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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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PDecember 10, 2013
PDecember 10, 2013

Snow Watch: How to be Prepared When the Winter Weather Hits

As snow starts to fall in your area, how can you be sure you and your family are safe this, and every, winter season? Winter storms could bring anything from moderate snow for a few hours, to wind-driven snow that could last for several days. They can range in size and can be accompanied by…
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POctober 22, 2013
POctober 22, 2013

Back to School Series: A.I. DuPont High School Opens Doors this Year Due to Team’s Careful Coordination

EDiS A.I. DuPont High School Project Team Operations Manager: Jerry Doherty Project Manager: Andrew Hickey Field Manager: Mike Frick Contracts: Jane Reese Accounting: Danielle Skipski Safety & Health Coordinator: Jim Ruggiero MEP Specialist: Mike Vanella A team consisting of Red Clay Consolidated School District, Studio JAED, EDiS Company and a host of subcontractors began renovations…
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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 11, 2013
PSeptember 11, 2013

The EDiS Intern Experience: A Multidimensional Lesson in the World of Marketing

Working at EDiS this summer has been an exciting and unique experience. When receiving an offer to come work for a company that primarily handles aspects of construction management (or so I thought), I was completely unsure of the tasks I would be working on. Considering I am a Communications Studies major, I wondered how…
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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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PAugust 22, 2013
PAugust 22, 2013

The Intern Experience: At EDiS We Are…

“At EDiS we are…” These were the first four words that I heard at EDiS Company when I started my internship here for the summer of 2013. The other interns and myself were assigned a project: figure out how to end this statement. We have traveled to jobs sites all over Delaware to get an…
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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 14, 2013
PAugust 14, 2013

The Air We Breathe

I had an interesting conversation with a prospective new customer about harvesting the atmosphere, although in his words it was more accurately described as  “fractional distillation of liquid air in a cryogenic air separation unit.”  I know what you’re thinking…sounds like a lot of hot air!  The keyword in that sentence is air.  The simplest definition of air is “the invisible gaseous substance…
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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

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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