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About the Chicago Chapter

Chicago Chapter CSI, chartered in 1953, is one of 140+ local chapters of The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), a national professional association. CSI is dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery. It is the only organization serving all the major components of the building team involved in non-residential building design and construction.
 
Chapter members include:

  • Architects
  • Specifiers
  • Engineers
  • Material suppliers
  • Contractors
  • Owners
  • Contract managers and administrators
  • Interior designers
  • Government representatives
  • Business Professionals
Through meetings, educational and social events and networking, members openly communicate with their counterparts to exchange information for successful project management. 

The Chicago chapter geographically includes members living or working in Metropolitan Chicago, suburban Chicagoland members and members from neighboring states. Some Chicago members have multiple chapter affiliations. 

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History of CSI Institute (National)

CSI was founded in March 1948 by the specification writers of government agencies who came together to improve the quality of construction specifications. The Institute’s efforts were essential in improving construction specification quality so that it could meet the demands of the post-war construction boom. Development of specifications best practices, promulgating standards/formats, professional education, and certification were cornerstones of the Institute.

The Institute grew quickly to include specification writers in the private sector, design professionals concerned about communicating their vision in construction documents, constructors interested in delivering high-quality facilities, and material suppliers with unique solutions to construction challenges. These construction professionals continue to work together today as CSI members to effectively communicate the designers’ vision, the material producers’ solutions, and the constructors’ techniques to create outstanding facilities that meet facility owners’ objectives. 

CSI is the only organization serving all the major components of the building team involved in non-residential building design and construction.

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