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Proper Use of ACI Reference Specifications

ASCC Position Statement #42

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has developed a number of specifications that are often referenced in project Contract Documents. The most familiar of these referenced specifications are ACI 117, “Standard Specifications for Tolerances for Concrete Materials and Construction,” and ACI 301, “Standard Specifications for Structural Concrete.” Specifiers often cite ACI Specifications in the Contract Documents, but many fail to comply with the Mandatory Requirements Checklist included in the Notes to Specifier.

The ACI 2013 Technical Committee Manual describes the Mandatory Requirements Checklist as follows: “The Mandatory Requirements Checklist identifies provisions that do not have a default requirement and specific requirements must be provided in the contract documents.”

ACI 301-10 also reminds the Specifier of this requirement with the following sentence in Section F4 of the ACI 301 Foreword to checklists:

“The Specifier must include these requirements in the Project Specification.

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