AWI Quality Times - Fall 2005 (Plain Text Version)
QCP: AN ARCHITECTS BEST FRIEND
The AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) is a valuable quality assurance tool for design professionals and owners. Certification credentials are earned by woodworking firms who, through comprehensive testing and inspection, demonstrate the ability to fabricate, finish and/or install work in accordance with the quality grade criteria set forth in the Quality Standards Illustrated (QSI) book.
THE STAMP OF QUALITY: HOW TO SPECIFY QCP
Quality Standard: Unless otherwise indicated, comply with AWI’s Architectural Woodwork Quality Standards for grades of interior architectural woodwork, construction, finishes, and other requirements.
1. Provide AWI Quality Certification Program [Labels] [Certificate] indicating that the woodwork, [including installation,] complies with requirements of grades specified. This project has been registered as AWI/QCP project number ___ OR, the Contractor, upon award of work, shall register the work under this section with the AWI Quality Certification Program (800) 449-8811.
2006 PROGRAM RENEWAL FEES DUE DEC. 31, 2005
Starting Nov. 1, QCP staff will send out 2006 renewal invoices to all program participants. All current participants are required to renew their certification annually and renewal fees are due Dec. 31, 2005. Firms paying AFTER this date will incur a late fee of $300, so be sure to renew early to avoid additional costs!
TECH TALK: MELAMINE CABINETS
REP. SPOTLIGHT: SHOWS LEARY
Mr. Leary is the QCP representative responsible for most of New York state and parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Canada. A QCP representative for nearly 10 years, Mr. Leary has 35 years of experience in the construction industry. In addition to serving as a QCP rep., Mr. Leary operates a consulting firm in Albany, New York. He also serves on the AWI LEED Task Force, the QCP Board of Review and is a corresponding member of the Quality Standards Board of Review. Mr. Leary resides in Albany and holds a B.S. from the State University of New York, Brockport. [return to top]
Certification credentials are earned by woodworking firms who, through comprehensive testing and inspection, demonstrate the ability to fabricate, finish and/or install work in accordance with the quality grade criteria set forth in the Quality Standards Illustrated (QSI) book. The steps to certification are:
The certification process takes on average-90 days. Upon satisfactory completion of the above steps, your firm is certified. You will receive a certificate good for one year, indicating you are a program participant. Most importantly, you are now eligible to order the labels or Certificates of Compliance that the architect is looking for on your project! [return to top]
PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: PRETTYMAN COURTHOUSE
While unforeseen acts of God often carry devastating consequences, some good can come of them too. Such is the case with the Prettyman Federal Courthouse addition in Washington, D.C. In the fall of 2004, Hurricane Ivan flooded out parts of the mid-Atlantic and caused millions of dollars of damage to product at Straightline Cabinet Corporation, Wexford, Penn. At the time, Straightline was the sole woodworker for the Prettyman Courthouse project.
This showing of unprecedented cooperation has been witnessed even more recently in the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Over the past several weeks, AWI and QCP have received numerous requests to assist woodworking firms and employees in the Gulf Coast region. To find out more about how you can help, please contact Kara Thorp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Prettyman Courthouse renovation totals 9 courtrooms and consists of approximately seven miles of trim work, 1,000 bookcases in the judge’s chambers alone, and a unique cylindrical staircase constructed of a curly maple veneer.