Tell us about your role at LS3P.

I write specifications. I work with teams from most of the offices and on a variety of sectors, and projects of different sizes. I love the variety of my work and getting to work with so many people at LS3P. I also really enjoy the research aspect, and enjoy crafting new specification sections. (Did you know there is ASTM has a standard for just about everything?)

Our specifications family is great – we all work together, share information, share tips, etc.
Sometimes we are the forgotten people: Invitations to project meetings or project events are often not forwarded to us; in acknowledging project team members, the spec writer isn’t mentioned.

 

What is your all-time favorite song?

Jethro Tull “Thick as a Brick.” At almost 45 minutes, you can listen to it over and over and over again without going nuts.

 

What are the greatest challenges we’re facing in the industry?

I read awhile back that as more and more “timesaving” technology came about for the home: vacuum cleaners, washing machines, dishwasher, etc., housewives actually started spending MORE and MORE time doing housework than did housewives in the 1890’s. Why? Because it was easier to do things that were once more difficult, so they did it more often, and wound up spending more time on housework. Whereas in the past twice a year, carpets were taken out and beaten, with the advent of the vacuum cleaner, carpets were vacuumed at once a week.

I sometimes wonder if this is what is happening in our industry.

Back when typewriters and drafting by hand was all the technology we had, the construction documentation was far less detailed (and possibly actually took less time). Now we have Revit, and computers, and Word, and email, and Bluebeam Revu…

I think litigation and cost concerns have created a greater pressure on getting extremely detailed construction documents. And technology has raised the level of expectations of what those extremely detailed construction documents need to include.

 

What is your favorite hometown restaurant, and what should I order if I go there?

I’m from Indiana, so any Indiana restaurant that serves a big breaded tenderloin sandwich!

 

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your role?

It’s not easy. Are you sure this is what you really want to do?

 

Are there other parts of the industry you’d like to explore?

I have experience and background in other areas besides specifications and would love to get the opportunity to spread my wings a little more. I have experience in architectural lighting design, signage and wayfinding, and project management.

 

What are your top 3 “desert island” items?

Caramel topping, cheese cake, and panna cotta. Oh, wait! DESERT island…

About Loretta

Loretta joined LS3P in 2017 with over 18 years of design and construction-related experience. She serves as a specifications writer with expertise in a wide variety of project types. Loretta is highly experienced in design and construction including construction project management, architectural lighting design, signage, and wayfinding. She has an extensive educational resume including a Master of Engineering in Construction Management and a Master of Arts in Architectural Lighting Design.

Loretta’s previous professional experience is in construction administration and specifications writing for firms in CA and SC. She is a member of the National Council on Qualifications for Lighting Professionals, the Society for Experiential Graphic Design, and the Illuminating Engineering Society.She is currently serving as President of the Charleston Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute.

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