The discussion revolved around two aspects. First, the need to educate and clarify poorly written specifications was discussed. The solution decided on was:
The second key focus was on the difference between a "generic" and a "proprietary" specification. For a generic specification, awareness is key. If the specification is incorrect, first make sure everyone is alerted, then go through the proper channels to correct it. To change proprietary specifications, performance is the key. The participants discussed the benefits of having another manufacturer representative approach the architect or designer with an approved equivalent. Teamwork is essential.
In conclusion the roundtable participants suggested that flooring contractors read the specifications prior to bidding a job, that they help to educate those around them and that they be proactive. For more information regarding this topic or information about FCICA, please call the office at 877-TO-FCICA or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.