What changes should I anticipate in the process due to the new Architectural Certification requirements?
Aside from the new requirement to choose the appropriate Architectural Certification Category that best defines the project, there will be no additional changes in the design process. After completion of projects in Categories AA and AB, architects and construction professionals will be asked to complete an Architectural Project Survey.
As a designer, I want to specify Category AD for part of the structure and specify Category AA on another part. Can I do this?
Yes, you can. Please consult with your local PCI-Certified producer or PCI regional affiliate to discuss the best way to communicate your expectations on the drawings and in the specifications.
Will all previous A1 producers be qualified into all the new Architectural Certification Categories?
No. Each architectural precast concrete producer will be recertified into a new Architectural Certification Category that reflects the capabilities demonstrated by the facility.
Do the changes to the Architectural Certification Program have any effect on PCI-certified erector requirements?
PCI-certified erectors will be required for Categories AA, AB, and AC. The use of a PCI-certified erector is encouraged for Category AD.
Does the new Architectural Certification Program increase the time I (or my firm) must spend managing a project?
No. The only change to the design process would be the selection of the appropriate Architectural Certification Category for inclusion in the specifications.
When should specifiers start using the new Architectural Certification Categories in project documents?
Specifiers should incorporate the new Architectural Certification Categories in projects bidding July 1, 2021, or thereafter.
When will PCI publish a list of manufacturers certified for each new Architectural Certification Category?
PCI will publish a complete list of manufacturers certified in the new Architectural Certification Categories on July 1, 2021.
What will happen if I continue to specify A1 Certification for my projects?
After July 1, 2021, the A1, CA, and BA Certification Categories will cease to exist. If former Certification Categories are specified after that date, PCI-certified architectural precast concrete producers will contact the specifier prior to bid date to request a certification clarification. The specifier should then issue a bid package addendum clarifying the specific Architectural Certification Category required.
As an architect, what can I do if the GC/CM takes pricing from a precast concrete producer that is not certified in the Architectural Certification Category I have specified for my project?
In most cases, the building owner (or owner’s representative) has the ultimate responsibility for accepting contractors/subcontractors. If a bidding precast concrete producer is not certified in the Architectural Certification Category the project architect has specified, the architect should request that the owner only consider producers having the appropriate Architectural Certification Category for the project.