Getting the Most for Your Construction Dollar

Getting the Most for Your Construction Dollar

Like many experienced construction companies, our team is well practiced in both Lump Sum and Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) construction contracts. Adding to these, we are now involved with projects requiring a different delivery method, the Agency Construction Management agreement. In most cases, this is a good choice when there are multiple entities at the [Read More]

Farm to Table

Farm to Table

Are you are familiar with the “farm to table” concept? Last evening I had the opportunity to have dinner on a farm where the produce was grown. I am in New England for a few days, currently in Nantucket, where we visited Bartlett’s Farm. The place is amazing. Seven generations of the Bartlett family have [Read More]

How to Be Successful

How to Be Successful

That’s a lofty title, I know. I’m the first to admit that I don’t know everything, but 31 years in business has taught me a thing or two about working and life. A few thoughts worth sharing: Be productive when the inspiration strikes. I’ve been known to send emails in the middle of the night. I [Read More]

The Federal Funds Rate…Up or Down

The Federal Funds Rate…Up or Down

At the various real estate conventions I attend throughout the year, it seems one question is always being discussed: “When will the Feds raise rates?” This week, I had lunch with a friend from the Federal Reserve, and as I understand, the question is now hinging between “When do we raise rates? ” and “Why [Read More]

Children At Play

Children At Play

Last week, I drove through Birmingham’s Avondale neighborhood on 39th Street, a route I’ve traveled many times before. I always knew it as straight as an arrow, but not any longer. I later discovered that residents had asked the city to slow down traffic, and engineers responded with “chicanes.” These landscaped islands form a hopscotch pattern [Read More]

It’s About the Little Things

It’s About the Little Things

We have a project that involves two engineering consultants of the same discipline. One of the engineering firms has an overlay for the larger project, but it was appropriate for us to hire another engineer for our portion. At the start, it seemed it would be a rocky road. I suspect this was because the engineer [Read More]

3Ps for Urban Connectivity

3Ps for Urban Connectivity

Several of our more recent projects have been driven by consumer desire for socially connectivity, an idea traditionally limited to large cities. While the suburbs are not going away anytime soon, we’re seeing increased emphasis on places that create an experience and a sense of place. This means finding everything you need for daily living [Read More]

Staying Friends, Regardless

Staying Friends, Regardless

Sometimes it’s easy to fall into the trap of not staying connected when a particular service is completed or comes to an end. Over the years, I have found it pays to stay friends with customer relationships, whether they are high or low in the cycle. To stay invested. I was reminded of this recently [Read More]

Celebrating Independence

Celebrating Independence

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” –Theodore Roosevelt Happy Independence Day.

Laser Survey to Produce As-Built Plans

Laser Survey to Produce As-Built Plans

While all of our projects are special, a handful standout for one reason or another. The Thomas Jefferson, a 20-story structure completed circa 1929, was once considered among the finest Southern hotels. After closing about 3 decades ago, this beautiful Florentine building sat empty. Through the efforts of many, we are now repurposing the space [Read More]