Manufacturers' specifications don't follow CSI's Practice Guide; why are you surprised?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

CSI's practice documents - MasterFormat, SectionFormat, and the Practice Guides - present a unified and consistent approach to preparing and interpreting construction documents based on AIA or EJCDC general conditions and related documents. They also are applicable to documents produced by most other organizations, though some modification may be necessary. When teaching CSI classes, I emphasize the overall organization of these documents as a first principle; with that in mind, it's easier to understand why things are organized the way they are, and to see how they all work together. This sometimes leads to comments and questions, such as, "That's not the way my office does it!" and "Why don't this manufacturer's specifications follow those rules?"
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LI-CSI Holiday Social at Black Forest Brew Haus

Thursday, December 18, 6:30 PM

Join us for a holiday social and networking opportunity at the Black Forest Brew Haus, 2015 New Highway, Farmingdale.
There will be a buffet dinner which includes hot pretzels with beer and cheese fondue, house salad with Pilsner vinaigrette, chicken cordon bleu, sliced steak with mushroom gravy, penne ala vodka, apple strudel, bread, soft drinks, house brewed beer, and wine.

WHERE?
Black Forest Brew Haus, 2015 New Highway, Farmingdale.
 
HOW MUCH?
Dinner and drinks for $30 per member & spouses/significant others, $35 per non-member, please RSVP to kraikowski@assaabloydss.com

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LI-CSI Islander Hockey Game

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The Long Island Chapter CSI is planning a group outing to a NY Islander Game at Nassau Coliseum. The game will be Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 5:00 pm vs. the Carolina Hurricanes. The cost per person is $40.00.

There are only 30 tickets available, so reserve yours today.
Payments are due by 1/31/15.

Hope to see you at the game.

Contact:
Kenneth Raikowski, AHC, CSI
Long Island Chapter CSI Treasurer

E-mail: kraikowski@assaabloydss.com

November 19th Chapter Meeting

Hot Dip Galvanizing and Factory Applied Coatings
The purpose of this seminar is to inform and educate architects, engineers, contractors and specifiers about hot-dip galvanized steel and how it can address the growing corrosion problem throughout North America. Additionally, you will learn about some of the high performance coating options currently available for galvanized steel.

Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Howard Levine, FCSI, CDT is Senior Vice President of Duncan Galvanizing, one of the region's largest galvanizing and coating companies. During his 30 year career, he has conducted hundreds of technical seminars and has consulted with the A/E/C community on literally thousands of projects throughout the Northeast.

Chapter meetings are the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
We meet at Super Enterprises, 126 Spagnoli Road, Melville.
Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

Celebrate the Fellows!

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

Conventions are like state or county fairs: it seems they're the same year after year, and yet, if you compare this year's to the one a few years ago, there will be small differences. But sometimes, significant changes take place between one fair and the next.

Until this year, the social highlight of the annual convention was the President's Gala. A black tie dinner, with all that entails - including formal dresses and tuxedos - along with meeting the new president and witnessing the investiture of Fellows, was the grand finale. This year we tried something different. The events of the Gala were separated, some being added to other events, some becoming new events. Instead of being among the last events, the investiture of Fellows was moved to Tuesday evening, and the introduction of Distinguished Members was moved to the opening general session Wednesday morning. Read More...

October 15th Chapter Meeting

Use of UAV’s in the A/E/C Industry
The A/E/C industry has relied on aerial images for a very long time. Now, with UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) camera rigs, the progress of your construction project can be documented for a fraction of the cost of traditional aerial media. Video documentation of each phase of the project offers detail and history of the job site not possible with static aerial photographs. This allows for easy collaboration between owners, architects, engineers and construction managers - ensuring progression and design quality. Owners and A/E firms, together with construction companies benefit by having a “living” timeline of their work. This helps with planning future renovations and conveying competence to prospective clients. Applications include preconstruction site photos, construction documentation, building inspection, real estate sales, insurance claims and more!

Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Hal Staniloff of Estate Aerial, Inc. is a 28-year seasoned computer professional and registered iOS Developer, licensed FAA pilot with over 16 years of experience and holds a commercial license along with instrument and multi-engine ratings. In addition, he is an Advanced Ground Instructor with the FAA. Hal has been fully immersed in radio control helicopters since the late ’80’s and continues to fly RC on the weekends. He has been building and flying drones for the past 3 years, shooting dramatic low-altitude aerial imagery. Hal created Estate Aerial, Inc in anticipation of responsible rules and regulations regarding drone operation in the US. His work is published online at vimeo.com/estateaerial and via the website.

