Knowing When to Lien

I hope you are enjoying these dives into the "Construction Alliance" and the "Construction Guidelines". This month, we will take a look into the world of pay applications, particularly lien waivers. The September guideline of the month is one of the..

Warranty & Correction Period

Just because a manufacturer offers a warranty, are you certain the specifications should require the warranty? There are many factors to consider that affect the Owner's rights and remedies for correcting work completed under a construction contract...

Simplex or Duplex - Reducing Spec Volume

We started a new project this week with a familiar client. One of the first things we do is to set the specifications formatting instructions for the entire team. Since it was a repeat client, we copied the previous format, updated the project..

Who's Minding Division 01?

Why the Architect/Engineer (A/E), of course!

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Can Goals Be Requirements?

I just completed review of a new document that the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) will be publishing soon: The CSI Sustainable Design and Construction Practice Guide, one of a series of practice guides. The guide references the CSI flagship..

What Is Your Best Source for Product Research?

Because of discussions about a current project, I got to thinking: Just what is the best product research source? Since there are so many sources, what can you believe?

How Perfect Must Specifications Be?

I would like to produce perfect documents every time. However, I remember Hal Barcus, one of my architecture professors saying, "Architecture is never done; you just run out of time, patience, or money." As a student, I didn't appreciate the valuable..

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