Expertise: Specifications are written documents that describe procedural, quality assurance, source and field quality control, fabrication, and installation project related information for the products and materials. Specifications are brief, descriptive protocols for correctly obtaining, coordinating, testing, fabricating, and installing building materials, components, assemblies, and systems. A properly documented set of specifications, well-coordinated with the Drawings, provides the Contractor with necessary information to clearly perceive the design intent as graphically represented on the Drawings. Consultants that are also Certified Construction Specifier’s thoroughly understand the composition of the specifications and their complementary relationship with the Drawings, along with the procurement requirements, and the subtle relationships between the various Divisions of MasterFormat and their individual technical Sections.
Generally speaking, architects are more focused on the preparation of the Drawings since that is the graphic element of construction documents and architects are visual people. Drawings can only provide a limited amount of information. Having a great set of Drawings that shows an excellent design may be all for naught if the specifications lack sufficient information to describe the materials, products, and installation requirements that must be met to ensure the level of quality and the design intent desired for the project. In addition, a poorly prepared set of specifications may contain errors and omissions that reduce the Architect’s and Owner’s control over the project.
Flexibility: Consultant adds expertise to an organization without an employee type commitment; you pay only for what is needed, only when needed.
Resources: Projects may impose temporary strains on a company’s resources, and a Consultant keeps the project moving when your staff is at capacity.
Communication: Consultant’s lines of communication open up without upsetting communal workings of the organization, allowing for effective investigation and information gathering within the organization, from Principal to CAD draftsman.
Focus: Consultant is not distracted by administrative and organizational responsibilities and is exclusively committed to establishing an appropriate solution.
Independence: Consultant has no permanent place in an organization, no department loyalties, and no turf to defend or conquer allowing them to communicate openly without jeopardizing their status in the organization.
Perspective: Consultant brings a fresh perspective without attachments to existing processes, and by assisting numerous other organizations Consultant’s provide a broad view of innovative possibilities.