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Three Mantras or: How To Resist Common Errors

By Jacob Terry and Will Whatley

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We’ve spent the last four posts discussing our various (and related) approaches of getting at the core of client issues. Jacob Terry, the Director of CxAlloy, continued the conversation a few weeks ago when he shared some lessons from the software side of the house. For those who don’t know, CxAlloy is our cloud-based complete-capture software for the built environment. And while WorkingBuildings’ work is done in the built environment, the problem-solving methods we employ are not necessarily specific to that […]

April 21st, 2017|

Collective Knowledge: Altoids for the Mind

By Tony Martin

knowledge_transfer_machineIf gossip is halitosis of the mind, then knowledge transfer is Altoids for the mind: refreshing and rejuvenating.

About 10 years ago, we had a project that required us to test a generator responsible for the emergency power to a command center. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, the command center would be (and is) necessary for recovery efforts, and maintaining some semblance of order. The code stated the generators needed to run for four hours to effectively test them. Due to the critical nature of the […]

April 6th, 2017|

An Allegiance to Problem-solving

By Michael L. Weiss

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In the built environment, the term ‘holistic’ has been batted around now to the point of meaninglessness. Every firm’s approach to every facility is holistic. We can all flip open a dictionary and read the definition, but what does it mean? And what does a holistic approach look like? We’ve been asking that question for 18 years.

During World War II, there were problems involving the transport of troops and supplies across the Atlantic. The military had to account for a […]

March 22nd, 2017|

One Conjunct Too Many: Start simple.

By Michael Clements

Private-InvestigatorAt some point in our professional lives, we’ve all overcomplicated matters. It’s human nature. For us, one such incident involves a New Hospital. A few days after closeout, the client called us up. They seemed to be having bizarre electrical issues. The computers on the third floor—and only the third floor—weren’t working. The lights worked, as did the telecomm. But, for some odd reason, the desktop computers wouldn’t turn on. We dispatched an electrical engineer to look into the problem.

When dealing with complex facilities and systems, […]

March 8th, 2017|

Ask the Questions

By Michael L. Weiss


flat,800x800,075,t.u1Twice a month we get together as a firm to share lessons from the projects we’re working on. Now, we also have training sessions and other continuing education initiatives, but these informal gatherings are more about sharing while the projects are in progress. What might we be learning on this pharmaceutical project that would be applicable in this healthcare setting? Or vice versa. It dawned on me during our last talk that we had an opportunity to not only share internally, but to get messages […]

February 22nd, 2017|