Changing Places, and Expanding.

Changing Places, and Expanding.

Like many companies, we have been enjoying this cycle of buoyancy, but remembering the financial crisis. I am not sure anyone that lived through the financial crisis will ever forget. I was in Nashville this week, visiting with one of our customers, and the topic of the economy took center stage. We discussed when it [Read More]

Building Automation for Energy Savings

Building Automation for Energy Savings

In Texas, we are closing out a unique institutional project. This former skating rink has been made over to become an educational facility designed and built for LEED certification. Many progressive techniques and products were utilized in the construction. Perhaps one of the more interesting is the Alerton Building Automation System, which controls and monitors [Read More]

Cold-Process Asphalt Rehab, Beyond Roadways

Cold-Process Asphalt Rehab, Beyond Roadways

It may be a matter of time before we see cold in-place recycling (CIPR) in commercial parking areas. As an eco-friendly pavement process, CIPR rehabs old asphalt without using heat. In this process, existing asphalt is removed and then pulverized to the desired aggregate size, mixing in a rejuvenating asphalt emulsion. Almost 100% of the recycled [Read More]

Structured Parking Gets a Makeover

Structured Parking Gets a Makeover

Structured parking decks sometimes get a bad rap. We tend to think of these structures as utilitarian, cold and cavernous. They have long been functional eye sores, but times are changing. Even thought the economy has put additional focus on costs and revenues, we’re more attune to environmental concerns. Good urban design is continuing to [Read More]

Streetwise Parking

Streetwise Parking

Starting few years ago, it seems commercial developers and cities began approaching parking differently. It wasn’t that long ago when 4-5 parking spaces per 1,000 sf of development was the standard. Now, it is more like 3-4 spaces. It’s estimated that in the U.S., we have 500 million surface parking spaces, roughly equivalent to the [Read More]

A Sustainable Carpet That Tracks Footsteps

A Sustainable Carpet That Tracks Footsteps

Last year, the carpet industry lost on innovator. Ray Anderson was a pioneer for corporate sustainability, who changed an entire industry when he founded InterFace. Given his relatively young age, we were saddened to hear news of his passing. Anderson showed the world that corporations can have a focus on capitalism and sustainability. Among many innovations, his [Read More]

EPA Storm Water Regulations: Tough Sailing.

EPA Storm Water Regulations: Tough Sailing.

Under the Clean Water Act, quantity and quality of storm water discharge continue to be right in the EPA’s bulls eye. I remember years ago, the late 70s to be exact, I was involved in a project where we graded 5 acres uphill from the surrounding terrain. You guessed it: every time it rained thousands [Read More]

LED Lighting Trends in Commercial Construction

LED Lighting Trends in Commercial Construction

Electricity is the #2 operating expense for most properties. Lowering cost can be a real game changer. We’re about to commence our second LED exterior lighting package at the Redstone Arsenal and in the process should achieve about a 70% energy savings. Here is what we are seeing across the board:  There is less new construction, but [Read More]

Advances in “Green-er” Drywall

Advances in “Green-er” Drywall

A while back, I wrote a post titled, “Can Drywall Be Green?” which discussed the aftereffects of the Chinese Drywall crisis that plagued our country earlier this decade. When it comes down to it, drywall is a convenience product. It is efficient, replacing lath and plaster and therefore saving time and money. However the emissions [Read More]

Keeping It Live and Local

Keeping It Live and Local

Have you heard of “locavores?” These folks are interested in eating food that is produced within a 100-mile radius of their home. The idea is to minimize fossil fuels from shipping and nutrition lost from farm to table. We like to consider ourselves a small part of the locavore movement. We started three years back [Read More]