The Magic of Certification

January 15, 2019
12 - 1 PM
Center / Architecture + Design
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Registration is required
Event Cost: 

FREE | Lunch Provided

This program explores the qualification process and options design teams use and constructors must endure, and the inherent risk the owner assumes depending on when acceptable qualifications are determined. Learn how current commercial master specifications attempt to help specify qualifications, primarily for installers and fabricators using subjective and potentially irrelevant measures. Understand how independent third-party certification offers an alternative, for owners to demand, design teams to specify, and CMs and GCs to benefit, that provides a uniform measure of an industry accepted standard to demonstrate qualifications and the ability to reduce risk.


Learning Objectives

1. Attendees will understand the common standard documents for architectural projects published by AIA with specific detail on the award of subcontractors and specified qualifications.

2. Participants will analyze specifications related to glazing installer qualification and the different participant levels as part of a construction contract.

3. Attendees will learn how to specify qualification evaluation criteria as measurable and non-subjective.

4. Participants will learn how Quality Management Systems (QMS) help ensure proper construction methods and affects proper building efficiency and occupant comfort. 



Jeff Dalaba is the Program Manager for the North American Contractor Certification Program with Administrative Management Systems (AMS, Inc.) in Sackets Harbor, New York.  He has provided development and coordination with the NACC Program Certification Board, as well as other glazing industry experts, since the inception of the NACC Program to compile the industry provided best practices into the ANSI Accredited Certification Program.   Jeff is also currently leading the development of the AGMT Personnel Certification that will test both written knowledge and physical abilities of glazing technicians.  Since joining AMS in 2010 Jeff has worked with various glass industry certification programs including Window and Door Manufacturers (WDMA) Hallmark, NFRC, Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC), Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC), and the Florida Building Commission High Velocity Hurricane Zone Protocol to develop enhanced processes and efficiencies in the operations of these programs for AMS.  Prior to joining AMS he worked in the Nuclear Power and Insurance Industry including roles in Quality Assurance and Reactor Operations.  Jeff also served on a U.S. Navy Fast Attack Submarine and completed 4 deployments under the polar ice cap.


David Stutzman is the founder of Conspectus, the construction industry’s premier independent specifications consulting firm. He has been writing specifications since 1978 and as an independent specifier for more than 25 years. Dave focuses on developing methods to improve construction documentation and communications among the owner, design, and construction teams. Currently he is developing new software to provide a collaborative, transparent method to document owner project requirements, system and assembly performance, construction specifications, and facility operations criteria, all in a single, unified application designed to eliminate data gaps created by traditional methods.  


Dale Fuhr, Associate Principal with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), practices in the area of design, and evaluating and testing of curtain walls, window wall, skylights and aluminum panel systems. Services he performs include project management, specification preparation, building enclosure commissioning, system design, design review, wall testing, leak & distress investigation, peer review, litigation consulting, estimating, and construction administration and observation. Mr. Fuhr has over forty years of experience in all aspects of the contract glazing industry. During this time, he has served as an estimator, senior project manager, and operations manager, overseeing the efforts of his staff on curtain wall projects with single contracts often in excess of $15 million. His responsibilities included business development, estimating, design, material procurement, fabrication, installation, quality control, safety, project administration, contract reviews, and project management of hundreds of commercial projects, including office buildings, condominiums, hotels, educational facilities, sports arenas, medical facilities, and retail centers.


Dana Landis is a forensic engineer and façade consultant with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE). As a senior associate with experience in a wide variety of project types, Dana focuses on façade assessments, building enclosure commissioning and peer review, and hygrothermal analysis of façade systems. She also develops repair and rehabilitation documents, conducts water leakage investigations, and provides construction observation services.


About AGI

The Architectural Glass Institute (AGI) was created to provide a forum for sharing the collective expertise of our glazing contractors of the Philadelphia tri-state region and the Finishing Trades Institute. The AGI is your source for professional contractors, resources, and continuing education for all interior and exterior glass applications.

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