What We Do

Construction specification services are tailored to client needs, are easy to use, and employ a comfortable communications approach that is responsive and dedicated to the design. Services available include preparation of the procurement and contracting requirements (Division 00), general requirements (Division 01), and the architectural discipline specifications, along with coordination of the engineering and specialist consulting sections, providing an integrated project manual for bidding and construction. Having specified hundreds of projects over the past 25 years, with project and program values ranging from the tens of thousands to the multi-billions, for Building Code Part 3 structures, from coast to coast to coast, and for stipulated price, unit price, construction management, design-build, and AFP project delivery methods, significant experience and knowledge goes into each project specification.

Key Service Features

  • Team collaboration
  • LEED® Specifications – since 2003
  • Drawing Coordination
  • General Requirements
  • Product Research
  • Technical Specifications
  • Bid Documents
  • Quality Management and Risk Mitigation
  • Cross-reference coordination
  • Related Sections incorporated

The pace of innovation, the growing complexity of construction, and the range of liability exposure, make product evaluation a priority function. Scientext has significant expertise developed over a 25 year career, with projects throughout Canada, evaluating products for characteristics, performance and cost, and can advise clients regarding the merits and suitability of product selections for intended use, as well as constructability and associated risks. Additionally, finding products for innovative designs and uses includes significant risk and investment of time. Scientext provides product research services for the architectural discipline, with comparative reports of merits, constraints and limitations.

Key Service Features

  • Constructability reviews
  • Product Research
  • Product evaluation
  • Risk assessments

Analyses of corporate, commercial and construction contracts, with recommendations to mitigate adverse contractual conditions. The review is intended to clarify obligations, highlight risks, and guide clients in determining remedies, or areas of focus for further legal consultation, if required. With over 25 years’ experience creating and developing contracts, reviewing contracts for consistency and risk exposure, contract risk assessments can help clarify obligations and risks, suggest possible remedies, and provide an important framework for engaging legal consultation, if required.

Key Service Features

  • Summarize Terms
  • Risk Identification
  • Remedy Suggestions
  • Clarify Obligations
  • Collaborative Risk Register Development
  • Re-legal Review
Preliminary Project Descriptions (PPD) are created early in the design phase and define the project scope by providing systems’ descriptions, functional and performance criteria, and elements that express the preliminary design concept. Based on the UniFormat Classification System, and readily integrated with BIM models, PPDs provide an opportunity to think through the entire project, set performance targets, optimize design team communication and buyer/designer coordination, explore design solutions, and provide initial data for order‑of-magnitude pricing and value engineering. Scientext collaborates closely with the design lead, communicating through checklists and discussions, to develop and update the Preliminary Project Description.

Key Service Features

  • Collaboration
  • Proposals and team communications
  • Integrated team communication
  • PPD updates
  • BIM-compatible UniFormat classification system
  • Whole building conceptualization

Outline Specifications are cross-over documents that link the schematic design phase with the construction documents phase. Scientext can prepare Outline Specifications in one of two ways: with assembly materials and finishes cross‑referenced using both the UniFormat and MasterFormat classification systems, enabling easy alignment between BIM models and subsequent construction documents, or with materials and finishes listed using SectionFormat three-part specifications, and including only high-level administrative and execution criteria critical for budget purposes, and major basis-of-design materials and finishes anticipated.

Key Service Features

  • Product Research
  • Verification of Desired Level of Quality
  • Practical Application of Building Science
  • Specification and Drawing Coordination
  • Team interaction and communication

Output Specifications are detailed descriptions of the functions that a new facility must be capable of performing, usually split into building functions and service functions (construction outcomes). Once the outputs are decided, the respondent’s task is to determine the inputs required, including infrastructure and skills, to achieve the specified outputs. Experienced developing output specifications for Design-Build and Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) projects, Scientext can work with the buyer’s team to transfer risk, describe outcomes and specify outputs.

Key Service Features

  • Performance Criteria
  • RFP Compliance Requirements
  • RFP Submission Requirements
  • Constraints
  • Output Specifications
  • Outcome Descriptions

Scientext will review in-house architectural master specifications, updating standards, checking and updating cross-references, aligning ‘Part 1 General’ of the three-part specifications with suggested promising practices for quality management and wording that mitigates risk, and review the remaining specifications for product availability and execution consistency. All proposed changes to the specifications are clearly indicated using the ‘track changes’ function, and all work is done in a collaborative and transparent manner so that the end-product reflects the Engineer’s design and quality control requirements.

Key Service Features

  • Standards updates
  • Quality Management promising practices
  • Risk mitigation review
  • Product / Manufacturer updates
  • Cross-references check
  • Proposed changes tracked & transparent
  • Editing and formatting
  • Alignment with MasterFormat classification

Scientext will review in-house engineering specifications, updating standards, checking and updating cross-references, aligning ‘Part 1 General’ of the three-part specifications with suggested promising practices for quality management and wording that mitigates risk, and review the remaining specifications for product availability and execution consistency. All proposed changes to the specifications are clearly indicated using the ‘track changes’ function, and all work is done in a collaborative and transparent manner so that the end-product reflects the Engineer’s design and quality control requirements.

Key Service Features

Standards updates
Risk mitigation review
Quality Management
Product / Manufacturer updates
Cross-references check
Proposed changes tracked & transparent
Editing and formatting
Alignment with MasterFormat classification

Leveraging senior project management skills and experience, Scientext provides selected services during the bidding and construction phases of a construction project. These services pertain to the architectural discipline, and include product review of alternatives and substitutions (property and performance review, and comparison with specified products), requests for information (RFIs) pertaining to the specifications, product research related to proposed changes, specification clarifications, and the creation and updating of construction contract administration (CCA) checklists.

Key Service Features

  • CCA Checklists
  • Proposed Changes
  • Requests for Information
  • Substitution Review
  • Review of Proposed Alternatives
  • Wording clarifications
  • Addenda Wording
  • Evaluation of Bids
  • Notice of Award
  • Follow-up Communications

Specifying LEED® and environmentally conscious projects since 2003, Scientext can prepare in-depth LEED® evaluations of products. Additionally, Scientext can prepare exceptional product master specifications for publication on the manufacturer’s website or other media. LEED® evaluations highlight the points that may be contributed by the product, including descriptions and discussion of how those points may be addressed. The Manufacturer’s product master specification is prepared to MasterFormat and SectionFormat requirements (USA and Canada), and specifies the manufacturer’s product in a manner suitable for adoption and use by specifiers in Bid Documents. Based on provided testing results, Scientext can also develop Product Data Sheets for manufacturers.

Key Service Features

  • LEED® Evaluation
  • Product Master Specification
  • Product Data Sheet

With senior-level experience spearheading and writing vision documents, policy and procedure manuals, reports and white papers, preparing and delivering boardroom presentations, creating and teaching classroom and public lectures and courses, and performing comparative exegesis of engineering design criteria with independent outcome trajectories, award-winning corporate and technical writing skills are available to edit and format documents, or create documents, in consultation with team members. Scientext works collaboratively to ensure that appearance, content and tone of documentation meets criteria.

Key Service Features

  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • White Papers
  • Policy and Procedure Manuals
  • Vision Documents
  • Articles
  • Editing and formatting
  • Research