AWI Quality Times – Second Quarter – July 6, 2021

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Randy Estabrook Retires from AWI QCP

Randy (Randolph) Estabrook, Executive Director of the AWI Quality Certification Program, retired from QCP at the end of May 2021.

After initially leaving AWI QCP in 2008, Randy was asked to return to this position in 2013 by AWI Past President Joe Sorrelli.  In all, Randy was at the helm of AWI QCP for 13 years. 

The AWI QCP has grown over the years with increased licensees and certified projects, and ended 2020 with a 14% increase of new QCP applicants.  The Quality Certification Program will continue to provide a valuable service to the construction industry.

Recently, AWI QCP donated $2 million to the Architectural Woodwork Institute Education Foundation (AWIEF), of which $1 million is designated for Randolph Estabrook Educational Scholarships for individuals, with 1/10th funded annually for this purpose.  The other $1 million donation is earmarked for accredited secondary and post-secondary education wood programs, with 1/20th funding annually.  Each fund will be administered and managed by the AWIEF.

Randy noted, “QCP’s success has been from the support and vision of the Quality Certification Corporation Board of Directors and the hard work of the entire QCP team.” 



Quality Certification Program (QCP) to Rejoin AWI

“We are grateful for the years of service of Randy Estabrook to our industry,” said AWI Executive Vice President Doug Hague. Upon Randy’s retirement, the Quality Certification Program (QCP) began the process of rejoining the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) with the legal dissolution of the AWI Quality Certification Corporation.

“The Quality Certification Program (QCP) is an integral part of the association. I want to assure AWI QCP Licensees and all AWI members that our commitment to the program is unwavering,” Doug said. “We are in the process of preparing proposed AWI bylaws revisions for vote by the AWI membership to legalize this action and prepare the association for future success.”

QCP’s dedicated staff will continue administering the program for its licensees, under the direction of current QCP staff member, Greg Parham.

Greg Parham Appointed Interim Executive Director of QCP

The Quality Certification Program (QCP) Director of Inspections, Greg Parham, has been appointed by the Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) Board of Directors as Interim Executive Director of QCP following the retirement of long-time executive Randy Estabrook.  Greg will oversee QCP policy, programs, and procedures, as well as the transition as QCP rejoins AWI.

Greg is intimately knowledgeable about AWI Standards, having served on AWI’s Technical Committee since 2016 working with its members to develop architectural woodwork standards accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

For his contribution of expertise, time and effort working with the AWI Technical Committee on developing the next generation of AWI Standards, Greg was among multiple honorees recognized by AWI President Bruce Spitz in October 2018.  The recognition came in the form of the AWI President’s Award conferred on the AWI Technical Committee during the 66th AWI Annual Convention

Greg has over 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including eleven years with QCP. Beginning in 2010 as an independent QCP Representative in the Northwest, Greg moved into a full-time staff position as QCP Inspections Manager in 2013 and subsequently in 2019 as Director of Inspections.  Greg’s experience includes Product Development, Engineering Management, Production Management, Business Ownership, and Operations Management. 

He has a BS Degree in Furniture Manufacturing and Management, a specialty concentration in Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University.  Greg can be reached at



Keith Barrett Promoted to QCP Director of Inspections

QCP Staff Representative Keith Barrett is succeeding Greg Parham as Director of Inspections.  In his new position, Keith will manage and participate in the training of all QCP Representatives.  He will manage the QCP inspection process, including reviewing all project inspection reports, and with in-depth knowledge of the AWI Standards, he will be a resource for answering relevant inquires.

Keith’s association with the Quality Certification Program began in September 2018 when he was appointed Staff QCP Representative by then Quality Certification Corporation Executive Director Randy Estabrook.  Keith brought extensive estimating experience to QCP, which he acquired during his career in the industry.  Previously, he was Lead Estimator at Casework, Inc. in North Kansas City, MO, where he worked for five years. Prior to that he owned and operated a drafting/estimating consulting company for nearly five years in Olathe/Paola, KS.  Earlier, Keith was Lead Estimator at Casework, Inc. from 2002 to 2007 and at Woodcraft Architectural Millwork in Lenexa, KS from 1997 to 2002.  His previous experience as a drafter and project manager have been an asset to QCP.

Keith holds a BST degree in Wood Technology from Pittsburg State University in Kansas.  Keith can be reached at


Tech Talk

Now is the Time to Plan for the ANSI/ AWI 0641—2019 Standard

By Greg Parham, QCC Interim Executive Director

I imagine most of you have heard the announcements, and maybe you read about it in the AWI NewsBriefs, that the new ANSI / AWI Casework Standard was approved and became effective on June 1, 2020. I imagine for many of you, when you first heard or read the announcement you were probably dealing with COVID-related issues within your company and didn’t have time to worry about a new standard.

Today, it has been more than a year and the time to develop a plan to address the requirements in the new standard is now, not later.  QCP is seeing more and more projects coming through where the new standard applies, and the woodworker is not prepared. This has resulted in a lot of scrambling on the woodworker’s part to find a path to project certification. We expect to see even more projects where the new standard will apply as projects bid after June 1, 2020 are starting to be awarded now.

