A Day In The Life Of A Construction Project Manager

Appfluence, a project management software provider, recently did a guest post for Construction Junkie that shares the results of a survey the company conducted of 20 different construction project managers, as well as a handful of executives from various construction firms. Their goal was to establish a sort of benchmark by which other construction project … Continue reading A Day In The Life Of A Construction Project Manager

How much of an impact is craft beer to the San Diego region? 6,200 jobs and $600-million per year

San Diego has been at the epicenter of the microbrewery and craft beer scene since the beginning. The neighborhood my wife and I lived in when we were first married went from being an affordable place to rent an apartment, to becoming the scene for artisanal brews. The hookers have been mostly displaced by hipsters.

Besides my own personal observations, and bold statements made by various pundits in the local beer scene, is there really anything to this craft beer explosion in San Diego? Continue reading “How much of an impact is craft beer to the San Diego region? 6,200 jobs and $600-million per year”

Research shows that unemployment is less detrimental to mental health than having a bad job

When I found myself unemployed, I was understandably quite stressed, with a wife and three kids to support, no savings and no credit cards. But even in my darkest hours, I was still grateful to have moved on. Things have definitely improved for my own mental health now that I have found my dream job, … Continue reading Research shows that unemployment is less detrimental to mental health than having a bad job

Mosaic: How do the buildings in which we work affect us emotionally and physically?

The following article is published with permission from Mosaic, and was written by Lucy Maddox. “Mosaic is dedicated to exploring the science of life. Each week, we publish a feature on an aspect of biology or medicine that affects our lives, our health or our society; we tell stories with real depth about the ideas, trends and people that drive contemporary life sciences.”

Anything that changes how we feel emotionally can have an impact on our physical health too, according to the science of psychoneuroimmunology. Continue reading “Mosaic: How do the buildings in which we work affect us emotionally and physically?”

Pictures from the 2014 AGC San Diego Hot Summer Nights car show

On July 29th, the San Diego chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGCSD) held its annual “Hot Summer Nights” event. Featuring dozens of restored/modified classic cars owned by members of the organization, the event is a fun way to see some of the toys that AGCSD members are so passionate about. While I’m not a … Continue reading Pictures from the 2014 AGC San Diego Hot Summer Nights car show

How the animatronics guy behind the Showbiz Pizza Parlor band blew up his warehouse

Today I Found Out has a great story that seemed fitting to share on April Fools’ Day: It was lunch time on a muggy late September day in 2013 when an explosion shook downtown Orlando, Florida. A warehouse on west Jefferson street was the casualty. Police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks were already on their … Continue reading How the animatronics guy behind the Showbiz Pizza Parlor band blew up his warehouse

Top 10 Secrets To Job Satisfaction And Making Yourself Indispensable At Work As An Architect

Larry Jenks sent this article to me and asked me what I thought of it. He said, “It’s sort of like when James Joyce submitted his manuscript for Ulysses, and it was the largest, longest any of the publishers had ever seen. They asked him, somewhat incredulously, what he would possibly have done if he … Continue reading Top 10 Secrets To Job Satisfaction And Making Yourself Indispensable At Work As An Architect

8 Ways that my Heart Attack is like a Construction Defect Investigation

Earlier this month, I suffered a fairly serious heart attack. My blood pressure and cholesterol are good, and there is no evidence of disease or damage. With more exercise, better eating and a handful of pills each day, my prognosis is excellent. Throughout the ordeal, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons between the diagnostic evaluations … Continue reading 8 Ways that my Heart Attack is like a Construction Defect Investigation