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Architectural Specifications

Heller & Metzger has prepared over 1,100 Project Manuals for a wide range of institutional, commercial, educational, performing arts, historic renovation, interior, residential and transportation facilities representing a cumulative construction budget of well over six billion dollars.

We believe specifications should meet the following objectives:

  • Clearly communicate designer’s intent

  • Be easy to understand and administer

  • Do not add cost to the project with unnecessary requirements

  • Be sensitive to local or regional practices and codes

  • Be written by professionals with a close working relationship with the architect

  • Be thorough and concise, not redundant or wordy

  • Reflect current standards and practices; be consistent with the normal standard of professional care

Our specifications are written using our office masters or MASTERSPEC© Master Format 2016, depending on project requirements.

In addition to writing technical specifications, Heller & Metzger is regarded as a leader in the preparation of procurement documents, Supplementary General Conditions and Division 01 specifications.  Our President, Barbara Heller served on the AIA Documents Committee from 1991-2005 and was the Chair from 2003-2005.  

Heller & Metzger has participated in the preparation of Division 01 documents for very complex and prestigious projects including the Ronald Reagan Building (one of the earliest CMa projects) and the Renovation of the Pentagon (one of the earliest Design-Build projects).  Understanding how to effectively administer contracts requires more than an understanding of content.

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