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AWI Certification
June 1, 2017 - Second Quarter
  • Individual Drafting Accreditation
    Applicants attended AWI Auto-CAD Seminar and applied for IDA.
  • QCP Connects with Design-Build Industry
    On the Road, QCP staff connected with architects, design professionals and architectural woodworkers.
In This Issue:
Top News
•  AWI Drafting Seminars Draws Applicants for QCP Individual Drafting Accreditation (IDA) Program
•  For The Millwork Detailers, IDA = the Next Level
•  AWI / ANSI Standards Development Enters Casework Performance Testing Phase
•  Tune in to AWI Technical Talk Tuesday Webinars
Tech Talk
•  The QCP Shop Drawing Label: What It Is and Is NOT
QCP On the Road
•  BOND Events—Regional Giants Facilitate One-on-One Link with Architects
•  QCP Connects with Architects, Design Professionals, Woodworkers & Suppliers
QCP Learning Opportunities
•  QCP to Conduct Seminar on Quality of Commercial Installations & More
QCP Resources
•  Get Help, Find Answers
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AWI Drafting Seminars Draws Applicants for QCP Individual Drafting Accreditation (IDA) Program
By Tricia Roberts, QCC Senior Director of Operations
On May 4-5 the Architectural Woodwork Institute AWI) conducted its first seminar devoted to drafting.  During that event (titled “AutoCAD”), I had the opportunity to meet the attendees and present an overview of QCPs newly launched Individual Drafting Accreditation (IDA)*, and its application process.  

The IDA is designed to validate a participant’s knowledge and ability to produce shop drawings in accordance with the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), and AWI’s drafting seminar was the perfect vehicle for those interested in elevating their efficiency in CAD and understanding of AWS Section 1, which covers shop drawings. 

The participants’ questions, and the lively discussion which followed, reflect the strong enthusiasm generally expressed by the drafting community for an AWI/QCP-sponsored accreditation relating to their profession.

For more details about the IDA, and the requirements for earning this personal and portable accreditation, check under the “Resources” section of QCP’s website, www.awiqcp.com here.

* In its formative phase, the program was called “Personal Drafting Accreditation”.

For The Millwork Detailers, IDA = the Next Level
By Wayne Hintz, QCP Representative-at-Large

David Allgyer is the Operations Manager, estimator, and drafter for the Lancaster Cabinet Company, a woodwork provider and AWI Manufacturing Member in Leola PA.  A 15-year veteran of the woodwork industry, he is among the first applicants to QCP’s recently launched Individual Drafting Accreditation (IDA), for which he has completed the written Standards testing component.  Quality Times recently spoke with David to find out what motivated him to apply, and why he believes going through the IDA process will benefit the company, its customers, and him personally.

Lancaster Cabinet has five full-time employees, and a share of the area’s high-end residential interior woodwork market.  The products Lancaster provide often exhibit the scale, complexity, and quality associated with commercial architectural woodwork, an area into which the company has been “dipping its toe”.   Nearly all of Lancaster’s contracts are from distributors or builders, not from homeowners.  As a result, Lancaster typically deals with the same sort of architectural specifications and sets of bid documents routinely used in commercial millwork.  It also must adhere to the formal shop drawing submittal and architectural review common to most commercial projects.

David reports that “In the most recent jobs for which we’ve received requests to bid, specifications are for AWI Custom Grade or Premium Grade.  I’m also working on a job right now that requires us to obtain an AWI/QCP quality certificate.  So I’m basically trying to educate myself on AWI Standards, including drafting requirements, and what is entailed in obtaining QCP project certification."

We also touched on the drafting-related educational offerings from AWI, which in combination with the IDA comprise a very useful resource for detailers/drafters.   David commented that, “In terms of drafting, I’ve basically been self-taught.  I feel that just pursuing some more professional knowledge and training is going to be a big benefit in every area of how we execute not only AWI projects, but all our projects.  We just want to be clearer on shop drawings, and how to communicate consistently the details that are needed.  A large motivator pushing me along in this training is knowing that the requirements are more stringent, and that there is a greater level of professionalism needed for some of these larger projects."

