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Transforming Decision Making Through Transparency - Start to Finish

Transforming Decision Making Through Transparency - Start to Finish

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)


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Transforming Decision-Making Through Transparency - Start to Finish

The Revolution has begun. It has been never more critical than now to have transparency in the process and drive total collaboration. Transparency transforms the behaviors of the project team, authenticity of content in the documentation, and success in outcomes, not just in the project, but the process as a whole. The unsuspecting tool to drive this transparency is specifications. Far more than a construction project manual, systems description specifications encompass performance criteria, design criteria, and comparative options. They allow cost and functional analysis before the team commits design resources to any solution. Learn how owners' expectations and requirements are recorded and validated throughout the entire decision-making process via written construction documentation, and through case studies on projects and clients.

Learning Objectives: Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how having the Specifier act as an Owner's advocate will help the Owner find optimal solutions and allow the Architect to focus on documenting the optimum solution.
  2. Implement an open and transparent discussion between the Owner, Specifier, Architect, Estimator, Contractor, and Supplier allowing all project stakeholders to collaborate and develop information, discuss options, optimize decisions, record the entire process, and document the results.
  3. Facilitate comprehensive participation by all parties, resulting in time and cost-saving benefits.
  4. Demonstrate how organizational formats already in existence will be used in new and innovative ways to revolutionize the way the design and construction industry delivers the written portion of Construction Documents.

Approved for 1.5 AIA Learning Unit


David Stutzman, AIA, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, LEED AP

David Stutzman, AIA, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, LEED AP is an independent construction specifier and architect. He founded and leads Conspectus, Inc. the largest, expert independent specifications consulting firm in the United States, based in southern New Jersey and with multiple regional offices. David has extensive experience in producing architectural and engineering specifications for federal government masters, commercial masters, office masters, and construction projects. Additionally, through the specification process, David becomes a quality assurance partner by identifying areas of concern to be addressed by the construction documents. He is leading the initiative in delivering integrated Uniformat and MasterFormat specifications that align owner project requirements, design intent, and estimates for critical decision-making required to balance performance, quality, and costs during the design process. David has created and developed an 'industry-first' tool to produce written construction documentation that benefits all members of the project team, in particular the owner, estimator, and architect/engineer.