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1) How Many Firms are Using Full Time Specifiers
Wayne Smith CSI, Member Emeritus, CCS, CDT, AIA posted: We see frequent reference to how architecture firms are using fewer full-time specifiers, but does anyone know a source of actual data? Where can I find how many or what percentage firms have in-house full-time specifiers. How many use outside contractors? In how many firms do the architects do their own specs? In how many firms does no one produce specs? How much has that changed over the years?
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2) Specifying Mass Timber
Jay Hindmarsh BS, RA, CSI, CCS, CDT, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB posted: I am curious where others are specifying Mass Timber products? To date we have utilized a few user-generated proprietary sections based on specific manufacturer templates for:
061543 Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)
061910 Prefabricated Dowel-Laminated Timber (DLT) Decking
But we have also been looking at mass plywood panels (MPP) and nail-laminated timber (NLT) decks. If others know of some industry consensus or (better) practices about locating these sections, I would love to hear. I'm wondering if a more generic 061113 Engineered Wood Products might be best where we could expand and contract the offerings based on project needs. Join this conversation.
3) Submittal Review Stamps
Kevin O'Beirne, PE, FCSI, CCS, CCCA posted: The fourth installment in my CSI blog's series on shop drawings and submittals is now available, “Shop Drawings and Submittals: Submittal Review Stamps.
The article addresses the dispositions assigned by design professionals in their response to submittals, such as "approved", "reviewed", "no exceptions taken", "furnish as submitted" and others, and explains why "approved" is the appropriate disposition. It also addresses design professionals' submittal stamp disclaimer language and suggested language to require for contractors’ submittal approval stamps. If you wish to discuss submittal review stamps in general, feel free to join this conversation.