CERTIFIED CONSTRUCTION SPECIFIER
EFFICIENT, ORGANIZED APPROACH TO SPECIFICATIONS WRITING
OVER 35 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIENCE
CONTINUING EDUCATION ENSURES THE MOST UP TO DATE SPECIFYING
AN INTEGRAL MEMBER OF THE DESIGN TEAM FOR EACH PROJECT
Stansen Specifications is a woman-owned sole proprietorship. So that I provide the best possible consulting service, I make it a point to maintain a flexible workload so that I am able to respond quickly to the changing needs of the architects I work for.
I have spent more than 35 years administering my own specifications in the field, learning the value of a well written and understandable Division 1. Many architects consider Division 1 sections to simply be ‘boiler plate’. But they are indispensable when a project manager has to administer a job. They should be used as the core basis for running a project efficiently and within budget.
Prescriptive or performance based specs written in Microsoft Word with emphasis on concise presentation, accurate coordination with drawings, clear documentation, and general plan review.
Condensed specifications for design development.
Coordination of Terminology
Creating cohesive terminology between drawings and specifications for clearer meaning and interpretations once the project is in the field.
Analysis and comparison of building products to assist the design team in selection of the best materials and products for the project.
I believe that streamlining your specifications, distilling them down to the simplest possible form makes the information much easier to find and extract for both the architect managing the project and the contractor building it.
I also urge my clients to employ the technique of terminology coordination. When drawings and specifications use the same terms, all the construction documents work together as a united whole. Terminology coordination adds another level of review to verify the completeness of the project before it goes to print.