We are defined by our commitment to excellence in construction documentation and service to our clients. We take seriously our responsibility to deliver world-class science-based specifications that capture and effectively communicate our clients’ designs. We have the technical skills to accomplish this whilst simultaneously specifying effective and rigorous quality control measures that serve as a check on the performance of installed assemblies and compliance with specifications.
David launched Scientext™ in 2013 to offer objective, high-quality services directly to design professionals across Canada. David brings highly respected skills and significant senior experience to his work. Comprehensive leadership, collaboration, technical and problem-solving skills developed over a 30+ year career in senior positions for leading architectural and engineering firms and the public sector.
Extensive knowledge of specifications, building technologies, quality control, and commercial contracts, with projects increasing in complexity from the multi-millions to the multi-billions of dollars over the course of his career. David has an expert skill level in preparing contract documents for public-private partnerships, design-build, construction management, unit price, and stipulated price project delivery methods. Incisive performance and output specifications.
Experience specifying and administrating multiple building types, from conception to completion, including institutional, commercial, government, office, high-rise, multi-use, recreational and sports, retail, restaurants, light industrial and warehouse, condominiums, mass public rail transit, tunnelling, building rehabilitation and historic restoration.
After spending over three decades making a study of construction contract case law decisions, commercial contract law trends and practices, product technical data sheets, warranty wordings, building sciences, construction practices, numerous consensus and voluntary industry standards, construction contract administration, procurement, and the numerous details and nuances of the written word, we can confidently say that Scientext™ is well-positioned to make the countless derivative and ancillary decisions, consistent with and in support of the design intent, that results in high-quality work about which your firm can have confidence.
Scientext™ has experienced and talented specifiers on contract to assist with the work. Specifications are reviewed by David prior to delivery to clients.
Awards have included the Thomas B. McQuesten Award in Architectural Conservation (letter of acknowledgement), and seven university awards for academic excellence and achievement.
- Registered Specification Writer since 2004
- Certified Construction Contract Administrator since 2001
- A continuous member of CSC for over 20 years
- CSAZ317.13 Certified
- Certified Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Foundation “The certificate holder has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the PPP Guide to act as an informed team member of a PPP finance project. They can recall, recognize and demonstrate an understanding of the established procedures, roles and institutional responsibilities that determine how the Government selects, implements and manages PPP projects, as outlined in the PPP Guide, including terms used, Process sequences and roles involved.” – APMG International / Toraza Zenith Inc.
Knowledge and Skills: continuously enriches and develops knowledge and skills by actively participating in learning opportunities, including: 4 forty-hour graded courses through Construction Specifications Canada (CSC); programs, workshops and seminars offered through the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS); workshops, seminars and courses offered by other entities related to the construction industry. Learning is ongoing with continuous research and study, and participation in leading industry workshops and classes every year.
Technology: proficient in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Sharefile, GoToMeeting and similar web-based conferencing systems, WordPress, and social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Degrees and Academic Achievements
University of Manitoba / University of Winnipeg Joint Master’s Program Master of Arts (M.A.), GPA 4.0, Positions/Activities/Awards: Sessional Instructor and lecturer, Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant. Awarded Donald V. Snider Fellowship in two consecutive years for academic excellence, gave several public lecturers by invitation, developed and taught eight-week special interest course. Presented a well‑received academic paper to the Learned Societies Conference in Ottawa.
The University of Winnipeg Bachelor of Arts – Honours (B.A. Hons.), GPA 3.5 Awards: Student of Distinction for three consecutive years. Awarded Board of Regents General Proficiency Scholarships for two consecutive years.