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Ann McGauran, Tennessee State Architect - Keynote Speaker - CSI's East Tennessee Building Products Show

Posted: Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Ann McGauran

Tennessee State Architect

CSI Knoxville is thrilled to bring Ann McGauran, Tennessee State Architect as our Keynote Speaker at the 2020 East Tennessee Building Products Show, March 10, 2020, at the Foundry at the World's Fair Site. Ann will speak from 3:30pm - 5:00pm. Seating is limited, see link below to register.

Ann is an Architect with over 25 years of architectural, project management and real estate operations experiences, primarily with large multi-facility institutions. Ann has served in a variety of real estate roles for the State of TN since 2013 and was unanimously appointed as State Architect by the Tennessee State Building Commission (SBC) in 2017. As the chief staff officer of the SBC, Ann provides real estate expertise on capital projects and transactions affecting the States ~90 million sq. ft. and ~900,000 acre portfolio. Ann graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Architecture and received a Master’s in Healthcare Management from Owen School of Business at Vanderbilt University. Ann is NCARB certified and earned her initial architectural licensure from Florida and is currently licensed in Tennessee. 

Ann, her husband, Mick and their two sons Sean and Liam, live in Nashville.

Seating is limited. Register at: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=qmtbi86ab&oeidk=a07egwgb3kg8674ad65

CSI's East Tennessee Building Products Show

Posted: Tue, Mar 10, 2020

CSI Knoxville presents the East Tennessee Building Products Show on March 10th at the Foundry in Downtown Knoxville. This annual highly trafficked event is the only Building and Architectural Product show in our area. This year keynote speaker for the event, is Tennessee State Architect, Ann McGauran, which she will be speaking prior to the Product Show at 3:30pm – 5:00pm.

Seating is limited. To reserve your seat:


Whitney Kaul, CSI, IIDA, LEED GA, Joins Tennessee Lighting Sales

Posted: Sat, Feb 01, 2020

Knoxville CSI member Whitney Kaul has joined Tennessee Lighting Sales as their Outside Specification Sales Representative for the Knoxville office. Whitney acquired her associates degree in Civil Engineering and bachelor degree in Interior Design from East Tennessee State University in 2008 through their joint program with Pellissippi State. After working the past few years in interior design practice, she earned her Tennessee registration in Interior Design.

When asked what scope of projects that Tennessee Lighting Sales supports, she replied, “I am involved in a variety of projects from residential, education, healthcare, hospitality, industrial and roadway. I support architects, interior designers and electrical engineers by helping them with whatever lighting needs that they have with their projects. We can help with any projects that has lights.”

Whitney has been a member of CSI since 2015. She explained how CSI has impacted her in the design and construction profession. “CSI has been a big asset to me in the profession. I have found a family within the building community that supports each other. CSI Knoxville is a group of people that I can go to for advice on a particular project and also for overall professional advice. The Knoxville chapter is a very welcoming group of people who always want to see you and the chapter succeed. They truly care about each other.”

Whitney has been a tremendous asset to our chapter. She currently serves as treasurer and manages to keep us financially sound. 

You can meet Whitney and see what Tennessee Light Sales has to offer at the East Tennessee Building Products Show 2020 on March 10 at the Foundry on the World’s Fair site.

Welcome to Knoxville - Brian Sickles, CSI, AIA

Posted: Tue, Dec 17, 2019

The Knoxville Chapter is thrilled to receive architect Brian Sickles as a recent transplant from Montgomery this year. Brian relocated from Alabama as his firm, Sherlock Smith and Adams, Inc. (SS&A), opened a Knoxville branch in order to recruit top talent from our area. SS&A is an architecture and engineering firm specializing in technically complex building types, with a main focus on healthcare facilities for the Department of Defense. Brian serves as the Director of Construction Specifications and BIM Manager for the firm.

When asked about his firm, he explained, “Our success depends heavily on close coordination with our engineers and equipment planners. Most of the projects I’ve been involved in are healthcare projects for the Department of Defense: Hospitals, Clinics, Labs, and Research facilities. I’ve recently worked on a military working dog / veterinarian treatment facility for the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a dental clinic at Ft Hood, Texas, an intensive care unit renovation at Ft Campbell, Kentucky and a Medical Clinic at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. We have offices in Knoxville, Montgomery and Auburn, but most of our site visits and design review conferences involve plane travel. I really enjoy the specialized niche we work in and the clients we work with.”

“I joined CSI after moving to Knoxville. My new job description requires that I’m both CDT and CCS certified. CSI’s certifications and study materials have been very helpful filling some blind spots in my education.”  

Brian didn’t just join CSI, he became involved! The board recruited him to be a member of the Knoxville Chapter Board of Directors. He is currently working with the UT student chapter to help them network with our local CSI members and connect them with resources for quality presentations in their monthly meetings.

Brian is a graduate of Auburn University where he met his wife Annie. They have 2 little boys and are enjoying their new home in Knoxville. Please join us in welcoming Brian to the Knoxville Chapter of CSI.


Institute Award - Knoxville Chapter Wins the Chapter Cup

Posted: Tue, Oct 15, 2019

The Chapter Cup is awarded each year to the CSI Chapter with the largest growth in membership. The Knoxville Chapter was recognized at the 2019 CONSTRUCT in Baltimore, MD for their tremendous growth in Membership during the 2018-2019 year. Knoxville had the largest percentage growth in the Institute for that time period. We are proud of this accomplishment and remember when the seeds were planted at the 2018 Planning Meeting where the leadership set outrageous goals and developed a plan to expand our membership. Congratulations to all the chapter members for doing your part to make our chapter such a success!



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