What is the CSI MasterFormat?

MasterFormat is the specifications-writing standard for commercial design and construction projects in North America. It encompasses lists, titles and section numbers for organizing data about construction requirements, products and activities.

By standardizing such information, MasterFormat facilitates communication among architects, specifiers, contractors and suppliers, which helps them meet building owners’ requirements, timelines and budgets.

Why Does it Matter?

It matters because technology projects are filled with dependencies. Coordination with other trades will often make or break a project. All the engineering and technical knowledge in the world cannot make up for a missed coordination item.

It matters because preventing a problem is always more productive than fixing one.

Headache

A floor core was missed in your beautiful new conference room a week before your space opens. You will be faced with the choice of loss of functionality, dangling cords across the floor, or the costly expense of cutting the slab, and it’s probably too late to do that.

Headache

Your access control door hardware is not coordinated with your door vendor? You may have project delays, costs of RMAs, and yes, of course, the dreaded unknown change order.

Headaches like this don’t happen with ASD®.

How ASD® does it.

ASD® designs, installs, and maintains workplace technologies as outlined in Division 27 and 28 of the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) MasterFormat. Our project managers and sales consultants are trained to help you avoid pitfalls described above as well as many others.

During the project kick off we run through a checklist on each system installed and have our Design Studio work on coordination (shop) drawings. During the project our project managers attend and participate in construction meetings helping to bridge the gap between technology and construction.

ASD®‘s Division 27 & Division 28 Expertise

Division 27

  • 27 01 00 Operation and Maintenance of Communications Systems
  • 27 05 00 Common Work Results for Communications
  • 27 06 00 Schedules for Communications
  • 27 08 00 Commissioning of Communications
  • 27 10 00 Structured Cabling
  • 27 11 00 Communications Equipment Room Fittings
  • 27 13 00 Communications Backbone Cabling
  • 27 15 00 Communications Horizontal Cabling
  • 27 20 00 Data Communications
  • 27 21 00 Data Communications Network Equipment
  • 27 21 00 Data Communications Network Equipment
  • 27 21 00 Data Communications Network Equipment
  • 27 33 00 Voice Communications Messaging
  • 27 34 00 Call Accounting
  • 27 35 00 Call Management
  • 27 40 00 Audio-Video Communications
  • 27 41 13 Architecturally Integrated Audio-Video Equipment
  • 27 42 00 Electronic Digital Systems
  • 27 50 00 Distributed Communications and Monitoring Systems
  • 27 51 23 Intercommunications and Program Systems
  • 27 51 26 Assistive Listening Systems
  • 27 53 00 Distributed Systems

Division 28

  • 28 01 00 Operation and Maintenance of Electronic Safety and Security
  • 28 05 00 Common Work Results for Electronic Safety and Security
  • 28 13 00 Access Control
  • 28 13 53 Security Access Detection
  • 28 16 00 Intrusion Detection
  • 28 20 00 Electronic Surveillance
  • 28 23 00 Video Surveillance
  • 28 26 00 Electronic Personal Protection Systems

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