Being A Specification Writer

For our upcoming April program and Pecha Kucha presentations I have been putting together one about my life as a specifier.  My education, professional background and passion have been about architecture and being an architect.  I love to draw/sketch (the old-fashion way – by hand, not computer).  I love to solve design and construction problems. I love to work out details.  I love the coordination of all disciplines to create a whole building.  And I love to work with the variety of clients I have had over the years.


So how did I come to be an architectural specifications writer?  One answer – the position opened up in an office I was working in about 20 years ago and I took it.  Another answer – writing specifications has become an extension of all the roles and responsibilities I have had as an architect.  Like I said, I love detailing and getting into the parts and pieces of a building.  Writing specifications has helped me to better know these parts and pieces, how they are made, and how they can be best used.  When writing specs I also have a chance to coordinate building elements, offer recommendations in detailing, and do quality review of the drawings.  Now I also meet with more product and manufacturer’s representatives who help me know more and how to better use their products.  In the big picture, writing specifications has made me a more rounded and better architect.  I am proud to be an architect and a specifications writer.




Applications for our Scholarship Program are due soon.  If you know of a student in the design or construction trades field who would like money to help pay for their education, we have some available and are excited to give it away!  Contact Jeff Murphy at ProgressiveAE.


Summer, better weather and the golf season will be upon us soon!  We are looking for golfers and sponsors for our Annual HOJO Golf Outing on June 7th at Thornapple Point Golf Course in Grand Rapids.  Our golf outing generates funds for the above mentioned Scholarship Program.  Check out the information in this newsletter and I look forward to seeing you out on the links.


After summer comes fall and our annual West Michigan Design and Construction Expo in partnership with the Grand Rapids Builders Exchange.  Check out the information in this newsletter on available booths and sponsorships. Get signed up soon for the early-bird discount and best locations on the exhibit floor.


Gregg Jones, AIA, CSI, CCS

Grand Rapids CSI Chapter President FY17

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