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Specifying Architectural Millwork, a Web Reach with the Woodwork Institute

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About This Program

This seminar provides in-depth information for specifying both laminate and wood veneer cabinets and millwork oriented to commercial and institutional spaces. From core materials to laminate types, veneer species and panel matching, the different options are covered along with pros and cons of each and how to choose the appropriate one for your project. Site conditions for delivery and storage are the starting point, then on through materials, surface types, hardware and finishing systems. Getting the right information to the fabricator is critical to ensuring the final product meets the job requirements and the design intent. This seminar will help get you there.

Session Takeaways

  • Understand how to prepare a clear, concise, correct, and complete specification section using the Woodwork Institute guide specifications or a commercial specifying program.
  • Learn to specify product by three methods: descriptive, referenced standard, and proprietary.
  • Identify the four surface types: Exposed exterior, exposed interior, semi-exposed, and concealed.
  • Learn the pros and cons of selecting different woodworking materials and how they influence the quality and aesthetic of the project.

Learning Units

CSI: 1.0 LU
*May be submitted for domain specific learning units to CDT recertification, and/or general learning units for CCCA, CCS, and CCPR.
AIA: 1.0 LU/HSW*
**Approved for AIA/HSW Learning Units.

Relevant Practices

Specifying/Information Management
Product Selection/Specification
Quality Assurance/Quality Control


  • Mitch Taylor, CSI, CDT

    With a woodworking lineage dating from 1929, Mitch Taylor’s expertise and commitment to the industry were cultivated throughout his life. He joined Taylor Millwork and Stair Co as a teen, later graduating from Cal State Dominguez Hills, then commencing full-time work in 1974. Beginning in production, he refined his skills in casework, stair assembly and installation, then moved onto estimation, detailing and engineering.

    In 1984 he co-founded Taylor Brother Stair Co., specializing in upscale residential and commercial projects, offering high-quality millwork and casework.

    Since 2011, as Woodwork Institute’s Architectural Services Director, he offers certification inspections, AIA seminars and expert guidance to design professionals and millwork firms.

October 25, 2023
Wed 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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