"I feel very driven to educate myself so I can become more knowledgeable, further my understanding, and do better work for my current employer.  But on my side, it’s more of a personal development tool.   When I saw there was an accreditation available, I thought ‘here’s a chance to see how well I know these things.  It was a test for me to see, ‘hey, how well am I doing here?  How well do I know these Standards?’”

 

 


Mike Goraj is the owner of American CAD Solutions (ACS), located in Howell, MI.  ACS has operated for seven years, and has carefully developed a stable client base of about 20 woodworking firms across the U.S., keeping Mike and one other drafter busy.  The sole focus of ACS is architectural millwork, with commercial work comprising 95% of those projects.  ACS is an AWI Associate Member.  Mike has been into drafting for about 20 years.  Prior to that, he worked for a Michigan company that supplied carpet for auto shows throughout the U.S.  One day he was asked to do a carpet layout using AutoCAD, but had no idea how to go about it.  That’s when his self-education began.   He went on to an “exhibit house” and was drafting construction drawings for various auto-related displays at trade shows. This introduction to architectural millwork allowed him to move to a cabinet shop, which closed its doors during the Great Recession.  During that process, his boss suggested that he start his own business.  Thus, American CAD Solutions was born.   Finding customers was somewhat of an uphill proposition in those early days.  However, what began as a “trickle” of clients widened into the group of reliable repeat customers valued by ACS today.  Bottom line for Mike: “I enjoy drawing.”  QT spoke with Mike by phone to learn how he became involved with the Individual Drafting Accreditation Program, and to get his take regarding its advantages for free-lance drafters.

“As drafters, our involvement with AWI was limited, but when I saw AWI/QCP come out last year announcing the intention to start an Individual Drafting Program (IDA), I thought that was a great opportunity.  I had been following the development of the program, and waiting for it to come online.”

The program launched in early 2017, and Mike was off and running.  “I did the two introductory (QCP) webinars (March 8 and April 20), and applied for the IDA very shortly after the second one.  Our first test [based on knowledge of AWI Standards] is done, but we’ve been crazy busy, and I haven’t had the chance to begin addressing the next requirement.  Luckily, QCP allows six months to complete the process.”

The conversation turned to how Mike will apply the classroom time and the drafting accreditation to his day-to-day activity.   He commented, “I would say that a majority of the projects we draw require AWI Standards, and sometimes QCP certification, but not everybody is sticking to it.  I’ve got a few client companies that really follow those specifications, and insist that we incorporate those details into the shop drawings.  We do quite a few QCP jobs for those companies, and the IDA process has been a great learning tool, just seeing how much is really supposed to be shown on these drawings.”

We asked Mike whether the Individual Drafting Accreditation had any marketing value for their company.  Mike answered, “Yes, I guess so, if I ever need to go out to find more clients.  You know, I’ve been fortunate through the years.  I’ve built a good base of customers that are always returning.  I’m doing all their drawings, so fortunately, I’m not having to go out and look for work.  But I guess if the time comes that I do have to, or I want to, yes, I think the accreditation would be a great marketing tool.  Not everybody is going to want to spend the time or money to become accredited, and I just think that our accomplishing that is going to bring us up a little higher to the top.”

AWI / ANSI Standards Development Enters Casework Performance Testing Phase

During its Annual Spring Leadership Conference in early April, the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) demonstrated a type of casework performance testing occurring at the Institute’s National Testing Center in Americus, GA.  The testing is integral to development of new AWI / ANSI consensus-based standards under development that will eventually replace the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), Edition 2 (2014), which is currently in effect and recognized by AWI.

