Reading & Interpreting a Specs. Learn how to read (interpret) a spec. Bid the most competitive product Generate more business…. Oh No!!! Moderco Is Not In The Specs. Most specs are based on Modernfold or Hufcor products. Most specs don’t include Moderco as an approved supplier.
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Learn how to read (interpret) a spec.
Bid the most competitive product
Generate more business…
…Most times $$$ is more important then meeting 100% of the spec.
MasterSpec (published by the AIA) sections are broken down in 3 parts:
Where you find all ASTM standards, important ones to look for are:
ASTM E-90indicates the required STC.
ASTM E-336 indicates a site sound test is required and indicates the required NIC or FSTC.
ASTM E-557 details around the Operable Partition.
ASTM E-84 will indicate Fire Hazard Classification required. (note that all moderco standard finishes are Class A).Part I – GeneralBEWARE!!!!!
2.1 Products and Manufacturers
2.2.1 Panel Type
2.2.2 Panel Construction
2.2.3 Sound Seals
2.2.4 Panel Finish
2.2.5 Acoustical Performance
2.2.6 Suspension System
2.2.7 Accessories / Options
Where they indicate the panel configuration (single, paired, electrically operated, etc.).
Often the configuration descibed in the spec doesn’t match the drawings. Send an RFI for clarification, this may get you to talk to the architect.
If in doubt, use your own judgement. The drawings usually should prevail although not in front of a Judge. Keep in mind, paired panels are more economical than single.Part II - ProductsBEWARE!!!!!
Usually only the specified product can meet 100% of the description.
Every manufacturer has it’s own panel construction, bid the intent.
Look for the basic; trimmed or trimless.
This is where some rejections occur, if they reject your alternate because of panel construction, they simply don’t want you or us.Part II - ProductsDON’T OVER ANALYSE!!!!!
Astragals, top and bottom seals operation.
Top seals are either fixed or manually operated; lowest price is fixed top seals.
Automatic bottom seals are base design on all our products, bid auto seals whenever possible.
Many specs will leave place to interpretation.Part II - ProductsINTERPRET CORRECTLY
Retractable b.s. – bid automatics
Mechanically operated b.s. – bid automatics
B.s. operated by a built-in mechanism – bid automatics
Manually operated b.s. – bid manuals
B.s. manually operated by activating tool inserted at 42’’ A.F.F. – bid manualsPart II - ProductsINTERPRET CORRECTLY
Where you can make it or break it.
« vinyl covered fabric » is also used to describe Standard vinyl. Don’t be fooled.
When nothing is specified, send a RFI or bid vinyl.
Be very carefull with wood veneers. Finished wood, FSC standards, etc.
Read carefully as custom painted panel trim are often hidden in there.Part II - ProductsBEWARE!!!!!
Most Modernfold specs on short walls will call for steel tracks and trolleys.
We bid an alternate. Convince, battle, make your point about aluminum (we will help you doing so, we have reports, letters, facts).
Talk about noise of operation.
Offer an extended warranty.Part II - ProductsSTEEL OR ALUMINUM?
Watch for hidden options that represent significant price increase. They might not show on the drawings, but may be required. If in doubt, send a RFI.
Pass doors and accessories (door closer, exit sign, etc.)
Work surfaces (white boards, tack boards, etc.)
Pocket doorsPart II - ProductsBEWARE!!!!!
3.3 Field Quality Control
3.4 Adjusting and Cleaning
3.5 Demonstration / Training