November 20th, 2016

Thirteen years is certainly long enough to look at the image of that woman staring off into space. We’ve been fortunate through most of those years to have excellent clients, great projects, and frequently more work than we could handle gracefully. We’re delighted that Big Tuna kept nudging us about putting up a 21st century website, and here it is. There’s some familiar content, some new content, and forthcoming information helpful to our clients and website visitors. We’re also proud to be…

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November 20th, 2016

“Hidden proprietary specifications,” the ones where you’ve provided the architect with a specification that “locks out” your competition, will only work once or twice. The architect, or your competition, will catch on. You’re setting the architect up for embarrassment if you convince them to use this approach. A better suggestion: Get your product named as the basis of design, and list a couple of additional manufacturers. Don’t work to exclude other products on trivial grounds! In fact, you…

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July 28th, 2016

“We don’t need specifications. We just use notes on our drawings.” Just designing for friends? Enjoying a run of good luck? If not, make sure you have all of these issues addressed on your drawings, or else issue written specifications. The building code, the architectural licensing board, and liability insurance carriers expect these issues to be addressed in construction contracts. A typical set of well prepared specifications cover all these issues, and more. Thanks to Julia Hall, CSI,…

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