Making Use of New Communications Tools

There are a few significant challenges when it comes to performing specification consulting work.  Obviously, there are the fun and interesting challenges, like gathering, updating, and retaining the significant knowledge required to write good..

A Traditional but Not-So-Smooth Path Into Specifications

Last week, my colleague Marlon Hollis wrote eloquently about his meandering path from military aviation and law school into construction specifying, and the benefits of bringing a fresh perspective to the work. My own path to specifying might seem more..

A Stranger in a Strange Land-One Outsider's View into Specifications

Does one need an architectural degree to be a specifier?  Elias Saltz, my colleague, argues that though it may be helpful, it is not a necessary requirement.  I agree with this assessment.  I happen to be one of those specifiers without an architectural..

Architecture Degree - What is it good for?

A Twitter discussion broke out recently after Paul Gerber posted this tweet in response to AIA tweeting a November, 2016 article by Ariana Zilliacus on ArchDaily entitled, "21 Careers You Can Pursue With a Degree in Architecture."

It's Just a Spec

Yes it is a spec, and it deserves attention - the proper attention to be certain the contractor delivers what is required by the contract. The design team created the drawings and specifications defining the project to meet the owner's requirements and..

Is the Spec Open or Closed?

Is the contractor permitted to submit substitutions or propose comparable products? Not if the spec is closed, he is not. Be careful if you think you know, just from reading a technical section of the specifications. The manufacturer and product..

Check the Limitations

Product selection for construction projects is all about finding the right product at the right price to satisfy the owner's project requirements. Wading through all the choices and the product data can be daunting. Often designers (and specifiers)..

A Script for Specifications - in 3 Acts

Writing is the easy part. Knowing what to write is another story.

Tracking Issues Needing Resolution

Writing construction specifications is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. Except puzzles always have a photo of the completed puzzle on the cover of the box.

The Times They Are A-Changin'

Ira Bloomenthal's CONSTRUCT2013 keynote address slide

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