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CSI Field Trip to Blount Mansion!
Thu, Jan 03 2019

The Blount Mansion Tour

Presented by David Hearnes,

The Blount Mansion Facility Director

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

at Blount Mansion Visitor's Center

Presentation: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Free Hour Tour: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


 CSI continues to offer you another quality learning opportunity "The Blount Mansion Tour” Presented by David Hearnes, The Blount Mansion Facility Director.


Our typical CSI Knoxville Chapter Meeting will be held at a different location for just this month. We will not be meeting at Calhoun’s. Please join CSI Knoxville for a Field Trip to Blount Mansion, the “house with many eyes”! Built in 1792, by William Blount, the Governor of the Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio. The facility director, David Hearnes, will present the story of the preservation, restoration and ongoing maintenance challenges of the Blount Mansion and its neighbor the Craighead-Jackson House.  

The program will start promptly at 12:00 pm on January 8th, 2019, at the Blount Mansion Visitor's Center. The lunch and LU/HSW accredited portion of the presentation will be the first hour. Following the presentation we will have an additional hour of full access to explore both houses on our own. We understand that, business sometimes calls us back to the office sooner than we'd like, so some may not be able to stay for the 2nd hour. Noteworthy: The Craighead-Jackson house is not usually open to the public. There will be a lot of ground to cover in one hour. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

In this 1-hour presentation we will cover the following Learning Objectives:

1.) Explore traditional building techniques and their continued use today, such as timber framing. 

2.) Analyze the successes and failures of preservation in the built environment today. 

3.) Discuss strategies for how to approach built environment preservation and how to identify character defining features and why that matters. 

4.) Explore ways good infill design benefits historic neighborhoods. 


WHERE: Blount Mansion Visitor's Center, located at 212 W Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902, Corner of S. Gay St and W. Hill Ave.

PARKING: Visitor parking is available at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center, behind Blount Mansion. Additional parking is available on Hill Street, but the easiest parking will be in the Dwight Kessel Garage, 900 State Street, (corner of State and Hill)  just across the street from Craighead-Jackson House for a nominal parking fee.


LUNCH: Lunch will be provided by CSI and is catered by Calhoun’s. 

COST: CSI Members: Free. First-Time Guest: Free. Returning Guest/Non-Members: $20

RSVP: Seating for the lunch and presentation is limited to 35 participants and RSVP’s are important for this event. Please RSVP to William Dunklin at or (865) 525-6322, ASAP.

CSI Knoxville Chapter President’s Message - December
Tue, Dec 04 2018


As we wrap up the Thanksgiving holiday and slide into December, we want to take a moment to thank all those who work continuously behind the scenes at CSI to make this organization a success. Thank you! Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Well the holidays have now arrived and the time when we should slow down, take a break, and wind down the year unfortunately turns into a mad rush to meet that project deadline or end of the year sales target. A rush to get to that next event through all the traffic, and trying to figure out why in the world that string of lights you just bought last year won’t light up…….unfortunately after you just finished putting everything on the entire tree. Well, no matter what frustrations you may run into this holiday season, take the time to hit the pause button, look through the madness and find the positives that surround you. They’re there. You just have to look for them. Take time to enjoy this season of giving and celebrate with those around you.

Speaking of celebrating and finding a moment to relax, mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 11th for CSI’s annual Christmas Party from 6pm to 8pm. This year in addition to fun, food, music and socializing, we have decided to incorporate the 2018 CSI Awards ceremony into this special event. Make plans to attend this celebratory event and enjoy the time together. Note that this will take the place of our December Chapter Meeting. Be on the lookout for additional information and details in the days to come.

Speaking of trying to meet that end of the year target, the CSI Knoxville membership numbers continue to rise towards our annual goal. Per last month’s Regional membership report, the Knoxville Chapter has seen the most membership growth amongst all the other Chapters in our region. We’re not to our target yet, so everyone keep up the good work and continue inviting guests to our meetings so that we can keep the momentum going.

