Construction professionals recognize the need for clear, concise, and up-to-date specifications, but the cost of having a professional on staff with that expertise or keeping an in-house system up to date is prohibitive to most offices. Frequently, the task of writing the specifications falls either to an already over-taxed Project Architect, or to a junior member of the team with little actual experience in the building systems involved.
With an increasingly complex construction industry and changing methods of procurement, there has never been greater pressure on architects to prepare high quality contract documentaion, and to prepare it in less-and-less time. CAD and BIM have revolutionized the drawing process but it remains a fact of life that many architects do not have the knowledge, expertise, or interest to write specifications.
The specification is a pivotal factor in the success of any building project and an essential part of the design process. A badly written specification can cause major problems for every member of the project team, and can cost the client a great deal of money. A well-written specification can enhance project delivery and save money.
By contracting with an experienced specification writer you can significantly reduce the overall time that it takes to prepare the specifications, even after allowing for the time required for briefing from other members of the team, and the end result will be far better as well. If your practice is not large enough to justify a full-time specification writer, why not consider sub-contracting?