The demonstration was an example of casework loading to the point of failure.  The presentation conducted by Ashley Goodin, AWI’s technical director, also addressed methodology and the testing process, as AWI’s Technical Committee advances development of the next generation of AWI architectural woodwork and related interiors standards.

Ashley walked attendees through a process of performance testing, taking a stock 30” commercially available wall cabinet and loading it with steel shot bags to the point of failure.  


 

AWI Technical Director Ashley Goodin introduces a casework performance test demonstration as an example of standards development processes undertaken at the AWI National Testing Center in Americus, GA.

 

 

 



 

AWI National Testing Center staff (left to right) Lab Associate Cheryl Dermyre, Lab Manager Travis Goodman, and Ashley Goodin prepare to add 20-lb shot bags to the cabinet to test the  point of failure, 980 lbs.

 

 

 



Another demonstration cabinet shows points of vulnerability where it failed.

 

 

 

 

 

Standards Basics

  • Standards are being developed through an ANSI-Approved Process.
  • Sections are aligned with CSI MasterFormat Section Numbers.
  • Sections are being developed and will be released independently over the next two to three years.
  • Educational material from the existing AWS standards will become an interactive (online) resource for architects, design professionals, and end users.
  • ANSI PINS Notifications for 12 different standards sections were filed by AWI In November 2016 and passed ANSI review without comment in December 2016.  (This is a Green Light for development.)

“Baseline performance values are being determined on the next wave of casework which arrived in mid-April.  The balance of casework, which is being manufactured by Pittsburgh State University (PSU) Wood Technology Department for AWI, arrived in May,” Ashley said.  He also advised that “Additional test methodologies need to be developed for tall cabinets, drawers, and other areas which will be determined as additional standards are developed.”

Interim Standards

“Until vetted standards are released,” Ashley said, “we are encouraging AWI members and Quality Certification Program Licensees as well as the architecture and design community to continue to specify and use the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 (2014).

To pose questions, offer suggestions, or to share information, contact Ashley Goodin at agoodin@awinet.org.  Standards updates can also be found on AWI’s website, www.awinet.org

The Architectural Woodwork Institute has produced and collaborated on the development of Standards in accordance with its mission from its founding in 1953 to the present day.

Founded in 1918, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.

Tune in to AWI Technical Talk Tuesday Webinars
Earlier this year, the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) introduced a series of monthly Technical Talks which air online every third Tuesday of the month. 

Live from the AWI National Testing Center in Americus, Georgia, AWI Technical Director Ashley Goodin will introduce a technical question of the month, provide a glimpse into architectural woodwork performance testing (casework is the current topic), and deliver a brief update on the progress of the next generation of AWI / ANSI Standards and field questions.   

Technical Talk Tuesday webinars will cover subjects related to Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 (2014), specifications, and “what to do until the new standards are on the street”.  Sign up and prepare to challenge AWI with your hardest questions!  Together we will make the Standards better!

Upcoming Tech Talk Webinars

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 (Second Tuesday in July to avoid conflict with the AWFS)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Check out upcoming webinars here.  The half-hour webinars start at 11:30 am.
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The QCP Shop Drawing Label: What It Is and Is NOT
By Wayne Hintz, QCP Representative-at-Large

Quality Times readers who have been stakeholders in a QCP project are probably aware that the initial steps toward project certification are: 1) registration of the project with QCP; and 2) the woodwork subcontractor’s formal project certification request and payment of the associated fees.  At the time those fees are paid, two things occur.  First, QCP’s Project Coordinator alerts the Inspections Manager, who consults QCP Policies and the woodworker’s QCP records to determine whether a physical inspection of the project by a QCP representative is required as a condition for certification.  (There are various categories of projects defined by the Policies for which inspection is mandatory.)

Once it is determined whether an inspection must be part of the project’s certification process, the Project Coordinator then e-mails a “QCP Shop Drawing Label” (PDF format) to the woodworker. The label may be electronically affixed to the project’s shop drawing’s cover sheet.   The label will be one of two types.  