Looking ahead to 2019, we have some exciting events just around the corner. The January Chapter Meeting will be a special one. On Tuesday, January 8th we will be visiting the historic Blount Mansion where we will enjoy a catered lunch by Calhoun’s at the Welcome Center followed by a tour of Blount Mansion and the Craighead-Jackson House. Make plans to join us as we take a fieldtrip through history.

Vendor packets have been sent out for the 2019 ETN Building Products Show. The date is set for Tuesday, March 12th from 4pm to 8pm and the location is at the Foundry at World’s Fair Park. We have the entire facility reserved for this exciting and informative event and looking to pack the house full with vendors, products, organizations, companies, etc., and yes, food and drink. Space is limited so make plans now to get those packets turned in. We look forward to seeing everyone on March 12th.As you wind down and wrap up 2018, remember to slow down and enjoy the holidays. From all of us at CSI, we wish each and every one of you a blessed and very Merry Christmas!

Mr. R. Aaron Miller, CSI, CDT, AIA
Design Innovation Architects
CSI Knoxville Chapter President


2019 East Tennesse Building Products Show
Wed, Nov 14 2018

The CSI Knoxville Chapter is pleased to announce that the 2019 East Tennessee Building Products Show planning is underway.  The event will be held at the Foundry on the Parkon Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 4 - 8 PM. There are 47 booths available.  As always CSI will provide scrumptious food, tasty beverages, and lots of amazing door prizes! There is a report of a jobsite heavy duty coffeemaker worth $300 that is among the give-a-ways. Sponsorships are available at the $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 level. (See detailed Sponsorship options on the application). 

Booth fees start at $550 if booked before the January 26, 2019 early bird deadline. (slight increase for payment by credit card)

If you have questions please contact the Product Show Chairman, Josh Brock at or call him at (865) 388-1833.

CSI Golf Tournament - Beautiful Weather & Great Golf
Mon, Oct 29 2018

CSI Knoxville held its 15th Annual Golf Tournament at Willow Creek on Monday, October 29, 2018.  The weather was PERFECT! We had 19 teams /  75 players  On the first Flight - Funderburk Electric came in 1st with a score of 49 and Thyssen Krupp Elevators came in 2nd with a score of 52. On the second Flight - ABC Caulking came in 1st with a score of 57 and Green Valley Farm came in 2nd with a score of 59.   With the beautiful weather Monday everyone was a winner!  A big THANK YOU goes to Wes Crow who organized the tournament.

Knoxville Chapter Makes a Plan for 2018-19
Sat, Aug 04 2018

Members of the board and committee chairs met last Saturday morning at CSI President Aaron Miller's offices at DIA to particiate in our annual Knoxville Chapter Planning Retreat.  Breakfast was provided by Tyvek and delivered by their wonderful rep Suzan Jordan.  YUM!  Attending her first planning meeting was newest board member Marni Redmond with Exact Tile.  Kathy Proctor facilitiated the discussions as members identified those things that the chapter does well and what things we want to improve in the future.

We discussed some opportunities for collaboration with AIA and other organizations.  Will Dunklin shared the variety of upcoming programs that will take the member meeting off site to lunch and learn.  We will be reviewing the Operating Guide and Bylaws to ensure that they are usable documents.   Donna Covert shared that CSI Flash Mobs will be popping up around town after working hours.  Whitney Kaul presented teh 2018-19 budget that was edited and adopted.

The group refined the mission of the Knoxville Chapter to provide a community to communicate, collaborate, network and educate for the advancement of the design and construction industry.

Supprting this are the 2018-19 goals:

1.Increase the Community (Membership) by 50% before June 2019.

2.Develop a strategy to initialize relationships with institutions of higher learning by Oct. 2, 2018.

3.Develop a marketing plan that addresses visibility/ branding / Communication by Oct. 2, 2018.

4.Maintain/ enhance the community with reproting and review at each board meeting.

What we saw was there are plenty of opportunities for people to get involved and enhance their CSI experience.  Watch for the next issue of the Speck to learn more!


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