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Rise Up


OUnknownn Wednesday, June 7th, the Holder-Hunt-Moody-Russell Joint Venture threw a Topping Out Celebration and Luncheon at the Mercedes-Benz stadium. All the firms working on the project were invited to celebrate the hard work everyone has put in to get the stadium completed.

A group of us arrived at the stadium and were given hardhats, neon-green safety vests, protective eyewear, and a raffle ticket. We were then escorted through a short walkway to the elevator and lifted to the main concourse. There, we exited left, following the crowd and delicious smells. […]

June 22nd, 2017|

The Research of Our Clients


Stem CellOur services are ancillary to some exciting, groundbreaking research. But we rarely get the opportunity to openly discuss—or even direct attention to—this research because our clients prefer to work in private, away from the spotlight. Occasionally, though, the research attracts national attention and CNN does a nice write-up and video feature on said research. At that point, we advise our followers to click here.

June 1st, 2017|

Value: Show, don’t tell.


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Our clients see us as an indispensable part of their project team. How did we make our firm essential when our services are inching toward commodification? We started by shifting our focus from checkbox activities to creating value for our clients. After that, we worked to define value and illustrate how we transfer it to clients. But value is one of those slippery words, with a meaning that tends to change depending on your perspective.

WorkingBuildings is a consulting firm; we don’t make widgets. We deal in intellectual capital. […]

May 11th, 2017|

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


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In 1974, a couple of really intelligent individuals (Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman) recognized most human beings’ preference for specific conditions and wrote a now-famous example to demonstrate. Side note: Tversky was so smart that his fellow psychologists devised the ‘Tversky Intelligence Test’: “The faster you realize Tversky is smarter than you, the smarter you are.”

Here is their example: Linda is 31, single, outspoken, and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned with issues of […]

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|