CSI Member Susan Davis Opens New Firm - Personal Space
Posted: Sat, Jul 27, 2019
Knoxville CSI Member Susan Davis, RA, CSI, CDT, PMP has recently opened her own construction firm – Personal Space– to provide residential construction services to the “typical East Tennessee family.
Susan received her Bachelor of Architecture in 2001 from Tennessee, where she also joined CSI and earned her CDT. She has a varied background, which includes residential and commercial design but her experience with a defense contractor allowed her to expand into project management. This got her out of the office and into the field, and some of those fields weren’t even in the US.
She has continued her project management pursuits while working with Hickory Construction and there she realized there was a nitch in the market that wasn’t being met. Thus she took the leap and Personal Space was born.
She needs those project management skills because she is a single mother of three (15, 13 and almost 2) and has lots of activities to juggle. But she is doing it well.
Susan credits CSI with providing her a “lasting support network. I always have someone I can call. If I need recommendations for someone who can do a particular kind of work, or supply a particular material, or if I need to know how to use a product correctly, I have someone that I know their face.”
A new face at our CSI meetings is designer Mirelys Calise, who has moved this past year from Orlando, Florida where she worked as a Senior Designer and Planner for HHCP International. Her architect husband, Richard, practices with Lose Design in West Knoxville.
Mirelys has her own multi-disciplinary firm – Calise Design Studios – where she offers architectural design, production services, furniture design, and digital arts. http://www.calisedesignstudios.com This talented woman has a broad range of experience that includes residential and commercial projects, urban design, infill projects, interior renovations, retail and office both here in the U.S. and internationally.
She has volunteered her graphic skills and expertise in marketing to help get the word out about the all that we are doing in the Knoxville Chapter. We were happy to have her join us for the Chapter Planning Meeting this summer. She already is volunteering her talents with the East TN Community Design Center and assisted in a recent charrette on the redesign of the commercial corridor of Alcoa Hwy.
As if this is not enough to keep her creative juices flowing, she is a pastry chef and crafts artist. There will be lots of volunteers to beta test those tasty treats.
Welcome to Knoxville and welcome to the Knoxville CSI chapter. We are so glad that you chose East Tennessee as your new home.
Knoxville Chapter Planning Meeting - A Great Success!
Posted: Sat, Jul 20, 2019
The Annual Planning Meeting was held Saturday, July 20 at the offices of MHM. In attendance were President Geoffery Cavalier, Past Presdident Aaron Miller, incoming Secretary Kathryn Fuller, GSR President Suzan Jordan (who has LOTS of roles in our chapter too), Gary Bergeron (board member, technical and academic affairs chair), new board members Josh Buchanan and Brian Sickles, Stacy Colbaugh (our award winning Publication chair), Kathy Proctor (board member, planning & historian) and new member Mirelys Calise, who is assisting with graphics. Geoffery led us through an analysis of last year activities, a review of our mission, discussions of effective ways to use our volunteer time, task teams, setting key calendar dates, and a brainstorming session addressing membership growth and student support. All in all, it was a great meeting and we are off to a great start for another successful year.
We did identify a few areas that could use some new volunteers, so please contact Geoffery and see where you can be part of the CSI Knoxville action this year.
CSI Annual Summer Fun Party!
Posted: Sat, Jul 06, 2019
CSI Knoxville's 60th Anniversary
Posted: Tue, May 28, 2019
CSI Knoxville will celebrate our 60th Anniversary, June 11, 2019, at The Foundry on the Fair Site!