Giant Scissors can mean only one thing: Ribbon Cutting.
And it’s the one thing we like better than a Ground Breaking.
Jerry Costello lends a helping hand at the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. 

Giant Scissors can mean only one thing: Ribbon Cutting.

And it’s the one thing we like better than a Ground Breaking.

Jerry Costello lends a helping hand at the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. 

To our Friends at ninenetwork, we are very proud of what you have done and are honored to be a part of the Pioneer Spirit Awards. Keep up the Good Work.

To our Friends at ninenetwork, we are very proud of what you have done and are honored to be a part of the Pioneer Spirit Awards. Keep up the Good Work.

Silver Lake: Where Good Deeds Are Done.
Thanks to Joshua Case, who stands proudly with his parents on the handicapped-accessible dock. The dock is Joshua’s Eagle Scout project and its completion brings him one step closer to becoming an Eagle Scout. 

Silver Lake: Where Good Deeds Are Done.

Thanks to Joshua Case, who stands proudly with his parents on the handicapped-accessible dock. The dock is Joshua’s Eagle Scout project and its completion brings him one step closer to becoming an Eagle Scout. 

Sometimes building smart is constructing a 50,000 square-foot building. But sometimes, it’s helping a local Boy Scout build a fishing platform that’s ADA compliant. We’re proud to be involved with this one. Heres’ to you, Joshua Case.

Sometimes building smart is constructing a 50,000 square-foot building. But sometimes, it’s helping a local Boy Scout build a fishing platform that’s ADA compliant. We’re proud to be involved with this one. Heres’ to you, Joshua Case.

Interesting concept that combines two of our favorite things - hardcore military training + rollback-your-sleeve business types. Could be a great C-level team building exercise.

A few facts about water shortage

From Fast Company…

  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
  • About 80% of sewage in developing countries is discharged untreated.
  • More people have cell phones than access to a decent toilet.
  • 3.6 million people die each year from water-related diseases.
  • Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water is readily accessible for direct human use.
  • The average American uses 100 gallons of water per day; the average African uses 12 gallons per day.
  • Millions of women and children spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources.

Think about that the next time you leave the water running in the bathroom as you walk around the house to brush your teeth. Think about that the next time you pop open a bottle of water.

In a round about way, but still. Really cool, short read for anyone involved in the transportation business. The focus here is the merging of worlds - geek tech and mass transit. Smart thinking like this will bridge our way to a better planet.

Thanks to Fast Company for terrific the coverage.

A battery from algae - that’s build smart

Recently came across a great feature in a recent issue of Fast Company. It was about innovation in the battery world. There were several smart thinkers profiled, many of which we’ll be Tumbling about in the coming weeks.

First up - Maria Stromme and her lithium-ion battery using algae. Maria is a professor of Nanotechnology at Upsalla University in Upsalla, Sweden and was on the research team that developed an algae-using battery that has been concepted to be as strong as a lithium-ion battery.

Read Maria’s thoughts on the innovative thinking here. Great stuff as always from Fast Company.

It’s thinking like this that is going to power us into the future. It’s good to know there are such great minds on this planet of ours.

Have a great weekend everyone. Do some good. Build smart.

Yesterday’s Shaker.

We felt the Earth move here at Ft. Lee, Virginia.  First thought was a heavy piece of machinery was moving through the job site - or the base was performing some operations. But as the shaking progressed, there was no doubt that it was an earthquake. When the shaking stopped, safety precautions began. All scaffolding on the project was re-inspected. For the most part, work resumed as normal with no damage or injuries - just a few people left shaking their heads.

A nice video recapping a terrific homecoming in a Korte-built building. To the troops, thanks for serving. To our team in Norman, thanks for building smart.

Read about the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Oklahoma here.