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]

Eliminating Moisture: Flooring’s Arch Rival

Eliminating Moisture: Flooring’s Arch Rival

In the final stages of a recent project, we discovered that our concrete slabs had elevated moisture content as compared to the specifications required by the desired floor coverings. This persisted in spite of running the HVAC system for 30 days, our standard operating procedure. Was their storm water matriculating through sub grade? Was there a [Read More]

How to Turn Inclement Weather Days into Workdays, the Best You Can

How to Turn Inclement Weather Days into Workdays, the Best You Can

Recently, it seems unseasonably cold and wet weather has been affecting our job sites, impacting our concrete and masonry work the most. The question: What are reasonable, cost effective measures to keep things going? Sometimes the most practical approach is to adjust the schedule of the project to align the most resilient time periods with [Read More]

Pervious Interlocking Concrete Paver Systems

Pervious Interlocking Concrete Paver Systems

We’ve been involved in various types of permeable pavement over the years and recently learned of a new “tool” from the toolbox. Pervious Interlocking Concrete Paver Systems (PICP) can be a great asset for use in sidewalks and lower impact traffic areas. According to this trade organization, a PICP system is comprised of a layer of concrete [Read More]

The Great Wall of Charlottesville: Our First Segmental Retaining Wall

The Great Wall of Charlottesville: Our First Segmental Retaining Wall

We built our first segmental wall in Charlottesville, Virginia about 20 years ago. I was recently passing through there and saw that the wall is still standing, just as we built it in the early 90s. At the time, the locals called it “the Great Wall of Charlottesville.” It was pretty tall for that time–32 [Read More]

Soil Nails for Tough Sites

Soil Nails for Tough Sites

Someone once said to me, “Most of the good sites are taken.” While I’m not sure this is exactly true, the last few decades have given us new techniques for “challenging” soils, adding new tools to our toolbox. Previously un-developable sites can now be developed in a cost-effective manner. Over the last few years, we [Read More]

Noise Control for Multi-Use Buildings

Noise Control for Multi-Use Buildings

These days, we are involved in several multi-use, multi-level projects, both suburban and urban. When these structures go vertical–due to space constraints or other reasons–they are often a mix with retail/restaurants, office and residential. These design conditions may create unique problems for future tenants for residents, such as noise, a large distraction in multi-use buildings. Occupants [Read More]

REIT Pricing and Experience from the Road

REIT Pricing and Experience from the Road

Mike Prior recently retired from a career managing a real estate portfolio which at times was in excess of $5 billion. He now works as a consultant, officing with us. It’s been great having this kind of experience under our roof. Mike has been a big help on our financial side and with our customers. This [Read More]

Pros and Cons of Three Concrete Structure Methods

Pros and Cons of Three Concrete Structure Methods

Over the years, we’ve built parking structures that employed different structural framing methods. The system chosen depended on a variety of factors including land/site constraints, design functionality and accessibility of local resources. Cost is a variable of all of the above. At times, the value of the land exceeds the price to add vertical to [Read More]

Hard Knocks Site & Civil: Be Prepared

Hard Knocks Site & Civil: Be Prepared

Good civil engineers are worth their weight in gold. I would suggest theirs is a discipline that, beyond all others, can make or break a project. I’ve seen civil cause the quickest spiral toward trouble or, most of the time, provide the most impact for success on a difficult site. To us, it’s important to [Read More]