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AWI Design Solutions 2014 Summer Edition Is Now Online!

The 2014 summer edition of Design Solutions, the official journal of the Architectural Woodwork Institute, is now available online. Click here to view the online edition!

Each quarterly issue of Design Solutions showcases beautiful examples of fine architectural woodwork produced by AWI Manufacturing Member companies.  The summer edition features:

  • Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon, VA
    Gaithersburg Cabinetry & Millwork (VA)

  • Astellas US Headquarters, Northbrook, IL
    Imperial Woodworking Company (IL)

  • Law Offices of Kirton McConkie, Salt Lake City, UT
    Fetzer Architectural Woodwork (UT)

  • Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center, Los Angeles, CA
    Wavell-Huber Architectural Woodwork (UT)

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New Project to Show Off? AWI Design Solutions Accepting Submissions

The AWI “Award of Excellence” (AOE) honors program is still accepting submissions of beautiful woodwork projects for the fall recognition in the fall edition of Design Solutions, AWI’s quarterly journal of fine architectural woodwork.

Hurry, limited space is available.  If you are interested in submitting a project, contact AWI Project Manager Katie Allen, staff liaison for Design Solutions, at or call 571-323-3611.

AOE honorees gain exposure to thousands of architects and design professionals.  Don’t miss out on this business exposure opportunity.  The program is a benefit of membership in AWI.

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August AWI NewsBriefs Is Here!

AWI’s official monthly print newsletter, NewsBriefs, should reach your shop around August 15. See the news about upcoming AWI convention sessions that you won’t want to miss! Access the August edition of NewsBriefs here.

Check out these and other articles:

  • “Fiscal Reality: Turning Knowledge into Action” – interview with noted economist Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics™
  • “Preview of Upcoming AWS Revisions” – covering general and substantive changes to the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2
  • “Big Ideas & Bold Strategies” – highlights of six informative breakout sessions scheduled during the AWI convention
  • “The Chicago AIA Expo, or ChicAIAgo” by QCC Executive Director Randy Estabrook
  • And much more.

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Connect with New AWI Members! Who Joined in July?


Buffalo Architectural Woodwork, Houston, TX

Connecticut Casework Specialists, LLC, Shelton, CT

Egbert Millwork & Lumber Company, DBA Stephens Millwork & Lumber Company, Nashville, TN

Olan Wood Products, Inc., Meadville, PA

Rudolph Specialty Millwork, Harvey, LA, 

Southern Commercial Interiors, Lexington, SC 

The Wood & Iron Factory, Inc., San Diego, CA,


Richwood Industries, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, 

MOCORP, Elk River, MN, 

Note: These new members joined AWI in July 2014.

Use the online Directory of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members at for contact information and access to the Web sites of these and other AWI members. The resource is open 24/7 for use in seeking manufacturers and suppliers of architectural woodwork.

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Convention Watch

Big Things Are Happening at the AWI 62nd Annual Convention: Register Early!

BIG things will be happening in San Antonio, Texas, October 22-24, 2014.  If you accept AWI's challenge you will explore new directions, new opportunities and new possibilities for growth. The AWI 62nd Annual Convention will bring together AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members to the Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk – Downtown in the heart of the city.

Curious for More Information?

Check out the AWI convention brochure here.  Look for full details about all of the sessions, awards ceremonies, speakers and more. Registration is now open here.

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AWI Convention to Feature Internationally Known Economist Alan Beaulieu

Internationally known economist Alan Beaulieu has good news for AWI members, “Consumers are fundamentally in good shape.” He told AWI NewsBriefs that he has “no sense of any significant downdraft in consumer spending.”  Money is also available for loans.

Mr. Beaulieu, President of ITR Economics™, will be the keynote speaker at the AWI 62nd Annual Convention, October 22-24, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Don’t miss his address on “Fiscal Reality.”  His remarks and forecast accuracy have been well-received by AWI members at several previous conventions.

What else did he tell AWI NewsBriefs?  If you need to borrow money to finance an unexpected big project, now is the time to get a loan.  “Banks have lots of money they want to lend.  Cheap money is available for use,” Mr. Beaulieu advises.  Get a sneak peek at some of ITR’s projections for the near-term in the August edition of NewsBriefs here.

Mr. Beaulieu’s AWI convention presentation will cover a wide variety of topics, including short- and long-term global economic forecasts, regional economic updates, an outlook on inflation, and the relationship of political events and economic growth. He will delve into interest rates, the housing market, construction outlook, and how ITR Economics’ forecasts will directly impact your business.

