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How to squeeze 6 months of construction into 90 days

It was a dark and stormy night…and it could have cost me up to $50,000 per day. Sunoco: Railway Distribution Center Expansion Sunoco was extending railroad tracks that let its trains offload and onload their oil. The problem was that while the property was owned by the oil company, the expansion cut thru farmland that had been untouched for more than 100 years. […]

By | April 29th, 2013|Concrete Fence|Comments Off on How to squeeze 6 months of construction into 90 days

An unexpected use of precast concrete and recycled shipping containers

Before our U.S. troops are deployed, they’re trained to fight in mock Middle Eastern villages all over the country called MOUT sites: Military Operations in Urban Terrain. To replicate in-theater conditions, our client, Allied Container Systems, builds these mock villages out of shipping containers. And they spec Artisan Precast to make concrete separating barrier walls. (There are [...]

By | April 22nd, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on An unexpected use of precast concrete and recycled shipping containers

Why Spec 2 Lines If 1 Can Do Both?

It’s common in our industry for projects to spec a retaining wall, and then put an Artisan Precast wall over it. Many Architects and Engineers don’t know that our walls can also be spec’d and constructed as retaining walls up to 6 feet high. […]

By | April 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why Spec 2 Lines If 1 Can Do Both?

Never split the pie. Make the pie bigger.

Sometimes, when the moon and stars are in alignment, I have the opportunity to save an Engineer’s or Architect’s behind. Like the time we were starting a masonry wall job in Florida, and the Architect specified one of our stone products for a commercial strip center adjacent to an existing residential zone. Ironically, a homeowner [...]

By | April 9th, 2013|Concrete Fence|Comments Off on Never split the pie. Make the pie bigger.

Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Concrete Patterns

Both Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein were well known for having a closet full of the same clothes which they wore everyday. In Barry Schwartz’s book, “The Paradox of Choice,” he proves that all of us can only handle so much choice in a day before the act of “deciding” becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. Jobs and Einstein instinctively knew they needed to save brain space for more important matters than style. […]

By | April 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Concrete Patterns