Specifying Interiors: A Guide to Construction and FF&E for Commercial Interiors Projects

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Wiley, Apr 19, 1996 - Architecture - 356 pages
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An indispensable working resource—Supplies you with everything you need to write effective commercial interiors specifications

Writing effective commercial specifications requires detailed knowledge of contractual obligations, industry regulations and standards, and material selection criteria. But keeping abreast of the vast and ever-changing body of facts, figures, rules, and regulations concerning tenant improvement work is more than can be expected of today's busy design professional. Specifying Interiors gives you instant access to all the critical information you need to write effective commercial interiors specifications. This valuable working resource:

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of all legal, regulatory, contractual, construction, and materials issues critical to successful tenant improvement work
  • Includes a specifications checklist for each product or material
  • Presents practice-specific selection criteria for all types of commercial spaces, including retail, health care, hospitality, and general office design
  • Features over 100 line drawings and 75 photographs accompanying material descriptions

With new commercial construction approaching an all-time low and the availability of prime real estate rapidly dwindling, tenant improvement is fast becoming one of the most sought-after design specialties. Taking advantage of a trend that is expected to last well into the next century, today's most successful design firms are making tenant improvement the primary focus of their practices. A synthesis of construction and furnishing, successful tenant improvement requires the guiding hand of a design professional who fully understands the consequences of design decisions from both performance and legal standpoints, and one whose interiors specifications reflect a thorough knowledge of contractual obligations, industry regulations and standards, and material selection criteria.

Clearly, the need for a comprehensive professional reference has never been greater. Specifying Interiors provides design professionals with instant access to all the information critical to writing effective interiors specifications for retail, hospitality, health care, and general office design. It tells you what you need to know about:

  • Leases and work letters
  • Methods for measuring commercial office space
  • Contracts for construction and for furniture and equipment
  • Laws affecting contracts for interiors projects
  • Specification formats
  • Federal regulations, codes, and standards
  • Construction and finish materials
  • Furniture and furnishings
  • And much more

Specifying Interiors also supplies busy design professionals with selection criteria and an annotated specifications checklist for each product or material covered, as well as more than 100 vivid line drawings and 75 photographs accompanying material descriptions.

Specifying Interiors is an indispensable tool of the trade for architects and interior designers. It is also a valuable resource for students in those fields and for anyone preparing for the NCIDQ exam.

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MARYROSE McGOWAN, AIA, is a registered architect. She is responsible for developing and adapting specifications for the AIA MASTERSPEC(r) Interiors Library.

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