Learn what leading economic indicators AWI members should follow.  Discover proven strategies for leveraging economic forecasts at the company level.  Other than that, Mr. Beaulieu will talk about some of the bad news coming out of China, growing uncertainties in Europe, and more.

Your crash course in economics at the upcoming AWI convention will arm you with knowledge about fiscal reality.  What will you do with it? 

About Alan Beaulieu
One of the country’s most informed economists, Alan Beaulieu is a principal of ITR Economics™ where he serves as President. He leads the company’s European office and serves as chief economist for numerous U.S. and European trade associations. He is co-author of Make Your Move, a book on profiting in business cycle changes, and is a contributing editor for Industry Week magazine. Since 1990, Alan Beaulieu has given over 5,000 presentations across the globe and has spoken to thousands of business leaders in sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, distribution, real estate, construction, and technology.  To subscribe to the ITR Advisor™ or purchase a copy of Alan’s latest book, Prosperity in the Age of Decline,” visit or call 603-796.2500.

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Big Ideas & Bold Strategies at AWI Convention—What Will You Learn?

Thursday, October 23 will be a big day for AWI members attending the AWI 62nd Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.  The afternoon will be packed with breakout sessions:  three are slated from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, followed by three sessions from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Don’t miss these informative sessions.  Gain at least six new ideas for improving your operation – guaranteed!

  • “Financial Management:  The Building Block Basics”
    Sebastien DesMarais, Hollywood Woodwork and Tim Northrup, Stiles Machinery, Inc.

  • “From Troubles to Triumph: Success Stories from Industry Leaders”

    Hear Rose and John Murphy share their story about a decade of struggle. Discover how Tyler Cerny of Strata Design overcame years of debt during the recession and survive a coaster ride to success. Hear Acacia’s Will Fuller journey from the loss of a 22-year old company to a high profit leader in a niche market.

  • “Estate & Business Succession Planning – Making the Right Moves for the Future”
    Joseph Rubin, Law Offices of Joseph P. Rubin, P.C.

  • “Financial Management: From Analysis to Action”
    Sebastien DesMarais, Hollywood Woodwork and Tim Northrup, Stiles Machinery, Inc.

  • “Technology Update: In Shop and On Site”
    Erik Fetzer, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork

  • “10 Commandments of Contract Management”
    Michael Davis, Esq., Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Read highlights of these informative – and fascinating – sessions in the August edition of AWI NewsBriefs here. And, mark your calendar for October 23, 2014, for these Breakout Education Sessions during the AWI 62nd Annual Convention, October 22-24, 2014 in San Antonio, TX.  Register today at

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Education Outreach

Upcoming Regional Education Programs: Register Early—Space is Limited!



These AWI Education Outreach programs are hosted by local AWI chapters in a region near you. Questions about any of the following events should be directed to AWI Education Program Coordinator Camerine Findlay, or 571-323-3614.

Registration Coming Soon!
September 18, 2014
“Fundamentals of Estimating”

Location: Kansas City, MO

Host: AWI Heart of America Chapter 

Become your company’s estimator extraordinaire. This basic program will lay the groundwork for calculating average prices and factoring in all of the variables for your project. Gain the knowledge and tools to determine and exceed your “break even” for maximum profits as you learn how to put the AWI eCost Book to work. Don’t forget your company’s operating overhead – discover how to factor it in as a component of your costs. Gain assurance, knowing you can turn down unprofitable work and negotiate your margins with confidence.

Presenters: Tony Perno, Casework Technologies, Ltd. and Scott Nelson, Woodwork Career Alliance

AWI Chapter Members -- $100
AWI National Members -- $120
Non-members -- $120

Additional Event: September 19  — Chapter Golf Outing at Shiloh Springs Golf Course

Information: Click here

Registration Open!
September 24, 2014
“LEED® — Impacts of New Vision”

Location: ISEC, Inc. Headquarters, Fulton, MD

Host: AWI Capital Region Chapter 

The votes on the proposed changes to the controversial wood credit benchmark of the LEED® green building rating system left the status “as is” or “was.” Faced with the challenges of bidding on a LEED specified project, you need to learn your potential role in providing material and data for compliance with the LEED rating system. Do you know the basics? Do you understand the process? Are you ready to participate in a LEED project? Gain insights for deciding how your firm fits into and grows in the exploding green building market.

