Means Graphic Construction Standards. R.S. Means Co.,
Inc.. 100 Construction Plaza, Kingston, MA 02364. 1986.
515 pages. $87.95 hardcover.
by Paul Hanke
Having worked with Ramsey and
Sleeper's Architectural Graphic
Standards (the architect's bible) for
many years, I expected Means Graphic
Construction Standards to be a similar
sort of compendium of construction
materials and details-at least based
upon the title. It isn't. Instead, it is a
515-page compilation of material that
will be familiar to readers of the R.S.
Means Company's wide spectrum of
Organized by CSI classifications,
each section devotes one or two
pages to clear drawings of a typical
construction assembly (e.g., wood
joists and plywood decks), a short
written description of the
components and materials, and