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Mike Freda

Mike grew up next door to the bass player of Bruce Springsteen's band.

PMay 28, 2014
PMay 28, 2014

Facilities Planning: How to Decide if a Pre-Engineered Solution is Right for YOU!

Planning for a structure can take a facility manager in a number of directions.  As one of the leading advocates for Butler Manufacturing’s pre-engineered products in the country, EDiS Building Systems has developed an expertise to “cut to the chase” to help building owners, facility managers and designers quickly understand the best reasons to examine…
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PJanuary 10, 2013
PJanuary 10, 2013

Innovation in Construction & Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix

On January 8th, 2013, I spent the morning with some of my associates from EDiS at the ‘Next Thing Now’ conference at the Chase Center in Wilmington. It was a great event where a number of speakers, featuring Daniel Pink, and panelists discussed a variety of topics and the power of persuading someone to your…
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POctober 1, 2012
POctober 1, 2012

Why Design-Build? The Integrative Design Process

The design-build construction project delivery method is an arrangement in which a building owner contracts with a single entity to both design and build the facility. The process is different than the typical design-bid-build lump sum bidding process. It is also different from the construction management project delivery method. There are numerous advantages of using…
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PDecember 6, 2011
PDecember 6, 2011

Learning from a Principal (and the students!) for a Day

The Principal for a Day program is sponsored by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce with the idea of connecting the business community to the education community throughout the state. It truly is a great idea. I have been participating the in the PFAD program for 4 years now. And each time that I’m invited…
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PNovember 11, 2011
PNovember 11, 2011

A Lesson in Integrity

Integrity seems to be one of those words that ends up on every company’s “values” list.  Integrity is printed on company brochures, annual reports and featured in displays around offices across the country.  Sadly, it is getting watered down to the point where we forget its meaning.
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PSeptember 1, 2011
PSeptember 1, 2011

Are Swarming Locusts Next…???

Fire. Earthquakes. Winds. Should we be expecting to see swarming locusts soon? Recent events have led to me getting a lot of calls and inquiries about the structural integrity of some of the buildings that we have worked on over the past number of years.
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PApril 6, 2011
PApril 6, 2011

Googling Around…

I try to keep abreast of global steel prices and from time to time, I “Google” the topic “global steel prices.” Unless you have a split personality disorder, I do not recommend trying this at home. The information is all over the place and the pundits have so many different opinions, you would think that…
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PFebruary 15, 2011
PFebruary 15, 2011

What Do Babysitters & Builders Have in Common?

If you have children, undoubtedly you have had the need for a babysitter. No matter the reason, you have had to make a very important decision – Who will watch them? When you searched for the right person did you open the yellow pages, call the first four you saw, ask for pricing and then…
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PJanuary 11, 2011
PJanuary 11, 2011

EDiS Goes International

EDiS Building Systems supplied 64,422 sf (74 tons) of roof panel for the reconstruction of Marche de Fer or “Iron Market.” The project is the most emblematic reconstruction project ongoing in Haiti today and completion of the building is very important to the Haitian people.
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PDecember 27, 2010
PDecember 27, 2010

Steel Déjà Vu

I received some industry information from Butler/BlueScope Purchasing alerting us that steel price increases might be forthcoming early in 2011 based on the increases announced by the major steel producers in recent weeks. This should be déjà vu for most of us knowing what transpired a year prior as demand inched up ever so slightly.
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