The first covers non-inspected projects.  Here is a facsimile of this label type:
                                   

The second type covers inspected projects, and it looks like this:


Both labels convey the QCP project number assigned at the time the project was registered.  They also show the project’s name.  They note that the company providing the drawings on which the labels appear is licensed (accredited) by QCP.  Licensing is a pre-condition for that woodworker’s eligibility to certify its individual projects, if specifications require.  That licensed status is denoted not only by the phrase “a QCP Accredited Firm”, but also by the presence of the QCP logo, the use of which is authorized for QCP Licensees only.  When the architect receives the woodworker’s shop drawing submittal for review and redlining, the presence of the QCP drawing label on the cover sheet allows the architect to see at a glance that his/her specification for project certification was observed during the bid process.  It also confirms that the awarded woodworker has followed through on that specification by engaging QCP.  The presence of the label gives the architect confidence that the woodwork component of the project is subject to the Quality Assurance as envisioned, which reflects well on both the woodworker and QCP.

That is the sum total of the function and significance of QCP shop drawing labels.  While the labels serve a purpose as described above, their use is not a prerequisite for a project’s certification.  More importantly, these labels are NOT documentary proof that the QCP-registered project whose number appears on the label has been certified.  Despite stating that the woodworker is licensed, and notwithstanding the words “Certified Quality Millwork” which appear on the QCP logo, the shop drawing label does not indicate finalized project certification.

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BOND Events—Regional Giants Facilitate One-on-One Link with Architects
By Randy Estabrook, CSI, LEED® GA, QCC Executive Director
Bond Events organizes events around the world for architects and suppliers to mutually meet and spend 30 minutes of uninterrupted time together. While BOND may not be the only group organizing such events, they have possibly been doing it longer than anyone else.

I attended a recent event, BOND Regional Giants, May 18-20, which was staged at the Hilton Torrey Pines resort in San Diego, CA. This resort is placed behind a world class golf course on the edge of the Pacific Ocean — not a bad place to hang out for a few days considering the sunny 65-72 degree temperatures and ocean breezes.

I have participated in six of these events over the past three-four years and have found them to be very productive.

When compared to an event such as the AIA Expo, recently in Orlando FL, where there were 800 exhibitors and 21,000 attendees, the concept of spending focused time with a principal of a 100-person architectural firm can be much more productive than a quick hand shake with 200 people you have never met.

The offerings of the AWI Quality Certification Program to project owners and architects (the folks who actually include language in project specs for QC) are not easily described in a quick one-two minute conversation. There are a number of questions that arise and need to be explained. In addition, a casual atmosphere as opposed to a convention hall with thousands of attendees is much more conducive for such conversations. Add to that high content seminars on energy modeling, economic forecasting, negotiation skills and business transition options and you have an interesting two and one- half day event for all attendees.

I must admit that the tours we made of Louis Khan’s Salk Institute and the Top Gun school at the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar were a favorite for this event and certainly not a waste of my time.
QCP Connects with Architects, Design Professionals, Woodworkers & Suppliers

April was a busy month for QCP, as Quality Certification Program staff continued to raise awareness of the program at woodwork and designer industry events.

Architectural Woodwork Institute
2017 Spring Leadership Conference
April 3-4, Lexington, KY

At the beginning of the month, Quality Certification Corporation Executive Director Randy Estabrook and QCP Inspections Manager Greg Parham mixed with attendees to chat with existing QCP Licensees.  Following a Casework Testing Demonstration conducted about the AWI / ANSI standards currently in development, QCP was able to address a few questions raised by several Licensees.  “As an AWI Sustaining Sponsor, QCP appreciated the opportunity to meet with our Licensees in attendance,” Greg told Quality Times.