So how does one know if the new standard will apply to their project? It is all based on the project bid date and the wording in the specifications regarding the referenced standard.

If the project was bid after June 1, 2020, and the specifications call for the woodwork Standards to be one of the following:

  • Architectural Woodwork Standard, Edition 2, 2014 (or 2016)
  • Architectural Woodwork Standards, 2nd Edition (with year or not)
  • Architectural Woodwork Standards, 2014 (or 2016)
  • Architectural Woodwork Standard, Edition 2
  • AWS, Edition 2 or 2nd Edition

Then the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 will apply. Variation from the above may also apply. The key elements being the correct name or initials for the Standard along with a reference to a specific edition and/or year published.
Any reference to Standards which does not have the key elements noted above, such as, but not limited to:

  • AWI Standards
  • AWI Standards, Current (or Latest) Edition
  • Architectural Woodwork Standards
  • Architectural Woodwork Standards, Current (or Latest) Edition
  • AWI Quality Standards

Then the new AWI Standards listed below are in effect and will be used for inspection for the AWS sections noted:

  • AWI 100 Submittals (Replaces Section 1 in AWS)
  • AWI 200 Care and Storage (Replaces Section 2 in AWS)
  • AWI 300 Materials (Replaces Sections 3 & 4 in AWS)
  • ANSI / AWI 0620-2018—Finish Carpentry/Installation (Replaces the Installation portion of all Sections in AWS)
  • ANSI / AWI 0641-2019—Architectural Wood Casework (Replaces Section 10 in AWS)

While there are some changes from the 2nd edition AWS in each of these new Standards, the requirements in the ANSI / AWI 0641-2019 will have the most significant impact on your project and you should begin planning now to address it before you are facing a QCP inspection.

The most significant change is that the ANSI / AWI 0641-2019—Architectural Wood Casework Standard uses Performance Duty Levels in regard to casework construction, drawer box construction, and shelf pins. If the specifications do not call out a Duty Level the default is Duty Level 3. Therefore, when inspecting, QCP will be verifying the casework meets the Duty Level requirement. The woodworker is required to provide documentation that the method of construction of cabinet, drawer box, and shelf pin used meets the Duty Level required. The acceptable documentation shall be approved testing reports from AWI’s National Testing Center. There are currently two options  to obtain these documents.

  1. Contact Technical Director Hunter Morrison at AWI, which has a limited number of pre-tested cabinet construction methods that they can provide. Please note, these methods must be followed exactly to meet the requirement for the Duty Level. (e.g., If the tested cabinet drawings show dowel spacing at 2” from the front edge and 96 mm on center for the remaining dowels, and the cabinets inspected had dowels at 2” from the front and the dowel spacing used was 64 mm, the cabinet would not qualify as a Duty Level 3 as that was not what was tested. Likewise, if the drawings did not show the use of screws in addition to dowels and you provided dowels on the required spacing, but you opted to add screws, this would also be considered non-conforming as it was not the way the cabinet that was tested was assembled). QCP does not make assumptions regarding whether any addition to or subtraction from a tested method affects the Duty Level or not. We are required to inspect to the drawings provided in the testing report and confirmed as meeting the Duty Level required. Also of note, the tested method is core specific. So, if a particleboard core cabinet was tested, QCP cannot accept the testing report as valid for the same cabinet with a MDF core.
  2. The second option is to submit cabinets for testing to at least a Duty Level 3. Recently, AWI announced several options for free testing for AWI members. You will need to contact Hunter Morrison at AWI to discuss these options. With testing you have the opportunity to build your cabinets your way and if they pass the testing you don’t have to change your methods for a QCP project. Please note, testing can be performed by other AWI approved labs, but, the free options for AWI members are only available through the AWI National Testing Center.

Whichever option you choose, you should begin the process now. You will want to have the testing reports available when QCP begins the inspection process. You do not want to be starting a project and trying to figure out how to build your cabinets to meet a pretested method (Option 1) or find yourself trying to get drawings made and cabinets built and shipped for testing (Option 2) and then waiting on the testing reports. It is much better to plan now and be ready when that project is awarded.

In regard to QCP inspections, as always, Project Specifications supersede the Standards. Therefore, if the project specifications call for a drawer box construction or shelf pin that does not meet the Duty Level required, those items would still be stated as conforming. However, those items do not cancel the requirement for the cabinet box construction to still meet the Duty Level requirement, unless there is also specification for construction that prevents the box from meeting the requirement.

In summary, it is only a matter of time before you will have a QCP project that requires the new ANSI / AWI 0641-2019—Architectural Wood Casework Standard. You can plan now, review the options, and possibly take advantage of AWI’s offer for free testing or you can wait and find your PM scrambling to address the duty level requirements while also trying to maintain a project schedule. As with any project, planning ahead is the easiest path to success.



AWI & SMA Release ANSI-Approved Stair Standard for Access Now!

AWI & SMA Release ANSI-Approved Stair Standard for Access Now!

