Myths About Specifications

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  • Myths about Specifications: Myth #2

    This is the second in a series of articles by Linton Stables, Senior Associate and Chief of Specifications at Perkins Eastman Architects. These articles, which were first published on the Perkins Eastman intranet, explore several issues that specifiers face in doing their work.



    Myth Number 2: In a Conflict Between Specs and Drawings, the Specifications Rule

    Read The Truth and Consequences in the rest of the column.
  • Myths About Specifications: Myth #1

    This is the first in a series of articles by Linton Stables, Senior Associate and Chief of Specifications at Perkins Eastman Architects. These articles, which were first published on the Perkins Eastman intranet, explore several issues that specifiers face in doing their work.



    Myth Number 1: Contractors Don’t Read the Specifications

    What People Say: “Everyone knows that contractors don’t read the specs.”

    Behind the Myth: It is a long-standing semi-serious joke in the industry that contractors do not pay any attention to the specifications. Architects sometimes contribute to this perception by treating the specifications as an adjunct or afterthought to the rest of the contract documents. Partly through unfamiliarity and partly due to a lack of time, architects in the office and in the field do not consult the specifications until there is a problem and they are seeking the solution in that document.

    The Truth and Consequences are discussed in the rest of the column.
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