Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify general administrative requirements related to a construction progress schedule, project submittals, and alteration procedures.
Progress schedules illustrate the status of the project’s completion to date. They are typically submitted monthly and are helpful in evaluating the Contractor’s or Construction Manager’s Applications for Payment.
– “Action” submittal is the term given to those submittals from the Contractor or Construction Manager that require review and action by the Design Professional.
– “Informational” submittal refers to those submittals that do not require action by the Design Professional. These typically include information for the Owner’s use after the project is completed. These submittals are typically passed through to the Owner without review or comment, other than to ensure that all requested data has been received.
– Specific submittals required for the Project should be included in individual specification sections as applicable. For example, this section specifies requirements applicable to all shop drawings. A Division 05 section for metal decking should require that shop drawings show locations, dimensions, material thicknesses, finishes, and attachments.
– Minimizing the number of submittals required has two positive impacts for the design professional. First, the time required to review submittals is reduced. Second, and more importantly, the Design Professional’s liability for errors and omissions is lessened. As a general rule, submittals should be limited to those that the Design Professional must review in order to assure that the “design intent” is achieved. For example, shop drawings on how metal roof panels are flashed are essential; shop drawings on how wood blocking is installed are not.
Alteration Procedures: This article provides only general requirements for alterations. Specific requirements for existing construction that must be removed or altered must be included on the drawings.
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The SimpleSpecs™ master specs concept
Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
Easier to Edit
SimpleSpecs™ is written as a series of Microsoft word files that include statements that affect construction costs or overall quality and are far simpler to edit than other master specification systems.
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section is non-proprietary and includes three manufacturers that meet the specified reference standards, descriptive, or performance-based requirements. They are written to allow any listed manufacturers to provide the specified products.
Hidden Guide Text
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section includes hidden text to inform and guide users in editing the specifications to suit project conditions.
SimpleSpecs™ sections are edited using pre-defined options that are contained in [brackets] or by selecting optional text separated by "OR" statements. Paragraph and page numbering are included as automatic codes, eliminating the need to renumber when revisions are made manually. Global changes to headers, footer, terms, font colors and phrases are easily updated using a third-party search and replace software, available through ZeroDocs.com.