Estate Aerial is a professional aerial videography and filming company located in Long Island, NY. They create dramatic HD video using highly sophisticated radio controlled multi-rotor small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The UAV's utilize sophisticated electronic flight control systems and professional camera equipment affixed to a stabilizing gimbal - producing very stable video with dramatic perspective. This technology allows us to bring low-altitude aerial video at an affordable price compared to full-size aerial platforms such as a light aircraft or helicopter. All Estate Aerial UAV’s are professionally built and flight tested prior to aerial filming, all aviation safety standards and protocols enforced and they are OSHA-10 Certified.


Chapter meeting are the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
We meet at Super Enterprises, 126 Spagnoli Road, Melville.
Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

Metro NY CSI Chapter Meeting: November 12th

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The Product Rep and the Architectural Marketplace
Roundtable discussion on what it takes to get your product in the project, moderated by Allison Tomlinson, Counsel with Gensler.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 12, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a social time. Program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Stone Source Showroom, 215 Park Avenue South, 7th Floor, New York.

Cost: Drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and program are $10.00. Please register in advance at: http://metrony.csinet.org/Functional-Menu-Category/Upcoming-Events/Metro-NY-November-2014-Program.html

You won't believe what happened!

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

In "Absolute nonsense,” I talked about the lack of precision used in daily conversation, and the need for precision in construction documents. Nothing so serious this time; in fact, I'm not going to say much about construction documents, except for an interesting penalty paid by Lowe's to five California counties. Instead, I'm going to have a little fun and talk about some of my favorite social media peeves. Read More...

CSI Construction Site Tour: JFK Delta Air Lines Terminal 4

Delta Air Lines
Terminal 4, JFK International Airport
Phase 2 Concourse B Extension
CSI Construction Site Tour
4:00 PM, Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Delta Air Lines has graciously agreed to allow the CSI Long Island Chapter to visit the Terminal 4, Phase 2 construction site on September 30, 2014.
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The project is an active construction site and is located within the AOA (air operation area) of JFK Airport. Caution and common sense must be maintained at all times. For safety and security reasons all tour attendees must follow the below requirements in order to participate in the tour.

SAFETY AND SECURITY REQUIREMENTS
1. Download and complete the attached Project ID Application Form and sign. Return the completed form with a copy of your state issued driver’s license. Provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the driver’s license. Email the completed and signed form with driver’s license copy to peter.stolfi@pssarch.com by 3:00 PM, Friday September, 26.
2. Provide the completed form and license for each person attending the tour.
3. Plan to arrive at the Delta Trailer Complex no later than 3:30 PM. Allow adequate time for traffic, travel distance to JFK and the possibility of getting lost within JFK.
4. Bring steel tip construction boots to the tour. Delta will provide hardhats and safety vests.
5. Bring your original driver’s license to the tour. The license must be submitted to Delta in order to receive a Day-Pass which will allow access to the construction site.
6. The construction site is Airside therefore all attendees must stay together in one group and not wander.
7. After the tour each attendee must return the Day-Pass to receive your driver’s license.

Attendees not following the above requirements will not be permitted to attend the tour or access the construction site.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
The tour will begin at 4:00 pm. Attendees will board a bus for a short ride to the construction site. All attendees must remain in one group. Attendees who wander could be injured, fined and/or arrested. The tour will observe civil work, PBBs (passenger boarding bridges), interior architectural finishes, structural systems where exposed to view, electrical/mechanical systems and roofing.

The tour should take about 1½ hours; the group should be back to the trailer complex by 5:30. Pizza and drinks will be provided for dinner. The tour and dinner will be free.

The tour will earn 1.0 Hour CEH/PDH for New York State Architects & Engineers.

DIRECTIONS
Drive to JFK International Airport, Terminal 4. Follow signs for “Terminal 4 Arriving Flights”. When approaching Terminal 4 turn right at the first traffic light, see below blue line. Make an immediate right into the Delta Trailer Complex. Stop at the guard booth to check in.
After entering the trailer complex, park to the immediate left. Parking is free within the trailer complex.
Plan to arrive no later than 3:30 to allow time to sign in and to receive the Day-Pass.

