According to our BuildSite Submittals user, architects are routinely requesting physical samples of common (and not so common) acoustical products with their project submittals. This includes samples they have seen multiple times, such as batts and gypsum board. Now, I can understand why a designer would want samples to confirm the colors and textures of interior elements they have not used recently, or at all. But common insulation and drywall products?
The other disturbing piece of this is the sheer number of samples that are being requested. How many do they request, you ask? Three: one for the GC, one for the subcontractor and one for the requesting architect? Sometimes, IF the distributor is "lucky." Try TWELVE--when he isn't. Twelve? Are you kidding me?! Who's getting these samples? And what are THEY doing with them... over and over again?
Get a calculator and start adding this up, considering the time involved, the cost of the sample, and the cost of shipping:
- Distributor requests samples from manufacturer.
- Manufacturer ships to distributor.
- Distributor bundles all samples with submittal.
- Distributor ships to architect or GC.
- Architect or GC ships to sub and other(s).