April meeting recap
Specifications - the scariest word in construction
Corinne Golding, FCSC RSWS

On April 12, over 80 people from GAMA, ABEC and CSC showed up to hear Jim Brady, General Manager of Cal-Tech Glass Services speak about the need to open dialogue among construction industry members in relation to architectural metals, glass and glazing – with the end goal to improve construction documentation.  Jim gave many examples of where specifications can cause issues for bidders, contractors, owners and designers. 

Here are a few reminders for anyone writing specifications:
  • Only specify what you intend to enforce. 
  • Don’t ask for things you don’t really need/want.  Do you really need a mock-up?  Do you really need samples?  Did you check with the client to see if maintenance materials are required and if there is somewhere to store them?
  • Clean up the list of references in Part 1 after you edit your spec to delete uncited reference standards.
  • Make sure performance criteria don’t conflict with proprietary products listed.
  • Get your building envelope consultants involved to help develop performance and testing criteria during the design period.
  • If in doubt, leave it out.  If you don’t know what something is in a master spec, do some research, call a product rep, email another spec writer and then decide if it’s project applicable or not.
  • Don’t get defensive if a product representative advises that you have a discontinued product in your specs.  Thank them and update your masters!
  • The design team may work on a project for months or years, but bidders only have a few weeks to review and submit a bid.  The ABCs (accuracy, brevity, clarity and completeness) of good specification writing enables bidders and contractors to help designers meet their end goal.
  • Remember, project specifications are supposed to be PROJECT SPECIFIC.  One specification does not fit all projects and should not be included in project after project without review and revision.
  • But most of all, develop good relationships with product representatives and subtrades who are more than willing to review your specs. 
All these reminders are to help save time during the bid period for both designers and bidders, and save time and money during construction.
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Chapter Events
September 12, 2017
TTMAC Update

September 13, 2017
3rd Annual Golf Tournament

October 10, 2017
Radon: Is your countertop really radioactive?

November 14, 2017
LEED v.4

December 12, 2017
Christmas Social - Members and guest only

January 9, 2018
Wood Construction and the ABC

CCA course - starting mid-January

February 9, 2018
IGNITE Awards Gala

March 7, 2018
Connections Café

March 13, 2018
Construction Tour - New Downtown Library

April 12, 2018
Joint meeting with ABEC and GAMA

May 8, 2018
Annual Chapter Meeting

Chapter Executive
Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR
Tim Simpson
Trevor Devnich
Officer - Spec Writer:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Officer - Interiors:
Kirsten Janes
Officer - Manufacturer/Supplier:
Matt Girling
Officer - Trade Contractor:
Tim Simpson
Officer- Education:
Adam Develter, CTR
Calgary Construction Association Liaison:
Jonathan Greenland
Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR
Membership Officer:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Program Chairman:
Glenn Trost
Matt Girling
Newsletter Editor:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Debbie Lucas
Disclaimer: The opinions and comments expressed by the authors do not necessarily reflect the official views of Construction Specifications Canada. Also, appearance of advertisements and new product or service information does not constitute an endorsement of products or services featured.
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