News and updates from AWI's Quality Certification Program
Winter 2006
Published Quarterly
AWI HAS MOVED! 
Please update your records with our new contact information:
Architectural Woodwork Institute
46179 Westlake Drive, #120
Potomac Falls, VA  20165
Phone: (571) 323-3636
Fax:  (571) 323-3630

NEED TO REGISTER A PROJECT?
Registering a project is simple and free! Just fill out the form located on the Quality Certification page of our website, http://www.awinet.org, or call us at (800) 449-8811.

Registration ensures that your project will receive all program benefits, including inspection, if necessary.

Comments, suggestions and questions may be directed to the editor at kthorp@awinet.org.

MINIMUM PROJECT LABEL FEES INCREASE FOR 2006

Effective Feb. 1, 2006, the minimum label fee will increase to $500 per project and applies to all projects bid on or after Feb. 1. The QCP Board of Review approved the change to offset the increase in travel-related inspection expenses.

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2006 QCP RENEWALS DUE JAN. 30

The deadline for certified firms to submit QCP renewal fees is Jan. 30, 2006. If you have already submitted your renewal, we thank you and look forward to serving your certification needs! If you haven't sent in your renewal yet, please be sure to do so before the Jan. 30 deadline, and don't forget to include the $300 late fee (as stated in the Policy manual.) Renewals postmarked after the Jan. 30 deadline will be returned.

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SUPPLIERS ELIGIBLE FOR CERTIFICATION

Following a re-evaluation of program policies, the QCP Board of Review has confirmed certification is open to all supplier firms who (1) operate their own plant, (2) fabricate work in sections 300-1700, and (3) meet all requirements of the program. The QCP application fee for suppliers, AWI member or non-member, is $2,800.

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SNAPSHOT: CERTIFIED FIRMS SPEAK OUT

In the fall of 2005, QCP surveyed 300 participants by phone in an effort to measure program sentiment and uncover market trends. Following are some highlights of the survey:

 

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QCP GOES GLOBAL

Dan Wendell, QCP Representative

It's no secret that the marketplace for architectural woodwork is becoming more global. Product is frequently imported and exported among countries. Along with this fairly recent trend comes a certain level of unfamiliarity with the level of quality being produced by overseas firms. This is where QCP has proven particularly valuable.

Within the last year, the QCP has experienced increased interest from overseas firms. Representatives have traveled to Turkey and Africa several times to conduct inspections and certify firms and projects. Preliminary inspections revealed deficiencies on some projects, but the response from overseas firms toward bringing their projects into compliance has been outstanding. Not only has QCP helped improve the quality of product produced by these firms, it has also helped the architects and owners feel confident about the quality of their projects. Participation in QCP from overseas firms will likely be a growing trend.

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REP. SPOTLIGHT: DAN WENDELL

Based in Wichita, Kansas, Mr. Wendell is the QCP representative responsible for most of the Heartland. He has conducted inspections from Louisiana to Nebraska, and Turkey and Africa as well. A former woodwork business owner and active member of AWI for more than 20 years, Mr. Wendell is familiar with the nuances of running a small business and has lent much of his time to various AWI committees. In addition to serving as a QCP representative, Mr. Wendell currently owns his own woodwork consulting firm. He is a graduate of the NCKAVT School of Carpentry and Cabinetmaking and the Central Drafting College.

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UPCOMING QCP EVENTS

  • Feb. 20, 5:00-6:00pm, CSI Technical Session, Charlotte, NC
  • Feb. 21, QCP "Lunch n' Learn" for an architecture/design firm, Charlotte, NC
  • Feb. 22, 3:00-5:00pm, QCP Workshop at AWI's Career & Technology Education Forum, Harris Conference Center, Charlotte, NC. Open to all member and non-member woodworking firms. For more information, click here

    Woodworkers and design professionals may schedule a QCP presentation by contacting Kara Thorp, kthorp@awinet.org. Design professional attendees are eligible for AIA CES learning units.

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PREPARING FOR YOUR BIANNUAL INSPECTION

QCP Policies require that all certified firms undergo re-inspection every two (2) years. Here's what you can do to make the process go smoothly:

1. Submit shop drawings to your QCP representative for review prior to the re-inspection.
2. Refer to the Sample Criteria list to see exactly what samples you will need to show. You must show samples for all sections in which certification is requested.
3. If the sample you provide is found non-compliant, you will be required to submit compliant samples within 60-days.
4. If you were previously certified for premium-grade in a particular section, but your re-inspection sample passes for custom-grade, you may accept the level change or you may resubmit premium-grade samples within 60-days.

Note that whenever a sample is found non-compliant, re-inspection is at the expense of the participant firm, therefore, familiarity with the above requirements can help save time and money.

To obtain a copy of the Sample Criteria, please contact kthorp@awinet.org.

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PUT YOUR CERTIFICATION CREDENTIALS TO WORK

As evidenced by the telephone survey conducted last fall, many QCP participants feel marketing is a key benefit of the QCP. Use of the widely recognized QCP logo, for example, is an excellent way to identify your firm as top-notch! Use the logo on your business cards, letterhead, vehicles and shop drawings.

Promotion of your certification credentials and the rigorous testing and inspection process conducted and verified by QCP - an impartial, third-party - can really help you stand out from your competition! Additional benefits include:

  • Assurance that your client will receive exactly what they specify following inspection
  • Pre-qualification for a project even before the bidding begins
  • Resources to help prevent delivery and installation of non-compliant work
  • Can assist in preventing payment delays due to non-compliant work claims
  • Provides for inspections, if needed

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