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Tag Archive: Lessons Learned

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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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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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 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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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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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 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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