Stiles Machinery
2017 Executive Briefing Conference

April 23-25, Detroit, MI

The Stiles EBC presented QCP representatives with an opportunity to gain face time with attendees who participated to gain knowledge about manufacturing issues.  “The sessions were thought-provoking,” Greg said, “and the presentations enabled us to stay on top of new ideas to address the challenges that confront architectural woodworkers in regards to manufacturing, marketing, and staffing.    As always, we used the opportunity to build our outreach within the industry.”

AIA17: American Institute of Architects
Conference on Architecture

April 27-29, Orlando, FL

Thousands of design professionals attended the AI’17, and AWI and QCP representatives were there to meet them!  QCP’s Greg Parham and AWI’s Ashley Goodin and Margaret Fisher greeted participants and answered numerous questions regarding AWI, AWI education offerings, the status of the current Standards and the “Ins & Outs” of the Quality Certification Program.

QCP’s presence at the event helped to increase visibility of the program and excite people about new AWI / ANSI standards under development. Positive feedback was shared with QCP and AWI on these key message points:

  • The new Standards are being developed by an all-inclusive, consensus-based ANSI- approved process.
  • The Standards will include Performance Measures per data gathered at AWI’s National Testing Center.
  • The new Standards will resonate with MasterSpec Section Numbers and will be easier to use.

On a wide-screen TV, architects viewed dozens of completed architectural woodwork projects featured in AWI’s Design Solutions Magazine, casework performance testing conducted at AWI’s National Testing Center, and QCP advertisements featured in industry publications.  “There appeared to be many design professionals who were specifying outdated editions of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), so it gave us an opportunity to provide them with complimentary copies of the AWS, Edition 2 (2014) – the edition currently endorsed by AWI – on thumb drives. We succeeded in depleting our hand-out supplies,” Greg said.

“Conversations with architects enabled us to clarify the value of QCP for projects and explain the true cost of certification within the context of the overall cost of the project.  Several architects were interested in QCP’s Special Services Inspection Service,” he said.  “For a project that does not require certification but does require adherence to the AWS, for a fee QCP will conduct an inspection and provide a report. The service provides verification and assurance that the architect is getting what he/she specified.”  Greg added that QCP has seen an uptick in applications for the service in 2017 which any party to the project contract may request.

“Overall, our booth at AIA17 enabled us to raise awareness of QCP within the design community. The majority of booth visitors were very interested in and positive about QCP,” Greg added.   

Pictured above is AWI Representative Margaret Fisher chatting with visiting architect at the AIA Convention in Orlando, FL in April.  Representing QCP is Greg Parham (seated), and also AWI’s Ashley Goodin (not pictured).

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QCP to Conduct Seminar on Quality of Commercial Installations & More

The Quality Certification Program is taking part in the extensive College of Woodworking Knowledge™ scheduled during the AWFS® Fair, July 19-22, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

Saturday, July 22 (9:30 am – 11:00 am)
SA82: Improving Efficiency and Quality of Commercial Installations


Speakers
:  Randy Estabrook, QCC Executive Director; Charlie Phillips, Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator, Wood Technology Program at Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS); Greg Parham, QCC Inspections Manager; and Steve Bialek, Corporate Architectural Woodwork Manager, ISEC.

Do you have questions about commercial installation projects? Come hear the perspectives of a field installer and an AWIQCP field inspector. This discussion will go in-depth to address common practices and ways to enhance your installation experience to increase the bottom line and ensure quality installation appearance. The presenters will also provide insight into compliance programs and ways to effectively meet compliance.

Price: By June 30 - $55; after June 30 - $75

Track: Cabinet/Millwork

If you haven’t registered yet for AWFS®, click here for information and to sign up.  To view the education offerings at the AWFS College of Woodworking Knowledge™, click here.

Also, plan to visit with QCP during the show.  We’ll be sharing a booth (#8868) with the Architectural Woodwork Institute.  

Upcoming Events
The Quality Certification Program will be represented at the following industry events.    

