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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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PNovember 11, 2011
PNovember 11, 2011

A Lesson in Integrity

Integrity seems to be one of those words that ends up on every company’s “values” list.  Integrity is printed on company brochures, annual reports and featured in displays around offices across the country.  Sadly, it is getting watered down to the point where we forget its meaning.
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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 23, 2011
PSeptember 23, 2011

Part II: $128 Billion & the American Jobs Act

I was asked by one of our employees for my “take” on President Obama’s new American Jobs Act  (AJA) and his September 8th prime time address to Congress. My cousin Brian was spotlighted in the News Journal answering that same question. See below, but don’t forget to come back to my blog! Click here to…
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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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PAugust 25, 2011
PAugust 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene

The approaching Hurricane Irene is a serious threat to our buildings and our homes and not to be taken lightly. So what can we do today and tomorrow to prepare our buildings for this approaching storm?
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PJune 23, 2011
PJune 23, 2011

Should We Stop Building Libraries?

Aren’t we in the electronic sharing world of TiVo, Pandora, iPads and Wikipedia? What possible contribution could a bricks and mortar facilities, like a library, have on such an advanced society?
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PMay 19, 2011
PMay 19, 2011

I See Dead People…Learning from the Hod Carrier

While enjoying the Delaware Art Museum’s “Talking Pictures” exhibit several years ago, I was struck by the image of the Hod Carrier photographed by August Sander (seen at right.) As I studied the photo, I found myself transported back to 1906, the era when Ernesto DiSabatino and his sons stepped off of a boat in…
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PApril 6, 2011
PApril 6, 2011

Googling Around…

I try to keep abreast of global steel prices and from time to time, I “Google” the topic “global steel prices.” Unless you have a split personality disorder, I do not recommend trying this at home. The information is all over the place and the pundits have so many different opinions, you would think that…
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PMarch 18, 2011
PMarch 18, 2011

My Short Geometry Lesson

Did you know that the exterior wall construction in a building could represent more then 20% of the total cost of the building? And did you know our estimating department performs an exterior wall assembly analysis to determine if the ratio of exterior wall to building square footage is within our cost parameters? This is…
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PMarch 17, 2011
PMarch 17, 2011

Solar Panels and Geothermal and Wind Turbines…Oh My!

To continue what seems to have become my never-ending blog on greening your home, I would like to talk about the various methods of sustainable energy in the residential market. Since purchasing my house I have been researching the many forms of home sustainable energy and would like to pass on this knowledge here. The…
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PFebruary 15, 2011
PFebruary 15, 2011

What Do Babysitters & Builders Have in Common?

If you have children, undoubtedly you have had the need for a babysitter. No matter the reason, you have had to make a very important decision – Who will watch them? When you searched for the right person did you open the yellow pages, call the first four you saw, ask for pricing and then…
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PFebruary 10, 2011
PFebruary 10, 2011

Logistics Rule in Construction

Logistics: the planning, implementation and coordination of the details of a business or other operation. Logistics rule in construction – substitute construction project for the word business and there you have it.
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PJanuary 21, 2011
PJanuary 21, 2011

Land Use…The Next Green!

Today, the green movement is bringing back the concept of the mixed-use community and it is about time.
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PJanuary 20, 2011
PJanuary 20, 2011

CFL’s Worth the Expense?

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) are now just around $1 per bulb, but being that they seemingly last forever before your next change, they are more than a value compared to standard incandescent light bulbs.
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PJanuary 18, 2011
PJanuary 18, 2011

Bad Soils? Try Stone Columns.

What happens when the geotechnical report leans toward a deep foundation system (piles, caissons) instead of a shallow foundation system (spread footings)? The cost difference is too great not to challenge other structurally acceptable alternatives. My favorite…Stone Columns.
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PJanuary 11, 2011
PJanuary 11, 2011

EDiS Goes International

EDiS Building Systems supplied 64,422 sf (74 tons) of roof panel for the reconstruction of Marche de Fer or “Iron Market.” The project is the most emblematic reconstruction project ongoing in Haiti today and completion of the building is very important to the Haitian people.
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PJanuary 5, 2011
PJanuary 5, 2011

What $40 Can Do!

An easy way for anyone who wants to both conserve water and save some money on their water bill.
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PJanuary 4, 2011
PJanuary 4, 2011

AIA Architecture Billing Index

There are several leading indicators as to future cost, and we’ve found we are most accurate concentrating on a few key signs. One of those keys is the AIA Architecture Billings Index (ABI). The ABI tracks new work won by design firms across the country.
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PDecember 27, 2010
PDecember 27, 2010

Steel Déjà Vu

I received some industry information from Butler/BlueScope Purchasing alerting us that steel price increases might be forthcoming early in 2011 based on the increases announced by the major steel producers in recent weeks. This should be déjà vu for most of us knowing what transpired a year prior as demand inched up ever so slightly.
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PDecember 20, 2010
PDecember 20, 2010

EDiS Forefront of the Green Movement

Since the end of the year is quickly approaching, I would like to take a brief minute to review the many green advances which EDiS has made and thank everyone who has made this possible. While the country as a whole has increased their focus on green construction and practices, we at EDiS have tried…
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PDecember 13, 2010
PDecember 13, 2010

Can Safety Get Us to Our 200th Bday?

I’ll begin this blog by asking, “Now that we are over 100 years old, how do we get to 200?” My suggestion…look to the 200-year-old companies! Today’s post is about their lesson to us on safety.
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