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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.





TAAST Celebration of Design

Posted: Sun, Mar 27, 2022

A tradition at the College of Architecture and Design which began with the school inception in the 1960s continues next week - TAAST. This week long celebration will start with the Painting of the Rock at 3 PM Sunday, March 27. On Monday, March 28, lecturer Catie Newell will speak at 5:30 PM. Tuesday, March 29 features two lecturers - NOMAS at noon and Maya Bird Murphy at 5:30 PM. Wednesday, March 20 is Workshop Wednesday with Grasshopper Tutorial and the Birdhouse Competition. That evening Demar Matthews will lecture at 5:30 PM. Thursday, March 31 will feature the Student Work Pop-Up Sale from 11:30 - 3:30 in the Atrium. Family Feud will start at 5:30 PM. Friday, March 1 will be the TAAST T-Shirt Tie Dye at 11AM and that evening the Beaux Art Ball will be held at 8 PM ($40/ ticket). Saturday, March 2 will bring the series of events to a close with a Field Day of great outdoor activities at Sultree Landing Park starting at 1 PM.

CSI Student Chapter February Meeting - Mentorship

Posted: Fri, Feb 18, 2022

The first CSI-S Meeting at UTK is coming up on Friday, February 18th at 12:00 to 1:00pm. The meeting will be held in "The Fishbowl" which is room 325. It's partly an info meeting, gathering interested students to tell them what CSI is and how it is valuable to them and how they can get involved and partly a discussion about internships and mentorship: what mentors are, what they do, why they're valuable, what qualities to look for in a mentor, and how to go about finding one. All design and construction students are welcome to attend.



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