Do we really need more new buildings?

A radical concept that I think deserves further consideration: There was nothing all that special about the generic campus of low-slung boxy offices and parking garages that Google first leased and then acquired in 2006. It was renovated and adapted with stimulating new interiors by Clive Wilkinson, alongside office landscape specialists DEGW, that reflected what was then an unusually … Continue reading Do we really need more new buildings?

Consulting Fees and Uncertainty are directly related

The concept of Uncertainty Arbitrage is something Victor Cheng wrote about for consulting career prep website, Case Interview. The reason clients pay consulting firms seemingly enormous fees is directly proportional to:1) What's at stake for the client if they make the wrong decision2) Their dislike for uncertainty.The greater the uncertainty and the greater the consequence … Continue reading Consulting Fees and Uncertainty are directly related

Report: Natural disasters and smart home risks on the rise, insurance coverage on the decline

For 26 years, West Coast Casualty has been hosting the biggest (and best) gathering of professionals in the construction defect litigation industry. The 2019 seminar was held in May at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, and once again, my colleagues and I from Xpera Group were on hand as sponsors. As I've done many times … Continue reading Report: Natural disasters and smart home risks on the rise, insurance coverage on the decline

Another new building trend to watch: Tall Wood

For a long time in our nation's history, buildings were primarily framed with and often clad with wood harvested from the trees found in once plentiful forests. Except for a brief renaissance during the Craftsman era, as the country prospered, building aesthetics moved away from exposed timber. But, as I noted in a recent article … Continue reading Another new building trend to watch: Tall Wood