Presenter: Rob Ziegelmeier, AWI Sustainability Resources Representative

AWI / CSI Members: $35
Non-members: $70
Students: $10

Information & Registration: Click here

Registration Open!
October 2-3, 2014

“Advanced Estimating”

Hilton Garden Inn, 31800 Smith Road, Romulus, MI 48174
(A block of rooms is offered at $109/night ending on September 1.)

Hosts: AWI Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Chaptesr

This course is designed to guide estimators in developing true anticipated costs, rather than overhead, pricing, profits, or job costing. Participants are introduced to the new AWI eCost Book and are shown how it can be used for estimating difficult projects.

AWI Great Lakes or Ohio Valley Chapter Members: $275
AWI National Member Only: $300
Non AWI Member: $600

Information: Click here

Click here
All registration payments must be received by September 28, 2014 in order to participate.  Please note that room night accommodations are not included with registration payment.

If paying by check, please make payment to “AWI Great Lakes Chapter” and mail to the following address:

AWI Great Lakes
7974 Lochlin Drive, Suite B4
Brighton, MI 48116

Please contact Kim Leugers,, (p) 248-437-4738) with questions regarding payment.

Save the Date!

November 13-14, 2014
“Advanced Project Management”

Location: East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA

Host: AWI New Jersey Chapter 

A project manager guides the team and assures that tasks are completed on time, in budget, and with profit. Elevate your skills and techniques to manage your customers and your woodwork team to control the myriad of details and changes from project initiation to completion. Improve your skills at identifying risks and defining risk strategies, controlling the change management process, implementing a quality management plan, and closing the project. Improve the flow of the job from start to successful punch out with confidence and less stress.

Presenters: Jeff Stück, Stück Wood Works, Inc. and Randy Lange, Lange Bros. Woodwork Co., Inc. 

Information: Click here

Note to AWI Chapters:  These and other AWI National education programs are available for hosting by other interested chapters.  To schedule an Education Outreach session, contact Camerine Findlay at  Consult the AWI Education Outreach Procedure Manual here for details about how to tap into this AWI National supported program for AWI chapters.

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AWI Learning Forums

Free AWI Webinars Coming Up: What Are They?

Register Early for These Webinars!
All of the following online sessions are free for AWI members.

AWS Talk
“AWS, Edition 2 for Architects and Design Professionals”

August 27, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET)

What the Architectural Woodwork Standards’ effective date means to your submittals and specifications as well as navigating the new book with features such information as Design Ideas and Additional Information —  content that is designed to assist you in making informed choices about interior millwork.

Ashley Goodin, AWI Technical Services Manager

Information & Registration:
Click here

QCP Talk

“The QCP Project Inspection Process Before, During and After”

September 3, 2014 (rescheduled from July 23)
2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET)

This webinar will touch on a number of points which are both typical and important in assuring a successful outcome for inspected certified projects.Presenters: Randy Estabrook, QCP Executive Director; Wayne Hintz, QCP Manager; and Greg Parham, QCP Inspections Manager

Information & Registration:
Click here

Green Talk
September 10, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET)

Rob Ziegelmeier, AWI Sustainability Resources Representative

Information & Registration:
Coming Soon!

Money Talk

September 17, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET)

Presenter: Sebastien DesMarais, Hollywood Woodwork

Information & Registration: Coming Soon!

Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Webinars!

Information Coming Soon!  Each one-hour online session starts at 2:00 pm (ET)

Chapter Development
September 24, 2014

Money Talk

November 5, 2014
Sebastien DesMarais, Hollywood Woodwork

AWS Talk
November 12, 2014
Ashley Goodin, AWI Technical Services Manager

QCP Talk

November 19, 2014

Green Talk

December 3, 2014

Questions about any of the upcoming webinars should be directed to Camerine Findlay,, 571-323-3614. 

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About QCP

QCP to Host Third Free Webinar—Get the Facts about Project Inspection

The third of this year’s four AWI one-hour webinars devoted to its Quality Certification Program (QCP) will be presented on September 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm.  The topic is:
“The QCP Project Inspection Process:
Before, During, and After”

This webinar will touch on a number of points which are both typical and important in assuring a successful outcome for inspected certified projects: 

  • A brief description of the criteria determining which projects receive QCP inspection.
  • A discussion of the submittal process from QCP’s standpoint, including mock-up presentation and approval.
  • Licensee responsibilities following receipt of the inspection report and associated documents.
  • Possible outcomes of a project inspection and how any particular outcome may affect the status of a Licensed company within the Quality Certification Program.

