– Construction Specifications Canada’s highest individual accolade –
Steve Gusterson, FCSC, CTR, vice president of Alumicor’s pre-construction design in Canada, will be honoured by Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) with its Life Membership Award.
The Life Membership Award is the highest accolade that CSC can bestow on an individual. It is presented in recognition of outstanding service, dedication, support and commitment to the association and the design and construction community. CSC lists only 55 members as having received the Life Membership Award since its inception in 1975.
CSC’s Executive Council and Board of Directors made the announcement on March 20, 2023. The award will be presented during CSC Conference 2023, held in Calgary, Alberta, May 24-28, where Gusterson will be honoured by his colleagues from Alumicor, CSC and across the industry.
Avi Bar, Alumicor’s vice president of sales, said, “We join with CSC in congratulating Steve on his Life Membership Award in a career filled with so many achievements. We applaud his exceptional commitment to the educational advancement of the industry. Alumicor and our customers are fortunate to benefit from Steve’s leadership, experience and in-depth knowledge.”
For more than 40 years, architects, contractors and installers have turned to Gusterson for support with their architectural aluminum product selections and specifications. He has held numerous roles in his many years with Alumicor. Based in Toronto, he works most closely with design teams and customers located in Ontario, helping them with their commercial building projects.
Throughout his career, Gusterson has remained an active member of CSC for more than 20 years and firmly believes in giving back to the design and construction industry. Honouring his “significant and conspicuous contribution to CSC,” Gusterson was inducted into the prestigious CSC College of Fellows in 2021. Nominations for fellowship are received by at least seven people, including a minimum of three Fellows and representatives of three or more chapters. Gusterson’s nomination exceeded all requirements.
Gusterson has volunteered on numerous CSC committees and has served as the Toronto Chapter’s chair and director. A Certified Technical Representative (CTR) since 2000, he also has served as an instructor of the CTR coursework for the Toronto Chapter and a member of CSC’s Technical Representative Program since 2012. CSC twice recognized Gusterson’s leadership in Toronto with a Chapter Award of Merit (2009, 2013) and twice presented him with a Programme Director’s Award (2014, 2022) for his contributions to the education program.
Outside of his involvement with CSC, Gusterson’s support for the industry also extends to the Ontario Glass and Metal Association (OGMA), where he currently serves as acting vice president. Since 2017, he also has been a contributing external member of the Architectural Technology and School of Science & Engineering Technology Program Advisory Committee for Durham College.
Gusterson previously assisted with the creation of the Ontario version of the “British Columbia Glazing Systems Specifications Manual,” which became the basis of the 2010 national version that is still referenced today. Prior to moving from Whitby to Pickering, he also served on the Town of Whitby’s Local Architecture Conservancy Committee.