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April 2017

ARCOM April Newsletter

ARCOM has purchased InterSpec, the highly regarded developer of technology tools for architects, engineers, and the construction industry. This acquisition combines ARCOM’s expertly developed MasterSpec® master guide specifications with InterSpec's leading BIM-to-specifications software, e-SPECS®. Read more…

ARCOM Appoints New Leaders

Following ARCOM's acquisition of InterSpec, Gill Letourneau, founder and CEO of InterSpec, was appointed ARCOM's General Manager of Architectural and Engineering Products.

David Houde, former Director of Sales and Marketing at InterSpec, will serve as Vice President of Sales for the integrated ARCOM and InterSpec sales teams.

Amy Cowles, InterSpec's Controller, will now serve as the Corporate Controller of ARCOM.

ARCOM's headquarters will remain in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the existing Alexandria, Virginia, office and newly acquired Portland, Maine, office also continuing to serve our clients.

ARCOM is committed to continually improving our customers’ experience. In response to our customers' requests, you can now conveniently view and pay your invoice online six weeks before your license expires. If you are a member of organizations that recommend or endorse MasterSpec® or SpecText®, you can also take advantage of member discounts. Watch out for more customer experience enhancements in the future! Learn more...

Imprinted Asphalt

Imprinted asphalt (also called textured asphalt, stamped asphalt, or patterned paving) has been incorporated into the specifications of some state Departments of Transportation (DOTs). The state DOTs have found these systems to be exceptional for their aesthetics and durability. Imprinted asphalt had once been the proprietary system of a single company, but now at least one other company has developed methods to produce similar results.

Addressing Effective Owner Communication

As a specification writer, are you challenged with last-minute project changes? Liz O’Sullivan, AIA, CSI, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP, SCIP a MasterSpec customer and an independent specification consultant, has a blog where she shares Comments from a Spec Writer. In her article, “Addressing Effective Owner Communication,” published in the December 2016 issue of The Construction Specifier, she highlights how MasterSpec can help ease the pain and time involved in making last-minute changes to specs. You can follow Liz at Read more...

David Furry, Director of SpecText, Retires

ARCOM's Director of SpecText®, David Furry, retired in December 2016. David's knowledge of civil infrastructure and water and wastewater facilities was instrumental in expanding the SpecText specification libraries. With David’s help and expertise, ARCOM was able to develop libraries for Water/Wastewater Utilities, Water/Wastewater Equipment, Industrial Wastewater Treatment, and Material Handling. David’s skills will be greatly missed, but we wish him the best in his retirement.

Featured Manufacturers

As a MasterSpec® or SpecText® customer, you understand that tailoring the specifications to meet individual project needs can sometimes be challenging. Manufacturers understand the importance of helping you with this task and have enhanced their listings in these specification systems. Learn about some of the manufacturers that have included additional resources to help you in your product research. Read more...

Air Distribution Concepts
American Structures & Design
Ameristar Perimeter Security, USA
Blue Ribbon Corp.
Boon Edam, Inc.
Buckaroos Inc.
CPI Daylighting
Encore Wire
Engieered Polymer Solutions
Everkem Diversified Products
Flex Membrane International
Flexfire LEDs

FNW; Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
Franklin International
GE Power
Georgia Pacific
H&C Diversified (Sherwin Williams)
Hays Fluid Controls
Heresite Protective Coatings
Karona by Jen-Weld
Keene Building Products
Key Resin
Kwik-Wall Company
Menzies Metal

Oval Fire Products
Pulp Studio
Rodda Paint
Steel Construction Systems
Surge Suppression Incorporated
T&S Brass
Tnemec, Inc.
Versa Dry LLC
W.R. Meadows
Wasco Products Inc.

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“MasterSpec ® has saved us from litigation. It has kept us from big problems. We have had lawyers who have tried to break the specs apart but couldn’t because MasterSpec is solid. What we pay for MasterSpec is nothing compared to the value we receive. We use it all the time. It has the most complete encyclopedia of materials and other resources.”

Gloria Rasmussen
RMW Architecture & Interiors, San Francisco, CA

MasterSpec client since 1999


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