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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 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 10, 2012
PDecember 10, 2012

A Message from EDiS Company: Keeping Your Family Safe During the Holidays

It’s time for the holidays! People are busy running from store to store to get their gifts, visiting family and friends, decorating their homes, and so much more. However, with such hectic schedules this time of year, we can forget the simple things like safety. What measures can you take this holiday season to ensure…
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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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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 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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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 21, 2012
PAugust 21, 2012

The EDiS Intern Experience: Dover Public Library and LEED Materials Tracking

When I first began my summer internship with EDiS Company, I was immediately incorporated into material tracking for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED accreditation on the Dover Public Library project.  Having spent the first half of my summer studying abroad in Italy, when I arrived, the construction of Dover Library was well…
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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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PAugust 6, 2012
PAugust 6, 2012

The EDiS Intern Experience: In the Field at New Dover High School

My first summer with EDiS Company was a summer to remember, to put things mildly. I was placed in the field trailer on the new Dover High School site to oversee the information technology aspect of the job. I have been a computer geek since before I could walk. If my family had any issues…
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PJuly 31, 2012
PJuly 31, 2012

An Immigration Compromise

The theme in my latest blogs has been the power of compromise in our national political arena: a power we have not seen in that arena for five years.  The definition I have been using for compromise, and I’ll mention it once again, is: “To compromise is for the Republican and Democratic Party to agree…
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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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PJune 13, 2012
PJune 13, 2012

Tax Compromise Proposal

The highly contested debate on income taxes center around the percent paid on income, those who pay no federal taxes on income and, we can’t forget, the rich tax payers who should pay more because they can. That is the crux of the income tax debate. The Republicans want to lower taxes on everyone, including…
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PJune 11, 2012
PJune 11, 2012

Compromise…Just do it!: Meeting in the Middle for Politics

So as I sit at my desk on this rainy morning and look across the Christina River, besides watching the tide ebb and flow, I am contemplating the power of compromise. In political terms the definition could look like this:
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PMay 25, 2012
PMay 25, 2012

The “Phone Call”: The Importance of Safety in the Field

Things are going well.  You wake up in the morning, get dressed, go to work, and talk with friends and family during the day: that all sounds good to me!  “Talk with friends and family during the day”… now, that’s the one I like.  I can’t wait to hear the voice of my wife and…
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PMay 17, 2012
PMay 17, 2012

Teamwork: Being New at EDiS Company

I like baseball and my two boys (young men now), really enjoy playing baseball.  The more I watch the game, the more I realize how important all the players on the field are.  Sometimes, I see one person that never gets the ball hit to them and, if I didn’t know any better, it would…
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PApril 27, 2012
PApril 27, 2012

The EDiS Institute Impact

Where were you April 19 2012? That’s the question everyone will be asking you.  Your reply should be, “I was at the 2012 EDiS Institute”.  What is the EDiS Institute?  Good Question.  The Institute was established by EDiS to help inform the construction industry and the students who have shown an interest in the construction…
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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 17, 2012
PApril 17, 2012

Gene DiSabatino’s Place in History: EDiS’s Very Own “Forrest Gump!” (Part Three)

During the tenure of 3rd generation member Gene DiSabatino’s time at Ernest DiSabatino & Sons, all field workers were part of their respective local unions. As general contractors always looking for work, Ernest DiSabatino & Sons occasionally participated in non-union work. The mix of union and non-union workers on the same job site made for…
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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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PApril 11, 2012
PApril 11, 2012

Gene DiSabatino’s Place in History: EDiS’ Very Own “Forrest Gump!” (Part Two)

Part 2: Gene DiSabatino: The Construction Manager As Gene returned state side after a life changing experience during WWII, he married his sweetheart, Mary Clare, in September of 1945. They had met in Los Alamos, NM while working on the Manhattan Project. She had been an Executive Secretary to physicist Norman Ramsey. A year later…
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PApril 4, 2012
PApril 4, 2012

It’s a Family Affair

EDiS is family owned and operated–an environment that transcends throughout the entire company.  My first day at EDiS did not start off with handshakes and introductions, instead I was greeted with hugs and warm smiles on familiar faces.  The EDiS culture is family-oriented and tight knit, which I have experienced on a first-hand basis my…
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PMarch 23, 2012
PMarch 23, 2012

Is Construction for the Birds?

What do parrots have to do with construction? Well, nothing, except that the same technique of training parrots can be applied to those learning new skills in the construction environment, or any environment for that matter.
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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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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 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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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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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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