AWI Quality Review for 04/30/2019

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Of Note

  • Four New ANSI / AWI Woodwork Standards Approved & Effective
    Read about the new ANSI / AWI Standards and how they supersede certain sections of the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2, 2014.
  • Request for Case Study
    Are you interested in being interviewed for an upcoming case study regarding AWI QCP project registration and certification? Contact Tricia Roberts at to let us know.

QCC Welcomes Architect Kurt Glauber to Board of Directors

The Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) is pleased to welcome architect Kurt Glauber, Associate Partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, to its Board of Directors for a three-year term which began on Jan. 1, 2019.

Kurt Glauber, Associate Partner, has been at Robert A.M. Stern Architects since 1996. He is currently serving as a project manager for the Schwarzman Center at Yale University, which will transform Carrère & Hastings’ historic Commons and three floors of the adjoining Memorial Hall—components of their 1901 Bicentennial Buildings—into a social hub for the university’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Mr. Glauber previously served as Project Manager for two new 452-bed residential colleges at Yale University—Pauli Murray College and Benjamin Franklin College; and the Northwest Corner at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., which included the master plan and programming of the Harvard Law School campus and the space programming and design of the new LEED® Gold 266,000-sq.-ft. Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, and Clinical Wing. He served as Project Manager and Construction Administrator for the Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, and as a designer and Construction Administrator for the Spangler Campus Center, both at Harvard Business School in Boston, Mass. Mr. Glauber has also served as a designer for a condominium complex competition for the Trump Organization in New York; a mixed-use development competition in New York; commercial buildings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington, DC; the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga.; Edison Field, a Major League Baseball stadium in Anaheim, Calif.; and the Museum Center at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Conn., the first LEED-certified museum in the United States.

Prior to joining Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Mr. Glauber worked at O’Dell Architects in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Mr. Glauber received his Associate of Arts degree from Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y., and his Masters of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. He currently serves on the Architectural Woodwork Institute Quality Certification Corporation Board of Directors. He is a registered architect in the State of New York, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

QCC Board to Explore ISO Accreditation for Standards’ Audits

The AWI Quality Certification Corporation (AWI QCC) Board of Directors met Thursday, April 4, 2019 in New Orleans, La., and welcomed new Director Kurt Glauber with Robert A.M. Stern Architects for a three-year term. Board members also made key decisions regarding QCC’s future in light of the new ANSI / AWI standards and testing services.

Treasurer Skip Heidler of Heidler Hardwood Lumber Company reviewed the financial statements and summarized QCC’s strong financial position.

In view of the new ANSI / AWI standards for casework entering the canvas comment period, the QCC board requested that all architects and woodworking firms in the QCP database be notified via our publications in the event they want to provide review and comments during the open comment period. The board also discussed ISO (International Organization for Standardization) accreditation for QCC in order to provide verification audits for firms who have submitted their casework for testing. Tested casework may require annual audits to maintain status, and QCC plans to be among those providing audits.

The QCC board also approved a significant increase in marketing resources in order to manage awareness about AWI’s new testing services and how these will not replace QCP. New marketing channels will include Hanley Wood’s native advertising vehicles as well as podcasts to target over 90,000 design professionals.

The board also reviewed QCC’s strategic plan and made updates for 2019.

2019 Quarter 1 Fast Facts & Stats

The AWI Quality Certification Corporation is pleased to announce an increase in all measurable areas for the first quarter of 2019. Our Licensees are maintaining their QCP License to take advantage of pre-qualification for meeting specifications that require a QCP project certificate. 

Two noteworthy trends are: 1) applicants are up almost 8% over last year at this time; and 2) firms actually certifying projects are up over 8% for the same period. This strong start bodes well for delivery of quality woodwork in 2019.

In order to obtain project certificates and/or labels, a project must be registered at least two weeks prior to submitting a request for certification. 

  • To register a project, go to  Anyone can register a project (owner, design professional, general contractor, woodworker).
  • Only a QCP licensed company may certify a project.
  • Project certification fees are five hundred dollars ($500) or one-half of one percent (½%) of the woodwork contract, whichever is greater.
  • For complete information on certifying a project, read Section 4 of the QCP Policies.

Note: The chart reflects activities through March 31, 2019.

To register a project, go to

Find Woodworkers & More on Updated QCP Website

The new and improved Quality Certification Program (QCP) website, www.awiqcp, has been updated with new graphics and more user-friendly access to QCP Licensees, Project Certification, and more.  Start your tour of the website by exploring the following to tap into resourses that support the fine architectural woodwork elements of your project.

