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. The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute was charted in 1979. The first Blue Ribbon Newsletter was published in 1979. None of the original copies exists. Currently, the Blue Ribbon is not issued.
The mission of CSI is to advance building information management and education of project teams to improve facility performance.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is charged with the responsibility for the administration of the Chapter. The Board of Directors shall annually elect officers and directors to serve for the following year, defined as July 1st to June 30th of the following year. As required by the Institute, elections must be held so that the Board can declare it officers by April 30th of each year. The Bylaws require that the following offices: a President, two Vice Presidents, a Secretary, a Treasurer, two Directors – Professional, two Directors – Industry and an Advisory Member as the Immediate Past President