Blogs (71)


The Perfect Commercial Painting Lead Generation Guide

by Austin Houser

Every commercial painting business needs a steady stream of high-quality leads to be ...


Is There a Paint Shortage in the US?

by Emily Newton

Construction materials have become increasingly harder and more expensive to obtain. ...


How to Target New Homeowners Looking For Painters

by Austin Houser

One of the most important aspects of marketing for your painting business is audience...


Painting Contractor Social Media Marketing Strategies

by Austin Houser

As a painting contractor, you may have mistaken your business for a painting company....


Intent vs. Outcome in Project Purchasing

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Purchasing for construction projects isn’t like purchasing in our personal lives. Whe...


Project Compaction: Not Just for Soil

by Letsfixconstruction.com

I sat through a pre-construction meeting via conference call today to go over the ins...


Misconception Series—Drawings, Specs Are Complementary

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Recently, I was preparing a masonry architectural specification section for a remodel...


California Lead Paint Ruling Deserves Review

by Industry Professionals

Significant First Amendment rights are at risk in a recent California Court of Appeal...


Is All of Construction on a Fast Track?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

While hosting a Let’s Fix Construction workshop at the 2018 AIA Conference in New Yor...


In Favor of Mass Timber Construction Systems

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’re probably aware of the growing i...


What Does the Future Hold for Specifiers?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

In the last few years, it has been proposed that owners might benefit from hiring spe...


Looking East to Make America Great

by Robert Ikenberry

As anyone who works in construction knows, projects are built on cooperation, even th...


Material Challenges in Historic Buildings

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

Preserving and repurposing existing buildings is supported by most current green buil...


Correlation and Intent in Contract Documents

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Although it didn't seem like it at the time, one of the best parts of my CSI chapter'...


Construction Costs Unknown

by Letsfixconstruction.com

When architects begin with the design concept as the primary driver, or if they have ...


Relax with a Cool-Colored Wall, or Not?

by Jill M. Speegle

Color experts have long said the colors we paint our walls can affect our psyche and ...


What Don’t You Know?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

In my humble opinion, the best way to fix something is to learn what you don’t know. ...


Delegated Design: Where Does the Buck Stop?

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

With the increased use of delegated design in construction projects, questions have a...


Team Spec: Communication is Key

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Are you communicating with your specifier during construction administration? Are you...


The World’s Largest Movable Structure You’ve Probably Never Heard About

by Warren Brand

It’s called The New Safe Confinement (NSC). Picture a massive, movable hangar-like do...


Normalization of Deviance

by Warren Brand

It brought down both Space Shuttles, is responsible for the disaster at Deepwater Hor...


Construction Needs a Fix

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Our biggest challenge comes from working in a bubble. It comes from only seeing thing...


How to Choose the Right Colors

by Barbara Jacobs

That’s the question, and it applies to both interiors and exteriors of homes and othe...


Building a Good Foundation

by V.C. "Bud" Jenkins

I was at a client’s store last week when a painting crew of five young workers came i...


6 Fundamentals of Good Roof Design

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Roofs fail prematurely or fail to reach their rated life of approximately 20 years fo...


Steps to Assessing Concrete Structures

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

An assessment of a concrete structure to evaluate existing conditions and determine c...


7 Tips for Writing a Spec Section from Scratch

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

For those of you who frequently write construction specifications, the time will come...


7 Areas Where Construction Conflicts Can Arise

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Many construction projects are rife with potentially overlapping trade responsibiliti...


5 Winter Challenges Buildings Face

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

This first blog written by Logan Cook of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. includ...


Millennials: A Good Bet for Construction

by FMI

Now is the time to start incorporating a millennial-focused recruitment strategy for ...


UK Architects Sound Alarm for Space

by Jill M. Speegle

British architects say they are fed up with “tiny rabbit-hutch homes,” with the relea...


Beyond Compliance: Inspired by Confined Space Rules

by Robert Ikenberry

In the works since 1980, federal OSHA recently published new construction-specific co...


Designer Reinvents Aging Farmhouse

by Jill M. Speegle

Here’s a farmhouse with a modern twist, seriously. Twist Farmhouse, in Falls, PA, was...


Standards: Guidelines or Gospel?

by Warren Brand

In coatings, as in every other profession, you can go by the book or you can go with ...


Seeking Sense from the Experts

by Warren Brand

It takes an enormous amount to get under my skin. But I just attended a conference fo...


Why Your Bridge Needs a Good Bake Sale

by Robert Ikenberry

Americans are great innovators. We develop the coolest technological toys. From perso...


Sales is Not a Dirty Word

by FMI

No one wants to be called a salesperson—regardless of their position in the company. ...


