Co-sponsored by the Construction Specifications Institute, Minneapolis – St. Paul Chapter

This program is intended for those who handle specifications, without having the knowledge base of a specifier: project architects, sole practitioners, and those in the early stages of their career. Those who attend will gain an understanding of what specifications are, how they are developed as an integral part of the Contract Documents, and what information is typically required.  This presentation will help non-specifiers form a foundational understanding of these important Contract Documents

Date, Time, Location

Thursday, February 26, 2015
7:30 am to 9:30 am
International Market Square, Suite 185
275 Market Street, Minneapolis 55405


Includes handout and continental breakfast

AIA and CSI Members $40
NonMembers $60

Continuing education

2.0 HSW LU Hours

Learning objectives

Attendees will be able to:
  1. Explain the fundamental relationship of Contract Documents involving Drawings, Specifications, and Contracting Requirements
  2. Recognize the various levels of formats for organizing Specifications
  3. Describe how specifications are developed during the development of Contract Documents and the variety of resources available.
  4. Understand the General Conditions of the contract and how they tie together the Contract Documents.

Program outline

  • Contract Documents: Coordination between graphic and written documents
  • Contract Documents: Methods of specifying
  • Contract Documents: Specification Language
  • Contract Documents: Hierarchy of general, administrative, and procedural requirements
  • Contract Documents: UniformatTM
  • Contract Documents: PageformatTM
  • Development Resources
  • Contract Documents Warranties


Gerhard Guth, AIA, CSI, CCS, CBO, is a Senior Associate and Specifier for HGA Architects & Engineers in Minneapolis. He has over 25 years in the architecture profession. During the last ten years he has held the title of a Certified Building Official, therein offering code guidance specialization for all architectural and engineering staff, from schematic design through the construction administration phase. Gerhard is Chair of the AIA Minnesota Building Code Committee, and the Licensed Architect representative for the Construction Codes Advisory Council.

Jerrilyn O’Brien, CDT, EIT, graduated from Purdue University with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Construction Engineering and Management and also Civil Engineering. She worked in the heavy highway division for a general contractor in Chicago for several years before joining the Allegion team (previously Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies). Jerrilyn received the Specification Writer of the Year Award in 2013. She has been a specialist in the door hardware industry since 2011 and is currently pursuing AHC Certification through the Door Hardware Institute (DHI). Jerrilyn is an active member of CSI and serves on the Certification Committee.

Register to attend


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director