Design Collaborative Streamlines Specifications with e-SPECS

AVITRU, the industry leading provider of integrated construction specification software and services, is proud to announce that Design Collaborative has selected its patented e-SPECS solutions as the firm wide specification solution.

Founded with the mission to improve people’s worlds, Design Collaborative is an integrated design firm providing architecture, mechanical and electrical engineering, and interior design services for Higher Education, Healthcare and Corporate design clients. With over 20 years in practice, Design Collaborative’s team has been defined – as their name suggests – by their expertise and commitment to collaboration.

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Citing a need to standardize their construction documents, Design Collaborative audited a number of software programs in search of a solution that would offer them increased efficiency in production time. While upgrading their workflow, the firm also identified a need to catalog the knowledge amassed in over 10 years of product research and project manuals.

“Our engineering team wanted to move towards the industry standard,” said Jason Baker, Associate Partner and Professional Mechanical Engineer at Design Collaborative. “We were editing custom Word files and wanted to integrate the years of experience used in those custom sections into the MasterFormat 2004. This would allow us to be united as a firm and use a consistent, single software that met our specification writing needs.”

With the firm incorporating AIA MasterSpec master specifications to enhance their commitment to clients, Design Collaborative selected e-SPECS to streamline their specifications process. By integrating e-SPECS across the firm’s disciplines, Design Collaborative was able to standardize project manual development using e-SPECS Linx and archive the years of design knowledge using e-SPECS Designer to begin building an internal office master.

“Before e-SPECS, it was a monumental task for us to put together project manuals. With e-SPECS, we are able to generate a lot of project manual content very quickly,” said Lori Donovan, Project Secretary at Design Collaborative. “Now, we use e-SPECS on every project in the office.”

“We have seen an increase in efficiency using e-SPECS,” said Tim Terman, Principal and Registered Architect at Design Collaborative. “The extensive use of e-SPECS within our offices is a testament to what e-SPECS can do.”

e-SPECS software solutions automate the preparation of construction specifications along with the selection of materials and products for commercial construction projects. e-SPECS software solutions are used by thousands of architects, engineers and construction professionals to accelerate the production of their specifications while reducing the overall cost of development.

“Firms such as Design Collaborative are coordinating a wealth of data and design knowledge. We are proud to offer the solution they need to ensure the highest quality construction documents are produced efficiently,” said Gilles Letourneau, General Manager, Architectural and Engineering Product at Avitru. “It is exciting to see Design Collaborative utilizing the intelligence provided by e-SPECS to meet today’s demanding challenges and exceed their design commitments to clients.”

About Design Collaborative

Design Collaborative is an architecture & engineering firm founded in 1992 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has expertise with Higher Education, Healthcare, and Corporate clients. Design Collaborative was the 2011 recipient of the American Institute of Architects ‘Distinguished Firm Award’ for the State of Indiana as well as the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Small Business of the Year.’ You can learn more about Design Collaborative by visiting their website at

About Avitru

Avitru provides software solutions and spec writing services built on its patented e-SPECS technology. For architects and engineers, e-SPECS saves time and cost while producing a higher quality project or  ensuring your BIM models are coordinated with the specs. e-SPECS integrates directly with Autodesk Revit and supports all specification master libraries of MasterSpec®, US Dept of Veterans Affairs, SpecsIntact Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS), and offers the ability to integrate custom masters. For more information visit or contact sales at +1-207-772-6135.