What are architectural shop drawings?

Typically Architectural Shop Drawings are described as a set of drawings produced by the contractor, supplier, manufacturer, subcontractor, or fabricator.

Shop drawings are typically required for pre-fabricated components. Examples of these components  include: Storefronts, Curtain Walls, Windows, and many other Glass & Glazing products, etc. The shop drawings are drawn to show the Glazing Contractor's or the manufacturer’s actual product information that is specified in the architect’s construction documents.

The drawings normally show more specific details than the architectural construction documents. They are drawn to explain the fabrication and/or installation of the glazing items for the manufacturer's production crew or contractor's installation crews.

The style of the shop drawings vary significantly from that of the architect's drawings. The shop drawing's primary emphasis is on a particular product or it’s installation. 

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