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Walk the plank!

1187 BIG RED DOG Engineering & Consulting Category_Archives featured Hot Firm Will Schnier

As a firm grows, new people have to come on board. But if those people threaten to damage your culture and sink the ship, you can always toss them back out to sea. We tell our team members every day that we’ve worked very hard to be blessed by the obstacles we now have the luxury of facing. Let me share one of those obstacles that we overcame last year in hopes that our experience can translate to success in your organization. Our firm, BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting (Hot Firm #22 for 2016) has grown remarkably from our...

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Energy efficient

1187 Category_Archives Category_Structures + Buildings Ed Friedrichs featured Structures + Buildings sustainability

As designers, it’s time to redefine the world and make it better, and that starts with preserving our resources. As I read the various architecture, interior design, and engineering journals, I see many people, firms, principals, and designers described as “leaders.” But I don’t see much evidence of where they’re leading, how they’re leading, or what’s changed because of their leadership. In fact, I’m not sure, from what I read last year, that much has changed. Entering 2017, I see a lot of things I’d want to change, and I’m sure you do as well. What will your role be?...

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One team – period

1187 Category_Articles featured Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Hot Firm Liisa Andreassen Ralph Hargrove

One team – period

Alabama firm looms large along the Gulf Coast, and a lot of that’s due to a laser focus on service and always starting out at the top. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent Years ago, while working in the construction and engineering industries, Ralph Hargrove, president and CEO of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors (Hot Firm #7 for 2016) sensed the need for a responsive team to provide support for small projects and turnarounds. He had no idea that when he started the business in 1995 that the Mobile, Alabama-based firm would turn into what it is today – a 1,200-person juggernaut recognized...

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Promote risk-taking

1187 Category_Archives featured Julie Benezet Leaders Strategy

For the next generation of leaders to be successful, they’ll need a mindset sculpted by strategy, new ideas, and a willingness to embrace the unknown. I routinely hear AEC firm leaders express frustration about finding the next generation of leaders. Their feelings are understandable when so many firms continue to be led by founding or legacy partners who are in their late 50s or early 60s and want to move on to a different life stage. Their comments on the next generation include: “So many of our people don’t have the DNA to be entrepreneurial.” “They’re so risk averse.” “They...

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Says ‘Gridlock Sam’

1187 Category_Articles Category_Transportation featured Leaders Samuel Schwartz transportation

Says ‘Gridlock Sam’

Do whatever it takes to get your foot in the door, and then keep your foot on the gas pedal if you want to compete in a big market. Had I known in 1995 what I know now, I wonder if I would have started my own company; in any event, I made the right choice. Government work in NYC was pretty much out of the question for a one- to two-, then five-person firm. Set-asides for minorities and women were quite high and the big firms used the MBE/WBE/DBEs for their subs. Whenever I approached a prime to team...

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