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Tag Archive: Construction

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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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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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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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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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 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

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 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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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 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 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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