ARCOM is the leader in specifications and exclusively publishes MasterSpec for the AIA for use by architects, engineers, landscape architects, specification writers, and design professionals involved in building projects.

ARCOM owns and publishes SpecText for use by civil, environmental, and structural engineers for infrastructure projects, including water, wastewater, and sanitary engineering.

ARCOM also develops SpecWare and SpecAgent. SpecWare is a suite of specification productivity software tools that dramatically simplifies specification creation and use, from easy-to-use Masterworks to BIM integration. SpecAgent is a web-based resource designed to work with MasterSpec and SpecText that streamlines the process of construction product research and manufacturer selection.

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Press Releases

For the latest announcements regarding MasterSpec and Masterspec Section-editing Tools, please refer to the press releases on this page. 

06/30/2014 ARCOM to Sponsor U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015

ARCOM to Donate MasterSpec Library and LEED Requirements Resource to Collegiate Design Teams for Next Year's Program...

06/30/2014 ARCOM and MPI Collaborate to Create Innovative Online Paint Specification Tool

ARCOM and Master Painters Institute (MPI) are pleased to announce the release of their free online tool that extends the capability of the MPI Architectural Painting Decision Tree to creating MasterSpec specifications...

06/26/2014 MasterSpec Celebrates 45 Years at AIA Convention in Chicago!

ARCOM and The American Institute of Architects (AIA) are celebrating the 45th birthday of MasterSpec at the AIA Convention 2014 in Chicago....

06/26/2014 ARCOM Unveils New Cloud-Based Sustainability Resource for MasterSpec®

ARCOM is pleased to release its innovative new cloud-based sustainability resource for MasterSpec...

03/04/2014 ARCOM Enhances MasterSpec® Lighting Specification Sections

The former lighting sections attempted to cover every lighting application and luminaire type. This approach made the sections large and cumbersome to edit and update.

02/26/2014 ARCOM Increases Scope of MasterSpec Small Project

In response to growing client demand, MasterSpec Small Project now features some of the tools and resources included in the flagship MasterSpec software, namely Supporting Documents and Paragraph Builder, two of the most popular tools.

02/04/2014 ARCOM Releases Mechanical/Electrical Specifications for Altarix Software

Altarix is an innovative specification productivity software that helps engineers produce specifications with a sleek on-screen editor or smart Q&A editor. Altarix goes beyond the basic capabilities of traditional specification editors and allows specifiers to reuse specification sections from existing projects to create new, custom sections.

11/21/2013 ARCOM Announces Strategic Alliance with Gypsum Association

As collaboration partners, ARCOM and the Gypsum Association will work together to provide expert guidance and knowledge for design professionals to specify high-quality construction projects and to offer an easy method for creating gypsum board specifications for the construction industry.

11/20/2013 ARCOM to Support USGBC's LEED v4

ARCOM is carefully evaluating the requirements set forth by LEED v4, a new, more flexible green building rating system with updated technical content and more efficient, user-friendly tools.

08/01/2013 NETA and ARCOM Collaborate on MasterSpec® Electrical Testing Requirements

This February, the InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) and ARCOM launched a collaboration to incorporate enhanced requirements for electrical testing in The American Institute of Architects (AIA) MasterSpec® master guide specification sections.

07/31/2013 ARCOM Announces Strategic Alliance with Master Painters Institute

ARCOM is pleased to announce a new strategic alliance and endorsement agreement with the Master Painters Institute (MPI), the leading publisher of painting standards and best practices, tester of paint products, and maintainer of tested and approved paint products in North America.

07/23/2013 ARCOM Launches Specifications.org

Specifications.org is built around a curating and crowdsourcing model with the goals of making this information better organized for architects, engineers, specifiers and other building and construction professionals and providing more focused, accurate results than generic search engines.

07/16/2013 Altarix®, Part of ARCOM's SpecWare® Suite of Specification Software, Certified for Windows 7

Altarix is a comprehensive specification productivity software that allows users to produce complete project manuals with built-in global tools, smart Q&A editor, intelligent options, project notes, and a sleek on-screen editor.

04/30/2013 ARCOM Announces Strategic Alliance with Master Painters Institute

... a new strategic alliance and endorsement agreement with the Master Painters Institute (MPI), the leading publisher of painting standards and best practices, tester of paint products ...

