Friday, May 20, 2011

Employee Profile: Ken Chappell, Assistant Director, Engineering Specifications

With over 30 years of experience in mechanical engineering and the construction industry, Ken joined ARCOM in January of 2010. He has been directly involved in writing specifications and engineering construction documents for much of that time.

Ken graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 with a degree in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering. His early career was spent as a design engineer doing research and development in the fields of aerospace, automotive, automated equipment, robotics, and facilities. Ken not only designed equipment and facilities but often oversaw the construction, installation, and commissioning of the equipment and facilities all over the world.

He has also developed many relational database software applications to support his design work and for a variety of companies and service groups. His career later evolved into material handling and automated warehousing. He also spent time building up a successful book of business as a real estate agent in Cincinnati, Ohio, before deciding to write construction specifications full time. "Admittedly," Ken says, "writing architectural and engineering specifications as a career path was not on the radar, but it has been a very rewarding journey. My career at ARCOM has allowed me to 'laser focus' my knowledge and experience from past career paths into a single effort."

Ken has written specifications for projects in academia, government, and the private sector, including many types of commercial buildings, manufacturing facilities, biocontainment facilities, medical centers, senior-living facilities, high-end residential and university campuses, and community colleges. Ken is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) where he is becoming increasingly involved in various technical committees establishing standards in the construction industry.

When his face isn't staring at a computer screen, Ken spends his spare time at the gym; exploring Washington, DC; traveling occasionally; designing "stuff"; and painting portraits of friends and the occasional commissioned work. He works out of ARCOM's Alexandria, Virginia, office.

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ARCOM’s staff of 40 professionals represents some of the most innovative and personable specification professionals, writers, editors, computer scientists, and service people in the industry. This occasional series provides brief biographical sketches of just a few of the people serving you at ARCOM.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

GreenWizard and ARCOM Form Collaborative Alliance

Charleston, SC, and Salt Lake City, UT – May 10, 2011 – GreenWizard® Inc., creator of web-based software to simplify building material selection, optimization, and documentation for projects seeking LEED® certification, and ARCOM, publisher of MasterSpec®, SpecWare®, and SpecAgent®, today announced they have entered into a collaborative alliance.

As part of this alliance, the two companies will develop cross-platform integration between their systems for sharing product performance data and green attributes of building materials. In addition, the companies will work toward the common goal of getting participating manufacturers’ product data in front of design and construction professionals at the critical time when they are making product decisions.

GreenWizard is the only data-driven workflow solution that puts product search, evaluation, selection, LEED credit modeling and assessment, and LEED documentation at the fingertips of the design and construction community. With the unique power of GreenWizard’s database and the specification and productivity software capabilities of ARCOM, users will have access to product-research, specification, procurement, and documentation systems that are second to none.

“ARCOM is the leader in specification systems with MasterSpec. Moreover, ARCOM’s new SpecAgent and Altarix platforms are attaining dominance in the product data and specification software arenas,” said Adam Bernholz, GreenWizard’s CEO. “The ARCOM-GreenWizard integration holds great promise for both companies’ users, as we can deliver search power, performance, and product specification choices unavailable elsewhere in the construction industry.”

“GreenWizard has sprinted to the head of the class in the green software sector for LEED construction information,” said ARCOM’s Matt Johnson, Director of Manufacturer Support Services. “We are excited to be implementing cross-platform functionality that leverages ARCOM’s specification and software expertise with the latest in LEED-related product data, LEED-point optimization, and documentation.”


ARCOM publishes MasterSpec for The American Institute of Architects (AIA) for use by architects, engineers, landscape architects, and design professionals. MasterSpec, the most comprehensive master guide specification system available, can be used to create construction specifications for all project sizes, complexity, and delivery.

ARCOM is also the developer of SpecWare, a suite of specification productivity software tools that dramatically simplifies specification creation and use, and SpecAgent, a web-based resource that streamlines the process of construction product research and comparison, manufacturer selection, and specifying.

ARCOM is a Salt Lake City-based firm with an additional office in Alexandria, Virginia. The company employs more than 40 full-time specification development professionals: researchers, specification writers and editors, software developers, product/manufacturer experts, technical support staff, and customer service professionals. More info:

About GreenWizard

GreenWizard, Inc. is a technology company that has created a cloud software solution to help the design and construction communities simplify the process of green product selection and management. Architects, engineers, project owners, consultants, contractors, and others use GreenWizard’s WORKflow platform to compare and evaluate products from a centralized search engine and directly communicate with manufacturers. For those seeking LEED certification, it also offers an end-to-end solution by utilizing its proprietary credit assessment tools as a factor in the product selection process to optimize credits, manage product-related documentation, and ultimately automate the online submission component to LEED Online. Manufacturers and suppliers provide product data and documents through GreenWizard’s MARKET Pro platform, which populate its search engine. GreenWizard also has a LEED AP Consulting Division to staff projects and assist WORKflow Enterprise project teams in finding, specifying, and buying products on an as-requested basis. The Charleston, SC-based company was founded in 2008. More info:

ARCOM Contact:
Matt Johnson
801.521.9162 x 244

GreenWizard Contact:
John D. Wagner
Wagner Public Relations

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