The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) and the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association (SMA) recently released ANSI / AWI SMA 0643-2021—Wood Stair, Handrail, and Guard Systems Standard which was approved on March 1, 2021 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  Available online for free access at and as well as for purchase in the AWI Store, Standard 0643 will take effect Aug. 15, 2021.

Standard 0643 is the result of a collaborative effort drawing from the expertise of the AWI Technical Committee and SMA’s Quality Standards Committee in conformance with the ANSI process. Work commenced in 2016, and is the first stair, handrail and guard systems Standard that followed the ANSI-required development open consensus process which began in 2020 and culminated with ANSI approval this year.  AWI is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developer Organization.
In AWI’s case, ANSI / AWI SMA 0643 supersedes, replaces, and supplants Section 7 of Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 (2014) as the most current version of the AWI Standard for wood stair, handrail and guard systems.  It is the first standard of its kind for SMA.

AWI SMA 0643 provides standards and tolerances for the quality fabrication and field installation of wood stair, handrail, and guard systems, that are comprised of: stairs, which encompass stringers, risers, treads and landings; handrails; and guard systems, which are part of the assembly of stairway components. Further, it addresses common guard infill systems of glass and metal, and establishes minimum aesthetic tolerances and performance requirements intended to provide a well-defined degree of control over a project’s quality of materials, workmanship, and/or fabrication.

The 0643 Standard includes sections on shop and field fabrication and additional materials that were not previously covered in the AWS, Edition 2. The Wood Stair, Handrail, and Guard Systems Standard includes Aesthetic Grades (Premium, Custom, Economy). It contains NO Duty Levels but DOES include a structural section referencing the International Code Council’s International Building Code and International Residential Code.

As part of the ANSI accreditation process, the standard was subject to public review and a balloting process. Input from manufacturers of stairs was integral to the development process. This practical resource establishes a standard by setting clear expectations of quality and quantifies the materials specifications for everyone from the consumer to the designer, to the manufacturer, to the stairbuilder.
The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) has produced and collaborated on the development of standards in accordance with its mission since its founding in 1953 to the present day. AWI is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developer Organization.

The Stairway Manufacturers’ Association (SMA) was formed in 1988 to insure the growth and prosperity of the stair industry and craft. In 2014 the name of the association was changed to the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association to more clearly reflect its constituency of more than 70% professional Stairbuilding companies.

Founded in 1918, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system and is committed to strengthening its impact, both domestically and internationally.  ANSI represents the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations, and 30 million professionals.


QCP Learning Opportunities

Podcasts & Videos Answer Questions about QCP

Here are answers to some of the top questions we get asked about project certification. Whether you are a woodworking firm, architect or construction professional you will find helpful information on getting your project QCP certified. Still have a question? Send us a note via the form at the bottom of the video page.

Videos are accessible by clicking here.

  • How Much is the Project Certification Fee?
  • Are There Any Additional Project Fees Other than the Certification Fee?
  • What Does the Project Certification Fee Cover?
  • How Much Would It Cost If I Add More Sections to My Scope at a Later Date?
  • Is There a Cost to Register a Project?
  • If Our QCC Staff Liaison Changes in the Future, Do We Have to Retake the Test?
  • What Happens If My Project Has a Non-conformance and Costs Me Money?
  • Is AWI Membership the Same as Licensing and Certification?
  • Can I Certify Projects without Going Through the Licensing Process?
  • How Long Does It Take to Get QCP Licensing?

News and blogs are available here:

  • Everything You Need to Know about AWI’s Premium Grade
  • Do I Need to Consider Woodworking Certification?
  • Does My Interior Woodwork Project Need QCP Certification?
  • How to Find AWI-Certified Companies through the Quality Certification Program
  • Marketing Advice for Woodworking Firms: An Interview with Marketing Expert Brandee Johnson
  • 4 Examples of Outstanding Wood Casework in Architectural Design
  • How to Navigate the AWI Quality Standards
  • The AWI Standards from an Aerospace Engineer’s Perspective: An Interview with Ken Kueny
  • Growth and Operational Changes Positively Impact QCP

To access the complete arsenal of QCP communications, visit, and on the top menu bar, click on “Insights.”


Learn More about QCP at Events & on Social Media

Learn More about QCP at Events & on Social Media

Industry Events
The Quality Certification Program will be represented at the following industry events in 2021:

July 20 – 23
Las Vegas, NV
QCP Booth: 4374

CSI National Conference
Sept. 22 – 24
Grand Hyatt
Nashville, TN

2021 AWI Annual Convention
Oct. 6 – 8
Margaritaville Resort at Lake Conroe
Montgomery, TX

Social Media
Architectural woodwork is showcased on the following social media platforms, incorporating award-winning woodwork projects illustrated in editions of AWI’s quarterly journal Design Solutions.


QCP Resources

Get Help, Find Answers

Need help with inspection preparation?  Seeking answers about challenging aspects of Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) or ANSI / AWI Standards?  Turn to QCP Resources to enhance your participation in the Quality Certification Program.

  • QCP Representatives can answer a myriad of questions about certification of projects, interpretations of the Architectural Woodwork Standards, ANSI / AWI Standards, and more.