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Stacy Colbaugh wins Institute Communication Award

Posted: Mon, Sep 05, 2022

The Knoxville Chapter's Publication Chair, Stacy Colbaugh, CSI, CDT, has won the Institute Communication Award. This award will be presented at the CSI Convention in Denver, CO this October. This award celebrates the combination of communications managed by Stacy including the chapter newsletter, The SPECK, and our constant contact communications to all the chapter membership.

This is not the first time that Stacy's work has been recognized. Stacy has won the Institute Communication Award in 2017, 2016 and 2012. Previous to this she was recognized at the Institute level in both 2008 and 2009 for The SPECK. The Gulf States Region also recognized Stacy's work with Continuing Publication Awards in 2008, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The Knoxville Chapter recognized Stacy's contribution to the chapter over a long period of time in 2019 when she was presented with the Miller Euler Memorial Award for outstanding work as the chapter publisher, one of the highest awards of the Knoxville Chapter.

Knoxville's Gary Bergeron to be elevated to Fellowship at Denver Convention

Posted: Tue, Aug 02, 2022

The Jury of Fellows has elevated Gary T. Bergeron, CSIto Fellow in 2022.


Fellowship is one of the top two honors bestowed by CSI. Throughout his 14 year membership with CSI, Gary has notably contributed to construction education at the high school, university, and professional development levels, and has served CSI as a leader of the Gulf States Region, as well as the Knoxville, Little Rock, and Chattanooga Chapters.


He will be inducted to Fellowship at CSI Celebrates, during the 2022 CSI National Conference in Denver, CO. on Thursday, October 13.

TMS 602: What it is and how to use it? - Richard Bennett, PHD, PE

Posted: Tue, Jun 14, 2022

Dr. Richard Bennett, Ph.D., P.E. is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Bennett has been highly active in the Masonry Standards Joint Committee which writes the Building Code for Masonry Structures. He has chaired the Flexural, Axial Loads, and Shear subcommittee and served as the vice-chair of the 2013 MSJC Committee. Dr. Bennett was the chair of the main committee for the 2016 402/602 code. He is 2nd vice chair for the next code cycle, which will develop the 2022 TMS 402/602 provisions.

Program summary:

1) TMS 402 & 602

2) Material Standards

3) 402-16 How to Design 

4) 602-16 How to Install

5) 602 Specification Checklists 

6) Mortar Types/ Cementitious Materials 

7) Proportion vs. Property Specification 

8) Field Testing of Mortar

9) Bond Patterns

2022-2023 Planning Retreat

Posted: Sat, Jun 11, 2022

Meet New Member Tyler Goza, CSI, AIA, NCARB

Posted: Fri, Mar 25, 2022

One of Knoxville’s new members is Tyler Goza. Tyler is an architect at Design Innovations Architects (DIA) here in Knoxville. He received his architectural degree in 2015 from the University of Tennessee and joined DIA just one year later.   He came to Knoxville from his hometown of Cleveland, TN. where his parents and brother still reside.

When asked to tell us a little about his job, Tyler explained, “…the first project I got to work on was Regas Square. I’ll never forget being extremely excited to work on such an iconic project right out of the gate...that project type has become my favorite to design and understand”. 

But Tyler has had the opportunity to use his talents in a number of other projects at DIA including PreK-12 Educational, Multifamily Residential, Single-family Residential, Mixed-use, Historic Preservation, Hospitality, Industrial, Retail, and everything in-between. A couple of the highlights include: Regas Square Condominiums, Tyson Court Apartments, 200 Jennings Avenue Office Building, Hyatt Place Downtown Knoxville, Athens City Schools New PreK-5 School, and Hankook Tire Plant among others. Currently he is doing CA work on a PreK-5 175,000 SF school in Athens, TN which is on track to be completed in the next 12-14 months.

When not working he tries to get outside and enjoy East Tennessee. He coaches soccer in Karns and loves the opportunity to be with family or friends on the golf course. “In the fall, you can find my in the stands at Neyland Stadium (or at minimum in the parking lots enjoying the sights and sounds). I was always a huge Vol fan growing up and spending the last 12 years in Knoxville has only elevated my fandom of the sports teams and the University of Tennessee. Now I truly cherish those tailgates when many of my friends come back to town for the weekend to have fun together”.

When asked why Tyler decided to join CSI he shared, “I joined about a year ago for a couple of reasons: (01) I’d like to start transitioning from a PA to PM at DIA and I think CSI will be a good resource; (02) another architect I’ve observed, and respect has been a member for years and I would like to follow in a similar path; (03) I’d like to get more involved in our profession outside of just my own firm to see different perspectives, approaches, thought processes and to learn from some of my peers.”

Please reach out and introduce yourself to Tyler and welcome him into our chapter.







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