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Educational Specifications Forum
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Originated June 2002, new material added 03/20/2003
Randall Fielding, AIA, Editor

Commentators and Links to Postings
Bruce Jilk | Prakash Nair | Henry Sanoff | Jeff Phillips | Jack Flynn | Michael Sharp
Robert Matschulat | Nair Response to Matschulat | Jack Flynn | John Gray
Gloria Mikolajczyk | Robert Matschulat reply | Kathy McWilliams | Michael Sharp 2

This forum sprang forth from a round of e-mail messages between Bruce Jilk, Randy fielding and Prakash Nair. The conversation continues, featuring commentaries by Henry Sanoff, Jeff Phillips and Jack Flynn. Contact information for all participants is included at the end. We intend for this to be a living document, and invite your comments, so let’s hear from you!

What’s an Ed Spec?
An Ed Spec (also referred to as a program) is a detailed narrative, developed to guide the design process. An Ed Spec typically includes a summary of the educational organization’s goals or mission, a list of rooms and sizes as well as descriptions of site and spatial characteristics. Ed Specs are often developed by educational facility planning specialists. Many educational planners are also educators; some are architects.

There is a wide range in the quality, process, length, and cost of developing an Ed Spec. Some Ed Specs are brief outlines - a wish list for the client. Other Ed Specs involve diverse groups of stakeholders, take a year or more to develop, and cost over $100,000.

NCEF Ed. Spec. Resources

Educational Environment Program

Please direct your comments to the editor, or to the commentators and copy the editor.

Randall Fielding, Editor,

Bruce Jilk,

Prakash Nair,

Henry Sanoff,

Jeff Phillips,

Jack Flynn,

Michael Sharp,

Robert Matschulat, AIA, CSI, CCS, CEFPI

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