April 2003

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CSI: Chicago
Construct AmericaTM Heads to the Windy City

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), which is based in Alexandria, Va., will hold The CSI Show™ at McCormick Place in Chicago April 9-11, 2003. For the first time, the show will be combined with the TFM Show™ as the Construct America™ event. Thus, attendees will be able to take advantage of two trade shows at once, with just one registration fee.

In addition to the trade show, a variety of seminars will offer attendees some educational opportunities to improve their businesses.

For example, in “The Intent Behind the Codes: A Study of Significant Fires That Have Resulted in Code Development,” Gail Manning, a plan reviewer for the Minneapolis inspections unit, will look at specific circumstances and findings of specific fires and other events, show what went wrong and how codes have been written to prevent such future events.

A panel entitled “How Secure Do Owners Really Want to Be & What Are They Willing to Pay For?” will cover the impacts of security and safety in the built environment, particularly in the wake of September 11, 2001. The speakers, Tom Francesgell, regional director for McGraw-Hill Construction in Washington, D.C., Carol Ross Barney, principal for Ross Barney + Janokowski in Chicago, Allen Rose, head of the security engineering group for Black & Veetch in Overland Park, Kan., and Jeff Loo, founding principal for Lee & Liu Associates Inc. in Washington, D.C., will discuss how to deal with various threats with design plans and to identify new techniques and materials available to address security in the built environment. 

In “Pressure-Treated Wood & New Generation Products,” Pamela Mitchell, manager of national accounts for Arch Wood Protection in Smyrna, Ga., will inform attendees about new pressure-treated wood requirements, identify how industry professionals are developing new alternatives for the future and focus on the remaining use of chromated copper arsenate (CCA) products that are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Finally, “Healthy Indoor Environments Through Green Design,” presented by Marilyn Black, chief executive officer for Air Quality Sciences of Marietta, Ga., and Henning Bloech, marketing manager for Atlanta-based Greenguard, will show attendees how to minimize indoor air pollution, maintain good indoor air quality, review recent technological advances in building design and understand state and federal air-quality regulations.

Product Showcase
In addition, the trade show will offer an array of new products for attendees to learn about. Descriptions of a few of these follow.

Booth 2459: CertainTeed to Introduce Composite Decking and Railing
Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed Corp. will exhibit its Boardwalk® composite decking and railing.

Designed to age gracefully, the company says Boardwalk is a patent-pending composite material that combines polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with recycled natural fibers to provide consistent color, texture and quality. Boardwalk features a class-one fire rating, the best in the composite decking industry, according to the company.

Boardwalk can be used for decks, railings, stairs, walkways, planters and benches. The company says it has excellent durability and consistent quality. It won’t rot or decay and doesn’t have cracks, splinters or knots like wood.

Booth 1160: Arch Wood Protection to Feature Pressure-Treated Wood
Arch Wood Protection of Smyrna, Ga., a manufacturer of wood-treating chemicals and licensor ofWolmanized Natural Select pressure-treated wood, will be featuring its newest preservative-treated wood: Wolmanized® Natural Select™ wood.

The company says this long-lasting wood is treated with a “new generation” preservative consisting of recycled copper and an organic fungicide.
Also on display will be Dricon® fire-retardant treated wood for interior use and FRX™ exterior FRT wood. These products can be used as economical substitutes for non-combustible materials in many applications where building codes apply, according to the company.

Booth 2816: Corner Boards Provide a Classic Architectural Look
AZEK-SIX INCH CORNERBOARD AZEK™ Trimboards of Moosic, Pa., will introduce a 6-inch finished AZEK Cornerboard that the company says provides classic, architectural detail, particularly on coastal- and cape-style homes. The products offer wide coverage on corners without the cupping and twisting that wood trim undergoes after outdoor exposure, according to the company.

The cornerboards are ready to install and stand up to harsh weather. The cornerboards feature a miter-locked seam that will not open and are available in a semi-matte white color.

Booth 1622: Steel Door Frames with Versatility
DUNBARTON Rediframe steel door frames by Dunbarton of Dothan, Ala., are one of the most versatile frame products in the industry, according to the company. Rediframe is offered in two basic knock-down frames (fixed and adjustable throat), which can be manufactured with or without a kerf to accommodate weatherstripping. 

Custom casing and moulding can be installed over the frame, which the company says offers the beauty of design with the security of a steel frame. 

Rediframe delivers a 90-minute positive-pressure fire rating. In addition, the company says Rediframe has earned a level-A certification in cycle testing by exceeding 1,000,000 cycles. 

For more information on Construct America, visit the show website at, or call 800/689-2900.



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