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Colin Gilboy
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Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 02:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


Copyright 2002 by Herman R. Hoyer, PE, FCSI, CCS

For this installment of the column, I want to return to Tenet No. 2, "The Use of Division 1 Sections to Prevent Repetition," and continue the review of those Division 1 Sections which specifically support the premise of Tenet No. 2. I refer to them as Key Division 1 Sections.

Before proceeding, I want to take a moment to expand on the explanation given in my column No. 3 of the purpose of these Division 1 Sections. The main purpose of the Key Division 1 Sections is to shorten the Sections under Divisions 2 through 16 by eliminating the various paragraphs in these Sections which deal with project administrative and housekeeping requirements, such as the following:

o Referenced industry standards for materials and their installation;
o Special definitions and interpretations involving project requirements;
o Quality assurance requirements for installation of materials;
o Delivery, storage, and handling of materials; and
o Progress cleaning, final cleaning and finish surface treatments, and site cleanup.

Key Division 1 Sections: The following Sections are the key Division 1 Sections for Short-Form Specifications in regards to preventing repetition of like items and information in the Division 2 through Division 16 Sections. Let's take them one by one as follows:

Section 01422 - Reference Standards: This Section was covered in my column No. 7. My apology for the inconsistency of Section numbers; the ones specified in this column are the closest to conforming with the 1995 Masterformat.

This Section lists the codes and industry standards referenced in the body of the Specifications by the organizations' full names and their respective abbreviations. This allows specifying the referenced codes and standards by abbreviation only in the body of the Specifications, such as UBC for Uniform Building Code and ACI for American Concrete Institute, etc.

Section 01425 - Definitions and Interpretations: This Section was covered in my column No. 3. Again my apology for the inconsistency of Section numbers.

Section 01430 - Quality Assurance: This Section was covered somewhat in my column No. 4. But I have had several requests for copies of the complete Section, so I have decided to give this Section an in-depth study in a future column. It is perhaps the most important Division 1 Section and deserves special treatment.

Section 01610 - Basic Product Requirements: The following paragraph titles, excerpts, and explanations provide the essence of this Section:

A. Requirements Included: Provide and pay for all materials, equipment, appliances, fixtures, assemblies, tools, construction equipment, and machinery necessary for the proper execution of the Work, whether temporary or permanent and whether or not incorporated or to be incorporated in the Work,

B. Quality of Materials: Materials, equipment, appliances, fixtures, and fabricated assemblies to be incorporated in the Work shall be new, except as specified otherwise in these Specifications.

C. Appurtenances and Accessories:

1. Furnish products to be incorporated in the Work as complete systems with all appurtenances and installation anchors and accessories as required to provide a complete and finished product installation.

2. Installed products with moving parts shall be fully operable at proper settings and levels in accordance with the respective manufacturers' instructions and recommendations.

D. Packaging and Handling: This paragraph and its four subparagraphs deal with protecting materials and equipment from damage and corrosion by wrapping or other approved methods.

E. Transportation and Delivery: Basically, this paragraph involves arranging the delivery of materials and equipment in accordance with the Construction Progress Schedule, and coordinating deliveries to avoid conflicts with the Work and conditions at the site.

F. Storage and Protection: This paragraph and its eight subparagraphs deal with storing and protecting materials to ensure preservation of their quality and fitness for the Work and to facilitate inspection.

Section 01740 - Cleaning: Most specifications are sprinkled here and there with cleaning requirements, as in glazing, flooring, and painting sections. Under my method, all cleaning requirements are consolidated in this Division 1 Section.

In my next column, I shall depart from my usual format and respond to some of the criticism of my work. This is sure to be provocative.

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