Construction Specifications Institute elects Dennis J. Hall as President-elect

April 09, 2009 |


Stacy Hampton Vail

(800) 689-2900 ext. 4752

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (April 9, 2009) – The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) today announced that Dennis J. Hall, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, FAIA, SCIP has been elected to the office of President-elect of the Institute. Hall is managing principal of Hall Architects, Inc. and chairman of Hall | Building Information Group, LLC, with offices in Charlotte, N.C., and Dallas.

Hall will officially become President-elect on July 1, 2009, which will place him in line to assume the CSI presidency on July 1, 2010.

"CSI began as an organization of construction specifiers developing standards for written construction documents and has grown into a multi-disciplined organization creating standards, formats and practice guides for organizing building information for the life of a facility," said Hall. "CSI is establishing the information structures to enable the design and operation of high performing, sustainable buildings and other facilities."

Hall joined CSI in 1984. He has served in numerous CSI leadership positions at the local, regional and national levels. Currently, he is chair of the Project Resource Manual Update Task Team, the CSI forum moderator for Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Construction Documents, and a member of both the UniFormat Task Team and the Integrated Practice Body of Knowledge Analysis Task Team. He is also well known for his leadership in the development of MasterFormat™ 2004 Edition, which expanded the standard to a 6-digit, 50-division structure.

"We are pleased that Mr. Hall will be serving as CSI's next President-elect," said CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe, CSI, P.E., CAE. "He brings 25 years of CSI leadership to the office, as well as a visionary mind that will assist in keeping the Institute's products and initiatives relevant to the changing ways we generate, share and maintain construction knowledge."

Hall has earned chapter-, regional- and Institute-level awards from CSI. He is a two-time recipient of the Southeast Region's Frederick W. Bucky Memorial Award and a three-time recipient of the Institute's President's Plaque. He also earned five national specification competition awards, including three Honor Awards.

Engineering News-Record named Hall one of its "Top 25 Newsmakers of 2005" for his leadership in updating MasterFormat. He has also been recognized by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with the 2007 William Dietrick Medal for Services and was the recipient of the National Institute of Building Sciences's 2004 Institute Honor Award for exceptional contributions to the nation and the building community.

Hall has written, co-authored, edited or supervised the preparation of several books. He was the contributing author for the "Information Management" section of the "Firm Operations" chapter of the Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, 14th edition and also acted as a reviewer. He is the co-author (with Charles Rick Green, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, LEED AP, SCIP) of The Architect's Guide to the U.S. National CAD Standard. He also served as the senior executive editor of Architectural Graphic Standards, 11th edition and contributed to several sections in the Appendix. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Architectural Graphic Standards for Residential Construction, 2nd edition, which will be published in 2010.

Hall has also authored many articles addressing topics ranging from the creation of national industry standards for construction documents to Building Information Modeling. His work has appeared in publications such as Mechanical Engineering, Architect, The Construction Specifier, Commercial Builder, Architectural West, AIA Architect, The Wall Street Journal and the Indianapolis Business Journal.

He has been cited in many articles as an authority on subject matters concerning the development of national standards for construction documents including MasterFormat™ 2004 Edition and the U.S. National CAD Standard, as well as the project delivery process.

Hall earned a Bachelor of Arts in architecture/geography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.

About CSI

CSI is a national association dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery. The organization is unique in the industry in that its members are a cross-section of specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors and building materials suppliers. The organization has 146 chapters and more than 14,000 members. Monthly Chapter meetings allow members the opportunity to communicate openly with their counterparts and exchange information for successful project management. CSI is renowned in the industry for its rigorous certification programs for professionals seeking to improve their knowledge of accurate and concise construction documents. CSI provides continuing education, professional conferences and product shows. For more information, visit, or call (800) 689-2900.


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