04/23/2013 ARCOM® Now a Registered Provider with ACEC's Registered Continuing Education Program

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) welcomed ARCOM as a registered provider for the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP), a continuing education system for professional engineers.

04/11/2013 Masterworks 7.0 for the Mac Available with Next MasterSpec® Update

ARCOM's upcoming MasterSpec update, scheduled for release this April, will introduce Masterworks 7.0 for the Mac for use with Microsoft Word 2011.

03/25/2013 ARCOM® Launches Altarix, SpecWare's Latest Software for Creating MasterSpec-Based Specifications

This week, ARCOM introduced Altarix(TM), new specification productivity software that gives specifiers complete control over their specifications to produce consistent, accurate, and complete Project Manuals.

01/29/2013 Former ARCOM President and CEO, Edward F. Smith, D.Arch., FAIA, FCSI, Awarded AIA Utah’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Last fall, Edward F. "Ted" Smith, ARCOM’s former President and CEO, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from American Institute of Architects (AIA) Utah at the chapter's annual Design Awards for Excellence in Architecture.

01/29/2013 ARCOM Releases Masterworks 7.2 Software

ARCOM is pleased to announce the release of Masterworks 7.2, the industry's most extensive productivity software for word processors, and the unveiling of Paragraph Builder, a brand-new Masterworks feature that further streamlines the editing process for MasterSpec® licensees.

01/25/2013 Electrical Engineer Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, Joins ARCOM Engineering Specifications Writing Team

This January, ARCOM welcomed Michael A. Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, to its team of engineering specification writers based in ARCOM's Alexandria, Virginia office.

09/12/2012 ARCOM Celebrates 25th Anniversary as Corporation, Sole Source of MasterSpec Fulfillment and Support

This September, ARCOM, an exclusive publisher of MasterSpec master guide specifications for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is proud to celebrate its 40th anniversary as an entity and the 25th anniversary of its official incorporation.

08/15/2012 ARCOM to Sponsor U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 for Third Consecutive Competition Year

ARCOM has announced its sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.

06/14/2012 ARCOM's Masterworks is Compatible with Windows 7

ARCOM is pleased to announce that Masterworks 7.0 is now recognized by Microsoft Corp. as compatible with the Windows 7 operating system and is eligible to display the "Compatible with Windows 7" logo.

05/17/2012 ARCOM Launches Ground-Breaking MasterSpec Historic Preservation Library at AIA Expo 2012

ARCOM is pleased to introduce an original Historic Preservation Library within its MasterSpec specification system in recognition of the longevity of aged buildings. The new supplement, a first-ever release of specifications dedicated to addressing historical treatment, will officially launch at AIA Expo 2012, May 17-19 in Washington, D.C.

05/16/2012 ARCOM Announces Upcoming Masterworks Version for Macintosh

ARCOM is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a Masterworks version for the Macintosh, another product in its SpecWare® suite of specification productivity software.

05/14/2012 ARCOM Announces New Version of e-SPECS to Integrate MasterSpec with GRAPHISOFT's ArchiCAD

ARCOM is pleased to announce a new version of e-SPECS Specification Management product suite, e-SPECS for ArchiCAD. As part of ARCOM's SpecWare suite of specification automation tools, the software will interface with GRAPHISOFT's ArchiCAD BIM application to integrate MasterSpec with ArchiCAD.

05/01/2012 ARCOM Announces Strategic Alliance and Endorsement Agreement with Society for Design Administration

ARCOM is pleased to announce a new strategic alliance and endorsement agreement with the Society for Design Administration (SDA), an affiliate of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and professional membership organization that promotes education and best practices of design firm administrative personnel.

04/03/2012 MasterSpec and SpecText are MasterFormat 2012 Compliant!

ARCOM is pleased to announce that MasterSpec® and SpecText® master guide specifications are compliant with MasterFormat 2012 as of the 1st Quarter 2012 updates. MasterFormat™ 2012 was recently published by CSI/CSC.

09/13/2011 ARCOM Announces Masterworks 7.0 – For MasterSpec and SpecText

ARCOM is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Masterworks 7.0, the latest in its SpecWare® suite of specification productivity software.

06/08/2011 MasterSpec Small Project - 2011 Edition Now Available!

ARCOM is pleased to announce that the MasterSpec Small Project 2011 Edition is now available.


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