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Brian Disabatino

Brian loves to fly fish and makes a mean pot of spaghetti sauce. Although an avid social media geek, he prefers face-to-face discussions and a cup of coffee over emails and texts.

PAugust 9, 2017
PAugust 9, 2017

Once a Year is Not Enough

July 25 was National Hire a Veteran Day. Each year, thousands of military personnel leave the armed forces in search of civilian employment. These men and women risk their own life, liberty, and freedom to preserve ours, and when they come home, we owe them a debt that cannot be repaid. My question though –…
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PApril 12, 2017
PApril 12, 2017

Inspired by the Women of EDiS

In honor of the birthday of Angela Dea DiSabatino, wife of EDiS founder Ernesto, we are reposting this great piece by CEO Brian DiSabatino on the women of EDiS. Even though the men of the early years of EDiS wouldn’t admit it, EDiS is a company founded by and made great because of the contribution…
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PApril 21, 2015
PApril 21, 2015

Want To Be a Part of The Town of Whitehall Earth Day Cleanup?

  The Town of Whitehall will is organizing a roadway cleanup along Lorewood Grove Road on Wednesday April 22, 2015 from 9AM – 11AM in celebration of Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary. Do YOU want to get involved? Meet our cleanup team at the Whitehall Sales Trailer located on Jamison’s Corner and Lorewood Grove Roads at 9AM! For any…
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PMay 27, 2014
PMay 27, 2014

Planning Your Facility: In the Right Place

Every year billions are spent by companies embarking on a location for their business.  Yes, businesses are still investing in bricks and mortar!  But how one conducts site selection could have far reaching implications on overall strategy.  Far too often we hear stories of companies that selected a site because they thought “that was all…
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PJanuary 31, 2014
PJanuary 31, 2014

Carrying Ernesto’s Hod

It is with great humility that I begin my new job today.  Rick, Andy, Andrew and Adam have all been incredibly generous in allowing me the honor to carry Ernesto’s hod.  The hod is the platform, or tray, that is used to bear the mortar and bricks for the mason. The hod carrier, although in…
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PSeptember 30, 2013
PSeptember 30, 2013

The Social Media Book Club: “New Media for Designers + Builders”

Too much media to consume! For years, we have been fed a steady diet of social media tools, trying to figure out which ones to pick up, which ones to digest, which ones were good for us professionally, which ones were good for us personally and which ones were junk food.   The topic can be…
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PSeptember 20, 2013
PSeptember 20, 2013

Construction for Sociability: The Parallels Between College Campuses and Planned Communities

A recent yearning for livability and sociability on college campuses has, not only swayed a vast amount of students in their university selections, but also shifted the developing focuses of educational institutions nationwide. Higher education students are now seeking an experience similar to what one would find in a planned community or a town.
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PApril 11, 2013
PApril 11, 2013

Make Room for the Baby Boomers: They Are Coming Home.

The generation that bore our baby boomers celebrated a new type of housing in the 1950’s, it was called suburbia. They had returned home from the war and moved from the cities.  They had newfangled cars, financing supplied by the G.I. Bills and a brand new system of roads that allowed them to commute long…
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PApril 11, 2013
PApril 11, 2013

Igniting the “Economic Powder Keg” in Delaware. It’s Time for Our Next Big Thing.

As the Markell Administration, Schwarzkopf House and Blevins Senate analyze the persistent stagnation that has plagued our state, it is our hope that they are soliciting ideas to ignite what I have coined, the “Economic Powder Keg” (in deference to our DuPont history) in Delaware.  I would suggest that they don’t need to look further…
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PApril 11, 2013
PApril 11, 2013

Developing “Place”: A Case for Economic Development

Regions, towns, cities and small municipalities are looking for the “brass ring” of economic development to get them off of the merry-go-round of replacing tax burden and increased costs with an expanded tax base.  Missing the ring requires leaders to raise taxes, eliminate important jobs or to throw “incentive’ money at potential employers.  Maybe what…
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PApril 11, 2013
PApril 11, 2013

Fallacy in Pharma, It’s a New Day for Delaware

The Astra Zeneca restructuring in Delaware was a big blow, but it wasn’t news.  When Delaware set out on an economic development strategy to encourage AZ, as did many other states, their motives were good and their logic sound.  But nearly minutes after the strategy was launched, the market around the life science industry began…
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PMarch 13, 2013
PMarch 13, 2013

Architecture Matters: Civic Buildings in the Center of Our Lives

Over the course of the next year or so, I intend to blog about the topic “Architecture Matters”. From commercial structures to our homes, I don’t think there has been a more important time to reflect on the importance of good architecture and to push back on form, function, economy and ecology that doesn’t work…
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PNovember 14, 2012
PNovember 14, 2012

Next Steps: Economic Recovery, Jobs, and the Joy of Being 6001st.

