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AHJs Can Make A/E/C Sing the Blues

September 30, 2010

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One of the least discussed construction industry wastes is the code and permitting process. Design and construction professionals nationwide are at the whim of code reviewers and fire marshals (generically referred to as AHJs, Authorities Having Jurisdiction) in city or county government, who review all projects for life safety, accessibility and other, more specific, local […]

Who Could Use Another Friend?

September 28, 2010

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Attend any Chamber of Commerce seminar or listen to any business skill consultant’s pitch and you hear a consistent message that ‘your network is your life’ and ‘build a network so that you have it when you need it’. These messages are hammered home when you are  implored to make as many professional contacts, especially […]

Projects Are Learning

September 20, 2010

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I read a curious blog reply several months ago. The reply was a response to a post on how BIM is used in projects. The original post noted how BIM was being adapted in a new way to a project, and the blog reply contended that using a program without full knowledge of its capabilities […]

Cross Training an IPD Must-Have

September 18, 2010

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As I have written before, empathy is very important to understanding the patient experience as a health care designer.  In fact, it is a key human trait and skill, so much so that empathy was one of the six attributes author Dan Pink selected as a right-brain essential for future career success in his book, A Whole New Mind. Empathy is […]

Long-Term vs. Short-Term Focus

September 17, 2010

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I am surprised how many hospitals and healthcare systems still rely on the design-bid-build (DBB) model because of its implicit support of architects, engineers and builders (A/E/C) as short-term-focused service providers. What do I mean?  DBB is the ultimate tool in price shopping, but it provides a risky mix-and-match approach to a project team. DBB participants live […]

Grabowski on Patient Experience

September 15, 2010

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Bill Grabowski was a healthcare architect I was lucky enough to work with. He interviewed me for my position at a previous employer in Baltimore and was a fellow UVA graduate, so I had a certain bond with him. When he was hospitalized with complications surrounding his heart defect, I would visit him in Johns Hopkins Hospital […]

Building Owner at Disadvantage without Intermediary

September 13, 2010

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A major obstacle for building owners in the process of getting a project built is finding a way to either get as knowledgable as the builder about the costs of the project, or find someone who can represent the owner and protect his interests to nullify the effects of asymmetrical information. Asymmetrical information is an […]

Pressure on Productivity

September 10, 2010

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When company belts get cinched as tight as they can be without becoming a tourniquet, cost saving shoppers rely on improved productivity for relief.  Outside of major business model overhaul, producing more with the same or less resources, is one of the only advantages against inflation.  Whether a professional or assembly line operation, cutting costs to produce more for […]

HC Mergers and Acquisitions

September 8, 2010

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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is pretty exciting because, along with company start-ups, it is the most visible evidence of the economic Darwinism we call free market capitalism (although there is belief that with the current doom-and-gloom climate that, too, will evolve in our lifetime). M&A activity is typically supported by economists and industry experts […]

Community Involvement Balances Work Life

September 6, 2010

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For many in the design and construction industry, we have a little more time to breathe lately. One aspect I strive to maintain involvement in regardless of workload is community involvement. For the past five years I have participated in Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. (JCCI) activities, and in particular, their leadership development component called JCCI […]