CSI specification for design professionals to specify indoor athletic equipment for gymnasiums and multi-use rooms including basketball backstops, game standards, divider curtains, and wall protection mats.
Exterior athletic equipment is typically specified in a separate Section 11 68 00 – Play Field Equipment and Structures. (not currently available in ZeroDocs SimpleSpecs™)
This section includes the most commonly used equipment for interior facilities. Other components such as gymnasium dividers are not included but can be added.
Basketball backstop frames can be wall or ceiling mounted and fixed or operable. Operable backstops can be forward or backward folding to suit project conditions. The operation can be manual or electric.
Backstops are available as particleboard with a melamine face, often used in schools and recreation centers, and tempered glass, which is often used in high schools, colleges, and professional sport centers.
Game standards and nets allow for volleyball to be played in gymnasiums, They can be removable when not in use.
Wall protection mats are installed where players could collide with walls or columns.
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.