Construction employment declined in 28 states from September 2011 to September 2012, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Delaware lost 1,500 jobs. And if we agree that construction jobs are the canary in the coal mine and are predictive of our economic health, are we recovering?…
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POctober 17, 2012
POctober 17, 2012

Help for an EDiS Hero

At a company event five years ago, our colleague, Kevin Lucas, dressed up as Mr. Reliability: donning tights, a mask and a cape.  The result was a room of 70+ EDiS Employees learning and hysterically laughing together.  This week EDiS pulled together to return the favor. EDiS employees took turns sporting the look of our…
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PJuly 12, 2012
PJuly 12, 2012

The Economy of the Construction Industry: Construction is the Canary in the Coalmine

Just when we thought our industry was climbing out of the woods, construction spending forecasts have begun to reflect the national mood and the retraction of the economy and broader markets. The mood is anxious and uncertain. Unemployment in the construction industry is still double the national average and discouraged trades people have begun leaving…
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PJune 26, 2012
PJune 26, 2012

The Delaware Way Happens in the Town Square

One of the best parts of my job is seeing our community at its best.  The fact that we come together in the “town square” to voice our concerns, work out our differences and celebrate our individual and collective progress is my definition of the Delaware Way.  And guess where it is happening? In the…
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PApril 25, 2012
PApril 25, 2012

Don’t Call a Lawyer…Call a Plumber!

We often take for granted positive things taking place right in front of us. While Delaware rightfully lays claim to the best Chancery Court system in the country, we are overlooking an opportunity to tout having one of the best educational models in the country. “How could that be,” you say? “I’ve read so much…
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PApril 16, 2012
PApril 16, 2012

Making Places That Last: Gifts to the Street

Some places are just special.  You can stand in the middle of them, not really knowing why, and admire your surroundings.  We are often heard saying, “Man…I’d love to live here.” Understanding the elements that evoke that kind of reaction is important because we allowed our communities to devolve into sterile subdivisions.  We thought our current pattern of…
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PApril 13, 2012
PApril 13, 2012

Thousands are Gathering for the Performing Arts

I recently had the good fortune to address two sold-out audiences at The Baby Grand in order to demonstrate to them that we need to imagine The Grand for future generations, as previous generations imagined The Grand for us.  As I looked out into the crowd, I could not help but to walk away inspired…
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PMarch 22, 2012
PMarch 22, 2012

Moving in with Granny: Mixing Shuffleboard and Volleyball?

Hard to imagine that there is a trend to move in with grandma, but the Millennial generation is about to surprise you. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. The number of youth aged 25-35 who now live with their parents has increased 50% over the past decade. And the implication could be a change in the way housing…
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PDecember 16, 2011
PDecember 16, 2011

Pa Rum Pa Pum Pum

I love Christmas for many reasons.  I must admit, one of them is the “loot.” Yes, there is nothing as exciting as shaking that wrapped gift and wondering, “What is my gift, and how will I use it?”  Not the giving part of the exchange, not the receiving, but the actual anticipation and discovery of…
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PDecember 12, 2011
PDecember 12, 2011

A Wreath for Ernesto

This morning I laid a wreath at the crypt that houses the body of Ernesto DiSabatino, my great-grandfather and founder of a community.  As I sat quietly in prayer and thought, I was struck at what lay in front of me.  A stone building and a wreath.  Together they were suddenly symbolic of Ernesto’s gifts…
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POctober 19, 2011
POctober 19, 2011

Businesses, Ignore the “New Normal”, Because You Must!

“The “New Normal” could cause you to stand still…Don’t!” The expression “the new normal” is getting way too much traction. After all, have we settled down to a new economic pace that will last? Will it accelerate, decelerate or continue to plod along? As difficult as it is to move forward with your business, non-profit…
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PSeptember 8, 2011
PSeptember 8, 2011

103-Year View of Delaware’s School Investments

Delaware has traveled a very long journey in the way we have designed and constructed schools. From the one-room schoolhouses that dotted our rural landscapes to the ambiguously named urban schools (Public School #19 in Browntown was a great name wasn’t it!) to the segregated colored schools, our community has come a long way. Part…
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PJune 23, 2011
PJune 23, 2011

Should We Stop Building Libraries?

Aren’t we in the electronic sharing world of TiVo, Pandora, iPads and Wikipedia? What possible contribution could a bricks and mortar facilities, like a library, have on such an advanced society?
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PMay 19, 2011
PMay 19, 2011

I See Dead People…Learning from the Hod Carrier

While enjoying the Delaware Art Museum’s “Talking Pictures” exhibit several years ago, I was struck by the image of the Hod Carrier photographed by August Sander (seen at right.) As I studied the photo, I found myself transported back to 1906, the era when Ernesto DiSabatino and his sons stepped off of a boat in…
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PJanuary 21, 2011
PJanuary 21, 2011

Land Use…The Next Green!

Today, the green movement is bringing back the concept of the mixed-use community and it is about time.
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PDecember 13, 2010
PDecember 13, 2010

Can Safety Get Us to Our 200th Bday?

I’ll begin this blog by asking, “Now that we are over 100 years old, how do we get to 200?” My suggestion…look to the 200-year-old companies! Today’s post is about their lesson to us on safety.
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