Apple is either the best kind of construction client, or the worst, depending on your perspective

Part of the magic that separates Apple from being just another consumer technology manufacturer is the relentless pursuit of perfection. Steve Jobs famously describes lessons imparted from his adoptive father imploring him to make the unseen components of a product just as beautiful and carefully executed as those that are plainly visible. Jobs' final product, possibly his … Continue reading Apple is either the best kind of construction client, or the worst, depending on your perspective

What’s Next in Building Design & Construction? Health & Wellness

Without a doubt, the biggest rising trend in the architecture, engineering and construction industry is health and wellness. In the mid-80s, the World Health Organization released a report on the impact of indoor air quality on building occupants. Perhaps the most damning portion of the report was the finding that "energy-efficient but sick buildings often cost … Continue reading What’s Next in Building Design & Construction? Health & Wellness

On Quality: Apple has already tested 30,000 iPhone 6 devices

My wife recently upgraded to an iPhone 6 after nearly three years of using an iPhone 4S. The device is stunningly beautiful. For the most part, Apple is renowned for its quality. I had some issues when I first got my iPhone 5, but those seem to be resolved. Makes me wonder, though, what exactly … Continue reading On Quality: Apple has already tested 30,000 iPhone 6 devices

Respect the Culture: How to eat sushi and sashimi without embarrassing yourself

I'm spoiled. About a mile from my house is a wonderful Japanese restaurant called Tokyo Sushi Loha. We call it "Rock and Roll Sushi" because of the loud music pumped in to entertain hordes of college students living in the immediate vicinity. You'd think catering to that clientele it might be a little lower down … Continue reading Respect the Culture: How to eat sushi and sashimi without embarrassing yourself

Quality means caring enough to do it right

Seth Godin is one of those people that anyone involved in business should be aware of. He has written more great books on the topics of marketing and customer engagement worth reading than just about anyone else I can think of. Recently, Godin wrote about, of all things, playing the clarinet. He describes having taken … Continue reading Quality means caring enough to do it right