Award Honors Curtain-lifting Restoration

by Jill M. Speegle

A revamped Art Deco movie theater on Long Island is basking in the glow of an award f...


Beyond Cost: Pricing for Value

by FMI

In today’s market, many contractors assume that there are no longer opportunities to ...


From Loyal Employees, Loyal Clients

by FMI

Today’s business environment is very different from six years ago, when the pace of e...


Building a Better, Stronger Contract

by FMI

Few industries require the use of contracts more than construction.


Coating Inspectors: Are We Necessary?

by Warren Brand

Over 30 years in the industry, I’ve been on most sides of many paint issues. I’ve own...


Get Them While They’re Young

by FMI

As the construction industry rebounds with the growing economy, the search for talent...


The Hidden Hazards of Bridge Rehab

by Michael Halliwell

Any time that one is working bridge rehabilitation, there are certain hazards that sh...


5 Ways to Get a Leg up on LEED

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

I am fortunate to have practiced internationally throughout my career in sustainable ...


Waterlogged Wright Home to Relocate

by Jill M. Speegle

A rare home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright will be getting a new zip ...


Getting Paid—On Time, Without Drama

by FMI

Any principal of a construction firm will tell you that cash is king. There is little...


A Glass Ship for Vikings Unveiled

by Jill M. Speegle

It’s airy, yet enclosed. Love it or hate it, the recently unveiled, HKS-designed Minn...


Dangers of the Daily Juggling Act

by Karen Kapsanis

I have been trying to write this little essay for weeks, but I keep getting interrupt...


Construction Still Low on High Tech

by Robert Ikenberry

Construction is one of the last industries to embrace technology—or so it seems. If s...


‘Competent Persons’ vs. Competence

by Simon Hope

One of the eternal problems that our industry grapples with is defining the differenc...


Infrastructure Needs a Good PR Firm

by Robert Ikenberry

Which would you notice first? Money missing from your Social Security check, or a pat...


By the Book: NY Public Library Project

by Jill M. Speegle

Historic buildings that house volumes of literary marvels deserve to be preserved and...


Business Building: Investing in ‘Yes’

by Robert Ikenberry

I’m often amazed when I watch other contractors interact with owners.


Getting Your 250,000 Cents Worth

by Pamela Simmons

Let’s face it. Pennies have become pretty much useless as currency. Banks don’t seem ...


‘Wait, Wait Don’t Implode,’ Judge Says

by Jill M. Speegle

Hold the explosives! A Nevada state judge has put the kibosh on plans to implode a st...


Not Strangers to Danger

by Karen Kapsanis

Maybe you’ve had this experience, too: I have a hard time forgetting accidents that h...


Protection from the Pressure to Paint

by Burt Olhiser

In accordance with our title, this column is a “Like It Is” effort to present common-...


New Tools Stuck in Old-School Ways

by Tim Race

In 1973, I was playing baseball for Parkside High School Eagles with Tony Dungy. That...


Casting a Vote for Infrastructure

by Karen Kapsanis

I really don’t like leap years, mainly because they are the years when the campaign f...


Working Ahead: Office Designs for 2020

by Jill M. Speegle

So long, cubicles! Hello, hackable buildings and b(Hives)! The high-performance offic...


Painting it Forward, 1 Town at a Time

by Pamela Simmons

Sometimes you have to stop thinking about painting and just paint. On Sunday, Septemb...


The Drywall Dilemma: The Rest Of The Story

by Burt Olhiser

As discussed in the first installment of this two-part article (Durability + Design, ...


Managing to Prosper: Planning and Executing an Effective Game Plan

by Burt Olhiser

This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of columns in Durability + Des...


The Little House That Did: Inspiring an Architectural Landscape Part 2

by Pamela Simmons

In her book, Margaret Henderson Floyd explores deeply the projects of these influenti...


The Little House That Did: Sunnyledge, Inspiring an Architectural Landscape

by Pamela Simmons

Along Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh’s fashionable Shadyside area, sits a somewhat plain ...


One for All?

by Karen Kapsanis

I recently heard that some owners change a contract by replacing an “SSPC-certified c...


Mail Pouch Tobacco: Hitting the Broad Side of 20,000+ Barns

by Pamela Simmons

Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, my family rarely took a trip when I didn’t spy at...


The Complaint Dept.: The Agony of ‘Blocking’ and Other Tales of Woe

by Burt Olhiser

The recent endless whining and posturing by our political “leadership” on one side of...


When Is It a Good Idea To Turn Down Work?

by Burt Olhiser

My musings this month have to do with the reasons we turn down work.


Pondering this Matter of the Big-Box Era…or is it Big Headache?

by Burt Olhiser

I recently had occasion to become one of the wandering lost souls in a Big-Box DIY st...


 
 
   

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