Conducting the Job Site Symphony

Conducting the Job Site Symphony

In our industry, it’s common for project superintendents to start as carpenters, earning their positions as managers through years of hard work. Many of our guys advanced this way, but we do have a handful of folks who took a different path into construction. For example, one of our superintendents was a music major in college, [Read More]

Sitting Outside Your Comfort Zone

Sitting Outside Your Comfort Zone

You have probably seen the PSAs on television, the ones that show a child sitting alone at lunch. Years ago, when my parents moved our family to a new city, there were times that I felt a little bit like that boy. While everyone was certainly nice to me, they all had their buddies of many years [Read More]

Character Counts

Character Counts

I was talking with our CFO this week about analytics, technical knowledge and soft skills, and we both decided a close partner to these should be “character.” It’s something we look for when we hire folks, and also something we try to figure out with prospective customers when talking about a new project. We ask [Read More]

Electric Downtown

Electric Downtown

I was in Jackson this week, meeting with Duckworth Realty, and got to visit a cool restoration project that their company did nearly 15 years ago, the Electric 308 Building. The restoration was well done on this circa 1930s building. Among other things, they brought back its original façade and the period wood windows, in [Read More]

Insulating with Newspapers?

Insulating with Newspapers?

We are in the final stages of a multifamily project where our customer was rightly concerned about sound transmission, unit to unit. They asked that we investigate the use of Cellulose in the walls and floor/ceiling assemblies to reduce sound transmission, and for insulation. Cellulose isn’t exactly the new kid on the block. In fact, [Read More]

Staying On (Or Off) the Wagon.

Staying On (Or Off) the Wagon.

I was recently traveling down a main street, when I came across what I call a “beer wagon.” You know what I am talking about: it’s a self-propelled vehicle, where people sit on a stool with bicycle pedals, around what looks like a conference table, drinking beer. Everyone is supposed to be peddling to help [Read More]

Stacked Multifamily Wood Frame

Stacked Multifamily Wood Frame

With the stacked multifamily projects we have built, we have either had a structural steel or a concrete podium and retail, office or parking below. The apartments start above the podium, and wood framing is used if the over-all building height is less than 75 feet. Regarding the wood framing, we have found it is [Read More]

Simple is Good

Simple is Good

  I cannot tell you how many times over the years we have been asked to do something intricate with sidewalks, only to come back in a few years and find them not as cool for any number of reasons–cracks having surfaced, outdated brick pavers or concrete that’s gone out of style. Perhaps the argument [Read More]

The Power of Shaking Hands

The Power of Shaking Hands

When I was visiting DC a few years ago, a friend, who was then Director of Personnel at the Supreme Court, asked if I would like a tour. Of course I would. During my tour, she shared several bits of trivia on the building. The 5th floor basketball gym might be referred to as “The [Read More]

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

We were meeting with a customer last week in Cleveland and stayed downtown, something I enjoy in the cities where we travel. When I arrived at the hotel, we noticed a classic building across the street, clearly historic, but the signage read “Heinen’s Grocery Store.” Puzzling. When I walked in the former Cleveland Trust Company [Read More]