The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) announced that Dennis J. Hall, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, FAIA, SCIP, will assume presidency of the organization on July 1. Hall is managing principal of Hall Architects, Inc. and chairman of HALLBuilding Information Group, LLC, with offices in Charlotte, NC, and Dallas, TX.
“CSI began as an organization of construction specifiers developing standards for written construction documents and has emerged into a multi-disciplined organization creating standards, formats and practice guides for organizing building information for the life of a facility,” Hall said. “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. During the past 25 years, 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 the UniFormat Task Team.
“We are pleased that Mr. Hall will be serving as CSI’s president,” CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe, P.E., CSI, CAE, said. “He brings 25 years of CSI leadership to the office, as well as dedication and commitment to improving and promoting the Institute’s products and initiatives.”
Hall has earned chapter-, regional- and Institute-level awards from CSI. He is a two-time recipient of the CSI 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 CSI’s 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’ 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 a 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 and coauthor of Field Guide for Residential Construction and Field Guide for Commercial Construction, both scheduled for publication this year.
Hall has written 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 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.