AWFS
July 19-22, 2017
Las Vegas Convention Center
(Booth #8868)
Las Vegas, NV

AWI Quality Certification Corporation Board of Directors Meeting
September 10-11, 2017
Boston, MA

Construct CSI
September 14-15, 2017
Rhode Island Convention Center
(Booth #602)
Providence, RI

Architectural Woodwork Institute
65th Annual Convention
October 29-31, 2017
Charleston, SC

Webinars
The Quality Certification Program will be hosting webinars in 2017.

“QCP Talk” Webinars

Visit "Education/Webinars" on AWI's website, www.awinet.org, for information about the one-hour QCP webinars. 

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Get Help, Find Answers

Need help with inspection preparation?  Confused about licensing?  Seeking answers to challenging aspects of the Architectural Woodwork Standards?  Turn to QCP Resources to enhance your participation in the Quality Certification Program.

  • QCP Representatives can answer a myriad of questions about certification of projects, interpretations of the Architectural Woodwork Standards, and more.

  • AWI "QCP Talk" webinars focus on a variety of topics.  Check out a recent webinar here.

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New QCP Licensees

Congratulations to the following companies that recently earned licenses from QCP. Look for nearly 550 other QCP-licensed woodworkers at www.awiqcp.org.

Aubin Woodworking, Inc.
Bow, NH    
QCP License Date: 04/19/2017    
AWS Sections: P5, P6.1, P6.2, P6E.1, P6E.2, P10.3, P11.1, P11.3, P11.5, P11E, P10E, P11E

Commercial Interiors Manufacturing    
Jasper, GA
QCP License Date: 04/06/2017    
AWS Sections: P10.3, P11.1, P11.3

idX    
Dayton, OH    
QCP License Date: 05/01/2017    
AWS Sections: P5, P8.1, P8.3, P8E, P10.3, P10E, P11.1, P11.3, P11E, P11E

Kabinets by Kinsey    
Tampa, FL    
QCP License Date: 03/15/2017    
AWS Sections: P10.3, P10E, P11.1, P11E, P11.3

Maynard C Smith Construction Company    
Charleston, WV    
QCP License Date: 03/20/2017    
AWS Sections: P10E, P11E

Riverview Millworks, Inc.
Jacksonville, FL    
QCP License Date: 03/27/2017    
AWS Sections: P11.1, P11E, C10E, C10.3

The Woodworks Architectural Millwork Company    
Londonderry, NH    
QCP License Date: 03/27/2017    
AWS Sections: P6.1, P6.2, P6.5, P10.1, P10.3, P11.1, P11.2

Twin Creek Woodcraft
Klefeld, MB, Canada    
QCP License Date: 04/19/2017    
AWS Sections: P5, P6.1, P6.2, P6.5, P8.1, P8.3, P10.1, P10.3, P11.1, P11.3, P11.4, P8.4, P11.2

Woodside Industries, Inc.
Cavalier, ND    
QCP License Date: 03/24/2017    
AWS Sections: P10E, P11E

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2017 AWI QCC
Board of Directors

Bruce Spitz
QCC Chairman
Classic Millwork &
Products, Inc.

Sebastien DesMarais
QCC Treasurer
Hollywood Woodwork, Inc.

Philip Bowers
Advanced Cabinet Systems

Jerry Campbell
Jerry M. Campbell & Associates

Zach Deas
Deas Millwork Company

David Knochenhauer
McCarthy Holdings, Inc.

Michael R. McNulty, Sr.
Millwork One, Inc.

Joseph A. Sorrelli
Aljoe Woodwork Consultants

Barton Ward
Montbleau & Associates

Joe F. Winters
HOK, P.C.

Phil Duvic*
Architectural Woodwork Institute

Randolph Estabrook
Corporate Secretary
Quality Certification Corporation

* ex officio
 
The board, which convenes in the fall each year, is responsible for program oversight, including policies and budgets.

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