Here's what some of our readers have to say about The Construction Specifier:
The quotes below are taken from Verbatim section of Ad-Q Study done by independent research company Harvey Research Inc. In February 2008
I use it as a general topical reference. This comes in handy on many occasions where specific questions arise and I can go to this book as a reference.
Very timely articles about flashing and masonry. I will use info on a current project.
I extract articles and bring them to our internal project managers meeting. They are good tools to teach from.
I like to see the magazine since it has articles now and then that are to the point on what I need.
I'm a Librarian for an E/A Firm; also I produce the Spec documents, so I recognize product names in the magazine.
Primarily the articles make me aware of construction issues and solutions.
I rely quite heavily on The Construction Specifier for continuing education and information for all aspects of the built environment. It offers the best coverage of all areas of the architectural specifications.
I always review issues for legal and technical articles which will inform our work.
Mostly for product research, and for general construction knowledge.
Skipped the one question because I haven't had time to read the Feb issue yet - only glanced thru it a few times. Too many BIG deadlines at the office this month.
I work for a Construction Manager / General Contractor, and rarely does an issue come across my desk that doesn't have a timely article that we can relate directly to one of our projects. It is a great way to stay abreast of the current state of the materials, methods, and administration of construction.
Tend to read those articles that are timely for a project we are working.
GREAT RESOURCE FOR KEEPING WITH THE CURRENT TREND AND ADVANCEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY.
The Construction Specifier is unquestionably the nerdiest publication I receive. But specifying is a nerdy profession and you've probably honed in the market as directed. If I am not engaged by an article or ad when first flipping through a new issue, I most likely will never open it again. I sometimes copy & post articles for the firm, and surf to product sites that pique my interest.
Articles contributed by "industry" authors should have content regarding newer products, not just a sales pitch for their products that have been around for years. Put the "About The Author" blurb in a consistent location on the first or second page. It helps to know the author's ibis.
Anything that has to do with GREEN.
Keep up to date on sources.
Need more articles related to site work. Engineer Institutional I would like a definitive article on changes in fire glazing. When is wire glass still acceptable? When am I forced to use expensive ceramic glass? This need to be written by a code person not a glass sales person.
Great resource for application and new products.
More articles about the National CAD Standard and NBIMS and there impact on the construction industry.
I often enjoy the outside-the-box perspective of your Law department articles. Some design professionals tend to rely too much on their own standards and a "we've always done it that way" attitude.
An excellent reference. I use The Construction Specifier in classes. I'm a professor at WSU School of Architecture and Construction Management.
I would encourage you to add some articles on the business of architecture and construction. These topics could include marketing, copyrights, joint ventures, geographic regions with plentiful work, etc. AIA's Architecture magazine does a good job with this aspect of the profession.
I have not yet had a chance to read this issue so only glanced through it to respond to this survey.
Get up to date information about product performance.
The Construction Specifier and RCI's Interface Magazine, provide the best, in depth, cutting edge, quality information available to The Construction Specifier. I am fascinated by many articles, even some of the ones that do not pertain specifically to my Industry.
The letters and failures department give insight to the real world we work in.
Always looking for articles that revolve around a problem and how to avoid or overcome the problem.
Very interested in the masonry articles and several others, but have not had a chance to read yet.
It would be nice to be able to more easily search for articles on the CSI website. Often I recall reading an article but don't remember what month or year it was published and when I use the search function on the CSI website I get more information than just that from content of THE CONSTRUCTION SPECIFIER. I like to be able to print just one article or email a link to a colleague to read.
Some articles written by industry representatives’ border on advertisement. I would like to see more completely objective articles written by architects/engineers /specifiers /researchers. Thanks!
Enjoy the articles, especially "Law" and "Failures". I take other articles with a "grain of salt".
Would like to see a section on "helpful hints" thing that manufacturers see incorrectly specified.
Don't like heavy-weight inserts (Falcon) too many ads break up articles love the Law section.
Flashing from a Masonry Perspective was an excellent article.
Years ago we had articles on Project Management. Need some now! Also, articles on actual construction problems and their resolution. Need article on the enigma of construction.Thanks, Norm.
"I am calling, because I want to express my deepest appreciation of such magnificent content of the Construction Specifier issue, I am really proud we have such a publication, so informative, so educational in aspects of moisture and building protection."
"I find articles interesting, especially related to repair and rehab work."
"I really enjoy your publication. You provide a valuable resource."
"Keep up the great work."
"I find that the articles featuring continuing education units are really useful."
"Since we get two copies, I file one and cut out and read articles of interest from the other, then file those under their 16 division filing."
"The magazine has greatly improved lately in its articles and presentation. It's more interesting, informative, and easy to read."
"I use your articles to keep abreast of the industry."
"The current length, depth, and breadth of your articles are excellent. I prefer to use internet articles as opposed to magazines, due to space restrictions."
"It is one of the better trade magazines around."
"The Construction Specifier is very useful in my consulting business."
"Many of the articles are helpful. I have used articles often to verify and update spec sections."
"The "Law: Venue and Choice of Law Clauses in Contracts" article [in the November 2002 issue] was interesting. I learned the different requirements from state to state. The "Beauty & Durability of Stucco in Framed Wall Construction" article [also November 2002] was a great refresher of litigation issues and reconstruction design."
"I've found 'Failures' most useful as a guide in design and site management."
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