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2014 BSI Annual Meeting in conjunction with

Education January 27-30, 2014
Expo January 28-30, 2014

BSI event at The Signature at MGM Grand
Las Vegas, NV
January 27 – 29, 2014

Member Activities included –

Sunday January 26
3:00 – 5:00 PM BSI Board Meeting (all welcome)  Signature Tower 3 Room C

A brief General Session with annual reports and election of officers/directors will be part of our opening banquet – Monday night! 7

Monday January 27
Morning – Natural Stone Council Board Meeting (with NSC affiliate Boards and NSC representatives)
Balance of BSI members are encouraged to attend StonExpo education sessions – See Show Directory and be sure to register!
2pm-5pm – BSI Member Activity/Team ChallengeDSC02183
6pm-10pm – Member reception/banquet with Elections – Signature at MGM Grand Tower 2 Room A B

Tuesday January 28
Show opens 9:00am!  Visit the BSI Member Pavilion B940.  Better yet – exhibit with a kiosk! See details below

Recommended BSI Member Participation:
8am – 9:30am:  The Natural Stone Council – THE Pathway to Sustainability
Updates from Jack Geibig, Ecoform; Kianda Franklin, NSF; and pilot certification progress reports from Brenda Edwards, TexaStone Quarrries; and Bernard Buster, Lyons Sandstone. (FREE)
Hear the latest on the natural stone industry’s dimensional stone standard including updates from two quarry/fabricator operations actively enrolled in the NSC-373 Pilot Certification Process. Ecoform will provide an update on the development progress for the NSC’s Chain of Custody Standard – a control document with specific requirements that, if successfully implemented, allows organizations to sell and label products as Genuine Stone Certified. NSF International will present the latest information on the NSC 373 certification process.  This seminar will appeal to members of the natural stone industry, but associated business and the design community are encouraged to attend. (FREE)

1:00pm-4:30pm – Tour of Las Vegas Rock quarry and fabrication facilitiesDSC02220
5:00pm-6:30pm  – MIA Happy Hour with BSI

Wednesday January 29
Show opens 9:00am!
Recommended BSI Member Participation:
8:00am – 9:30am Building Performance Trends and Best Practices with Natural Stone
Stephanie Vierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C President, Vierra Design & Education Services, LLC
An integrated design and construction process can result in much more than energy savings, whether designing a single residence or an entire community. Improved sites, reduced waste, long term performance and ecological benefits are all possible and becoming increasingly more important within the built environment. Building materials play an important role in addressing these issues. Stone is naturally a sustainable material and can contribute to a wide range of project goals over a project’s life cycle. Learn about the inherently sustainable characteristics and features of natural stone in order to maximize them utilizing a high-performance model and an integrated approach. This session, brought to you by the Building Stone Institute, will also present current trends, programs and industry advancements driving the movement toward higher levels of sustainability and performance. (Must register to attend)
• Define objectives of sustainable, high-performance design
• Determine the benefits of an integrated team process when designing with natural stone
• Recall the intent of the natural stone ANSI standard and its impact on selecting and sourcing stone
• Explore how sustainability and performance issues were resolved upon reviewing a case study example

10:30am – 12:00pm: Staying MSHA/OSHA Compliant – Creating a Culture for Behavioral Based Safety & Compliance
Mark Savit, MSHA attorney
Scott McKenna, Catamount Consulting, LLC.
Introduction from NSC Chairman Moe Bohrer, and NSC Regulatory Committee co-chair Monica Gawet.
Presented by the Natural Stone Council (NSC)
Join forces and raise awareness for universal natural dimension stone industry regulatory concerns that have prompted the formation of the NSC Regulatory Compliance Committee and subcommittees. Participate in an industry wide call to action for data that is necessary for effective legislative appeal.  Realize the importance of an effective workplace inspection and learn strategies for dealing with inspections and compliance. Examine the true costs of citations and injuries. Understand risk, the root causes of injuries and fatalities, and the importance of effective communication for all employees as the basis for a culture of behavior that can impact safety and compliance. (FREE)

1:30pm –3:30 pm:  Process of Selecting Natural Stone- a profile of the City Center Creek project.
Panel: Aaron Hicken, Delta Stone Company; Luke Wilson, Mountain Valley Stone; Kathy Spanier, Coldspring; Ross Nadeau, SWA Group LA; and Jeremy Simmonds,  KEPCO+
Presented by the Building Stone Institute (BSI)This workshop, presented by the Building Stone Institute (BSI), will profile City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, UT.  You will learn the value of each role and how collaboration between each player, including the stone supplier, designer, and GC/installer, assures that the natural stone functional capabilities, performance, and aesthetics meet the design intent throughout the project. (FREE)

3:30pm – 5:00pm – Stone Association Block Party!!  Natural Stone Council Booth Grab a beer or glass of wine and network with stone industry colleagues
~ Hosted by the member affiliates of the Natural Stone Council.

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City Creek Panel
BSI Team Challenge
Bernard Buster Past President
BSI Booth
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Annual Meeting Dinner