Presenters will include QCP Executive Director Randy Estabrook, QCP Manager Wayne Hintz, and QCP Inspections Manager Greg Parham. For more details, including registration information, click here.
The AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) is a valuable quality assurance tool that ensures custom, interior architectural woodwork, one of the most highly visible aspects of many construction projects. Launched in 1995, the QCP is endorsed by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA). For information about the program and licensing, visit

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Woodwork Career Alliance

WCA to Conduct Skill Evaluator Training at IWF

Limited seats are available for Skill Evaluator Training over four days at IWF Alanta, August 20-23, 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center. A 40% discounted IWF scholarship rate is available. Pre-registration is required. Visit for full details, including requirements for Skill Evaluator Training.

Training at the Woodwork Career Alliance booth #7912 will take place from 8:30-11:30 am or 1:30-4:30 pm, each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of IWF. The last session is 8:30-11:30 am on Saturday. Arrive early to register, to present your “Certificate” from eLearning, and to network.

The Woodwork Career Alliance Woodwork Passport program leads to professional credentials for woodworkers and a pool of demonstrated talent for employers. The Woodwork Passport is a portable, personal, permanent record of a woodworker’s achievements. Developed by industry, our simple system for testing skills and recording the results leads to industry-recognized certificates that stay with an individual throughout their career. Visit for more information.

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AWI Sponsor News

Stay Ahead of Your Competition—Join Stiles’ 2014 Benchmarking Tour of Technology

Pack your bags, grab your passport, and prepare to unleash your manufacturing potential.  Stiles will again be your personal host in exploring some of the most advanced and dynamic manufacturing facilities across the globe.  Discover how the most innovative manufacturers successfully adapt to the ever growing demands to reach the greatest speed of bringing products to market.

Stiles’ annual European Benchmarking Tour of Technology provides an unrivaled opportunity to gain an edge in discovering “what’s next” in the global woodworking industry. Join Stiles Machinery September 19-27 for a guided tour of first-class European manufacturers who have embraced the latest in manufacturing technology to increase production capabilities, reduce handling, while maintaining the flexibility required in adapting to changing market demands.  The group will also visit the most advanced woodworking machinery manufacturers – WEEKE GmbH, Holzma GmbH, and HOMAG GmbH – for their extremely popular 2014 TREFF open house.

This all-inclusive trip (September 19-27) is offered for only $3,950.  The trip includes international airfare, lodging, meals, and transportation.  Register online at or contact Christina Elsenbroek at 616-698-7500 to reserve your seat today.

Stiles Machinery has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1996 and is AWI’s Founding Sponsor. 

Note: AWI Sponsors are invited to submit news and announcements about corporate changes, products and events to AWI Project Manager Katie Allen at  As a sponsorship benefit, submitted information will be posted in this section of e-briefs as well as on the AWI Web site. 

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ETemplate Systems Announces New Version of Measure Manager Software

ETemplate Systems, the award winning developer of EPhoto and ELaser 3D digital measuring systems, is soon releasing their new version of Measure Manager software for the ELaser. This new version will debut at the IWF show in Atlanta and can also be seen at the AWI national convention in San Antonio.

“This new release includes scanning functionality, an automated function for creating floor plans, and a new optional module for creating intelligent layouts for cabinet design software. This new module will allow the user to define optimal wall angles using the ‘best fit’ capabilities of the software, as well as define doors, windows, switches, outlets and plumbing within the wall boundaries. The cabinet layout can be exported directly to CabinetVision using their proprietary ORD format, to MicroVellum using standard DXF, and coming soon will be a link to 2020 software.

Standard 3D measurement data can still be exported to CAD, CAD, and solid modeling systems using DWG, DXF and IGES.”

For more information please visit or call 866-877-6933.

ETemplate Systems has been an AWI Supplier Member since 2006 and is a Level 4 AWI Sponsor.

