Bravo, Nashville

By Vaughn J. Mantor Nashville, Tennessee is booming. Growth and opportunity bring more people to town, about 100 per day, and the city needs more classrooms. Just one school is undergoing an $88 million renovation and addition. The pressures of such growth have given contractors an unusual opportunity, and many have taken it. Many contractorsContinue reading “Bravo, Nashville”

This is Here, That’s Over There

October 30, 2018 | Vaughn J. Mantor It’s not easy to build a bridge more than 2,000 feet long and 160 feet above the water, which is full of ocean-going ships. And it’s especially difficult to build it in earthquake country amid feuding politicians. The engineers and constructors had to bring their best game toContinue reading “This is Here, That’s Over There”

Lasers, Salmon, Trout, & Engineering

August 21, 2018 | Vaughn J. Mantor   In Montana, along the Missouri river where Lewis & Clark followed Thomas Jefferson’s instructions to cross the continent, a fish hatchery wants to expand for several reasons: the existing water intakes for the hatchery are increasingly unreliable; and the demand for certain species of fish is muchContinue reading “Lasers, Salmon, Trout, & Engineering”

Code Cost

August 1, 2018 | Vaughn J. Mantor Buildings get old, they’re bought and sold, and from time to time remodeled for a new purpose. Any change to the building, if large enough, will trigger an avalanche of other changes to bring the structure up to the current, local, building codes. Electric service, GFCI , fireContinue reading “Code Cost”

Lasers, Hammers, and Money

April 19, 2018 | Vaughn J. Mantor      The cost of construction, per square foot, was flat for most of the last half-century. Meaning, construction productivity did not benefit much from fifty years of astonishing advances in computing and technology. That is, the amounts of labor, services, and goods that were employed to buildContinue reading “Lasers, Hammers, and Money”

Grandeur Renewed

March 26, 2019 | Vaughn J. Mantor Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Herbert Hoover all traveled to the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, as did a passel of celebrities, since the hotel opened in 1893. Built by a silver magnate and designed to mimic the principle mansion of the Medicis, the property overflows with 19thContinue reading “Grandeur Renewed”