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Subcontractor
prequalification forms help
to inform the contractor and
owner about a sub's business
practices; how long they have
been in business; how many
comparable projects have
been successfully completed;
what is the size and capacity
of the woodwork plant
they operate; how many
employees work there, etc.
Unless the form
specifically asks, "Are you AWI
QCP Certified?," the forms'
information does not reveal
the woodworker's ability to
perform work that meets the
current woodwork standards.
None of that information tells
you as much as the answer
to this one single question -"Can you get bonded?"
STANDING BEHIND YOUR
PRODUCT

Just as you would expect
to receive a warranty for a
building's new windows,
HVAC or roofing system, you
would want a warranty for the
woodwork as well. Reviewing
a custom woodwork
manufacturing company's
warranty along with its
proposal is a great way to
learn where each supplier
stands when the project is
completed and the building is
occupied.
"We stand behind our
work" is often stated to instill
the confidence required to
close the deal. Sure, but to
what degree? Requesting
and reviewing the warranty
for the custom architectural
woodwork conveys
confidence directly to the
owner.

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JOB ONE

The first job of an
AWI manufacturing
member is to provide
a quality product
that performs as
intended. Just as
glass warranties are
compared before a
window selection
is made, before
anyone cuts the first
piece of wood, take
the time to review
the warranty and
become aware of
the conditions that
surround the terms of the
warranty. Look for reference
to the following:
* What specific items are
and are NOT covered by
the warranty.
* Definitions of material
characteristics and/or
environmental condition
requirements.
* Duration of the warranty
and the point at which
the architectural
woodwork becomes the
owner's responsibility.
* Dependence of
environmental
conditions that align
with the warranty's
requirements.
* Relationship to LEED©
credits.
* Other parties'
responsibilities.
The Architectural
Woodwork Institute (AWI)
does not intend for the
Standards to convey legal
advice regarding a warranty's
language or scope. Such
language varies from
governing body to governing
body. AWI does advise
that the warranty language
be written/reviewed by
competent counsel for the
state or province in which it
applies.

SHOP DRAWINGS

AS THE OWNER IMAGINED

Just after the contract
and warranty are approved,
the project schedule
communicates the anticipated
deliveries of woodwork to
the jobsite. This informs the
manufacturer what products
will be needed first so
naturally, these may be some
of the first things illustrated
in shop drawings; the means
through which the design
concept is turned into reality.
The contract documents
and specifications describe
the products so the
woodworkers bid the job to
the owners' expectations.
The shop drawings are more
than the primary instructions
for woodwork engineering
and fabrication. They are a
valuable communication tool
that provides a coordinating
function between the design
professional, the general
contractor and other trades
whose work comes within
range of the woodwork.
Plumbers, installers,
electricians, carpentry framers
all need to know how to
incorporate their work with
the custom woodwork.

Generally, shop drawings
indicate methods of
construction, exact material
selections, finishes, methods of
attachments and joinery's exact
dimensions. Often, a woodwork
company may offer practical
technical suggestions or design
changes on shop drawings
that better align with special
material availability, gain
efficiencies or to reengineer a
design detail that will improve
joinery method, prolong
product performance or reduce
future maintenance costs.
The level of detail
required on shop drawings
often resonates with the
complexity of the project.
The specifier directs the
inclusion of materials that
are required to meet specific
code requirements for a
state, municipality or even a
specific facility. Drawings may
also require an additional
level of detail beyond the
requirements outlined in
the Architectural Woodwork
Standards, Edition Two
(AWS). Communicating those
details to the woodworker
ahead of drawing production
is essential to keep your
project on schedule and in
budget.



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