Specification Writer (NY, CA, or DC Location)

Perkins Eastman Perkins Eastman Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Thu, Oct 26 '17Posted on:

Perkins Eastman is an international planning, design and consulting firm that was founded in 1981. Headquartered in NYC, the firm has a professional staff of approximately 1000 made up of architects, interior designers, planners, urban designers, landscape architects and graphic designers.

Our Technical Resources team is seeking a talented, detailed individual to serve as a Specification Writer.   Reporting to the Specification Principal in Charge, the Specification Writer will be responsible for developing detailed project specifications and assist project teams from various studios in coordinating contract documents.  The Specification Writer will write, and update specification for construction.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and review the procurement contracting requirements.
  • Review drawings and projects information to write and edit specifications for projects and coordinates compliance with project requirements, Perkins Eastman Standards, technical conditions existing laws, rules, codes and regulations.
  • Develop and maintain a library of commonly used architectural and building system specifications.
  • Assist project architects and designers with shop drawings submittals and substation review.
  • Write bidding documents and editing Division 1 sections.
  • Participate in project life cycle cost analysis.
  • Assist in developing policies related to construction.
  • Regularly meeting with construction team and monitor change order occurrences to identify areas of specification improvements.
  • Acts as a risk management resource to advise project managers and leaders.
  • Provides quality management reviews and technical advice in design development through construction document phases.
  • Foster internal and external client service mindset.
  • Conduct internal specification training.
  • Maintain and develop vendor relationships.
  • Mentors tech staff.
  • Attends meetings with owners and contactor.

Key skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or Master’s in Architecture preferred.
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in specifications development. 
  • Registered Architect and NCARB registration preferred.
  • Construction Specifications Institute Certification preferred.
  • LEED Certification preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of construction procedures, building codes, and schedules.
  • Strong knowledge of sustainability, integrated design and LEED guidelines.
  • Proficiency in specifications software programs such as e-SPECS preferred.
  • Proficiency in Newforma.
  • Ability to research and apply to technical documents.
  • Ability to multitask, work on multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effective both in writing and verbally.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Familiarity with Revit is preferred.


If you would like to join a dynamic, energized, innovative and collaborative environment, where your ideas will be heard and your skills challenged,  send your cover letter and resume  and office location of interest as one file ( Adobe PDF preferred but Word is acceptable)  to  with “Specifications Writer – Your Name” in the subject line.   No phone calls please.  Due to the nature of work with Federal Government, a normal background check maybe required. Perkins Eastman is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a participant in the Federal E-Verify program.   EOE/M/F/D/V

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