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Tag Archive for: Specs

Specs – not the eyewear variety but just as eye-opening.

September 18th, 2013

by Rosemary McMonigal FAIA, LEED AP, CID

AIAMN Specs Seminar

Rosemary recently presented a seminar on Residential Specifications at AIA Minnesota with colleagues Paul Hannan, Mark Larson and Tan Nguyen.  Specifications are the technical language that architects use to communicate details on a project.

Everyone thinks that architects only do drawings, but specifications are the other part of any project.  For example, drawings show the quantity – you can count the number of doors on the drawings.  What exactly are the doors?  Specifications show the quality.  For instance, are the doors wood or metal or fiberglass, how many coats of varnish or paint, what type of hardware, the manufacturer and model number, type of glass, frame, thresholds, etc.  Specifications are the written description of the materials, products, standards and workmanship used to construct a building.  Together with the drawings, specifications form what the industry refers to as the Contract Documents for construction.

We are passionate about the vision of our designs.  We prepare carefully detailed drawings and specifications so that the construction team can turn that vision into reality.

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