The Need is Great
By: Eric D. Lussier
Chapter President, CSI Vermont
Precision Athletic Surfaces
When the Board of Directors at the Vermont Chapter of CSI -consisting of four architects, two building product representatives and an independent construction specifier- was approached to sponsor Rosie’s Girls®, they viewed the opportunity as an ideal way to support a very worthwhile local program. The construction industry is woefully short in skilled labor and women workers. This program gave CSI Vermont an opportunity to contribute towards efforts to improve both of these areas. CSI’s Board has had many discussions over the last year regarding the lack of skilled labor on our job sites. These shortages are a critical issue, negatively affecting our industry and the quality of our buildings. In addition, the Board realized that these shortages create even more opportunities for women who are interested in this field and wanted to throw their support behind that effort toward more equity in construction.
With the involvement of 6, 7 and 8th graders, the attendees of Rosie’s Girls® Build camp, who learn how to use carpentry tools as they design and build individual and cooperative projects, are an ideal age to start envisioning a future career direction that may not require a college degree.
Skilled construction trades are in high demand and the need is great.”
Skilled construction trades are in high demand and the need is great. Many are offering apprenticeships, paid training, bonuses and a guaranteed job in a much needed and well-paying field. The introduction to skilled trades is not as prevalent in schools as it once was. Shop classes and vocational programs have been seemingly disappearing for years, emphasizing instead the importance of a college degree. Vermont CSI supports Rosie’s Girls to ensure there is a path for everyone.
About CSI Vermont: The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national association of more than 8,000 volunteers, including specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, product representatives, manufacturers, owners and others in building construction and the materials used therein. They are dedicated to improving the communication of construction information through:
- Continuous development and transformation of construction standards and formats.
- Education and certification of professionals to improve building project delivery processes.
- Creation of practice tools to assist users throughout the facility life-cycle.
- A diversified membership base of allied professionals involved in the creation and management of the built environment.
Vermont is home to just one of the over 125 CSI chapters nationwide providing networking, high-quality AEC (architecture / engineering/ construction) education programs, construction site tours and events that help members share real-world solutions and a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each member of the design/construction team in the built environment. In the summer of 2016, current Chapter President Eric Lussier of Precision Athletic Surfaces earmarked funds for outreach to the local community, as well as to new firms and industry professionals that were not represented in the current Vermont CSI membership.