President’s Message – September 2018


CSI Houston Chapter September 2018 President’s Message

I am writing this message just after the first anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation of the Texas Gulf Coast and recalling what an eventful year this has been both for me personally and for the CSI Houston Chapter. I am encouraged that, despite what many members may have had to endure because of Harvey, we have remained an active and effective group.

I would like to thank Barb Lyon with Boral/Western Brick making their facility available for our August meeting. The showroom is convenient and inviting. It served our needs in the best way.

I would also like to thank the presenters, Tony Topping with the Texas Masonry Council and Dennis Di Cesare and David Gonzales with Boral/Western Brick. Their presentation focusing on the resiliency of Division 02 and Division 04 materials during Harvey and their subsequent use in rebuilding after the storm led to great discussion and sharing of thoughts and ideas among those present. This is, in my mind, what makes our chapter great.

The September meeting is in the works but has not yet scheduled. Ken Black is working on securing (hint, hint) an outstanding presentation and we will give details on the web site as soon as they are set. We do expect it will be held early in the week of September 24th.

Please keep in mind that Construct 2018 will be held in Long Beach, California October 3-5. I plan to be there and have made my reservations. Look for me if you are there also. Remember too, the window for certification exams begins on September 25th and runs through December 10th. It is not too late to obtain study materials and begin preparation for the CDT, CCPR, CCS, or CCCA exams but time is running out.

As always, I am grateful for the support of the chapter’s sponsors. Their generosity helps make it possible for the chapter to advance two of its most important goals:

  • Establishing meaningful relationships among colleagues in the industry and
  • Building knowledge and improving project delivery.

James Sandoz, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA

President, CSI Houston Chapter