This year’s EXPO appeared to be another grand success on October 26 at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville under the sponsorship of both CSI and The Builders Exchange of Western Michigan. According to Elizabeth Bovard, Director of the Builder’s Exchange of Western Michigan, this will be the last COMBINED SPONSORSHIP due to the additional amount of time and energy that her group must expend in order to get the job done. With the recent changes in both The Builder’s Exchange Office move to a new location, as well as the number of people she must shift away from the Plan Room’s regular duties, future EXPOS will be totally staffed and operated by CSI personnel as previously happened before we merged efforts a few years ago. Thank you, Elizabeth, for another JOB WELL DONE! Personally and individually, I suspect that there will still be a small collaboration of effort between the two groups.
No specific attendance numbers were given to me by either The Builders Exchange or by the Registration Coordinator, Eventbright, so I cannot give the same detailed break-down for attendance as I did for last year’s EXPO 2016. The following companies were Major Sponsors:
|Architectural Sponsor||Firestone – MWA Commercial Roofing Solutions|
|Hospitality Sponsor||Johns Manville (JM) and J2 Sales|
|Badge Sponsor||Secur Alarm Systems, Inc.|
|Media Sponsor||Grand Rapids Business Journal|
|Beverage Sponsor||Vos Glass|
|EXPI Sponsor||Grand Valley State University|
|EXPO Partner||CD Barnes Construction|
The following Booths were Executive Exhibitors:
Double O Supply & Craftsmen Inc.
Georgia-Pacific Dens Element Barrier System
J2 Sales Solutions
MWA – Firestone Building Products
Omega Computer Services
Rooftop Anchor – Fall Protection Systems
Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance
The following Construction Associations had booths in the Entrance Lobby:
IFMA – Int’l. Facility Management Assn.
USGBC – West Michigan
The Seminar Schedule was already under way by the time I arrived at 12:30. Session 1 (11:30 – 12:30) was a panel discussion chaired by Renae Hesselink (who also presented the EXPI Award later) LEED-AP BD+C, Sustainability Vice Presidente from Nichols Paper & Supply. Her panelists included Matt Hollander, LEED Ap from Hollander Development Corp.; Cheri Holman, LEED AP, Director of USGBC West Mich. Chapter; and DeVon Miller, LEED AP, Building Commissioning Specialist at Western Michigan University. The panel discussion focused on strategies for return investment, evaluating, prioritizing and getting buy-in for energy efficiency projects. Session 2 (1 p.m.- 2 p.m.) was presented by a former CSI Chapter member, Aileen Leiipprandt, Attorney with Hilger Hammond, Grand Rapids, MI. She discussed the ins and outs of Public Private Partnerships including challenges and solutions for facing P-3 Models. Session 3 (2:30 – 3:30) was given by David Ensminger, National Sales Manager with Rooftop Anchor Company, Heber City, UT. Attendees learned about fall protection systems and how they are engineered, regulations for compliance, and options available for preventing accidents and common hazards of fall protection. Session 4 (4:00 – 5:00) was presented by Elisabeth Knibbe, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal with Quinn Evans Architects, Ann Arbor, MI. She discussed the process of envisioning hidden potentials of obsolete buildings and bringing them back to becoming valuable community assets.
The Program Guide, which was distributed to everybody entering the Pinnacle Center, stated that the “EXPI Award recognizes sustainable construction and innovations having proven economic, environmental, and/or social benefits, contributing to sustainable building practices.” The winner of the EXPI AWARD came as a total shock and surprise to the recipient, as his employer successfully kept it a secret – even while coaxing and prodding him to attend the EXPO amid his great work load. The panel of Judges included Renae Hesselink, Vice President of Sustainability at Nichols Paper & Supply; Aileen Leipprandt, Construction Law Attorney at Hilger Hammond (and former CSI Chapter Member); Greg Metz, AIA, Principal with Lott3 Metz Architecture; and Michael Verhulst, Vice President Rockford Construction. The EXPI Award recipient was none other than the distinguished Director of Grand Valley Facilities Planning Department, Dr. James Moyer, who had to be tricked into visiting the EXPO by his co-workers.
Since I had another Veterans’ Board Meeting to attend, I had to leave after 6 p.m. deadline and did not really get an opportunity to meet and greet all the CSI members who were there. I apologize for any other people whom I may have missed. The following CSI members were in attendance:
|Christopher Alexander||Progressive AE|
|Charlie Appleby||MWA Firestone|
|Ed Avink||Progressive AE|
|Scott Baker||Partition Systems|
|Gary Biemers||GB Consulting|
|Pat Corderman||Rockford Construction|
|Stan Elenbaas||Erhardt Construction|
|Steve Marks||Progressive AE|
|Jeff Mullins||J2 Sales|
|Fred Hall||(Emeritus) consultant|
|Entire Office Staff||Double S Craftsmen and Supply|
|Jeff Murphy||Progressive AE|
|Charlie Smith||Hardware Agents|
|David Trudell||Trudell Architectural Consulting|
Author: Christopher Alexander
Christopher is a registered Architect and Architectural Revit Coordinator at Progressive AE in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to Revit and BIM, he dapples in web design, CSI, and enjoys spending time with his wife, 4-year-old, and 1-year-old.