CRE State of the Union

CRE State of the Union

For income producing commercial property, Capitalization (Cap) Rates determine property values, a function of the dollars generated by the property and thus the ROI. These cap rates are influenced by a ton of different factors including type of investment, location, potential for increasing cash flow. The lower the cap rate the more valuable the property. To [Read More]

Trends Among Millennials

Trends Among Millennials

I’m fortunate to be a part of a solid initiative called Design Alabama. Every year we participate in a Mayors’ Summit, working with five different cities on their most challenging design problems. We just completed our 2015 Summit. A few interesting nuggets I learned about Millennials trends (people born 1979 to 1996) 31% of Millennials prefer [Read More]

Post-Tensioned Slabs On Grade

Post-Tensioned Slabs On Grade

We have a project in the works that has potential for soil movement of subgrade because of wet and dry cycles. It may require a post-tensioned slab on grade.  We will group the cables and space them throughout a slab, just as we would an elevated slab. After the concrete is poured, but before it [Read More]

The Basics

The Basics

This week, I received the picture above, showing one our crews on a redevelopment project. The company name on the back of a vest brought back many memories. Several of us got our start with Brice Building Company, under the tutelage of H.A. Brice, Jr., and the leadership of the company at the time. When [Read More]

The Back of a Napkin

The Back of a Napkin

Recently, we have been in the final lap of the most complex financing project I’ve ever worked on. We’ve been wading through a Historic Tax Credit (“HTC”) and New Market Tax Credit (“NMTC”) deal for a landmark redevelopment urban project. In the beginning, it was like observing alien matter. There were lots of consultants–legal and others–along [Read More]

Learn It Today, Use it Tomorrow

Learn It Today, Use it Tomorrow

When it comes to maximizing a career in real estate, Auburn University has gotten it right. Since 2010, the  College of Architecture, Design and Construction and the  College of Business have partnered to offer a post-graduate track for students to earn a Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) degree. Professors Michael Robinson and Harris Hollans lead the program. The program is aimed at practicing [Read More]

Reviving Architectural Arts

Reviving Architectural Arts

In the CBD of Birmingham, we’ve been providing Construction Management services for a grand theatre that’s more than 100 years old. With structural analysis of The Lyric Theatre complete, we’ve moved ahead with the restoration of the theatre envelope, including tuck-pointing the exterior masonry and re-roofing the building structure to provide a weather-tight environment for [Read More]

Cardboard in a High-Tech World

Cardboard in a High-Tech World

Our first job that dealt with expansive soils (or prairie soils, as they are commonly known) was in Denver. Since then, have used cardboard “carton forms” several times over. Carton or “void” forms are designed to deteriorate and leave empty space under slabs and/or grade beams. Using these forms allows room for the expanding soils [Read More]

A Part of Every New Year’s Resolution

A Part of Every New Year’s Resolution

In certain years, both Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron were home run kings who to this day are looked up to as quality players. Other times, they led the league in strike outs. My wish for you, and really all of us, is that 2015 be a year that we allow ourselves to make mistakes [Read More]

Thanks, Santa. (A few lessons learned)

Thanks, Santa. (A few lessons learned)

Recently, I have seen quite a few articles about Santa. A few things grownups can learn from the man: 1. Focus on giving, not the receiving. Santa puts great effort into getting the right gifts and expects nothing in return, other than maybe some milk and cookies. 2. Always be on time. Santa understands deadlines. [Read More]