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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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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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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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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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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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