Architectural Wood Casework
Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify Architectural Wood Casework, including base and wall cabinets, full-height cabinets, and plastic laminate countertops.
This section utilizes the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) Quality Standards as a basis. Other organizations’ standards including the Woodwork Institute of California (WIC) are not included since they are more regional in coverage but can be added to this section.
Custom wood casework includes base and wall cabinets, full-height cabinets, and plastic laminate countertops. Casework is typically fabricated locally or regionally, customized to a specific project. Conversely, standard wood casework can be fabricated nationwide and is typically composed of standard-sized units that are not customized.
Premium Grade casework must meet higher standards than Custom Grade.
Casework may be either shop or field finished with transparent or opaque finishes or clad with plastic laminate. Metal and other laminates are not included but may be added to this section.
For assistance in selecting and specifying wood casework refer to the Architectural Woodwork Standards by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), available at www.awinet.org.
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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.