What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

If you drive near the east end Birmingham’s CBD, it’s hard to miss Sloss Furnaces, a designated National Historic Landmark. For almost 100 years, the site operated its blast furnaces. Today, the site is still in operation, but now as a historic park. The grounds are home to various artists in residence and to Slossfest, a [Read More]

Why Floors Sweat (and Other Unpleasant Moisture Issues)

Why Floors Sweat (and Other Unpleasant Moisture Issues)

I can think of two projects, one in Miami and one on the Gulf Coast, were we found ourselves with unusual quantities of moisture sitting on the slab, within in the top portions. The folks on both of these jobs were not familiar with atmospheric conditions inside buildings and were hell bent that it was moisture coming [Read More]

Trends Among Millennials

Trends Among Millennials

I’m fortunate to be a part of a solid initiative called Design Alabama. Every year we participate in a Mayors’ Summit, working with five different cities on their most challenging design problems. We just completed our 2015 Summit. A few interesting nuggets I learned about Millennials trends (people born 1979 to 1996) 31% of Millennials prefer [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]

We Need Another Groundhog

We Need Another Groundhog

Earlier this week, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting 6 more weeks of cold weather. I don’t think I’m alone in saying no one wanted him to see his shadow. This winter has been the most brutal in the last 20 years, and we are all feeling it.  It seems like we need a break. [Read More]

GPR for Pre-Construction

GPR for Pre-Construction

We have been in the preconstruction phase of a brownfield project for about 18 months. In the process, we have been using a relatively new and still evolving set of technology tools, called ground penetrating radar (GPR). This geophysical method uses radar pulses to image the subsurface. Knowing what is underground is particularly important for the job [Read More]

Setting RTUs via Helicopter

Setting RTUs via Helicopter

Where would we be without helicopters? This week we used a Sikorksy S-58t helicopter to set 17 RTUs on a new project scheduled for completion next year. It’s amazing how fast the process moved. From pick up to the roof , set time was less than 1 hour.   While we have been using helicopters on [Read More]

Why Project Blogs Work for Us

Why Project Blogs Work for Us

For the past couple of years, we’ve started a blog for each of our large projects. The premise  is simple: once a week, a designated person from the field office sends digital images and brief descriptions to our home office. We manage that information, and on Tuesdays post to each project’s page. So, why do [Read More]

Top Down Wall Construction (Soil Nails)

Top Down Wall Construction (Soil Nails)

On a couple of our projects recently, we needed retaining walls built in “cut earth sections” as opposed to “fill earth sections”. In these projects we needed top down construction and a method that afforded easy accessibility and we were dealing with earth that would only be “cut” and not “filled.” The alternative? What you [Read More]

Looking Ahead at Construction Materials

Looking Ahead at Construction Materials

As the economy continues to improve, construction demand is slowly increasing. As a result, the demand for construction materials is also increasing and one has to assume those costs will continue to go up throughout 2011. Recently, I was talking with one of our fabricators who supplies steel for projects throughout the nation and he [Read More]