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Writing Construction Specifications


Master the art of writing construction specifications with the techniques provided by a nationally recognized expert in the field.

The demand in design firms for construction specification writers has never been greater. Specification writers must master the techniques for product selection, organizing the project manual, coordinating drawings and specifications, integrating engineering specifications, and more. As few colleges teach specifications, the specification writer learns their craft in design firms with a mentor and within the ever-increasing pace of project design and construction. This topic will cover the basics of specification writing based on our 35 years of active experience on more than 4,000 projects. We identify key issues with a look to the future, as LEED® and BIM require more precision within specifications than ever before.





Kalin Associates Inc. Specifications

  • President with Kalin Associates Inc. Specifications
  • Founded in 1984, the firm has prepared specifications for more than 4,000 projects, including more than 400 projects seeking USGBC LEED® certification
  • Registered architect, CSI construction document technology certified, and USGBC LEED® accredited professional
  • Past-national technical committee chairman, Construction Specifications Institute
  • Instructor, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Wrote Kalin Associates Master Short-Form Specifications and BIMspec Specifiers’ Property Sets
  • Co-wrote, Construction Specifications Writing, Sixth Edition, 2010 published by Wiley
  • Past-president, Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP); past-chair, AIA Masterspec Review Committee
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or

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