JSA, Inc. - North Studevant, NHCSI Member

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New Hampshire Chapter CSI – A Brief History

The New Hampshire Chapter of CSI can trace its inception to the foresight and enthusiasm of the late Paul Tolman who was the Director of Public Works Division of the New Hampshire Department of Public Works and Highways. Having initiated to CSI through his association with the Maine Chapter, Tolman gathered together twenty-one people from the New Hampshire construction industry to petition for chartering of a new chapter in the spring of 1970. In September 1970, a meeting was held in Manchester and the New Hampshire Chapter was formally chartered by the Institute President. The celebration was joined by a number of CSI Members from the Boston and Maine Chapters.

By 1975, the original membership of twenty-one grew to thirty-nine and the monthly programs were well established and well attended. The next five years saw another membership increase of ten to forty-nine members by 1980. During this period of time, the Chapter had begun to participate in Region activities more vigorously. A noteworthy achievement in this respect came in the fall of 1976 when the Chapter hosted a very successful Region Conference in Hanover which is still remembered by many Region members.

Between 1980 and 1984, the membership fluctuated between 35 and 45 causing some concern for the Chapter leadership, but the activities of the Chapter continued to expand in scope into areas of continuing education and student education and into annual product shows. The Chapter was instrumental in the establishment of an architectural technology program at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord and it started an annual seminar program for the practicing professionals. The first product show sponsored by the New Hampshire Chapter was held in 1974 and was revived in 1983 to become an extremely successful annual affair. Also during this period of time, the Chapter cultivated a close relationship with the Vermont Chapter, in addition to the Maine Chapter, and held several joint meetings with both of the chapters.

In 1984, Dale Doller was elected Chapter President and launched a campaign to strengthen the chapter’s membership base. His leadership during the next two years, followed by President Joleen Worden, resulted in a phenomenal increase in membership to 62 in 1985, 69 in 1986 and 86 by June of 1987. The crowning event during this period of Chapter growth was another superb Region Conference, held in Nashua in October, 1987.

Other events include the first Annual NHCSI Golf Tournament held at Candia Links in 1993, and the fifth Annual Product Show at the Center of New Hampshire in March 1993.

Today, the New Hampshire Chapter of CSI is a viable and visual organization, actively serving the New Hampshire construction community. The early goal of promoting one-to-one communication among engineers, architects, contractors, suppliers and producers is still the most important aspect of the Chapter activities, but the Chapter now serves to promote closer communication and coordination among various trades and professional organizations as well.

No history of an active organization is complete without a forecast for the future. The New Hampshire Chapter’s growth, coupled with the growth of the Institute as a whole, promises that CSI will continue to gain stature in the New Hampshire construction scene as a leading organization which promotes advancement of construction

Meet The Team
Thomas House
Thomas A. House, AIA is Principal and founder of THA Architects, LLC and has more than 25 years professional experience in the areas of design, planning and construction. 

Richard Saklad
Vice President
Registered architect with extensive Healthcare and Facility Management experience. A consistent history of completing project on time and under budget.
Enjoys taking projects from concept to completion. Focused on listening to clients and providing practical solutions.
Wayne Wheeler
Professional Engineer with over 40 years of experience in environmental engineering. Wayne worked 26 years for the consulting engineering of Whitman & Howard, Inc. in Boston, Wellesley, and Concord, NH.  He then worked 16 years for the NH Department of Environmental Services in the Solid Waste Management Bureau, Permitting and Design Review Section.
Richard Crow, Sr.
Dick has over 60 years of construction inspection experience overseeing the construction of water and wastewater treatment facilities, water and sewer mains, storage facilities and pump stations. He also worked as a Quality Control Inspector responsible for the inspection of materials received and for the construction of cooling towers for 3 nuclear power plants.   He has experience doing estimating, ordering materials and equipment for various projects.  Preparing and issuing invoices for payment and issuing P.O. for equipment. Maintaining logs of project quotes, invoices and P.O.’s with various contractors.  Retired from U.S. Naval Construction SEABEE Reserves in 1984 with 30 years’ service as an Engineering Aid Chief Petty Officer.

Served as the Specifications Engineer for the last 3 years with Weston & Sampson Engineers with the responsibility of maintaining the firm's master specifications. It was then that I became a CSI Member.  He reviewed specifications and construction drawings that were prepared for specific projects to determine constructability before their release for competitive bidding.   Vice Chairman of the Technical Review Committee for the company.  He has been a member of CSI for the past 20 years.  Presently working part-time for CDM-Smith in Chelsea, MA.

Provided construction inspection services for various engineering firms and municipalities on a contract basis for water, waste water and general construction projects.  Recently provided services to the town of North Andover, MA for water and waste water projects for 4 years prior to semi-retirement. Previous clients have been the city of Beverly, MA.; and the following engineering firms: Weston & Sampson Engineers, and for Whitman & Howard, Inc. as Resident Engineer for the construction of the Air Force Exchange at Pease Air Base in Newington, NH.   
Robert McEachern
With over 25 years of experience as a building enclosure technical product representative, I work with architects, specification consultants, contractors and other design team members.

With a systems approach to rainscreen cladding and roofing, I assist with proper material selection and installation. Recommendations are based on product performance, technical attributes, longevity, limitations, and lessons learned.
Linda McNair-Perry
Professional Engineer with a comprehensive background in structural engineering for bridges and buildings along with project management. More than 30 years of experience in the design and construction administration of projects utilizing structural steel, reinforced concrete, timber framing, precast concrete, masonry, cold-formed steel framing, and wood structures. Plans for new construction and renovation for residential, retail and commercial construction projects. Forensic engineering and expert opinions.