Each year, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) national organization invites nominations for the J. Norman Hunter Award for Innovative Allied Organizational Cooperation. The award goes to a CSI member, chapter, region or group who brings multiple construction organizations together for a single goal or event. The 2019 winner is Columbus’ own DesignColumbus committee, who organizes the DesignColumbus expo / trade show traditionally held at COSI every spring.

DesignColumbus offers a full day of continuing education and informational displays. It attracts hundreds of building industry professionals, including architects, interior designers, engineers, owners, developers, government officials, municipal planners, facility managers, contractors, construction managers, construction specifiers, manufacturers, product representatives and others.

DesignColumbus 2019 represented the ninth year that the event was co-sponsored by the CSI Columbus Chapter and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Ohio Community (USGBC Ohio). The show as we know it today originated from events hosted by the CSI Columbus Chapter since the 1950s, and the DesignColumbus committee adheres to the CSI chapter’s original intent of programming that cannot be duplicated in office “lunch & learns.” Each year, the committee reviews and selects case studies, panel discussions and learning tracks that provide a range of knowledge for show attendees. The committee also works with presenters to make sure education sessions offer AIA and GBCI continuing education credits and, starting in 2019, IDCEC credits.

Committee representatives Adam Olson of Olson Architectural Products, Inc. and Dave Petersen, CSI, will be recognized during the national CSI CONSTRUCT AEC Education and Expo, held October 9-11, 2019 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

Current committee members are:

  1. Jim McDonald, co-chair
  2. Tammie Wareham, co-chair
  3. Justin Adams
  4. Lacey Adams
  5. DuWayne Baird
  6. Dan Barringer
  7. Lori Dahm
  8. Kristin Dispenza
  9. Cambris Epperson
  10. Pam Girard
  11. Thad Goodman
  12. Tara Grove
  13. Eric Lipschutz
  14. Penny Mavrikis
  15. Adam Olson
  16. David Petersen
  17. Eric Porr
  18. Kyle Schneider
  19. Laurel Sheppard
  20. Jerry Smith
  21. Brenda Tepper

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