About Julie K. Brown

Getty-Center-text.pngJulie K. Brown, CSI, CCS, SCIP, principal, was educated at Ventura City College and San Bernardino State College. Ms. Brown has owned her own design/build firm and combines this expertise with her experience on building delivery systems to bring a fresh approach to the services provided by the firm. Ms. Brown holds a Construction Document Technologist Certification from CSI and is a Certified Construction Specifier. Ms. Brown was on the board of Construction Science Research Foundation (CSRF) and was the chair of CSRF’s Technical Review Committee for SPECTEXT® updates. Ms. Brown was on the specification team for the Getty Center for the Arts and Disney Concert Hall, and was lead specifier for Broadway State Office Building using modified-design-build for a half million square foot office renovation, and Capitol East End Office Complex a large modified-design-build project for the State of California, with 1.5 million square feet of new offices on 5 city blocks.

The principal and associates are all members of the Construction Specifications Institute, and of one or more of the following: American Institute of Architects (AIA), Specification Consultants In Independent Practice (SCIP), International Code of Building Officials (ICBO), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Steel Structures Painting Council (SSPC), United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the American Concrete Institute (ACI).


  • JKB Architectural Specifications, LLC offers specialized experience that contributes to the overall success of a project. Our staff is pro-active and will take the initiative in requesting information and in advising the client on choices, decisions, and options within firm’s area of responsibility.
  • The range of projects that JKB Architectural Specifications, LLC has been involved in for the past 20 plus years includes assisted living facilities, building renovation/restoration/retrofit, seismic strengthening, medical facilities, educational facilities, museums, civic centers and other public buildings, corporate headquarters, and retail buildings.
  • The firm’s background and capabilities are well suited to work with large design teams, as demonstrated by the project list attached. With a combined experience of over ninety years, the principal and associates are capable of undertaking projects of any size with any type of delivery system.

For the Love of Words

By Julie Brown, CSI, CCS, SCIP

 I have always been fascinated by words, because they are as changing as the weather. Their meaning changes not only with time, but depending on which profession uses them. These architectural and construction vocabulary will show there are multiple meanings depending on how and where they are used (social, industry, society, etc.)


 I submit the following, which is only but a small start;

BLEMISH - Any imperfection which mars the appearance of wood, concrete, paint or other finished surfaces.

BLIND BOND - Bond used to tie the front course to the wall in brickwork where it is not desirable that any headers should be seen in the face work.

BLIND FLOOR - A sub-floor or rough floor.

BLIND NAILING - Driving nails in such a way that the holes are concealed; sometimes called secret nailing.

BLIND STOP - A rectangular moulding used in the assembly of a window frame.

More to come each month....