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About The AWI Empire State Chapter

AWI – Empire State Chapter


The Empire State Chapter has a long history of providing unique networking opportunities for professional woodworkers, architects, the interior design community, suppliers to the industry, and students entering any of these fields. We are a direct local access point for the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s education programs and the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS). Members have access to the most current information on industry trends, along with the best business practices, regulatory compliance, LEED/sustainability issues, along with new methods and materials in the marketplace. Partnering opportunities abound for professionals within, and across, all disciplines. We have always found that when you gather people with a common interest and passion, there are an infinite number of ways to learn, share and grow!


History of Architectural Woodwork Institute


The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) was incorporated in Chicago, Illinois on December 17, 1954. The President was Charles A. Rinehimer and the Board of Directors consisted of 18 members including Mr. Rinehimer.


The AWI was formed by a group of individuals who were members of the Millwork Cost Bureau, a trade association of custom millwork operators founded in 1914.


The Millwork Cost Bureau's stated purpose was to establish a cost accounting procedure for custom millwork operations and provide estimating training systems for members. Among those individuals who met to plan the formation of an "architectural woodwork association" were Mr. Charles (Chic) Rinehimer, a longtime director and onetime president of the Millwork Cost Bureau and Elmer W. Root, also a former president of the Millwork Cost Bureau.


After several meetings, the Architectural Woodwork Institute was incorporated in Chicago, IL, and its Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Illinois Secretary of State on December 17, 1954.


For more information about AWI National feel free to visit their site via the link at the bottom of our homepage.

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