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sidewalks, only to come back in a few years and find them not as cool for any number of reasons–cracks having surfaced, outdated brick pavers or concrete that’s gone out of style.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]

Stand Inline or Right Next To It?

Stand Inline or Right Next To It?

Imagine yourself as new hire in a company. You’re full of different ideas that maybe counter to the culture of the company, as you see it. Do you pull yourself in line with your company’s culture, or maybe risk speaking up? Simply put–fit in or stand out? That’s a difficult position, and research indicates that [Read More]

Taking Away the Punch Bowl?

Taking Away the Punch Bowl?

If one is not careful, it can be easy to get lost in your own bubble. While we are in the construction business–service providers–I make a conscious effort to look beyond securing new projects. After all, if there is no capital or product demand, it usually doesn’t matter how hard we work to get new [Read More]

The Case for a Liberal Arts Degree

The Case for a Liberal Arts Degree

Last weekend, I got to be a part of The University of the South’s “Beyond the Gates,” program, something I have done for many years. It’s a weekend to help mostly Seniors prepare for their lives after graduation, only  3 short months away. As I got to visit with the some 90 or so students [Read More]

A Diet For Roads?

A Diet For Roads?

I’m a co-chair of our ULI chapter for the state. In a recent meeting, James Fowler, who leads planning, design and construction for UAB, started talking about “Road Diets.” While I had never heard the term, it made a lot of sense after I heard him explain. The initiative is to make urban campuses more [Read More]

Geogrid

Geogrid

Last spring, I wrote about a great retail site with tough soils, and how we were approaching the job. Nature then turned this project into a case study in weather extremes, from the record-setting drought over the summer, to late fall monsoons. In case you are not familiar with Geogrid, it is basically a woven polymer [Read More]