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Study of Top 500 Design Firms Plans to Adopt MasterFormat 2004 Kevin R. Miller, Ph.D. D. Mark Hutchings, Ph.D. Brigham Young University Introduction 1961 initial meeting Objective Standardize the Organization of Construction Documents Since the creation of MasterFormat (MF) 1964, Updates occurred approx. every 7 8 years 2004 Update Update process started in 2001; lasted 3 years. 2004 version changed from 16 to 50 divisions. 1995 Version Division 1 General Requirement Division 2 Site Work Division 3 Concrete Division 4 Masonry Division 5 Metals Division 6 Carpentry

Division 7 Moisture Control Division 8 Doors, Windows Division 9 Finishes Division 10 Specialties Division 11 Equipment Division 12 Furnishings Division 13 Special Construction Division 14 Conveying Systems Division 15 Mechanical Division 16 Electrical ***Similar between both versions 2004 Version Division 00 Procurement & Contracting Requirements Division 02 Existing Conditions Division 21 Fire Suppression Division 22 Plumbing Division 23 Heating, Ventilating, & Air Conditioning Division 25 Integrated Automation Division 26 Electrical Division 27 Communications Division 28 Electronic Safety and Security Division 31 Earthwork Division 32 Exterior Improvements Division 33 Utilities Divisions 34+ for Transportation & Industrial process Construction Question With such a radical change, will designers adopt the change and what is the time table of their adopting MF 2004?

Methodology Identified ENR's Top 500 Design Firms as the basis of the survey. ENR has published this list 40 years. The information that ENR collects is self reported by the companies. Survey conducted during the summer of 2005 Methodology Cont Randomly selected 200 of the 500 in the list. Stratified the sample by Annual Revenue (shown in Millions) 500 + 100 500 50 100 25 50 17 - 25 Contacted the Spec Writers in each company.

Survey conducted by phone Methodology Cont. Contacted 143 of the companies. 29 chose not to participate in the study. 114 firms participated. Of the 114, 79 companies currently use MF on over 50% of their projects. All Firms # F irm s U s in g 9 5 A d o p t in g M F2004 R e s p o n d e n t typ e A = A r c h it e c t A E = A r c h it e c t - E n g in e e r A E C = A r c h it e c t - E n g in e e r - C o n t r a c t o r A P = A r c h it e c t - P la n n e r C E = C o n t r a c t o r - E n g in e e r E = E n g in e e r E A = E n g in e e r - C o n t r a c t o r E A C = E n g in e e r - A r c h it e c t - C o n t r a c t o r

E A P = E n g in e e r - A r c h it e c t - P la n n e r E C = E n g in e e r - C o n t r a c t o r E N V = E n v ir o n m e n t a l E n g in e e r G E = G e o T e c h n ic a l E n g in e e r O = O th e r Sum 20 18 1 1 40 4 19 1 1 4 2 2 1 18 16 1 1 20 3 17 1 0 1 0 0 1 114

11 15 1 1 13 1 16 Not A d o p t in g D o n t % A d o p t in g Know 5 1 2 6 2 1 1 6 1 .1 % 9 3 .8 % 1 0 0 .0 % 1 0 0 .0 % 6 5 .0 % 3 3 .3 % 9 4 .1 % 0 .0 %

2 7 .8 % 6 .3 % 0 .0 % 0 .0 % 3 0 .0 % 6 6 .7 % 5 .9 % 0 .0 % 1 1 0 0 .0 % 0 .0 % 1 1 0 0 .0 % 7 5 .9 % 0 .0 % 1 9 .0 % 1 79 % Not A d o p t in g 60 15 4

Primarily Architecture Firms # F ir m s U s in g 9 5 A d o p t in g Not M F 2 0 0 4 A d o p t in g R e s p o n d e n t typ e C la s s ify A r c h a s m a in fu n c tio n A = A r c h ite c t A E = A r c h ite c t- E n g in e e r A E C = A r c h ite c t- E n g in e e r - C o n tr a c to r A P = A r c h ite c t- P la n n e r 20 18 1 1 18 16 1 1 40 11 15 1 1 36 D o n t % A d o p t in g % N o t Know A d o p t in g 5 1

28 2 0 0 0 6 2 6 1 .1 % 9 3 .8 % 1 0 0 .0 % 1 0 0 .0 % 7 7 .8 % 2 7 .8 % 6 .3 % 0 .0 % 0 .0 % 1 6 .7 % Firms by Annual Revenue # F ir m s U s in g 9 5 A d o p t in g Not D o n t % A d o p t in g % N o t M F 2 0 0 4 A d o p t in g K n o w A d o p t in g R e s p o n d e n t typ e 500+ 100+ 50+ 25+ 17+

3 13 24 41 32 113 1 11 15 29 23 79 1 9 12 22 16 60 0 2 1 6 6 15 0 0 2 1 1 4

1 0 0 .0 % 8 1 .8 % 8 0 .0 % 7 5 .9 % 6 9 .6 % 7 5 .9 % 0 .0 % 1 8 .2 % 6 .7 % 2 0 .7 % 2 6 .1 % 1 9 .0 % Other Findings & Conclusion 60 of the 79 firms adopting MF 2004 plan on doing so before or during 2006. This should translate to Construction companies being required to use MF 2004 for new projects bidding during 2006. Educators should begin considering MF 2004 as a topic in their courses.

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