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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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PMay 22, 2014
PMay 22, 2014

Ideas to Change Your School or Company

Background: I just attended the EDiS Institute in Wilmington, Delaware.  EDiS is a thriving construction company and supports vocational education.  EDiS’ Institute raises funds for vocational education and develops the leadership of its company, its associates, and leaders in vocational education.  EDiS telecasted Leadercast, a series of leadership speakers with periods of networking in between.  EDiS…
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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

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 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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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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