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Coordinating Drawings and Specifications

Coordinating Drawings and Specifications

One subject that arises often is the coordination of drawings and specifications.  A crucial issue but seemingly very misunderstood. Let’s start by looking at the definition of each. American Institute of Architects (AIA) Document A201-2017 – General Conditions of the…

Comprehensive Guide to CSI Construction Documentation Standards

Comprehensive Guide to CSI Construction Documentation Standards

Welcome to the “Comprehensive Guide to CSI Construction Documentation Standards.” Your essential resource for navigating and mastering the core standards developed by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). These standards—CSI Masterformat, PageFormat, SectionFormat, and 3-Part Specifications—serve as the backbone of professional…

Intro to Landscape Specs

Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about preparing landscape specs and sharing some tips to consider on your upcoming commercial projects.  Before you start creating specifications, let’s look at two things…

What is a project manual?

construction project manual

What is a project manual? It’s common in the construction industry for Design Professionals (DP’s) and building product manufacturers to refer to the project manual as “specs“, “project specs” or “spec book.”  Unfortunately, “specifications” is an improper term.  “Specifications” are traditionally…

When does a construction specification become a sales lead?

when a specification becomes a sales lead

For building product manufacturers, understanding the architectural sales process is crucial to converting construction specification into successful sales. But when does a 3-part construction specification become a sales lead? Let’s demystify this journey, clarify common misconceptions, and explore the role…

A Comprehensive Guide to specifications

spec writing software and editing

Simplified If you’re new to the world of construction, you might find yourself feeling lost in a sea of unfamiliar terms and technical jargon. Unlike residential projects, commercial construction comes with its own unique language, where project specifications are consistently…

Types of CSI 3-part specifications

Types of 3-part format specifications

Types of 3-part specifications  There’s often confusion around different types of 3-part specifications format; specifically Manufacturer Specific Specifications, Master Guide Specifications, and Project Specifications. So, let’s unravel some of those mysteries today. 🔍 What are CSI 3-part specifications?  Before we start,…

Who should write your CSI 3-part specs?

Who should write your CSI 3-part specs?

Who should write your 3-part specs? When it comes to crafting a specification for a building product manufacturer, the question of who should write your 3-part specs is a critical one. After a decade of experience in the field, we’ve…

Construction Bidding Requirements

construction bidding requirements

Guidelines for Preparing Project Specifications: Bidding Requirements When a project manual is issued for competitive bids it is often necessary to include documents to assist prospective bidders in preparing and submitting a bid. This Spec Topic looks at several of…