"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man" Heraclitus--Greek Philosopher, circa 500 BC

At the expense of sounding clichéd (especially when held up to Heraclitus' elegant citation), change is all around us, and change is what we all must embrace in this challenging business climate. Even as indicators of the nascent recovery emerge and strengthen, we must guard against slipping into the same old practices in our business and personal lives that may have contributed to or exacerbated the "pain" we all have experienced.

The non-residential construction market is in the midst of some of the most significant change we have witnessed in the past 20 years. Terms like BIM and Design Build are the norm, and they usher in a new era in the way structures are designed and built. As a result, all members of the Building Team are re-tooling hardware, software, and skill sets so as to better align with the "new construction process."

Recently, I came across an interesting post on the Reed Construction Data website by architect Dennis Neely:


The author argues, convincingly, that architects and designers who have been particularly hard hit by the collapse in non-res must "remake" themselves and expand their skills if they are to remain valued participants in the construction team. Likewise, we all should take the time to perform our own organizational and personal "skills inventory" to identify gaps and, perhaps, competitive advantage we didn't even know we had.

I remain confident that improvement in the non-residential market is afoot, even though it may not feel like it just yet. I do believe that the last six months of 2010 will show solid improvement over the first half—surely the kind of CHANGE we all will welcome.

Thanks to all the readers of Steel E-Notes—fabricators, architects, engineers and contractors alike--for allowing Aegis Metal Framing to be part of your Building Team!

Tom Valvo