Architectural Woodwork Standards
the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) and Woodworking
Institute (WI) have partnered to publish a new quality standards
manual for the North American Architectural Woodwork industry.
The new manual, Architectural
Woodwork Standards 2009 is the authoritative guide to architectural
woodwork with measurable quality tests. The manual contains
detailed technical standards and illustrations on a variety
of wood topics including Panel Products, Veneers, Standing
and Running Trim, Cabinets, Wood Frames and Doors, Factory
Finishing and Installation. This guide is invaluable when
specifying architectural millwork or researching current architectural
woodwork standards. Please download our order form to purchase
your copy of the current manual. Companies who join our association
will receive one copy free with their membership.
Order Form 2009 (95KB)
Guaranteed and Inspection Service (GIS)
The AWMAC Guarantee and Inspection
Service program offers, through its members in good standing,
a two year AWMAC Guarantee Certificate on projects which have
GIS specified in the project contract documents.
The mandate of GIS is to ensure
that the quality of materials and workmanship of the architectural
woodwork specified are in compliance with the current AWMAC
Quality Standards Manual. GIS offers the owner, customer,
design authority, and woodwork contractor an assurance that
strict monitoring of the architectural woodwork requirements
on a given project will meet the specified QSI standards.
The GIS program is based on
a three-phase review process with a written report issued
by an AWMAC appointed inspector at each phase.1. Review of
Shop Drawings.2. Review of sample or prototype unit when specified.3.
Project site inspection.
Upon successful completion of the millwork project, AWMAC
will issue a guarantee certificate, certifying that the architectural
woodwork has been manufactured and/or installed in accordance
with the standards incorporated in the QSI manual.
The current manual contains
the specific requirements for GIS to be included in architectural
woodwork tender documents and is usually incorporated into
specifications section 6400.
office for more complete details and information.
A Brief History of AWMAC Ontario Chapter
The Architectural Millworkers of Ontario
was unofficially active in the late fifties and early sixties with
a handful of members from companies like Jones Wood, Welsh Custom
Woodwork, Laidlaw Lumber, Gardener of Galt and Rathburn Millwork.
The A.M.O. officially registered in the province of Ontario as a
non-profit association on November 7, 1966.
On September 25, 1970, Doug Wignal
of St. Catherines represented the A.M.O. and attended the first
AWMAC meeting in B.C.
In 1972, the first AWMAC Quality Standards
Manual was published with revisions being issued subsequently in
1978, 1984, 1991 and 1998.
One of our founding members Mr. Syd
Thompson of Jones Wood became the first President of AWMAC from
Ontario in 1986. At this time the A.M.O. had 9 Contractor members
and 2 associate members.
A.M.O. in 1989 contracted the Toronto
Construction Association to provide secretarial services for our
In 1990 Mr. Werner O. Schmidt became
the second President of AWMAC from Ontario and continued his term
With the Guarantee and Inspection
(GIS) Program being adopted in 1994 as a national program Ontario
was quick to get on board. On October 29, 1996, the Guarantee and
Inspection Service was introduced in Ontario and development of
the program had commenced.
The AWMAC Ontario constitution was
changed in 1997 to allow Associate members full voting and director
privileges in Ontario including the right to sit as President of
The provincial chapters in 2000 agreed
to standardize their names and the A.M.O. changed its title to AWMAC
Ontario Chapter. At this time AWMAC Ontario's membership grew to
25 Contractor and 17 Associate members.
In 2001 Alan Sparling from Conestoga
College became AWMAC Ontario's first president from an Associate
On June 3, 2006, at the Annual General
Meeting in Calgary, Mr. Vince Parolin from Art Magic Carpentry became
the third President of AWMAC from Ontario. Mr. Parolin was previously
president of AWMAC Ontario in 1997, 1998 and 1999.