Last week several Hager team members descended upon Austin, Texas for CONSTRUCT. As noted in previous blog posts CONSTRUCT is the annual education and exhibition for the Construction Specifiers Institute, better known as CSI (not the one on TV).
This time next week several of our team members will be making their way to Austin, Texas for CONSTRUCT. If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time. If you’re on the fence we wrote about the benefits a few weeks ago which you can read here.
Adam Bucko Western Regional Sales Mgr
Debra Powers Architectural Rep for TX & OK
Ken Kimutis Kimutis/Chisum, local Sales Reps
Will Chisum Kimutis/Chisum, local Sales Reps
Brian Clarke Dir. Arch Specs & Tech Support
John Cohrs Sr Architectural Spec Writer
Bob Wilkins Dir. of Marketing & Product Dev
Ginny Powell Digital Marketing Specialist
If you work in the St. Louis area and are looking for a local CSI chapter, the Continuing Education Programs was just published by the Greater St. Louis CSI chapter. Besides continuing education credits with programs like Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment and Sustainability in Construction Administration, there will also be a tour of the Arch River Grounds on October 19th. Of course, the annual Golf Classic, being held on September 21st, is always a fun time. Find out more information on the Greater St. Louis CSI Chapter’s new website here.
As you can see Hager is committed to the mission of CSI. We work hard to make sure our specifications are clear, concise and fair. Our goal is to provide door hardware that meets code while supporting the architect and end user in their goal of a safe and secure building.
We hope to see you next week!
In a just a month, we will be in Austin, Texas exhibiting at CONSTRUCT 2016.
CONSTRUCT is the trade show for the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). The Institute brings together all aspects of the building divisions, from architects, specifiers, product representation, and contract administration. CSI’s mission is to “advance building information management and education of project teams to improve facility performance.”
CONSTRUCT supports that mission by providing a plethora of educational opportunities including a day set aside specifically for young professionals called YP Day. This is a fantastic opportunity for those just starting out in the industry, 35 years and younger, to learn a lot in a single day. This day goes beyond typical design education into real world scenarios.
We decided to take a page out of the DHI Doors & Hardware Magazine ‘DHI Face’ Series and occasionally highlight Hager team members to share on this blog. This gives both customers and co-workers an opportunity to see and read about a team member they may associate with.
First up is Debra Powers-Wafford. Debra has been with Hager since 2013 as a Architectural Specification Consultant in the Texas & Oklahoma territory.
In Debra’s own words:
Childhood Ambition: I wanted to be an Oceanographer. I loved Jacques Cousteau and his adventures of the Great Barrier Reef.
First Job: My first job was as a vet assistant with the Humane Society. I helped with kennel care for abused animals who had been abandoned so the vet could keep his costs down.
What led you to the hardware industry? When I became a high school teacher, I needed a summer income and worked at Burgess Sales & Supply in Charlotte, North Carolina. I gave up teaching and started full time there in 2004.
We’ve had a wonderful year thanks to the Hager family, team members, representatives and customers. Here are a few highlights before closing out 2015.
We had several new product announcements in 2015 but the three that made the most impact were released in the 2nd half of the year.
Our new decorative lever line expanded to include our 4500 Series Exit Devices. Adding the decorative levers to the 4500 Series Exit Device line compliments our 2300 Series Tubular Locks & 3800 Series Mortise Locks. Find out additional information here.
CSI Members know how to party and this year’s Host Chapter Event proved they love being big kids too!
Dubbed the Night of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem, the St. Louis CSI Planning Committee did a fantastic job at choosing one of the most unique places in St. Louis – City Museum. If you aren’t familiar with City Museum, it is housed in a 600,000 square foot former international shoe company in downtown. Bob Cassilly, an internationally acclaimed artist, sparked the idea. He and his crew began constructing the museum from the nuts and bolts (along with tiles, chimneys, and planes) of the city, literally. Their motto “always building” has been true since their opening in 1997.
There has been a lot of recent discussion on the sparsity of young professionals in the AEC community. This is evident when looking at the attendance of the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI) and Construction Specification Institute (CSI) monthly meetings and annual trade shows. We need to encourage more young professionals to enter the many fields offered in the architectural, engineering & construction industries.
Cindy Barrand with Informa, who presents the CONSTRUCT show in conjunction with the CSI Annual Convention, decided to do something about it. She created a special package for young professionals (max 35 years of age) and students that offered education, a full day specifically designed for them, networking events and a few social occasions, spanning 4 days of the convention all for a reduced price.
When CONSTRUCT announced last year that the 2015 convention would be held in St. Louis we were thrilled. We knew we had a great opportunity to show off our hometown and Hager Companies.
We were lucky enough to entice two groups to our headquarters for a tour. The first was held yesterday and by all accounts it was a success.
Last year, through connections on Twitter, we were able to reach out to the President of SCIP, Dave Stutzman, to offer a tour of our facility and dinner for any interested SCIP members. SCIP holds their annual meeting the day before CONSTRUCT opens. Our BHMA Testing Lab and Engineering Lab are located at our St. Louis headquarters and we felt both might offer noteworthy learning opportunities to the SCIP members.
There are a lot of publications and trade groups who would like us to advertise in their magazine, either digital or print and sometimes both! While we think all are worthwhile our goal is to support our partners while broadening the Hager brand. Our partners include distributors, facilities managers, end users, general contractors and architects.
Through our social media platforms we follow several architects in order to promote and share their services and projects. However there are three architects that caught our eye when they decided to try something new. They started a podcast called Archispeak for “all things architecture” by architects, in late 2012. The hosts are Evan Troxel, Neal Pann and Cormac Phalen. We’ve been following them for a while.
They talk about everything! Really – from premature renderation to architects and egos, nothing is sacred. They also work hard to provide a resource to emerging architects. We were thrilled when they picked up a steady sponsor in ARCAT.
ARCAT, in case you don’t know, provides free building products specifications. We hear from architects all the time how difficult writing hardware specs are so in order to try to simplify their work load our specifications are listed on ARCAT’s website.
We had been thinking about sponsoring a few shows for a while but needed it to be the right time. For the next few months we have a convergence of events happening so we felt this was it. Episode #70 is out now. There is a special opportunity for listeners of the show if you are attending CONSTRUCT or the Texas Society of Architect trade shows but you have to listen to the podcast to find out what it is.
In the meantime thanks Evan, Neal and Cormac for providing great content that everyone in the AEC community can learn from.
We are always excited when we exhibit at CONSTRUCT but this year is even more special because CONSTRUCT is coming to St. Louis!
We have a lot going on that week including being part of the inaugural Young Professionals/Student Day on September. 30th. This event is a full day of education and networking for an incredible price.
Wednesday’s schedule includes speed mentoring, a Pecha Kucha event with a boxed lunch, Specifying the Electrifying Tour here at Hager, Getting to the Next Level, attending the Welcome Reception and ending with the Young Professionals Mixer at the Flamingo Bowl. That is a lot packed into a single day!
The fun doesn’t stop on Wednesday. The Students and Young Professional Package also includes education sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You can attend the Keynote presentation, a 3D Game Changer session, and check out the Exhibit Hall. Are you good at scavenger hunts? You will have a chance to win $200.00 cash with the Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt on Thursday at 11:00 am.
August Hager explaining the benefits of the Hager 8400 Low Energy Power Operator in the Exhibit Hall
If that doesn’t get you excited the CSI Night Out being held at the Budweiser Brew House is also included!! Yep, that’s right!!
If you are 35 years or younger and are ready to take the next step to further your career sign up here: Student/YP Info
Stop by Booth 307 and say Hi while you are there!