News and updates from AWI's Quality Certification Program
Spring 2006
Published Quarterly
UPCOMING EVENTS

May 8, QCP Board of Review Meeting. All appeals will be heard by the Board of Review at this meeting.

REMINDER

The minimum label fee has increased to $500 for all projects bid on or after April 1, 2006.

 

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

New QCP Website Launched

The new QCP website, www.awiqcp.org, is up and running! The new site provides applicant and currently certified firms with easy access to various program resources, including the ability to apply for and renew certification, take the certification test, and register projects and order labels entirely online. Because the site is specific to the QCP program, users will find detailed information on program policies and procedures. Visitors can also search for currently certified firms and completed QCP projects. Questions and comments about the website may be directed to kthorp@awinet.org.

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Quality Standards Illustrated v. 2.0 Now Available

The Quality Standards Illustrated, 8th edition, v. 2.0 was released in early March 2006 and contains 40 major updates. Version 2.0 is available on request by AWI members. To order a copy online, visit the AWI Bookstore.

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Solid Growth Anticipated for 2006

Based on solid renewals and increasing interest from applicant firms, the QCP anticipates solid growth in 2006. The 2006 QCP renewal period ended on a high note with 91 percent of QCP firms renewing their certification through 2006. (Renewals for all certified firms were due Feb. 1.) Additionally, the QCP currently has 51 applicant firms - the highest number in history.

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AAA Compliance Inspection Fee Increase

Effective immediately, the cost of the AAA Compliance Inspection has risen to $4,500. The AAA Compliance Inspection is a service offered by AWI in conjunction with the American Arbitration Association. The objective is to help mediate disputes that have arisen over the quality of woodwork fabricated, finished, delivered and installed on a job where the Quality Standards were specified. For more information on the AAA Compliance Inspection, visit the Technical Resources section of the AWI website or click here.

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QCP Takes the Road

QCP staff recently conducted several informative presentations to architects, construction specifiers and woodworkers in the Charlotte, NC area. If you would like to schedule a presentation on the QCP and the Quality Standards, please contact kthorp@awinet.org. Attendees to the QCP seminar are eligible for 1.0 Heath Safety and Welfare (HSW) learning unit.

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QCP Representatives Attend Annual Meeting

The QCP Representatives met for their annual orientation session on March 10 and 11 at AWI's new headquarters in Potomac Falls, Va. The meeting allowed representatives the opportunity to share and enhance their knowledge of program and inspection policies. A highlight of the meeting was the mock inspection, whereby several QCP firms provided a variety of compliant and non-compliant samples for review by the reps.

PHOTO CAPTION:  (left to right) Bill Bartoo, David Lund, Carl Bullmore, Wayne Hintz, Dan Kowalski, Ernest Perez, Gordon Graham, Dan Wendell, Allen Hawkins, Joe Sorrelli, Glenn Kaup, Shows Leary, Rex Garton and Leo Sacco.

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How to Certify a Project

Following are the steps required to certify a project.

  1. Register the project prior to fabrication. Registration is free - anyone can do it.
  2. Submit a completed Label Request Form.
  3. Submit payment for your labels and/or Certificates of Compliance.

All of the above steps can now be completed on the QCP website, www.awiqcp.org.

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REP. SPOTLIGHT: Carl Bullmore

Carl Bullmore is the QCP Representative responsible for Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. Mr. Bullmore has over 50 years experience in the architectural woodwork industry, and more than 40 years experience with AWI. He served on the AWI Board of Directors from 1974 -1980, and has volunteered on various AWI Committees. Most recently he assisted the Quality Standards Board of Review with the creation of the current 8th edition of the Quality Standards Illustrated manual. During his tenure as manager of a millwork manufacturing firm in Racine, Wisc., Mr. Bullmore provided furniture and refurbishment services for the Johnson's Wax tower in Racine. As a child, Mr. Bullmore witnessed the construction of the Johnson's Wax complex, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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