May MARC Meeting Sparks Review of Terrazzo Specifications
|MasterSpec Architectural Review Committee members, alternates, and ARCOM staff at the May 2013 meeting|
Each quarter, the MasterSpec Architectural Review Committee (MARC) assembles in Alexandria, VA, to review MasterSpec sections and discuss updates to content with ARCOM's architectural specification writing staff.
MARC members and alternates—those who attend meetings as participants but are not directly involved in decision making—include architects, engineers, and specifiers from across the country. ARCOM listens to the voices of independent specifications consultants as well as specifiers who work as staff members for A/E firms.
Established and funded by the AIA, MARC—and its engineering counterpart, the MasterSpec Engineering Review Committee (MERC)—help ARCOM maintain precise specifications and ensure that new technological advances and trends in practice are accurately reflected in MasterSpec products.
Greta Eckhardt, 2013 MARC Chair, said, “To design buildings that will perform as intended, architects are called upon to understand and work with an increasingly wide range of materials, assemblies, and requirements. Throughout my practice as an architect and specifier, MasterSpec has been an invaluable resource for developing this understanding."
"Serving as a MARC alternate and committee member over the past five years has been a welcome opportunity to return to the community some of what I have learned through research and practice. It is also a privilege to participate in discussions with extremely well-informed and thoughtful specifiers—both those who serve on the committee and those who work directly for ARCOM.”
During its most recent meeting—held Friday, May 3, through Saturday, May 4—MARC covered a typically ambitious range of topics.
Friday’s focus on six painting sections explored, among other themes, the pros and cons of using Master Painters Institute designations as a means of preparing paint specifications.
A highlight of Saturday’s sessions was a presentation by a former committee member, Peter Jordan, who has been working to update the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association's standards and reference materials. This presentation provided helpful background for discussing updates to the MasterSpec sections for terrazzo. The review of terrazzo specifications, as well as specifications for wood flooring and access flooring, accentuated the importance of moisture control of concrete slabs prior to application of any of these types of floor finish.
Filling out the agenda for the two days of meetings were discussions on finish carpentry; window shades; mobile, stationary storage shelving; and interior planters.
Meet the 2013 MARC members (shown on front row in photo below):
Greta Eckhardt, Payette, Inc., Boston, MA, MARC Chair 2013
Julia Hall, LS3P Associates Ltd, Charleston, SC, MARC Vice Chair 2013
Robert L. Caldwell, Gensler, Baltimore, MD
Christopher McClure, McClure & Lockhart Consulting Architect, PLLC, Raleigh, NC
John C. Williams, HOK, Leawood, KS
ARCOM thanks these members who give their time to MasterSpec. If you are interested in joining MARC as an alternate member, contact Paul Brosnahan, Vice President of Architectural Specifications at ARCOM, at firstname.lastname@example.org.