CSI Miami October 2020 Print

President's Report

Welcome to the Miami Chapter of CSI, a organization dedicated to the continuation of design and construction industry professionals devoted to creating a well-balanced construction environment. Whether you’re an Architect, Engineer, Specification Writer, General Contractor, Technical Professional, Product Rep, or a member of an allied industry, Miami CSI is home for you!

Miami CSI offers many opportunities to continue your professional development and to learn about new technologies and innovative design solutions through workshops and presentations. You can network and collaborate with colleagues, discuss challenges and solutions, and discover potential business opportunities. Area events offer more opportunities to network, build relationships, and relax while enjoying the environment in and around Miami. For industry professionals in independent practice, Miami CSI offers a place of community where partnerships and alliances are established and friendships created.

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Welcome New Members

New Miami CSI members are invited to attend a “Welcome to the Chapter” event during the year. If you are interested in attending the next welcome event or chapter meeting, or need more information, please contact Matt Cooper, Membership Committee Chair. See the list of Board Members for other contact information.

Membership in the Miami Chapter of CSI has many benefits, including getting to know people who will help you in your job and with your projects. Tap into this great resource by getting involved in the chapter.  If you’re a new member looking to expand your network of contacts, or if you’ve been a member for a while and want to get more value from your membership, please contact any Board Member or Chapter President, for ideas and introductions.

Welcome 2020 New Members:

- Edward Buyama    Bama Roofing & Construction  February 2020
- Paul Del Vecchio   Consultant     April 2020
- Jose Fernandez    Construction Administrator   May 2020
- Danny Vercetti   Vercetti Enterprises  May 2020
- John Babun   Sika Corporation  May 2020
- Audrey Chapman  Student at University of Southern Mississippi May 2020
- Lauren Van Arman  CAD Designer   June 2020
- Anexyuliane Thillet  Emerging Professional  July 2020
- Christopher Chapman  Allied Building Products  August 2020 
- Joel Israel   Seaman Corporation   October 2020

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The Construction Specifier Institute Article

COVID-19 has transformed our lives both at work and at home. A recent discussion on the CSI-Connect community page, where construction industry professionals interact in real time about current ideas and issues, addressed what they think the pandemic’s long-term impact will be on how we do our jobs.

How we work: Our office has been resistant to staggered work time (with few exceptions), and I think there will be new acceptance of that, especially so people can commute during non-peak hours. We have actually had higher remote “attendance” at our all-staff meetings than we typically get in person. We are exploring the use of remote cameras for our site visits.

The work we do: Office planning has been moving toward stuffing as many people into the space as possible, and I think owners would want to provide their staff with more room. The idea of “hot-desking” may be a quick fad that is over with (will anyone ever want to share a desk again?).

The lives we live: I think everyone knows how much of a waste commuting is, and around our office, I hear more people are sleeping and eating better and getting more exercise. We might want to structure our lives going forward to incorporate those things a little more. – Anne Whitacre FCSI, CCS, LEED AP

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November & December Events

The Miami CSI Chapter has put together a Continuing Education Course for the 2020 Florida Building Codes.  We have partnered with AIA Miami during their Design Technology Expo Virtual Event.  Ron Leiseca, CSI Miami Treasurer will be providing this two-part presentation.  Module 1, November 11th from 12:30PM-1:30PM and Module 2, December 2nd from 1:30PM-2:30PM in the AIA Miami Calendar.     

Module 1 covers select changes in the 2020 Florida Building Code – Building as well as changes in the ASCE 7 – 2016 which impact the wind zone maps and risk category requirements. The main points being covered are classification changes which impact requirements; changes affecting essential occupancies including hospitals, nursing homes and extended care facilities; changes in flood considerations, ASCE 7 impact due to revised maps and wind speed designations, and category IV definition update.  The program approval is for 1.0 LU – HSW with program number MIAP-11-20-1.

Module 2 covers select changes in the 2020 Florida Building Code – Residential as well as changes impacting that from updated ASCE 7 – 2016 in wind zone maps as well as changes to the 2020 Florida Energy Code. Main points include structural changes in updated category definitions; impact of ASCE 7 for basic envelope design as well as HVHZ area changes; updated requirements for fire design; FEMA changes as they impact FBE, Energy Code updates as they fine tune insulation and HVAC requirements.  The program approval is for 1.0 LU – HSW with program number MIAP-11-20-2

AIA/CSI Member Prices: 1 week pack $10 (Includes 11 courses) 2 week pack $20 ( Includes 24 courses) Under Promo code, use AIACSI20 to receive this discounted pricing.   

For tickets, CLICK HERE

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January Event

CSI Miami will present a virtual roundtable discussion to discuss the relationship, challenges, and construction documents between the Owner-Architect-General Contractor based upon a recent project.   The webinar date and time will be announced shortly, stay tuned!  

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Get Involved with CSI Miami

Our Chapter will continue to grow because of volunteers – but new volunteers and new ideas will make us a better chapter.  Please consider participating in one of our committees and help shape the offerings and direction of our chapter. Some areas to get involved:


Special Events
(Future Golf Tournament, Awards/Membership Appreciation Event)


We have different committees ready and areas of expertise that we need volunteers.  Let us know what you are interested in doing!

Click Here To Get Involved


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Board Member Highlight

Harry J. Lubitz, CSI, CDT, IIBEC, ASTM is the Architectural Sales Director for United Gilsonite Laboratories, Inc. (UGL) manufacturers of DRYLOK® Waterproofing and Sealers and ZAR® Wood Stains and Protective Coatings.  Lubitz has more than 30 years of experience in the building materials industry, is active in numerous architectural and professional organizations including the CSI, the Internal Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC), the Building Enclosure Council (BES), the Waterproofing Contractors Association (WCA) and is a voting member of ASTM.  He also serves on the board of the CSI Greater Orlando chapter as Treasurer and the CSI Miami chapter as a Director.  Additionally he has served as an adjunct faculty member at Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia. He lives on Delray Beach can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Company Info:

Founded in 1932, United Gilsonite Laboratories is the worldwide leader in the paint and coatings industry. The company offers a wide range of products designed for the building industry. From our inception as a small local business to our continuing evolution into one of the home improvement world’s most fascinating success stories, United Gilsonite Laboratories remains a strong American owned family business committed to empowering people, improving processes and innovating products. DRYLOK®, ZAR® and UGL® brands are currently available at waterproofing and paint distributors, home improvement retailers and independent hardware and paint stores.

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Board Members

Glenn J. Remler
Sherwin Williams Company
e-mail: [email protected]

Vice President
Matthew Wasala
e-mail: [email protected]

Remberto J. Leiseca
RJL Associates, Inc.
e-mail: [email protected]

Danny Vercetti
Vercetti Enterprises
e-mail: [email protected]

John Koessler
MAPEI Corporation
e-mail: [email protected]

Harry Lubitz
United Gilsonite Laboratories - UGL
e-mail: [email protected]

Immediate Past President
Matthew Cooper
e-mail: [email protected]

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