AWI Opens Second Public Comment Period for Draft Casework Standard

After receiving a great deal of feedback on the proposed AWI 0641 – Architectural Wood Casework Standard, the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) Standards Development Team has decided to update the standard draft and repeat the canvass process.

In anticipation of this, the standard draft has been made available for another 45-day public comment period. During this time, the Standards Development Team, along with the AWI Technical Committee will consider further input from the architectural woodwork community in preparation for the upcoming canvass, which is expected to begin following the conclusion of the public comment period.

The standard draft is available for public comment at http://www.gotoawi.com/standards/awi0641.html, effective May 31, 2019 through July 15, 2019. The AWI Public Comment Response Form is also available at this address. Commentary submitted during the public comment period for the AWI 0641 – Architectural Wood Casework Standard draft must be submitted on these forms in accordance with AWI’s record-keeping policies, ensuring compliance with the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Commentary on the standard submitted outside of this format will not be considered by the AWI Technical Committee. The Public Comment Response Forms are solely for the purpose of providing feedback and/or commentary on the proposed standard and are not considered any type of vote.

At the conclusion of the current public comment period, AWI will be opening a second canvass process for the proposed standard. In contrast to the public comment period, the canvass process gives leaders in the architectural woodwork industry the opportunity to review and vote on whether or not to approve the proposed standard for adoption by ANSI. Individuals and organizations that wish to participate in the upcoming canvass must complete the canvass registration, regardless of whether or not the individual/organization was a participant in any previous canvass process. Any existing ballots submitted by previous canvass body members will be considered null and void. For information on how to apply to be a part of the canvass body, contact Cheri Dermyre at cdermyre@awinet.org.

Regarding the second canvass of the standard, AWI Technical Director, Ashley Goodin stated, “After receiving feedback on the previous draft, we decided to review some of the requirements contained in the proposed standard. This input from members of the architectural woodwork community is invaluable to us, as it helps us to ensure that we are creating a document that will benefit everyone involved in the process of specifying, creating, installing, or purchasing architectural wood casework. These revisions have helped us to strengthen the standard and ensure that the product that we release is of the utmost quality. We are really looking forward to completing this process and publishing our second ANSI standard.”