Specs for Non-Existant Products

"Dealing with Architects who Spec Non-Existent Products" is the topic for a roundtable discussion at next month's convention of the Ceiling and Interior Systems Contractor Association (CISCA). I understand the problem CISCA is trying to address; I have seen project specifications with:
  • Discontinued products.
  • Products that exist, but are not produced by the named manufacturer.
  • Model numbers combined with descriptions or performance requirements that don't match.
  • Customizations that require entirely new sets of tooling.
  • Errors in naming or describing products.
I recommend two ways for a contractor to deal with this:

1.  Submit a request for clarification during the bidding process.
2.  Ask a product rep to make a call on the specifier.