AWI Quality Times - Summer 2009 (Plain Text Version)
AWI QCC Launches the Q to Highlight the Benefits of Certification
Q Protects Design Professionals’ Reputations and Provides Woodworkers with Additional Business Opportunities
“Design professionals and building owners increasingly specify the Q for their projects because now more than ever, it’s important to control costs while keeping projects on track,” said AWI QCC Program Director Craig Elias. “For the design community, the Q does exactly that, and that means more business opportunities for Q-qualified woodworkers.”
In addition to expanded business opportunities, Q-accreditation gives woodworkers:
For design professionals, the Q protects your reputation for specifying quality architectural woodwork. With just three simple steps, the Q initiates a powerful risk management system – free of charge to design professionals -- that includes:
To take advantage of the benefits of Q, design professionals need only:
What People Are Saying About the Q
“The QCP addresses a fundamental problem with the competitive bidding process. Because there are so few barriers to entry in our industry, many woodworkers are eligible to bid, but not all are qualified to price the work, let alone carry it out according to specifications. With QCP in place, all bidders are all on an equal footing.”
“At WDG we tell our clients that if we don’t specify the Q, we can’t be certain the woodwork will comply with industry standards. With the Q problems are rare, but if they do occur the client is in a better position to obtain corrections.”
Demand for AWI Quality Certification Continues to Rise
The Q continues to experience strong growth, even amidst the current recession. The number of program applicants for the first six months of the year is up more than 50 percent over the same period in 2008. In addition, the number of registered projects and certified projects are up 56 and 42 percent respectively over the first six months of last year. "The numbers indicate design professionals recognize and appreciate the quality assurance benefits of the Q, as well as the program's ability to save time and money over the life of a project," said AWI QCC Program Director Craig Elias. [return to top]
At a Glance: The New Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS)
Since the fall of 2007, the Joint Standards Committee (JSC), which includes representatives from AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturer's Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI), has been hard at work creating a single, industry-wide reference standard for the fabrication, finishing and installation of fine architectural woodwork. "The AWS will make it easier for all of us who work on both the east coast and the west coast," said AWI QCC Director Bill Munyan, AIA, CSI. "It is the best of both worlds."
The most obvious difference in the new book is the way in which sections are laid out in numerical outline format. This will make it easier to find specific citations. In addition, the AWS has been condensed into 12 sections, whereas the QSI contains 17 sections. New sections include section one, Submittals; section two, Care and Storage; section 11, Counter Tops (includes wood and plastic, solid surface, natural and manufactured stone, epoxy resin and solid phenolic); and section 12, Historic Restoration Work.
The following sections were changed:
Section 10, Casework, also includes solid phenolic casework. Installation, section 1700 in the QSI, is included with each applicable section.
Each AWS section is divided into four main categories:
The AWS sets minimal requirements for shop drawings and submittals. As of October 1, 2009, compliance with these standards will be obligatory for all new project inspections, all biennial inspections and for all new applicants. Within the next month, we will post samples of compliant shop drawings and submittals on the Web site for review. [return to top]
Be Among the First to Receive the New Architectural Woodwork Standards
Volunteers Needed to Evaluate the New Test
AWI QCC Board of Directors Meeting
The AWI QCC Board of Directors met June 2-3, in Saint Louis, MO. The Board reviewed numerous issues, including the new marketing and branding efforts, as well as changes necessary to ensure the program policies and bylaws remain consistent with the new Architectural Woodwork Standards. Additional growth strategies on the horizon include the implementation of additional compliance programs. The Board also requested the creation of a special task force to review the efficacy of the existing minimum criteria requirements. Be on the lookout for more information in the months ahead. [return to top]
The View from Here
By Greg Shenkler, Senior Project Manager at Skanska USA Building and AWI QCC Director
So your aggressive bidding has paid off and you’ve been awarded a new contract. Congratulations! What happens next will determine not only whether you survive, but whether you can thrive.
While pressure to reduce costs may have you thinking of ways to cut corners, consider focusing instead on increased quality control – during both fabrication and installation. Any savings from shortcuts will be lost – and then some – the first time you need to correct or replace work that fails to meet the specifications or the Standards. More importantly, your reputation can be lost along with those savings.
At Skanska, top quality results for our clients are so essential to our success that “Zero Defects” is one of our five guiding principles. The Q is an extremely effective tool for achieving this goal. In particular, inspections during the fabrication process have prevented unnecessary repairs at the jobsite.
Do it right the first time. We’ve all heard it before, but in today’s economy it’s more important than ever. Nothing can eat at your bottom line like having to do the work twice. Remember, quality pays – in good times and in bad. [return to top]
Comings and Goings
The AWI QCC bids farewell and offers immense gratitude to three representatives who are opting to pursue personal interests beyond the Q. We wish only the best for the following distinguished gentlemen, who spent countless days and nights away from home providing inspection and verification services in the plant and on job sites. Through it all, each of them selflessly shared decades of experience and knowledge.
In addition, please join us in welcoming two new Q-representatives: John Reininger and Ashley Goodin.
Ashley's passion for building and construction began while hammering nails and making small items in his father's backyard hobby shop in Americus, GA. Since then, he has worked as an apprentice, shop foreman, project manager and shop owner for woodworking companies in Western North Carolina and Georgia. Ashley resides in Americus with his wife, Meg Nalley. He also enjoys travel, camping and theater. He directs plays for a local high school and for the Sumter Players Community Theatre. Ashley will conduct inspections throughout Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
John began his woodwork career in a counter top shop in 1969. Following a brief stint in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to the woodwork industry, where he has held various positions, including cabinet maker, leadman, engineer, drafstman, project manager, production manager, purchaser and installation supervisor. John has experience with small and large woodwork firms ranging in size from 20 to 100+ employees. He will conduct inspections throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri and Indiana.
Finally, we are pleased to announce the addition of Lauren Duvic to the AWI QCC staff. Lauren graduated from James Madison High School in Vienna, VA, and is currently pursuing a double major in Fine Arts and Social Science Teaching at Northern Virginia Community College. Lauren is in the office Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon. [return to top]
Graham Kilburn joined the AWI QCC as a Q-representative in the spring of 2008. He is responsible for assisting woodworkers and conducting inspections in the northeastern U.S. and Canada. Graham has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking business, both in Canada and the United Kingdom. While in the U.K., he served a five-year apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery, and attended trade college. Since 2003, Graham has provided estimating and project management assistance to various woodworking firms. He is also an inspector for the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC). Graham resides in Stoney Creek, Ontario. [return to top]
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