CSI NLJan 08 by forrests


									Knowledge for Creating and Sustaining the Built Environment
Las Vegas Chapter — Founded in 1986



Happy New Year, One and ALL

This Month’s Chapter Meeting, January, 8th Grease Interceptor sizing...
Date: Tuesday January 8, 2008 Place: Main Street Station, 200 N Main St Las Vegas, NV 89101 Board Meeting 4:30 Time: 5:30 Networking, 6:30 Dinner, 7:00 Program


Free to chapter members Guest $30.00

Inside this issue:
LEED Workshop Table Top Information/President’s Message Meeting Notice - Tim Allinson of Murray Company Leonard Harding article & World of Concrete... General Events Tom’s Corner CSI members message


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• Special points of interest:
• LEED Workshop—P. 2

• Table Top Information—P.3

• President’s message—P.3 5 6 • Meeting Notice (Tim Allinson P.E.) of Murray Company—P.4 7 8

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President’s Message - Michelle Merillat
Happy New Year to all! The Holiday party was a blast. A very big thank you to everyone who helped with raffle prize donations, Randall Dunn with Hilti, Inc., Craig Clark with Klai Juba, Steel Engineers, Lendall Mains with Lendall Mains Architecture (Cheesecake and Crime), Judith Gordon with Steam-Whirl, Derrick Hodson and Michelle (me) with Desert Plumbing and Heating Co., Inc., and anyone else I may have overlooked. I hope everyone enjoyed playing Holiday Bingo! There is so much for us to look forward to this coming year; our first meeting of the year is January 8th. It is being presented by Timothy Allinson with the Murray Company on the new Grease Interceptor sizing and the change process to develop the new Grease Interceptor sizing criteria for the new 2006 UPC code, our February 12th meeting is our 20th anniversary party, the Southwest Regional Conference is taking place in Tempe, AZ on April 24th – 26th, the CONSTRUCT2008 CSI National show and convention is June 3 – 6, 2008, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Mark your calendar with these dates. Please feel free to send our CSI Las Vegas SPECtechular newsletter to anyone in the construction industry. While you are at it, please ask them to subscribe to our chapter website at www.csilv.org so they can continue to receive the newsletter and any upcoming events via E-mail. It just takes a few short minutes to fill out the information in the “Subscribe To” tab. Make it your resolution to spread the word about our chapter this year. I hope we all have a great and fabulous 2008,


CSI Las Vegas Monthly Meeting Table Top Sponsorship Opportunities
If you would like to have the opportunity to feature your company, products, or services at the CSI Las Vegas monthly meeting the following information is for you! The chapter will provide you with a table for your display to be set up during our Board of Directors meeting at 4:30 PM, use of the hour networking time to speak and mingle with our meeting attendees, an introduction at the beginning of the meeting for you for to give a short (5 minute) product presentation, plus a free dinner. The cost is $150.00 for non CSI members and $125.00 for CSI members. Please contact Michelle L. Merillat, CSI, CDT, MAI to reserve your spot! E-mail: mpmerill1@aol.com or mmerillat@lvdph.com Or call Michelle at 702-873-7333 ext. 433

CSI Las Vegas January 8th Meeting
Grease interceptor sizing and the change process to develop the new 2006 UPC code.
For many years the UPC grease interceptor sizing calculation generated interceptors of incredible size. In 2005, Mr. Tim Allinson P.E., LEED AP, was instrumental in having the sizing criteria in the UPC changed to what is now printed in the 2006 edition, dramatically reducing the size of grease interceptors. Mr. Allinson will give an overview of the controversial change process and the new sizing technique that might apply to your project. The program will be presented by Timothy Allinson, P.E., LEED AP. Timothy Allinson is a Senior Professional Engineer with Murray Company, Mechanical Contractors, in Long Beach, CA. Prior to entering the design-build industry he worked for Popov Engineers, Inc. in Irvine, CA, and JB&B in New York City. Tim holds a BSME from Tufts University and an MBA from New York University. He is a professional engineer licensed in both mechanical and fire protection engineering in various states, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Tim is a past-president of ASPE, both the New York and Orange County Chapters, and sits on the board of the Society of American Military Engineers, Orange County Post.
Board Meeting 4:30 PM


Las Vegas Social Club @ Main Street Station Located in the lower section of the parking garage facing the Hotel Casino. Tuesday Jan. 8, 2008 5:30 PM Networking - 6:30 PM Dinner - 7:00 PM Program

Please RSVP Today
Chris Thompson e-mail: Chris@ConstructionNotebook.com Phone (702) 876-8660 Fax: 702-876-5683

Name _________________Company ______________________Phone __________________ Name__________________Company______________________Phone__________________ Cost is free to members Guests: $30.00

Thanking Las Vegas Chapter CSI Corporate Sponsors who support the CSI Scholarship Foundation and the Las Vegas Chapter: Platinum: Perini Building Company Silver: Bergelectric, Quality Design Products

