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]

Beyond the Gates: Community and Economics

Beyond the Gates: Community and Economics

For the last nine years, I have spent the second weekend of my year at the Sewanee–The University of the South, participating in a solid program called Beyond the Gates. About 30 of us spend two days visiting with seniors, sharing what to expect in the job market, how to get a job and how their life [Read More]

The Best Year is Comin’ Up…

The Best Year is Comin’ Up…

I’d like to share a story I read from Vice-Chancellor John McCardell‘s address to the students and faculty of  Sewanee: The University of the South, given at the beginning of this school year. I think the legend of Willie Six has a lot of application for us, as we will shortly begin a new year. Willie Six is a [Read More]

Fire: Nature’s Preservation Tactic and Business’ Opportunity to Evolve

Last week when I was at the University of the South, Sewanee, I traveled through the new Spencer Wing of Woods Laboratories on the campus. I found myself in the Forestry Department in front of a plaque that reads “Restoring Our Forest,” with the subtitle “Importance of fire in the forest communities.” It goes on [Read More]

Current Pricing Trends Are Good News for Construction Relationships, But How Long Can Costs Stay Down?

Because of the current imbalance of supply and demand in the commodities market, the cost of construction has been trending downward over the last year or so. Some of our projects take years to develop, and before this correction, the previous several years saw 3-4% increases annually. It’s hard to come back to your customer [Read More]