AWI QCP, through its Corporate Partnership with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), is afforded two one-hour learning opportunities utilizing CSI’s online webinars.
This past June 27, Margaret Fisher, AWI Communications Strategist and Outreach Specialist, delivered a presentation to CSI members explaining the QCP program and its benefits. Clarification was provided about the program cost and who pays for it. The webinar received high marks by the 104 participants.
QCP’s second opportunity to educate CSI members about architectural woodwork and detailing occurred again online at participants desks on September 12. Margaret Fisher presented one of AWI’s most popular programs, “Designing with Hardwood Veneer” for 71 login attendees. One of the original AWI Design Pro Series programs, its content and graphics have been updated through the years to reflect changes in the construction industry and material and methods, as well as resonate with the current edition of Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 (2014).
The current program features many new photos illustrating details that clarify requirements, illustrate specification terminology and even point out what you will get if you make or fail to make certain choices in constructions specifications. “There’s nothing like a breathtaking photo of how not to do it, to help you understand why correct specifications are important when specifying fine hardwood veneer for a project,” says Margaret who has presented the program hundreds of times. Of course, it’s just as inspiring to see beautiful photos of successful projects that are a triumph of well thought out design, smart specifications and professional planning and execution by a highly qualified AWI member firm.
The program objectives are:
• Learn how to use the Architectural Woodwork Standards to plan & evaluate a veneered project.
• Understand the five main steps in planning paneling.
• Gain specific knowledge about woodwork stability.
• Understand four main aspects of wood composition that affect veneer aesthetics.
The program also was recently delivered at two CSI Regional Conferences; CSI South Central Region in Frisco, TX and CSI North Central Region in Duluth, MN. Attendees of those programs are encouraged to alert others in their regions that they have another chance to participate in the program and earn one AIA Learning Unit and one HSW Continuing Education Credit.
AWI QCP hopes this program will be the doorway design professionals and specifiers will walk through to initiate projects that feature real wood veneer in all its sensuous beauty and also use the information to help them judge the quality of current projects.
Margaret S. Fisher was appointed to a dual full-time position on the AWI staff as Communications Strategist and Outreach Specialist in April 2017. With more than three decades of industry experience, Margaret has worked in several aspects of the wood industry from manufacturing, distribution, supply and education. Prior to her appointment to the AWI staff, Margaret served on the AWI Board of Directors, AWI Education Planning Committee, AWI Sustainable Resources Committee and the AWI Speakers Bureau. [email protected] awinet.org