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September 17th Chapter Meeting

Innovations in 3D Printing: The Emerging Role of Three-Dimensional Printing in Contemporary Practice
We'll take a look inside the 3D printing world, technically and philosophically, to give you a clear picture as to why it is important in your practice. Learn how design firms are using 3D printing to study form and complex geometries, as well as to produce site models, floor plans, and building plugs. Separate yourself from the competition by presenting design ideas in a new way.

There will be plenty of models to examine, as well as innovative objects created using the technology.

Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Justin Levitz, Director of 3D Technologies for NRI.
Justin is trained in all aspects of 3D Printing, Digital Design and STL file creation. He has consulted a variety of architectural design firms, industrial designers and engineering firms on integrating and implementing 3D Printing technology into the digital design process. In 2006 Justin was hired to expand sales of office based services as an Account Executive. In 2007, he was given the opportunity to assume the duties of Manager of 3D Technology and expand NRI's offerings in 3D Printing. Justin is involved in the implementation of 3D Printers into architectural firms, training architects in accurate STL file creation, minimizing cost per prototype and maximizing output quality. Knowledge of CAD and BIM applications allows Justin to consult a diverse spectrum of architectural designers.
NRI currently has a number of 3D printing technologies in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco.


Chapter meeting are the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
We meet at Super Enterprises, 126 Spagnoli Road, Melville.
Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

More specifications history

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

In the last post, "Where have I heard that before?" I used several excerpts from a 1920 edition of the American Architect magazine. The comments showed a general concern about the importance of specifications, and about the absence of specifications in architectural education, stating "the preparation of specifications receives less study and attention in proportion to its importance than any other phase of architectural or engineering practice." Read More...

Formaldehyde-Emitting Wood Bonding Adhesives

Formaldehyde-Emitting Wood Bonding Adhesives: Separating Fact from Fiction
By Dr. Melinda Burn and David Stutzman

Many manufactured wood products used to build and furnish schools, medical facilities and other commercial buildings and offices are made with formaldehyde-based adhesives. Thanks to their superior bonding properties, these wood-bonding adhesives are found in products such as construction-grade plywood, hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), oriented strand board (OSB) and particleboard, as well as manufactured-wood furnishings, such as cabinets, desks, tables and engineered wood flooring.
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Where have I heard that before?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

"It is probable that few members of the profession will disagree [that] the preparation of specifications receives less study and attention in proportion to its importance than any other phase of architectural or engineering practice. It is generally conceded that there is need for accurate, concise, yet comprehensive specifications in order to secure the best results from any set of plans. In our architectural schools … instruction in specification writing has been neglected to such an extent that those to whom the task of specification writing has fallen have usually been forced to educate themselves. As a natural sequence of this condition we find too many inaccurate and incomplete documents accompanying drawings under the guise of specifications."

If you participate in or visit CSI groups on LinkedIn, or follow discussions on 4specs.com, or talk with just about any specifier, it's likely you have heard similar comments. Read More...

Finish schedules - the ultimate specifications format?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

Thirty or so years ago, when I graduated from architecture school, we had a couple of types of finish schedules. They were fairly simple tables, but, in conjunction with the specifications, they did a pretty good job of showing what finish materials were used where, and what colors of finish materials were required.

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May 21st Chapter Meeting

Concrete and Masonry Anchor Systems
This seminar focuses on the different types of concrete and masonry anchoring systems and installation methods that comply with industry guidelines and prevent failures.

Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
AnnMarie Bugler, PE, of Hilti North America

Chapter meeting are the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
We meet at Super Enterprises, 126 Spagnoli Road, Melville.
Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

Excuse me, but your slip is showing!

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

I don't know how this issue has escaped me for nearly forty years, but I'm not alone. In that time, I have occasionally talked about coefficient of friction for floors, but I just discovered there has been no widely accepted standard for slip resistance. Not only that, but neither the IBC nor ADA define slip resistance, even though both require slip resistant floors and walkways. Read More...

April 16th Chapter Meeting

Seamless Floor and Wall Systems
Seamless floor and wall systems are ideal for industrial, educational, sports and decorative applications where a long lasting, durable system is required. Successful installation of these systems is dependent upon proper surface preparation and application know-how. This program will help you determine which system will be the best for a given application.

