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PSeptember 11, 2020
PSeptember 11, 2020

A Letter To My Kids: Remember September 11

Dear Kids, I remember my dad knowing exactly where he was on December 7, 1941. He was celebrating his 12th birthday eating ice cream at a neighborhood soda shop when word came across the radio about the attack at Pearl Harbor. At that moment a world divided and our country united. His world, and ours,…
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PAugust 5, 2020
PAugust 5, 2020

Love in the Time of COVID – The Search for Gold

I never thought I’d be writing a message that could possibly be placed into a company time capsule. These certainly are historic times. And for those who know me, you may know that I’m a fan of Gabrielle Garcia Marquez, hence the play on words in the title. He certainly knew how to paint the…
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PJuly 30, 2020
PJuly 30, 2020

Building a Field for Champions

For over 20 years, Howard High School of Technology (HHST) had been using an old stretch of field at Kirkwood Park, owned by the City of Wilmington, for football practice. In the winter, the ground was hard as rock. In the summer, rain would create muddy conditions, adding danger to the already unmarked field. As…
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PApril 24, 2020
PApril 24, 2020

Left of COVID: A Collaborative Strategy to Opening and Staying Open

EDiS Company has partnered with ChristianaCare to get the word out on a new program that will help companies in the construction industry monitor the health and wellness of their staff and their jobsites. Crisis?  The first of two lessons we’ve learned from our neighbors in the military is that we’ve been here before.  We are…
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PApril 1, 2020
PApril 1, 2020

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

As legislation convenes, 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 than their own history to understand the principles of focused deregulation when it is mixed…
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PFebruary 20, 2020
PFebruary 20, 2020

SkillsUSA Competition Represents Delaware Youth in Construction

EDiS Company once again sponsored the Delaware SkillsUSA Competition held at St. Georges Technical High School Feb. 18-20, 2020. This is the sixth year in a row EDiS has sponsored and managed the competition. EDiS Company provides the materials necessary and three experienced superintendents who see to the judging and benchmarking of each individual contest.…
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PJanuary 30, 2020
PJanuary 30, 2020

Renovating Delaware’s Only Volvo Dealership

When Union Park Volvo Cars came to Delaware 20 years ago in 1999, they knew they’d come to stay. They settled their sales showroom in Wilmington, located at Pennsylvania Avenue and Dupont Street, close by to their service facility at 901 N. Union Street. Both facilities were built to last throughout the years. So, when…
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PJanuary 8, 2020
PJanuary 8, 2020

Did I Fail My Kids?

I didn’t mean to fail my kids, but I think I did. I had the best of intentions. I taught them the lessons I learned from my parents, and from my peers. So, maybe it’s their fault! What did I do? Nothing, that’s the problem. It’s what I didn’t do that’s important. I didn’t fully…
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PDecember 30, 2019
PDecember 30, 2019

Rodney Square on the Road to Revitalization

EDiS Company is well under way on the major makeover of Downtown Wilmington’s Rodney Square. The project is part of an initiative designed to revamp the city’s profile and public spaces to answer the needs of its citizens, visitors, and businesses. The revitalizations include a revision of the stonework and paving in and around the…
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PDecember 10, 2019
PDecember 10, 2019

Working in Construction – A New Perspective

If you were to tell me a few years back that I’d be working in construction, I would have laughed assuming it was some strange set up for a joke. Me? Construction? If there’s anything this white-collar boy knows, it’s that physical labor and I don’t get along. I grew up studying English and learning…
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PNovember 14, 2019
PNovember 14, 2019

New Beginnings for UD Athletics

It is something to celebrate when the projects we work on for our clients intersect with the passion we have for the community. The Whitney Athletic Center project at the University of Delaware (UD) has provided one of those intersections for EDiS Company, and we could not be more excited to be a part of…
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PNovember 7, 2019
PNovember 7, 2019

The Hometown is Back

It is fair to say that not every company has the opportunity to be a part of building something that will leave a legacy for generations to come. But EDiS Company is not just any company, and Brian DiSabatino is not just any CEO. Brian, along with partner Rich Julian of Eastern States Development, are…
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PSeptember 12, 2019
PSeptember 12, 2019

