Learning Construction Specifications

We learn very little in school about specifications, but they affect just about every part of the construction project from concept through closeout. Adding tidbits of understanding can help increase the quality of your documentation and greatly improve the communication on your teams.
I want to encourage you to be more comfortable with specifications as an integral part of the development of construction documents. Take a look at these short videos of less than 5 minutes to learn about CSI MasterFormat®, 3-Part Format, Capitalization, and more.

About

Sherry Harbaugh, FCSI, CCS, RA, SCIP

Sherry HarbaughStarting her architectural career in Sacramento and settled now in Spokane, Sherry quickly found her interest in architecture was exploring the integration of materials and coordination of drawings and specifications. Having found that focus Sherry spent her career dedicated to writing specifications for clients and manufacturers across the country on a variety of project types.

Despite working remotely with the vast majority of her clients, Sherry was able to develop strong relationships with the people she works with. Writing and consulting provided numerous opportunities to assist her clients with project-specific material research, material classification, and use specifications to bridge the gap between drawings and construction.

She remains committed to connecting people and products and being a resource to the construction industry as her emphasis is redirected toward teaching principles of specification writing and mentoring future specifiers. She intends to share her expertise in a more in-depth, focused way, by integrating one-on-one teaching and mentoring with on-the-job training.

Architectural Registration
Washington State

Education

Master of Architecture
Montana State University 2009

Affiliations/Credentials

  • Fellow, Construction Specifications Institute
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice
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Sherry Harbaugh
FCSI, CCS, RA, SCIP

Sherry HarbaughStarting her architectural career in Sacramento and settled now in Spokane, Sherry quickly found her interest in architecture was exploring the integration of materials and coordination of drawings and specifications. Having found that focus Sherry spent her career dedicated to writing specifications for clients and manufacturers across the country on a variety of project types.

Despite working remotely with the vast majority of her clients, Sherry was able to develop strong relationships with the people she works with. Writing and consulting provided numerous opportunities to assist her clients with project-specific material research, material classification, and use specifications to bridge the gap between drawings and construction.

She remains committed to connecting people and products and being a resource to the construction industry as her emphasis is redirected toward teaching principles of specification writing and mentoring future specifiers. She intends to share her expertise in a more in-depth, focused way, by integrating one-on-one teaching and mentoring with on-the-job training.

Architectural Registration
Washington State

Education
Master of Architecture Montana State University 2009

Affiliations/Credentials
Fellow, Construction Specifications Institute
LEED Accredited Professional
Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice

Associations Logos