Learning Objectives
1. Learn about proper surface preparation for seamless floor and wall systems.
2. Understand the advantages and limitations of sealers & coatings, self-leveling and broadcast systems, quartz broadcast systems, urethane mortar and slurry systems, trowel applied mortar systems, decorative mortars, and terrazzo systems.
3. Study examples of sealers & coatings, self-leveling and broadcast systems, quartz broadcast systems, urethane mortar and slurry systems, trowel applied mortar systems, decorative mortars, and terrazzo systems.

Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Advanced Epoxy, a division of the Sherwin-Williams Company.

Chapter meeting are the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
We meet at Super Enterprises, 126 Spagnoli Road, Melville.
Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

Return on investment

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

I recently received an e-mail from CSI, encouraging me (and, I trust, thousands of others) to volunteer to work on an Institute committee or task team. It reminded me of how I became involved in volunteer work for CSI, and how much that work meant to my career. Read More...

How did we get here? Chapters

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

In the last article, "How did we get here? Membership," we looked at a graph showing CSI's membership curve. I'm using the same graph this time, with a second curve to show the number of chapters. As was the case last month, it was hard to find accurate information, but the overall curve is close to what it would be if I did have all of the correct dates. For sources, I used charter dates that were given to the Bylaws Amendment Review Task Team, responses to an inquiry I sent to all chapters, Walter Damuck's history of the Institute, and 50th anniversary notices that appeared in various CSI publications. Along the way, eleven chapters were lost, a few by merger, and others because they fell below the minimum number of members required to keep their charters.
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March 19th Chapter Meeting

Changes to the Long Term Thermal Resistance (LTTR) Testing Method
This seminar focuses on the changes to the Long Term Thermal Resistance (LTTR) calculations for insulation which went into effect on January 1, 2014 and how it affects the R-value calculations and energy efficiency for your building.

Learning Objectives
1. Understand what Long Term Thermal Resistance(LTTR) is, where it came from, and why it is used.
2. Understand the up-coming changes to the LTTR test method.
3. Learn how manufacturers are going to execute this change on January 1, 2014, and be able to incorporate them into your project.

Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
John T. Moseley was with Barrett Roofing in NJ for 13 years as a Roofing Salesman and moved to Long Island in 1989 to become the NRG Polyisocyanurate and Karnak Mastic and Coating Salesman. Johns Manville purchased NRG in 1996 and he has worked for them since. John received his CDT from the Long Island CSI Chapter in 1997.

Chapter meeting are the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
We meet at Super Enterprises, 126 Spagnoli Road, Melville.
Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

Writer of Per-SPEC-tives Column Dead at 78

Ralph W. Liebing, Cincinnati architect, died February 9, 2014, at age 78. He was a 1959 graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture. Following service as a NIKE Missile Control Officer, with the Army Air Defense Command, Liebing practiced in Cincinnati with Pepinsky. Grau, Schrand and Shorr, Pistler-Brown, and Glaser, Myers & Associates. Thereafter, he served some 14 years as Building Commissioner for Hamilton County. After his government service, he practiced with firms in Lexington, and Bowling Green, KY, overseeing several large projects on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

Later he practiced in Cincinnati with PACE Engineering (Fluor Daniel), Lockwood Greene, Jacobs Engineering Group, where he was a Senior Resource Architect, responsible for training, specification writing and codes and regulations. At his death he was a Senior Architect-Specifications, and training instructor for Hixson, Archtitects / Engineers / Interiors.

In addition to practicing, Liebing was an adjunct faculty member at the U.C. School of Architecture for 11 years, the College of Applied Science for 22 years, and also taught full-time, for a time, at the ITT Technical Institute in Dayton. In addition he taught in the carpenters' union apprentice program, several community education programs, and short courses at other colleges.

He was the author of eleven textbooks on architectural drawings, contract administration, and the construction industry overall. One book remained in the catalog of John Wiley and Sons, publishers, for over 30 years. He also published several articles in professional magazines and monographs for various technical organizations. Also, he was a web site columnist for the Construction Specifications Institute, and wrote a number of papers and articles for CSI newsletters and other professional outlets.

Liebing leaves his wife, Arlene, a daughter, Alissa Welling (Bob), a granddaughter, Mya and a son, Allen.