Find an Architectural Woodworker or Project
On the top menu bar of the home page, click on “Find a…” to access the drop down, and choose either “Project” or “QCP Firm.”
    Quick Links:Find A ProjectFind A QCP Firm

How to Specify Woodwork for your Project
On the top menu bar of the home page, click on “Architects/Designers” to access the drop down selection, “How to Specify.”
    Quick Link: Specify A Project

How to Register a Project
On the top menu bar of the home page, click on “Project Registration” to access the drop down list, and click on your selection.
    Quick Link: Register A Project

If you want to become better acquainted with the Quality Certification Program and what it means for the quality of your next project, scroll down to the bottom of the home page, and click on “About AWI-QCP.”
   Quick Link: About AWI-QCP

New ANSI/AWI Woodwork Standards Released

The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) has recently published four new standards, which took effect on March 15, 2019. But, how do they relate to or take precedence over the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2, 2014 (AWS2)?  Explanations follow.

The new standards include AWI’s first American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved standard, ANSI/AWI 0620-2018 Finish Carpentry/Installation. Also released were the primer standards: AWI 100 – Submittals; AWI 200 – Care & Storage; and AWI 300 – Materials.

As of the effective date, the new standards supersede their respective sections of the AWS2. The new standards take effect in all projects which were bid on or after the effective date and in which Architectural Woodwork Standards, latest or current edition, is referenced.

Effective Dates
As of the effective date, the ANSI/AWI 0620-2018 Finish Carpentry/Installation replaces the installation portions near the end of each section of the AWS2.

Similarly, AWI 100 – Submittals takes the place of the requirements located in Section 1 of the AWS2, while AWI 200 – Care & Storage replaces the requirements set forth in Section 2 of the AWS2. Sections 3 and 4 of the AWS2 are replaced by the AWI 300 – Materials Sandard.

Projects bid prior to March 15, 2019 are still subject to the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2, 2104 (AWS2) as the standard of reference.

Projects bid on or after March 15, 2019 are subject to AWI 100, AWI 200, AWI 300, and ANSI/AWI 0620-2018, plus applicable remaining sections of the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2, 2014 (AWS2).

For projects where the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2, 2014 (AWS2) is referenced in the project specifications, the standard of reference remains the AWS Edition 2, 2014 regardless of bid date. Alternate standards must be clarified by RFI to architect prior to use.

Standards Online
These standards are available for download at under the “Store” tab. A redline edition of the AWS2 with watermarks denoting the appropriate standard which supplants each section is also currently available at

For more information, contact the AWI National Testing Center by email at  

The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) has produced and collaborated on the development of Standards in accordance with its mission from its founding in 1953 to the present day. 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.

AWI 0641 – Architectural Wood Casework Standard: Public Comment Period Open

The public comment period for the AWI 0641 – Architectural Wood Casework Standard is now open. This is a proposed American National Institute Standard (ANSI) developed by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), an ANSI-accredited Standards Organization Developer.

The comment period will close at 5:00 PM EDT on May 20, 2019. All comments must be submitted using the comment form. Both the draft of the standard and the comment form are available for download.   

AWI 0641 – Architectural Wood Casework Standard

0641 Public Comment Response Form

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the public comment process, please contact Ashley Goodin, AWI Technical Director via email at

The Architectural Woodwork Institute has produced and collaborated on the development of standards in accordance with its mission from its founding in 1953 to the present day.

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.

Recent Blog on Submitting a Project

Check out our recent blog that provides design professionals and woodworkers with insights and the latest updates on the architectural woodworking industry. We’ll publish new blog content each month that answers commonly asked questions, gives advice on working within specifications, and keeps you updated on the latest news.

Most Recent Blog Post…
The Importance of Submitting a Woodwork Project Under Architectural Woodwork Standards

Read the blog here.

For Other Blog Post Topics, including…
Wood Veneers: End-to-End Matching vs. Sequence Matching
An Overview of Wood Veneers
Why Wall Paneling Is an Important Part of the Architectural Woodwork Standards


See you at the AIA Conference on Architecture

Stop by Booth 3942 June 6 or 7 at the upcoming AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas, and get your questions answered on new standards introduced by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI).  Learn about the differences in the requirements compared to the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2, 2014 (AWS2).

Meet the AWI QCC staff and its marketing representatives who will introduce you to our range of resources for the design community, our technical information that can impact the quality of your next project, and explain how AWI QCC is evolving to expand its services in response to AWI’s new standards.

The new AWI standards focus heavily upon the structural integrity of architectural woodwork and related interior finishes as opposed to presenting prescriptive requirements. The AWI standards are intended to give installers, manufacturers, and suppliers a broader range of options in meeting customer demands while maintaining the integrity of their workmanship.  In order to confirm compliance of aesthetics, you still need to specify QCP project certificates be provided at completion.  Complete information on Specifying QCP can be found on the QCP website.

The Perception of Doors

This Quality Review regular feature presents woodwork-related technical topics of common interest and importance to the design community, general contractors, and the architectural woodwork industry.  