Remembering Our post 9/11 Fallen Exhibit at Whitehall (Sep 27 – Oct 2)

As part of Vet Fest 2019, we are hosting a major exhibit at Whitehall from September 27 to October 2. At 6:00 pm on the 27th, we will have a “Welcome to Delaware” ceremony for all those who have died as a result of the September 11th attacks. This includes victims of PTSD.  I flew…
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PMarch 12, 2019
PMarch 12, 2019

EDiS Company Celebrates Women In Construction: An Interview with DJ Lowe

We sat down with our own DJ Lowe to listen to her experiences and insights as Document Coordinator at EDiS Company. What have we learned, where do we see the construction industry heading, how can we empower and encourage more young women to enter this world of exciting opportunity?     Q.: What is your…
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PFebruary 12, 2019
PFebruary 12, 2019

Buildings. Community. Legacy. Appoquinimink.

The Appoquinimink School District has embarked on the largest and most ambitious educational referendum project in the history of Delaware, and as we surpass our 110th anniversary, it is fitting that EDiS Company is once again taking the journey along with them. Delaware’s fastest growing school system, the Appoquinimink School District located in southern New…
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POctober 15, 2018
POctober 15, 2018

Delivering the Promise of Hope…

Route 9 Library & Innovation Center   For the 16,000 people living in the three-mile stretch between Wilmington and New Castle, Delaware, a local library seemed like a fairy tale. But like all the best fairy tales, this one has a happy ending. After years of planning and promises, the Route 9 Library & Innovation…
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POctober 27, 2017
POctober 27, 2017

Principal for a Day 2017

  One of the best and most valued experiences that EDiS Company shares in our long-time partnership with the Delaware State Chamber is the Principal for a Day program. The EDiS leadership team looks forward to the week in October each year when they get to spend time in our local schools, sharing a “day…
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PAugust 29, 2017
PAugust 29, 2017

PSU Orchard Hall Provides Immediate Impact on Education

Special Guest Blog by Laura Guertin, PhD Professor of Earth Science, Penn State Brandywine This fall semester is certainly one for the history books at Penn State Brandywine. You may think I’m referring to the opening of two new buildings on campus, which certainly provide the opportunity for education and conversation around what it means to…
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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 19, 2017
PApril 19, 2017

Arts In April Artist Spotlight: Dave Breakiron

  Artist: Dave Breakiron, Senior Superintendent Media/Work: Woodwork/carving, pencil & pen drawings and cigar box guitars Time on exhibited projects: 40 hours on the Rockin’ Harley, a couple hours each on the drawings and small carvings, and 6 to 8 hours on a cigar box guitar. What inspires you? My passion for motorcycles led me to want to build one…
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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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PMarch 24, 2017
PMarch 24, 2017

There’s Hope!

That was the first thought I had when the students from Ursuline Academy’s Innovation and Technology class started asking questions. So much is made of this younger generation, and how they are so different from the generations before them. I knew that when these students visited our office, we would have to engage them. They were…
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PMarch 13, 2017
PMarch 13, 2017

Snow Safety Tips

What do I need to know about shoveling snow? Shoveling snow can be a strenuous activity, particularly because cold weather can be taxing on the body, and can create the potential for exhaustion, dehydration, back injuries, or heart attacks. Take frequent breaks, Drink plenty of fluids (while avoiding ones with caffeine or alcohol), Warm-up before…
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PFebruary 11, 2016
PFebruary 11, 2016

Culture of Giving Is Not Just a Catch Phrase at EDiS

EDiS has always been a great place to work, but it is more than that. It is truly a caring group of individuals; a family that goes above and beyond for others. My co-workers have volunteered time and/or raised money for many, many charitable organizations: from breast cancer and kidney walks, to soldier suicide prevention,…
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PAugust 7, 2015
PAugust 7, 2015

EDiS Internship Experience: Teamwork and the Importance of Building Relationships

My internship at EDiS has been a valuable learning experience. Over the past three months, I have worked in the Marketing Department under Jennifer Paige and Angela LaPenta. Besides the usual intern work one would expect at a summer job, Jennifer and Angie gave me many tasks one would not expect. While working as a…
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PJuly 16, 2014
PJuly 16, 2014

