Re-Writing a Motto

Re-Writing a Motto

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds…” I would argue that postmen don’t have anything on construction superintendents. This week, I received an email from one of our project superintendents building a job with us in Kemah, TX, about 40 miles [Read More]

Sitting Outside Your Comfort Zone

Sitting Outside Your Comfort Zone

You have probably seen the PSAs on television, the ones that show a child sitting alone at lunch. Years ago, when my parents moved our family to a new city, there were times that I felt a little bit like that boy. While everyone was certainly nice to me, they all had their buddies of many years [Read More]

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

We were meeting with a customer last week in Cleveland and stayed downtown, something I enjoy in the cities where we travel. When I arrived at the hotel, we noticed a classic building across the street, clearly historic, but the signage read “Heinen’s Grocery Store.” Puzzling. When I walked in the former Cleveland Trust Company [Read More]

A Lingering Challenge

A Lingering Challenge

A few months ago, I attended a ULI-sponsored lunch where Anita Kramer, their SVP of Capital Markets and Real Estate, shared her thoughts on Emerging Trends in Real Estate. I was seated at her table, and as we talked, she shared that she believes there will be a shortage of unskilled and skilled workers in [Read More]

Group of Peers. No Pressure.

Group of Peers. No Pressure.

This week, I was in Denver participating in a peer group of other contractors from around the US–from Washington State to Pennsylvania. This was “an assembly of like, non-competing firms in an organized setting, exchanging private company information for mutual benefit.” As a construction company, I found these three takeaways we discussed most helpful and to [Read More]

When You Speak, Say Something.

When You Speak, Say Something.

I was at a lunch last week sponsored by an engineering firm, and unlucky me happen to sit with someone who works in business development. It was the same old conversation I’ve had with this person many times over. It starts with the standard “how’s business?” and “been playing any golf recently?” line of questioning, [Read More]

Upcoming Changes to Construction Permiting

Upcoming Changes to Construction Permiting

Starting with the EPA Clean Water Act that became law decades ago, it seems new environmental regulations are always coming down the pike. It’s a complex business, as not all of the states are consistent in their means and methods. To add another layer, the EPA is expected to update their general permit requirements again soon. [Read More]

Extending the Season of Gratitude

Extending the Season of Gratitude

  Tis the season. There is lots going on this time of year. We are all (hopefully) taking time to share remembrances of the year ending, time to build or better relationships and a moment to be appreciative. About relationships: To me, people who build long lasting relationships don’t just think about others around the [Read More]

Resume and Legacy Are Equally Important.

Resume and Legacy Are Equally Important.

  Last week, I spent about 15 hours of windshield time traveling through mid-Atlantic states visiting our projects. I made an effort to drive without music, leaving plenty of time for thought. One thing on my mind: If you were to leave this earth at 5 pm–not just any day, but TODAY–what would people say about you? [Read More]

Functional Green Space in the Concrete Jungle

Functional Green Space in the Concrete Jungle

Lately, we’ve been involved with several brownfield, adaptive reuse and urban redevelopment projects in city centers. Like many others, our city is experiencing an urban renaissance big enough for the Wall Street Journal to take note. Currently, we’re restoring a metropolitan theatre, redeveloping a 20-story hotel for conversation to apartments, and have several other projects on the [Read More]