Head of the Class

Head of the Class

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to Auburn University’s Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) Class of 2015. MRED is a post graduate track offered jointly by the University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction and the College of Business. It is led by Professor Michael Robinson. The program is aimed at practicing professionals from both the public and private sectors of the industry, generally [Read More]

Are We “Contractors,” “Connectors” or Both?

Are We “Contractors,” “Connectors” or Both?

I’ve found that networking and connecting are two very different things. To me, “networking” means interacting with your contacts, having a clear objective top of mind. “Connecting” comes from a genuine interest in people and creates a bond based on shared interest. Most people would rather talk to a connector. Through the experience of years, [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]

Save Time & Money by Watching ASTM Standards

Save Time & Money by Watching ASTM Standards

ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials) is an organization that can have a substantial impact on construction projects, yet quite a few folks are not familiar with it. ASTM was founded in 1898 for the development and delivery of voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide variety of materials, systems and services. ASTM’s [Read More]

Three Years and Counting

Three Years and Counting

Few people endure slumps and a downturn in performance as often as professional athletes. Even the greatest sports stars suffer through stretches where seemingly nothing goes right. During his heyday, Michael Jordan had a commercial in which he stated, “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.” Then, after a short pause, [Read More]

Geotechnical Testing now, Saves Money later

Geotechnical Testing now, Saves Money later

You can’t take anything for granted; even the ground under your feet. That’s why it is important to have Geotechnical testing done before construction begins on a project. But nothing is perfect, and even the best Geotech firms can’t always determine exactly what it is going on beneath the surface. A Sinking Feeling On one [Read More]

The Healing Process

The Healing Process

As our work takes me throughout the southeast, I continue to see optimistic signs that commercial markets are on the upswing. Increases for everyone Retail occupancy is improving, apartment rental rates are starting to increase and we are feeling more buzz around our office. More phone calls for opportunities.  While these steps might be small, [Read More]

If Bank Credit is hard to get these days then Surety Credit is a real close second

If Bank Credit is hard to get these days then Surety Credit is a real close second

While I think our economy continues to heal from what we are seeing the next 12 to 18 months will see more failures of the weak in commercial real estate and the construction industry.  2012 will be a tough year on the sureties and surety credit will even be harder to obtain over the next [Read More]

Best in Class and Knowledge for Success

Best in Class and Knowledge for Success

Last week, I took a course called Practical Construction Law presented by Smith, Hancock and Currie. Great course for contractors, designers and owners alike. I recommend.  They teach it several it times a year. Believe what made the course unique was the passion of delivery.  These guys really bring it to life, and to me, this [Read More]

Flourish Among Giants

In this economy, there are advantages to being moderate in size. Our company is not one of the 50 largest construction companies in the country. We do not have the same resources that our larger competitors maintain. But we are nimble. Being “right sized” in any field can be a real plus. It’s easier for [Read More]