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AWI Member News

Pleasant Hunter Dalton, Jr. Passes Away

Pleasant Hunter Dalton, Jr. died peacefully at his residence in Colfax, NC on July 18 at the age of 89.  After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he pursued his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a BS in Chemistry.  He began working at Snow Lumber Company in 1946 learned the business from the ground up while attending college.  In 1968 he became owner and president of the company.  A member of AWI, Mr. Dalton served as a director from 1967-1973.  He also was instrumental in founding the AWI Carolinas Chapter.  Mr. Dalton was actively involved in numerous High Point civic organizations and in 1966 was honored as the first ever “High Point Citizen of the Year” by The High Point Enterprise. To view more details about his illustrious career in support of his community, click here.

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Proud of Your Work? Want to Show It Off?

AWI Manufacturing Members are producing impressive projects every day.  If you want to show them off, send a photo, a one-paragraph description of the project, the client’s name, and a photo to AWI Project Manager Katie Allen at

We’ll publish it e-briefs in a new section reserved exclusively for AWI members.  Space is limited, so send your information and photo early.  Don’t forget to provide the photographer’s name for attribution.

Meanwhile, check out the beautiful projects recognized in the summer edition of Design Solutions here. Design Solutions features honorees in AWI’s quarterly “Award of Excellence” program.

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Chapter News

AWI Capital Region on the Grow

The AWI Capital Region has been reaching out to prospective members to join its ranks and enjoy some great membership benefits, including business exposure. The chapter has embraced social media to spread the word and connect its members.

Chapter President Garry Astles of Northway Industries has been organizing events and expanding the chapter’s Web site to serve the interests of chapter members.  View the latest examples of the site’s features here.  Good job!

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Upcoming Chapter Events—Local Learning & Networking Opportunities

Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business grow and put you in touch with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers. To reach any of the chapter officers for more information, click here.

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: August 14-15, 2014
What: Great Lakes Summer Event – Golfing, Nauticating, Meeting & Plant Tour
Agenda: August 14 – Golf at Leelenau Club Golf Resort, Happy Hour and Dinner at View and Nauti-Cat Cruise
Agenda: August 15 – Continental Breakfast and Chapter Meeting, Tour of American Waste Recycling Facility
Where: Traverse City, MI
Information: Click here

AWI Virginias Chapter
When: September 10, 2014 (9:30 am -- 2:00 pm)
What: Presentation, Chapter Business Meeting, Lunch
Presentation: “AWS -- A Review of the New Edition”
Presenter: Ashley Goodin, AWI Technical Services Manager
Where: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Charlottesville, VA
Information: Click here
Registration: Tim Columbus, Chapter President,

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: September 11, 2014
What: Great Lakes Chapter Meeting – East side

AWI Carolinas Chapter

When: September 12, 2014
What: Fall Meeting (Program TBD)
Where: Myrtle Beach, SC

AWI Empire State Chapter
When: September 25, 2014 (4:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
What: Presentation and Dinner
Presentation: “AWS – Edition 2”
Presenters: Ashley Goodin (headliner), AWI Technical Services Manager; David Welborn, Flex Trim / Carter Millwork; Gino Malgieri, Stiles Machinery; and Russell Blanchard, 3Form
Where: Doubletree Hotel at Carrier Circle, Syracuse, NY
Information & Registration: Click here

AWI Capital Region and Virginias Chapters
When: November 5, 2014 (10:30 am)
What: Plant Tour
Where Gaithersburg Cabinetry and Millwork, Warrenton, VA
Information: Click here

AWI Carolinas Chapter

When: November 7, 2014
What: Plant Tour and Education Program
Where: Wilsonart, Fletcher, NC (Subject to Change)

AWI Capital Region Chapter
When: November 20, 2014 (12:30 pm start)
What: Plant Tour
Where: Sieling & Jones Machining Department, New Freedom, PA
Information: Click here 

All chapters are encouraged to plan their events early to allow for ample promotion of your activities in this section of AWI e-briefs as well as through other avenues. Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services at

Members are encouraged to check chapter event listings in the most recent issue of AWI e-briefs, as well as with chapter officers and chapter Web sites for program changes. As plans become finalized, dates and presentations may change for chapter programs previously listed. This issue of AWI e-briefs contains the most current information available to AWI National.

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AWI e-briefs

Next Editions

Watch for e-briefs on:

  • August 21 (business and industry news) and
  • September 11 (AWI and affiliated organizations' news)

Depend on e-briefs to bring you news of AWI publications and programs and other pertinent information that impacts your architectural woodwork business.

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Upcoming Education
AWS Talk Webinar:

“AWS,  Edition 2 for
Architects and
Design Professionals"

August 27, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 pm (EDT)

Register Here


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