About Us

The Northern Virginia Chapter

    The Northern Virginia Chapter CSI was chartered in January 1992, and will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on January 11, 2017 with a  Banquet at the Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel, where they have held their monthly meetings ever since the beginning. The incentive for the creation of the chapter was the fact that a significant number of CSI members who worked in Washington DC in fact lived in Northern Virginia. The list of charter members included about eight Fellows of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) .

    The Chapter grew to a peak of about 124 members in the early years of the 21st century, but as with the Institute membership, has dropped about 50 percent. However, the membership is still vibrant with activities of its recent 3rd Annual Hors d'Oeuvres, Desserts, Wine, & Awards meeting, its successful 10th anniversary banquet at the National Cathedral in Washington DC and 20th anniversary banquet at the Waterview Conference Center in Arlington, VA. Nova CSI hosted its first Middle Atlantic Region Conference in Reston, VA in October 2002, and is now planning its second conference to be held in Winchester, VA in April 2018.

The Construction Specifications Institute

    The Construction Specifications Institute was founded in March 1948 by the specification writers of government agencies who came together to improve the quality of construction specifications. The Institute's efforts were essential in improving the quality of construction specifications so that it could meet the demands of the post-war construction boom. Development of specifications best practices, promulgating standards/formats, professional education, and certification are cornerstones of the Institute.

    The Institute grew quickly to include specification writers in the private sector, design professionals concerned about communicating their vision in construction documents, constructors interested in delivering high-quality facilities, and material suppliers with unique solutions to construction challenges. These construction professionals form the design team than continues to work together today as CSI members to effectively communicate the designers' vision, the material producers' solutions, and the constructors' techniques to create outstanding facilities that meet facility owners' objectives.

The Mission

    The mission of CSI is to advance building information management and education of project teams to improve facility performance.