QCC Board Movements and Updates – March 2020

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QCC Board Meeting Moves to More Progressive Model for QCP

By Randy Estabrook, QCC Executive, CSI, LEED® GA

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The AWI Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) held its first Board of Directors meeting of 2020 on March 2nd and 3rd in Austin, Texas.

The significance of this meeting, unlike others, was to work on moving the Quality Certification Program to a more progressive model. One of QCP’s challenges continues to be understanding and awareness, which is especially the case with woodwork manufacturers. The new effort will focus on the delivery of program requirements and how they can be leveraged to help firms differentiate themselves in the marketplace while providing compliant woodwork.

AWI has recently released new standards in sections 100, 200, 300 and installation. Firms will need help navigating these new requirements in order to be in compliance. QCP Representatives are best suited to help provide understanding and awareness because they are interacting with the new standards on an ongoing basis.

The QCC Board enlisted the help of William Pawlucy of Association Options to help spur board conversation and discovery while facilitating the conversation to a comprehensive first stage. Further work will be required to develop the upcoming requirement changes in conjunction with AWI’s impending release of the new ANSI / AWI 0641 Architectural Wood Casework Standard.

Stay tuned for further developments.



Zach Deas Re-elected as 2020 QCP Chair


Zach Deas, president of Deas Millwork, began a second, consecutive one-year term as Chair of the AWI Quality Certification Corporation (QCC).  He was unanimously reelected by the QCC Board of Directors at their meeting in Austin, Texas, March 2-3.

“Zach was humbled by the overwhelming support of the QCC Board of Directors who voting overwhelmingly in support of his reelection,” said QCC Executive Director Randy Estabrook.

Deas Millwork manufacturers and installs doors, windows, moldings, casework, countertops and finishings. During the evolutionary process of the company’s expansion, Zach purchased a few small companies, giving Deas Millwork growth opportunities to serve the healthcare, residential, hospitality, commercial, educational, retail, and historic markets in the Southeast and beyond.

Deas Millwork has been a QCP Licensee since 2009.






QCC Welcomes Erik Fetzer to its Board of Directors

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Erik Fetzer, a 20-year veteran of the architectural woodwork industry and Chief Technical Officer of Fetzer Architectural Woodwork, began a three-year term on the QCC board Jan. 1, 2020.  He was elected during a director’s meeting last fall.

For over 100 years, the company started by Kaspar Fetzer has been producing woodwork of exceptional quality. From a small cabinet shop in downtown Salt Lake City, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork has grown to become one of the largest millworkers in the nation. Fetzer’s work can be found around the world, from retail stores in China and New Zealand to the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In January 2019, Erik also began a second term as a member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) Board of Directors.  His knowledge and experience have been utilized for presentations at AWI conventions and industry events.  Erik has been a presenter and speaker on Technology, Production, and Lean Manufacturing at several AWI national conventions, the AWI Spring Leadership Conference, and the AWFS and the IWF industry shows.  He has also served as a judge for the Challenger’s Award competition at three IWF industry shows.

Erik is among the fourth generation of the Fetzer family woodworking business.  Fetzer Architectural Woodwork has been a Quality Certification Program Licensee since 1998 and an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1962.

Watch Fetzer’s video here for insights into the company’s history, operations and specialties.




QCC Board Elects Rosa Cheney as Chair-Elect

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The AWI QCC Board of Directors elected Rosa Cheney as Chair-Elect for 2020, with her term as QCP Chair beginning on Jan. 1,  2021.  She is currently serving her first term on the QCC board.  With two years under her belt, she is passionate about the integrity of the Quality Certification Program and is eager to support QCP as it addresses and reacts to the rollout of the upcoming AWI / ANSI Standards.

Rosa Cheney is an architect and owner of Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC, a firm whose primary service is the preparation of architectural specifications for architects and owner clientele.  Her firm works on a wide range of project types, including institutional and government work such as schools, community centers, and libraries, as well as private developer work such as office, retail, hospitality, and multi-family residential projects.  She is currently serving as Chair of the AIA Masterspec Architectural Review committee.