Appropriate Use of Tools - Improving Specifications

When:  Nov 7, 2018 from 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  San Francisco

Please note! The November event is on the first Wednesday, one week early.

Appropriate Use of Tools - Improving Specifications

Specifications are a tool to communicate non-graphical project information. This tool was designed to solve a specific set of problems and has remained largely unchanged for decades. But the industry is evolving daily and specifications are no longer serving the industry as well as they once did. Are we trying to use specifications to solve problems they were not originally designed to solve?  Are today’s specifications failing to address the needs of the multiple delivery methods currently in use?  During this program, we’ll identify the features designed into today’s specifications and the problems those features were designed to solve. We’ll then explore new problems not solved by current specification methods and some solutions that have been developed to address those unsolved problems.  Different solutions will be required depending on the delivery method you are working within.  Let’s solve these new problems and make specifications a better tool. 

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
  • List the key features in today’s specifications
  • Explain the problems those features were designed to solve
  • Highlight new problems that specifications do not address
  • Inspire new solutions that will make tomorrow’s specifications a better tool

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Cocktail Hour | No-Host Bar
6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Program

About the Speaker:

Beth Stroshane, CSI CCS, LEED AP,  is a Certified Construction Specifier with 8 years of specification writing experience with large architecture firms prior to opening an independent practice in 2013. Beth has produced specifications for new buildings and renovations of existing facilities, public and private clients, design/bid/build, design/build, and negotiated contracts.

Earn CEU/LUs: The Dinner Presentation offers 1.00 AIA LU/HSW

Dinner Choices:
Pan-Seared Seasonal Whitefish with Tarragon-Mustard Crème
Grilled Hanger Steak with Herbed Wild Mushroom Jus
Truffle Oil Scented Pasta Primavera


Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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