What's Wrong with This Picture?

Have you ever seen a built detail, scratched your head, and wondered: "What were they thinking?" There are 4 steps that can be taken to help prevent "silly" mistakes from occurring on construction projects: Quality Assurance Reviews, Shop Drawing..

Design-Build Division 00 and Division 01

The architect asked that I review the "front end" documents written by the design-builder for a new construction project. The front end including bidding requirements, contract requirements, conditions of the contract, and Division 01. The project..

Division 01 - It's not boilerplate!

Division 01 sets the basic rules for administrative procedures of a construction contract. You may think that once written for a particular firm, there should be little reason to modify Division 01. However there are at least six factors that will..

What Should I Look for During Submittal Review?

An architect recently asked that I give an opinion about a shop drawing and what was actually installed on a project site. The installation was consistent with the shop drawings, but inconsistent with the contract documents. What I did not see as part of..

What's so Important about Submittals?

An interesting question--no doubt about it! More than 90 Specifying Practice Group members, an attendance record, met last week to discuss it.

Practice Group Survey - Acceptable Product Submittals

This month the CSI Specifying Practice Group discussed the results of a group survey about product submittals. The intent was to learn how the group processed contractor submittals for products that are not specified by name.

Acceptable Product Submittals

A surprising dichotomy: Architects say approval of products that are not specified should be documented as contract modifications, but most simply note acceptance on the submittal or the substitution request form. A simple acceptance method is preferred..

Code Review Requires Tolerance Consideration

During a state code review, the following comment was issued advising the agency (Owner) of a potential difficulty if the architect designed to the code required minimum.

The Many Options for LEED Specs

How should LEED compliance be specified? The Construction Specifications Institute's Specifying Practice Group explored the options and the Group's opinions about specifying LEED.

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