In recent history, the concealed material composition and construction details of interior architectural wood doors have certainly undergone a metamorphosis.  Solid wood, once the only option for door construction, has in large measure given way to MDF, agrifiber, SLC, fire resistant composite, honey comb, and expandable paper core.  However, when it comes to the visible face which any given transparently finished wood door exposes to the world, our impression of its aesthetics continues to be governed by the more immutable laws of human perception. Attributes such as color and light/dark values are obviously an important part of a door face’s overall appearance.   But the main event is often the universe of grain and veneer characteristics which transparently finished wood doors offer.  Doors specified to conform with the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2, 2014 (AWS2) are subject to the rules of Section 9, many of which establish minimum criteria for determining what constitutes acceptable AWI Premium or Custom Grade aesthetics for particular wood cutting methods and species.  As the Standard states, these rules “shall govern, unless a project’s contract documents require otherwise.”  The rules may also govern side-by-side with additional designer specifications which are not in conflict with the Standard.

One of the main devices used in Section 9 to organize these aesthetic criteria is the adoption of the “Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association (HPVA) Door Skin Face Tables” (beginning on AWS page 258).  Applying to flush, veneer covered doors, these tables quantify and set boundaries for the more common and discrete natural veneer characteristics.  For example, allowable average numbers of pin knots within given door face area units are listed, and the allowable occurrence and size of mineral streaks are set.  For Red and White Oak, the allowable degree of grain “slope and sweep” for Rift Cut veneer is described.  All of the rules in these tables are measurable and apply to a total of fourteen predominant hardwood species used in Canadian and U.S. projects.  The rules assume Plain Sliced, Quarter Cut, Rift Cut or Rotary Cut veneer.  The AWS notes that those species not covered by the tables are governed by agreement between the designer and the door manufacturer regarding the allowable scope and properties of veneer characteristics.

Although the “Door Skin Face Tables” offer a wealth of information, they are not comprehensive in terms of door face aesthetics.  Other considerations, such as the required match for Premium or Custom door pairs, or where veneer sequencing is required, appear the Section 9 “Material Rules”.  Another significant source of information is the AWS Glossary (beginning on AWS page 490).  It defines most of the terms used in the Door Skin Face Tables, but also provides the meaning of other terms bearing on wood grain aesthetics. “Figure”, an important example of this latter category, is defined as: “The natural pattern produced in the wood surface by annual growth rings, rays, knots, and natural deviations from the normal grain, such as interlocked and wavy grain, and irregular coloration.”  Perhaps the most significant aspect of this definition is the acknowledgement that both “normal” and “deviant” grain is identifiable for wood or veneer of various species, cut, and grade.  This implies a considerable degree of consensus. The aforementioned Door Skin Tables reflect such a consensus.  So do other terms and definitions outside of those tables. For example, the AWS Glossary defines “normal” Rift Cut wood, as “achieved through the process of cutting at a slight angle…that produces a straight grain with minimal ray fleck.”  The interruption of normal, straight Rift Cut grain by a deviant grain, such as interlocking or wavy grain, is the kind of thing a designer is trying to avoid when he or she specifies “No figure” in a door face.

Taking this example one step further, does the Standard comment regarding how much interlocking or wavy grain is acceptable before the perception of “normal” grain is obliterated?  The AWS Glossary definition of “Slight” offers a guideline:  If the trait in question “interferes with the overall aesthetic appearance of a panel [such as a door face]”, then that trait is not “slight”, and the appearance is nonconforming relative to a “no figure” specification.

The foregoing is a brief summary of the AWS rules and definitions a fabricator must juggle in order to provide consistently conforming door faces for any particular project.  Designers may rely upon the Architectural Woodwork Standards to provide minimum quality criteria for any product and Quality Grade covered by that document.  However, the discussion of “figure”, “normal vs. deviant” grain, and “slight” points out that detailed specifications can clarify a desired outcome and reinforce the Standard.  This applies both to features a designer wishes to include and exclude from a product, and is especially true when dealing with product aspects that are complicated and potentially perceived differently from one person to another.  Whether it’s decorative wall paneling or door faces, judgments regarding veneer characteristics and grain matching tend to fit that category.

Upcoming QCP Events

Take full advantage of interior architectural woodwork industry experts and stop by our booth at any of the upcoming events in 2019

Where We’ll Be…

American Institute of Architects
A’19 AIA Conference on Architecture
(QCP Booth: 3942)
June 6 – 8
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

Construction Specifications Institute
Master Specifiers Retreat
June 19 – 21
Swissotel Chicago
Chicago, IL

BOND Meeting Forums
Arc Interiors
September 19 – 22
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Miami Beach, FL

Architectural Woodwork Institute
67th AWI Annual Convention
Oct. 6 – 8
Omni Providence Hotel
Providence, RI

Construction Specificatins Institute
Construct 2019 & SCIP
(QCP Booth: 745)
October 9 – 11
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, MD


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