los Angeles in 1953.

            I believe the founding of chapters was a big step in the initial growth of the organization. It’s one thing to know that others share common interests, quite another to meet with them, share information, discuss problems, and work toward the elimination of those problems. Remember, at that time communication was limited to written letters and phone calls. The chapter meeting became an important member benefit and made it easy to show non-members why they should join. Membership drives during these early days were quite successful. In 1956, 300 new members joined in six months, and a membership in 1957 brought in nearly 1,000 members, along with seven new chapters. Clearly, CSI had something to offer, as can be seen on the membership curve.

            As noted, what we would call “networking” today was an important part of membership, but what else did CSI offer? The Construction Specifier, first published the year after CSI was incorporated, had to play a big part, with technical articles leading the way. 1950 saw the introduction of “Specification Clinic”, and it was common for the magazine to discuss how to write better specifications. Carl J. Ebert, the editor from 1949 through 1963, understood what members needed to know and successfully filled the magazine with needed information. The usefulness of the Specifier was made evident in 1956 when 800 copies were taken by architects at that year’s annual AIA convention.

            The early ’60s saw the addition of activities and programs that made CSI more attractive and continued to draw more members. Committee work began in earnest, giving more members opportunities to contribute to technical documents. The specifications competition was promoted in the Specifier, and region conferences brought members together from larger areas. More technical documents were included in the Specifier as “pink sheets” and chapters began technical research.

            Two major publications finally addressed many of the problems known to specifiers and manufacturers. A series of pink sheets titled “A Manual of Practice for Specification Writing Methods” led to the formation of a committee that would develop and publish the CSI Manual of Practice. During the same period, the 20-page “CSI Format for Building Specifications” was published in the Specifier, and the original 16 Divisions of MasterFormat were introduced. The Spec-Data program, started as a joint venture with the Producers’ Council, presented a standard method of presenting information, a great boon to specifiers and manufacturers alike.

            Together, all of these things brought great value to CSI members. There were things to do, problems to solve, and face meetings were the way to get things done. By 1969, with the introduction of SectionFormat, most of CSI’s important contributions to the industry were completed, and the membership curve flattened for the next decade.

            The next growth spurt occurred from 1980 through 1996. CSI continued to develop its documents, MasterFormat became the accepted standard for organization of all types of construction information, the five-digit numbering system was a great improvement over the limited four-digit system, Uniform Location of Subject Matter was published, and in 1978, the CCS certification program was introduced, followed by the CDT, the CCPR, and the CCCA.

            Next month, we’ll look at what has happened since then.

            © 2016, Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

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