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PJune 30, 2017
PJune 30, 2017

Butler® Solutions: Turning Need into Opportunity

An electric generation company in Virginia had a roof collapse on their mobile equipment shop building after years of acidic corrosion to the structural roof framing. Time was of the essence, but the building was old and the parts needed to fix the roof were no longer available. The general contractor hired to fix the building…
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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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PJanuary 8, 2016
PJanuary 8, 2016

How is Virtual Reality Designing the Laboratory Spaces of the Future?

What if there was a technology that allowed you to work in your laboratory to find the proper design features for your workflow, before the space was built? EDiS is now utilizing virtual reality technology to host 3-D, functional models that clients can work in to show them what the actual design would be like…
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PNovember 3, 2015
PNovember 3, 2015

Crisis in the Glass Industry? Shattering the Fears.

It seems like every material has its turn.  Hurricanes cause spikes in wood prices, the Chinese boom caused a spike in steel prices; strikes caused spikes in cement prices.  And well, now it appears to be glass’ turn. Translucent materials such as glass and glazing have been used as an architectural building material since Roman…
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PApril 15, 2015
PApril 15, 2015

Law Firm Renovations: The Top 3 Factors for a Successful Project

Martha’s blog is adapted from an educational article she authored for the First State Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators’ Newsletter. Renovations can be a daunting task, especially when you have a law firm to keep operational during the construction process. Recently, we have seen an increase in firms seeking to change their office…
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PFebruary 20, 2015
PFebruary 20, 2015

The BIM Revolution: The Top 3 Benefits of Using BIM in Construction

BIM is creating a revolution in the construction industry. What exactly is BIM?  BIM, or “Building Information Modeling” is a sophisticated technology used in the planning phases of a project that enables the design team, constructor and owner to work together with a 3-D generated model of the building prior to actual construction. But, we’ve…
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PAugust 28, 2014
PAugust 28, 2014

The Pursuit of Efficiency

We all want to be efficient. Whether that is with our daily schedule, or with our utility costs at home. Everybody wants to make sure they plan their day accordingly because everyone’s time is a valuable asset. Some think of how to use the least amount of fuel to achieve maximum production in traveling to…
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PAugust 5, 2014
PAugust 5, 2014

EDiS Internship Experience: Accountability, Communicability and Punctuality

My summer with EDiS has truly been a great learning experience.  During my internship, my time was split between Polytech High School in Woodside, DE and Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company Department Station #2. At Polytech, I had the pleasure of working alongside Project Manager, Chris McCone and Field Managers, Dave Breakiron and Mike Wittenberg.…
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PAugust 1, 2014
PAugust 1, 2014

The EDiS Intern Experience: Individuals Play the Game, but Teams Beat the Odds

During my summer internship at EDiS construction management, I had the opportunity to work within their Construction Safety and Quality Control divisions. I have never been more excited to come to work every day. The camaraderie within EDiS is unmatched in any place that I have experienced, in or out of the military. Everyone is…
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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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PJune 30, 2014
PJune 30, 2014

Top 3 Construction Apps of the Trade

In our line of work, anticipation and preparation can be the difference between doing the work right one time, and going back to fix issues.  As schedules become more aggressive, we need to stay agile and search out solutions to speed up our response time without sacrificing quality. The technology startup boom has finally come…
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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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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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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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PFebruary 7, 2014
PFebruary 7, 2014

Ladder Safety: 5 Steps to Prevent Fatalities

You might be thinking to yourself, “Anyone can use a ladder. It’s simple”, but there is really more than what meets the eye when it comes to ladder usage. As Construction Managers who specialize in building, planning and operating, we know construction safety is a major key to the success of any project: big or…
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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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PAugust 21, 2013
PAugust 21, 2013

The EDiS Intern Experience: Revisiting the New Dover High School a Year Later

This summer, I was blessed to be an intern for the second consecutive year with EDiS Company working on the New Dover High School. This summer was filled with endless adventures and many opportunities. With less than a year from the scheduled completion date, the clock is ticking and everyone can feel the pressure down…
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PAugust 9, 2013
PAugust 9, 2013

The EDiS Intern Experience: Preconceptions About Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings

Walking into my interview for an internship with EDiS Building Systems, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what EBS’s product was all about. Beforehand, I had researched the company and the pre–engineered building supplier (Butler) and came to the conclusion that this was a company that designed and sold pole barns, and the…
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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 19, 2013
PMarch 19, 2013

Elastomeric and Steel Roofs: How Can Your Roof Last Longer?

Next to stone, metal roofs are one of he most durable materials to last through the ages; they have been traced back as far as the third century, B.C.! Although metal roofing has changed over time, in modern times, steel has become the material of choice for metal roof systems. Steel is more affordable than…
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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 11, 2013
PFebruary 11, 2013

Can You Get More Green with Less Green?

What comes to mind when you hear SUSTAINABILITY? What comes to mind when you hear GREEN DESIGN? What comes to mind when you hear LED LIGHTING? A lot of the same thoughts likely come up as you ask yourself these questions, and chances are, two thoughts are consistent with all three questions.  How much more…
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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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PFebruary 4, 2013
PFebruary 4, 2013

Understanding What Makes a Construction Project Work: Moving Towards the Goal as a Team

In the rough-and-tumble world of construction, it is often hard to establish a good, working relationship between the constructor and the design professionals. Typically, the owner hires both the constructor and the design team separately; therefore, they each have their own separate agreement complete with its own expectations and goals. The constructor’s goal is to…
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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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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 22, 2012
POctober 22, 2012

Sustainability: Your Friend or Enemy

Planning for your new building Sustainability is no longer a fad, it is a reality.  As supported in the EDiS GreenSense program, sustainability efforts not only make environmental sense, they can make cents with return on your investment. But buyer beware.  The level of complexity of many mechanical systems, while paying dividends to the environment…
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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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PAugust 14, 2012
PAugust 14, 2012

The EDiS Intern Experience: Top Down Construction

As an architectural engineering student at the Pennsylvania State University, I have been exposed to a plethora of construction methods. One of the most unique of these methods is known as top down construction. This method was first introduced to me by one of my instructors – John Bechtel, the Assistant Director of Design &…
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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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PJanuary 17, 2012
PJanuary 17, 2012

Your Project Take 1: Mock-ups!

Co-Authored by Mike Neal, LEED Green Associate So you’re embarking on a building project. You’ve hired an architect and have a building on paper that was designed to fit your needs. You’ve taken your design and gone out to bid. The bids have come in (hopefully within budget!) and you’ve selected a contractor to perform…
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PDecember 6, 2011
PDecember 6, 2011

A Team of 70 Superstars

Last month, I attended the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Superstars in Business luncheon. EDiS was the recipient of one of the awards, which recognizes exceptional workplaces throughout the state of Delaware. EDiS is no stranger to this award – we won in 2001 – but our previous win does not diminish the importance of…
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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 20, 2011
PSeptember 20, 2011

Part I: What is a Davis Bacon?

What is a Davis Bacon? The better question should be who is Davis and who is Bacon? The Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 requires that ”prevailing wages “ be paid on all federal government contracts for construction. The act is named after its sponsors, James J. Davis, a senator from Pennsylvania, and Representative Robert Bacon of…
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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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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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