25: Navigating the Spec Writing Process

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In this episode, Cherise is joined by Mark Kalin, FAIA, FCSI, President of Kalin Associates in Massachusetts. In this conversation, Cherise and Mark provide unique insight into navigating specs and product selection when you don’t have a spec writer, best practices to leverage your time when managing the spec writing process and things to think about when you are writing specifications yourself. For more information on references discussed in this episode, visit arcat.com/podcast

Mark is a registered architect with over 40 years experience preparing specifications. His firm has prepared specifications for over 7,000 construction projects, 600 building product manufacturers and design standards for major universities.

For AIA, Mark has been Chair of the Masterspec Review Committee, Professional Interest Area for Specifications and Library and Archives Committee. For CSI, he has been Chair of the Institute Technical Committee, MasterFormat Maintenance Task Team, and founded the CSI Sustainable Facilities Practice Group. Mark is the author of the original GreenSpec and Kalin Associates' Master Short-Form Specifications. He has taught a Graduate Level Course on Specification Writing at Harvard University and lectures frequently at national conferences.

Finally, Mark has been President of SCIP, Specifications in Independent Practice and President of CSI Boston in two different centuries.


Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT  image
Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT
Senior Spec Writer | RDH Building Science
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Mark Kalin, FAIA, FCSI
President | Kalin Associates