I want you!

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

A couple of years ago I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article titled "3 reasons to not get certified" (http://bit.ly/1kiajso). My intent, obviously, was to explain in what I considered a humorous way why a person should get certified. One or two of the given reasons for not getting certified might apply to a very few people, but those looking for a real reason to avoid certification would not find it in that article. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 257: Why Johnny Doesn't Read... Specs

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Why doesn’t Johnny [i.e.: too many architects, engineers, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, representatives and manufacturers] read the specifications?

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Per-SPEC-tives No. 256: Dear......

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Dear Child of Mine:
Just lying here in the dark [it’s 3:40 AM] and thinking while Spiffy snores his doggy snores. Read More...

February 19th Chapter Meeting

Why Did The Waterproofing Fail?
This seminar focuses on installation methods and waterproofing systems that comply with industry guidelines and prevent failures. You will examine moisture/vapor transmission and crack isolation, as well as ancillary design elements that contribute to the success of your waterproofing detail. The real world examples presented are timely, practical, and enable you to effectively implement the knowledge gained.

Learning Objectives
1. Identify the causes of waterproofing failures and what you can do to prevent them.
2. Hear about recent trends and examine new industry standards that will influence the way you design and specify waterproofing and crack isolation for ceramic tile & natural stone.
3. See how a “systems” approach to waterproofing and design elements allow for creativity and ensure reliability.

Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Dean Moilanen is the National Sales Manager for Noble Company and has been active in the tile & stone industry for over 25 years. His knowledge of waterproofing issues has aligned him with some of the largest projects and architectural firms in the country. He travels often to meet with architects and contractors to work with them on the waterproofing issues on their projects.

Chapter meeting are the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
We meet at Super Enterprises, 126 Spagnoli Road, Melville.
Our meetings are free. For those who don't have time to eat after work, we offer a buffet sandwich dinner for $10 per person.

Per-SPEC-tives No. 255: Submittals and the Client

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

The title seems to indicate a rather strange and innocuous discussion. How many clients really care about submittals on their construction projects? Some will be quite interested; others will take little if any interest. Read More...

How did we get here? Membership

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

In "Worst case", I said it is time to stop using uppercase font on drawings. Let's continue that discussion, this time looking at specifications. Not that we should be using one set of rules for drawings, and another for specifications; the same rules should apply to both. With a few exceptions, text should use sentence case - capitalizing only the first word of a sentence and proper nouns. This seems reasonable, but, as we will see, it rarely happens. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 254: What Do You Want To Be....?

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

I wanted to be a bus driver!

My dad set up a steering wheel contraption [using the front wheel and axle from an Irish-Mail] for me, and I would spend hours mentally running the No. 27 South Cumminsville route through the streets of Cincinnati. I knew every street name [drivers used to call out the streets so riders knew when their stop was coming up], every turn and every stop. I even had a lever to operate non-existent doors. I carried on conversations with imaginary riders and other drivers and offered transfers and change. Man, what an imagination! Oh, come on, you did quirky things when you were young, too [like my imaginary riders].
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January 15th Chapter Meeting

Moisture in Concrete Symposium
Moisture emissions from concrete slabs cost our industry one billion dollars per year. In this session you will learn where the moisture comes from, what kinds of problems it causes, how to properly quantify how much moisture is present. The symposium will take you through the issues you need to address from a specification and concrete placement standpoint and drying, and also offer recommendations on how to remediate should excessive emissions be present at the time the floor covering is to be installed.

Learning Objectives
1. Learn where moisture in concrete comes from and the kinds of problems it causes.
2. Explore how to properly quantify how much moisture is present in concrete.
3. Learn how to address moisture from a specification & concrete placement standpoint.
4. Identify how to remediate excessive moisture emissions in concrete.

Earn 1.0 Hour CEU/PDH HSW for New York State Architects & Engineers, AIA, and CSI.

Presenter:
Bruce E. Newbrough
Director of Application Development for Ardex, focusing on industry relations and new product development.

Per-SPEC-tives No. 253: New Year, Same Needs

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

So why would a publication like ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, so replete with innovative, cutting-edge design and technology, see fit to publish an article about specifications?

No, not shear madness, but recognition that all the projects appearing in this issue and all other issues, before, and yet to come, become reality through a process that requires both drawings and specifications.
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