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]

Whether It’s Personal Health or Job Safety, Take the “Ounce of Prevention” Approach

Whether It’s Personal Health or Job Safety, Take the “Ounce of Prevention” Approach

A friend of mine was just diagnosed with a severe illness this week. Sadly, it was the kind a simple procedure could have detected much earlier, solving the problem without major surgery. I think we are all sometimes guilty of procrastinating matters related to our health. It seems parallel to the way we think of [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. It was a great course for contractors, designers and owners alike, and highly I recommend it. They teach it several it times a year. I believe what made the course unique was the passion of delivery. These guys really [Read More]

The Solution to a Macro Concrete Problem? Think Micro.

The Solution to a Macro Concrete Problem? Think Micro.

We were asked recently to help one of our customers with a damaged concrete sidewalk. Sounds simple enough, but it wasn’t just any sidewalk. This one was elevated and it was absolutely necessary for this office facility that the sidewalk remain navigable for the tenants through out the repair process. In years past, if someone [Read More]

Now More Than Ever, Solid Strategic Partnerships Keep Us Afloat

Now More Than Ever, Solid Strategic Partnerships Keep Us Afloat

I cannot imagine these times without the partners who work alongside us. Our folks really need to be multiple places at the same time looking for opportunities. (Since there are fewer opportunities right now.) We cannot do it alone. These partners keep their radar up for us and we gladly reciprocate. To me, this is [Read More]

BIM Visualizes the “How,” Unlocks the “Why” and Provides a Relationship Value-Add

Last week, I mentioned a partnership I’ve fostered with WP2DC, the company who designed and implemented a cloud-based application for Stewart Perry. We’ve managed to get all our internal information into an easily accessible virtual file cabinet. As a result we’ve cut out a lot of duplicated efforts. Using a Building Information Modeling (BIM) is our next [Read More]