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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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