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The Peripatetic Pessimist—by Leonard Harding, CSI, CDT, LEED AP
The CSI party was a success, despite the fact that Marg Helgenberger was a no show. I saved a seat for her and everything. Oh well, maybe next time. But that didn’t ruin the evening for everyone else, who all looked as if they were having a pretty good time. The pre-dinner get-together cocktail worked well, especially if you knew what the red tickets were for. The dinner was enjoyable. The lobster bisque was an interesting starter for the Midwesterner - I thought it was a strange looking pumpkin soup at first. Main entrée of chicken rice and sweet potato went well, portions were suitable without stuffing you. The disparity in consistency of the various layers of dessert made for some tricky moments, but only the guy sitting next to me wound up with the biscuit in his lap - mine. Afterwards Michelle raffled off some door prizes. Unfortunately, Joe Morales was checking the raffle tickets (which came with registration) and he took them once a person claimed a prize. Afterwards we played progressive bingo - first winner only needed one bingo, second needed two, etc. I might of won something but I had no idea what a WEATH was, or what you would be holding if you had a SLEIG in your hand. At first I thought the game was to find the misspelled words, but as the first winner shouted bingo, I realized that it wasn’t. The raffle was pretty neat, I won a cheesecake. I got a couple of Trader Joe coupons as well, but that was only because the fellows sitting around me couldn’t hear so well and I convinced them that they were getting trading cards from Trader Joe - they didn’t want anything to do with it. And, to show that they cared, the Rio gave us a party room that was so far from the main entrance that we were able to walk the meal off getting back to our cars.

WORLD of CONCRETE IS COMING TO TOWN!! Don’t forget - Exhibits: Jan. 22 - 25, 2008; Seminars Jan. 21 - 25, 2008
Price of admission is steep, so if you haven’t taken advantage of the free sign up, you will want to buddy up to someone who can get you some comp tickets. It’s an impressive show; more gadgets and work-arounds than you could imagine. And at least one dismiss the show out of a misplaced notion that he/she has sufficient knowledge with which to face the future of concrete construction, consider this: cement and concrete mixes are probably the most researched building material in the world. Las Vegas is concrete. Check out the show if you haven’t heretofore. Besides, most of the people working in concrete seem to come from the Midwest and apparently a large number of the concrete companies in the Midwest are family businesses. I doubt if there is another spot in Clark County where you will see as many middle aged couples walking around holding hands.

Thanks to our many sponsors and special thanks to the following CSI LV Sponsors

This Month’s Program: January 8, 2008 “Grease Interceptor sizing and the change process to develop the new 2006 UPC code” Tim Allinson w/ Murray Company Main Street Station
Month January 8, 2008
February 12, 2008 March 11, 2008 April 8, 2008 April 24 - 26, 2008


Speaker / Location

Grease Interceptor sizing... 20th Anniversary Party T.B.D. (Possibly Red Horse squadron

Main Street Station Main Street Station Main Street Station Main Street Station Tempe Mission Palms Hotel Tempe, Arizona

from Nellis Air Force Base)

Firestopping code updates Southwest Regional Conference

May 13, 2008

Timet - Titanium Metals and Sierra Metals - Processes of different metals and fabrication Main Street Station CSI Bowling Tournament CONSTRUCT 2008 Awards Banquet Texas Station L.V. Convention Center T.B.D.

June 3, 2008 June 3 - 6, 2008 June 10, 2008

Board Meeting: Dinner starts:

4:30 PM 6:30 PM

Networking starts: 5:30 PM Program starts: 7:00 PM

For information on upcoming events please go to:

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Editor’s Notes:
“Submissions and Comments Submissions for the upcoming NL should be made on or before the last Tuesday of the month. All suggestions are welcome. Technical articles and your own related experiences you wish to share would be greatly appreciated.


Hey! Contribute stories to the NL and hype for company or business!
Please submit brief articles or information on “How My CSI Affiliation Has Worked For Me”. Please send us your examples of how your affiliation to CSI has benefited your business or simply provided you with a pleasant experience. We are still waiting for “Construction Story of the Month” submissions. We’d like you to share educational and entertaining stories from their projects. These are both excellent oppor-

For Newsletter Submissions and Comments, Contact: LV Chapter Newsletter Chairman Tom Geserick Phone & Voice Mail: 702-799-1195 x1-5040

tunities for shameless plugs for you or your business!
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Toms’ Corner - by Tom Geserick
Welcome, To the new year, 2008.
I wish to thank all that have helped me this year with the news letter. All of your articles and suggestions are very important to the NEWS LETTER and CSI MEMBERS, please keep it coming. Congratulations to Jennifer Simpliciano on the birth of her baby. The baby’s name is Lee Simpliciano Howland
He weighs 6 lb. 11 oz. and is 18” tall.

Thank you all and have a prosperous 2008

Joke of the Month
Are you sick of making the same resolutions year after year and yet you never keep them? Here are some resolutions that you can actually accomplish! Enjoy :-) 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Read less. I want to gain weight. Put on at least 30 pounds. Stop exercising. Waste of time. Watch more TV I’ve been missing some good stuff. Procrastinate more. Drink some more. Start being superstitious. Spend more time at work. Stop bringing lunch from home. I should eat out more. Take up a new habit; maybe smoking!

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Las Vegas Chapter — Founded in 1986

So many of us are vendors that count on our contacts made at CSI meetings to increase our business. We know the benefits of membership.

Please ask yourself these questions: Am I doing anything to increase the membership in the Las Vegas Chapter CSI? Do you talk up CSI when you are calling on the design professional?
We can't just wait for the Membership committee to go out and find new members and attempt to keep the ones we have. We all, as members, need to remember to "TALK IT UP" whenever we have the opportunity. "Save the Whales" "Save the Forests" "Save your money" "Save CSI"??? Jump on the "Band Wagon" and do your best and most to build CSI Membership. Thank you!!!

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