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]

Extending the Season of Gratitude

Extending the Season of Gratitude

  Tis the season. There is lots going on this time of year. We are all (hopefully) taking time to share remembrances of the year ending, time to build or better relationships and a moment to be appreciative. About relationships: To me, people who build long lasting relationships don’t just think about others around the [Read More]

Supporting a Children’s Fresh Air Farm

Supporting a Children’s Fresh Air Farm

We’ve always thought of our campus as a special place, and this weekend, it has a special mission. Our headquarters will be open on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11-5 and Sunday, Dec 13 from 1-5 as a part of the Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday Home Tour. Funds raised from ticket sales will benefit Children’s Fresh Air [Read More]

Vertical Expansion in an Existing Building

Vertical Expansion in an Existing Building

Sometimes the only place to go is up. Next year, we’re starting a redevelopment for which we and our customer considered several expansion options. One from the early design phase was going vertical above the roof. On the urban stage, we’re seeing more landlords request that their building be designed with potential vertical growth in mind. [Read More]

Thankful 365

Thankful 365

  This is a popular week to say “thank you.” To me, we’d do better to let our attitude of Thanksgiving spill over into the remaining 51 weeks.What if the rest of the year (and our lives) we considered saying thank you in different ways?  Quietly sharing our gratefulness to friends and others as often [Read More]