An architectural specifier evaluates a project and advises their team on what they need to do to complete the project. The architectural specifier ascertains which materials will be used for a project, how those materials will be used, and what equipment will be used to make the final product.
Other than just deciding on the building materials and equipment, they review the progress and ensure that everything is on schedule and is according to the architectural plans.
Therefore, it is important for an architectural specifier to have knowledge on almost every detail of each project, and they must have effective management skills. For example, if they plan on using Australian hardwood timber for a project, they must know what it’s best used for, and what advantages the material has.
Here are some tasks that an architectural specifier performs for each project.
Architectural Specifiers Pick the Materials for a Project
An architectural specifier knows what materials should be used to make which products. They have to ensure that each of their construction projects is made the best it can be within their budget. Therefore, they need to have relevant and updated knowledge on materials they need, where they can get them from, and how much those materials will cost. Knowing this will help them approximate how much a project will cost and how many days or weeks it will take to complete a project, (taking construction and shipping time into consideration).
While it is essentially the buyer’s job to know the prices of materials and where to get them, it’s important for a specifier to know this too. The architectural specifier has to plan out the project, and they won’t be able to do this well if they don’t know small details related to the products they use.
The specifier will have to answer to the client if their products are of unsatisfactory quality. Therefore, they have to also be aware of the quality of the materials they use in their products. They have to know which brands are good and which suppliers have reliable products.
For example, if an architectural specifier is working on a project involving glulam timber flooring, they will need to know which materials they’ll need for making the laminating stock. If their goal is to make fireproof flooring, they must know which laminating stock materials are fireproof and non-toxic. If they use incorrect materials, they risk the quality of their product, and don’t deliver what they discussed with the clients.
Architectural Specifiers Decide the Necessary Equipment
An architectural specifier also lets the buyer know what equipment their team will need to complete the project. This includes a list of tools, machinery, and personnel required for the job. Here, they can give their recommendations on which suppliers are good for the equipment they need. This way, they can ensure that they can control what and whom they work with. It is then the buyer’s duty to make the arrangements of the equipment and how much it will cost the client.
If the specifier’s recommendations are over-budget, the buyer and the specifier will have to come to a compromise in which the job can still be done well. Thus, it is important for a specifier to have knowledge on alternate techniques on completing a job. There is often more than one way to complete a job, and it’s the specifier’s duty to know a number of them, and how much that will cost them. Using incorrect equipment or tools during production can compromise the quality of product, so it’s important that a specifier’s alternate techniques also use the right kind of equipment to carry out the job effectively.
Architectural Specifiers Document Specifications
Architectural specifiers are responsible for providing clients with a list of the specifications of their products. This includes details of the dimensions of the finished product, the materials that each component is made of, and what construction techniques were used to build it. This keeps an exact record of each product for the client and the construction team.
If an architectural specifier has completed a project on engineered oak flooring, they will have to make a document that lists down all of the details of the project. This includes the procedure used to install the floors. In that section, they will be required to write how many team members were used and what their duties were for the job.
In addition to that, an architectural specifier accounts for all the materials that were used for the project in their report. Also, they include the legal standards and safety standards they adhered to in order to protect their work from being involved in any lawsuit.
The purpose of a specifications document is for an architectural specifier to provide their client with a complete overview of the project. The specific details also give some insight into the quality of the products used.
Architectural Specifiers Review Everything
Specifiers have to keep a close eye on the project after it commences. They ensure that everything is working smoothly and on schedule. They evaluate current progress and estimate how much time a project will take to complete. If their team runs into setbacks then they inform their clients about said setbacks and about potential delays in the completion of the project.
In addition to that, architectural specifiers observe if their team is following all of the legal safety protocols during the construction process. If they don’t adhere to those protocols, they can risk facing lawsuits by their client or a third-party. This will damage the construction company’s business and reputation.
Also, an architectural specifier observes and evaluates whether or not the team is following the construction plans closely. The product should be exactly like the calculated drawings made by the architect. Inconsistencies can result in poor-build quality and may compromise the finishing.
An architectural specifier is a technical expert who needs to know everything about a project in order to advise a complete team. A lack of knowledge on their part can result in a poor-quality product.
Simon is an entrepreneur and self-proclaimed jack of all trades. Simon has experience in the building and home renovation industry and he knows what it takes to knock out a successful project whether it be commercial or residential. Currently, he works as a marketing consultant with ASH – a leading supplier of Australian hardwood timber. Another interest of Simon’s is travel and the outdoors, as well as sporting equipment and bikes. A big kid at heart – if it goes fast, bounces, slides or you can climb it, you can be sure that Simon has put it to the test.