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New Member News - Welcome Shannon Elliott, CSI

Posted: Fri, Mar 29, 2024

Please welcome our new member Shannon Elliott, CSI. I first knew Shannon when she was a member of the CSI Student Affiliate at the University of Tennessee. She always had a huge smile and was willing to help CSI students to do so many things – including building a CSI Homecoming float. Shannon graduated from UT with a Masters of Architecture in 2010.  She is licensed to practice architecture in both Tennessee and Kentucky.

Now she is a Sr. Project Architect at Parkway Construction and Architecture. When she was asked to describe her firm, she replied, “We are a Design-Build firm with national reach, and work in every sector except single family residential”. With offices out in the western US, and licenses in 49 states, they do reach most of the country.

She says she loves architecture, “because I’m interested in everything, and it combines so many fields of knowledge.” When asked what her favorite part about the profession is, she said, “…there is always something to learn.” 

Shannon came to Tennessee from Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1999. Her family still lives there. Her father raises 100 varieties of hostas. Shannon is pictured here with a variety called Guacamole. It gets up to 8 feet in diameter and 6 feet tall. The leaves are a big as your head!!

Shannon loves learning! She has just passed the Estimating Practioner’s exam, and she is studying for the CSI CCS exam this spring. Ask her about the CCS (Certified Construction Specifier) requirements. That is no small task!

When asked what she hope to gain from a CSI membership, she said that she looks forward to reconnecting with folks that she hasn’t seen in a while. She works remotely for her firm, whose offices are in Texas, California and Utah, so being part of CSI gives her the opportunity to stay connected with what is happening locally.

So reach out to Shannon at our next meeting and introduce yourself. Or rekindle an old acquaintance. You will be happy that you did! Welcome back Shannon to Knoxville CSI!

CSI Goes Cruising for Christmas

Posted: Tue, Jan 30 2024

The Knoxville CSI Chapter took a cruise down the Tennessee River for our Christmas Celebration on the Volunteer Princess. Over 50 CSI members and their guests enjoyed the 2 hour dinner cruise decked out in their Holiday garb. We were honored to have special guests from the East Tennessee Design Center, Duane Grieve & Jan Mosadegh, join us for the festivities.

Our Fun Committee created games to play & prizes to be won. Check out the prize on Geoffery's head.

We collected Toys for Tots again this year, a tradition started by then president Curtis Rosenbaum in 1997. These toys were delivered to the Marine Base the following day, and were greeted with great gratitude. Many, many children were blessed.

Lots of fun, food and fellowship, old friends and new. A Merry Christmas was to be had by all.



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