EDiS Internship Experience: Construction Bidding and Estimating

This summer I had the opportunity to intern with Delaware construction management firm, EDiS in the Estimating Department under the supervision of Rob Belfiore, Kurt Vandenbraak, Adam DiSabatino, and Paul Ignudo. Prior to this internship, I had no background in estimating, so I was unsure how I would do with the tasks I was given.…
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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

Back to School Series: Careful Planning and Communication Helps Wilmington Friends School Opens for the 2013-2014 School Year

EDiS Wilmington Friends School Project Team Operations Manager: Jerry Doherty Project Manager: Andrew Hickey Field Manager: George Cooper Contracts: Cyndi Slothour Accounting: Christina Loveland Safety & Health Manager: Jim Ruggiero In December 2012, EDiS began construction on the Performing Arts Center and Gymnasium renovations for Wilmington Friends School, a project totaling 25,000 square feet. A…
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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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PSeptember 6, 2013
PSeptember 6, 2013

Back to School Series: Bringing Value and Extending Gratitude at Polytech High School

EDiS Polytech High School Project Team Operations Manager: Jerry Doherty Project Manager: Chris McCone Field Managers: Dave Breakiron & Mike Wittenberg Contracts: Jane Reese Accounting: Rhonda Burg Safety & Health Manager: Jim Ruggiero Polytech High School was able to open their doors for the 2013-2014 school year, regardless of ongoing construction. Due to careful planning,…
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PSeptember 4, 2013
PSeptember 4, 2013

The EDiS Intern Experience: The Inspirations Drawn from a Walkable Community

I spent the first two month of this summer living just outside of Rome, in a small area called Trastevere. Everything I could ever want was within a 20 minute walk from where I was staying; food, theaters, food, drinks, clothes, entertainment and food. Thank God the food was so close! For those two months I…
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PJune 4, 2013
PJune 4, 2013

Greenwood, Delaware’s Woodbridge High School Topping Off Ceremony: How Teamwork Made the Dream a Reality

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Woodbridge High School Topping Off Event in Greenwood, Delaware.  It was a truly unique experience and a fantastic display of leadership as well as internal and external teamwork. 
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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

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 15, 2013
PMarch 15, 2013

EDiS is Proud to Play a Role: Improving the Delaware Estuary

Being located on the Christiana River, we are reminded of our link to the environment and our water supply every day.   Luckily, EDiS has the privilege of sharing our building with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE), which reminds us daily that everything we do in our office, on our project sites, or even…
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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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PFebruary 7, 2013
PFebruary 7, 2013

Is A Handwritten Note Extinct with Today’s Technology?

After owning and operating my own retail business for 23 years, I am happy to join another family-owned business.  EDiS employees made me feel welcome during my first month.    I was pleasantly surprised after my first week to open four handwritten notes from Andy, Brian, Rick and Andrew DiSabatino III welcoming me to the EDiS…
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PJanuary 28, 2013
PJanuary 28, 2013

Thoughts on Complete Communities and Whitehall

The concept of complete communities is to foster best use practices in land use and development, achieving a balance between economic development and livability.  It is not about sacrifice; rather it is the ultimate in public empowerment.  It is more than a life style.  It is a Living Style.
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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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PDecember 7, 2012
PDecember 7, 2012

December 7th: EDiS Sr. Estimator, Paul Ignudo, Reflects on Pearl Harbor and Delaware Day

We should always take an opportunity to thank our current troops and veterans, but especially on days of remembrance.  So, in thinking about “the date that will live in infamy” when so many lives were taken at Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941), it is appropriate to send a thank you to those who sacrificed part…
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PNovember 30, 2012
PNovember 30, 2012

Rain Garden Landscaping: Reducing Harmful Runoff

At the intersection of Delaware Avenue and DuPont Street, in the heart of Trolley Square, sits an attractive display of small plants and shrubs designed to serve an important purpose: capture the storm water runoff from an adjacent parking surface and keep it from entering the storm sewers. This type of landscaping is called a…
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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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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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