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Dan Demland (DanDnAZ)

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  • Value Engineering: Process or Focus?
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    Value Engineering: Process or Focus?

    8 months ago

    VE, a very powerful tool in facility development, often abused, because it is introduced into the project too late in the process offering little value & usually results in long-term facility issues.

  • The Real Costs of Deferred Maintenance
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    The Real Costs of Deferred Maintenance

    10 months ago

    Some of the greatest mistake areas decision-makers render comes from a place where information is “known” incorrectly, deferred maintenance is one of these areas, resulting is loss of many dollars.

  • The Confusion of Economics Vs. Politics
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    The Confusion of Economics Vs. Politics

    10 months ago

    With the politicization of absolutely everything in life, we have forgotten that civil discourse and ethics of leadership really do set the tone for all of society.

  • The Deceit Behind Warranties
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    The Deceit Behind Warranties

    11 months ago

    One of the most deceiving marketing tools is the warranty, especially on major purchases. Contrary to popular belief, the warranty is not written for the buyer, but to limit the seller’s liabilities.

  • The Lost Art of Leadership, or Was It Ever Found?
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    The Lost Art of Leadership, or Was It Ever Found?

    11 months ago

    Leadership does not necessarily come naturally, but through thoughtful determination one can successfully attain a strong leadership role. A good leader can be formed where a willingness exists.

  • When Did Excellence Fall From Grace?  A View From an Architect Turned Forensic Investigator
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    When Did Excellence Fall From Grace? A View From an Architect Turned Forensic Investigator

    4 months ago

    Sometimes we defeat ourselves through the common practice of making it just good enough, while focusing on excellence makes us standout among others in the field.

  • 9-11, Conspiracies, and Science of Building Collapse
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    9-11, Conspiracies, and Science of Building Collapse

    12 months ago

    Some people have an incessant belief a complex world like this, nothing is simple, especially history changing events. Sometimes a history changing event really isn’t complex when viewed thru science.

  • The Shadow of Sandy Hook: School Security, Part IV
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    The Shadow of Sandy Hook: School Security, Part IV

    12 months ago

    This is the conclusion of the series, packed full of ideas and thoughts, so have patience as you read this information.

  • The Shadow of Sandy Hook: School Security Part III
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    The Shadow of Sandy Hook: School Security Part III

    12 months ago

    Human beings tend to repeat actions throughout history, maybe some basis of fact can be formed to bring those tendencies to a place allowing some measure of predictability, & providing a good defense.

  • The Shadow of Sandy Hook: School Security Part II
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    The Shadow of Sandy Hook: School Security Part II

    12 months ago

    Securing our learning environments to protect our society’s children has become increasingly challenging in our world. How do we obtain security and refrain from creating a prison environment?

  • The Shadow of Sandy Hook: School Security, Part I
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    The Shadow of Sandy Hook: School Security, Part I

    12 months ago

    We owe it to our children and students to provide safe learning environments and learn from past tragedies. Those that have lost life or loved ones must never be forgotten.

  • Construction Procurement: Public vs. Private Sectors
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    Construction Procurement: Public vs. Private Sectors

    13 months ago

    The culture shock on solving project procurement issues between the public and private sectors, and how to balance competing ideas and goals.

  • From Hyatt to Rubble - Part V
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    From Hyatt to Rubble - Part V

    12 months ago

    Throughout my apprenticeship and practice, I have frequently had conversations with colleagues that went something like this, “I cannot force the contractor to do anything.” According to the administrative ruling in this case, the Architect /...

  • From Hyatt to Rubble - Part IV
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    From Hyatt to Rubble - Part IV

    13 months ago

    The question that will never be answered is, had Gillum reviewed these details at the time of the atrium’s roof collapse, would he have noticed enough to avert the collapse of the skywalks. Would Gillum have noticed the conflicts on the drawings...

  • From Hyatt to Rubble - Part III
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    From Hyatt to Rubble - Part III

    13 months ago

    The human expression as a result of this event is a study of diversity by itself, with so many people affected by the skywalks’ collapse. First, the Mayor of Kansas City, Richard Berkley asked the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) “to determine...

  • From Hyatt to Rubble - Part II
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    From Hyatt to Rubble - Part II

    13 months ago

    The Architect needs to have this human nature in mind every time the selection of a consultant is made. When the chips are down, and your back is against the wall, the integrity of the project rests squarely on the reactions of all the parties when...

  • From Hyatt to Rubble - Part I
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    From Hyatt to Rubble - Part I

    13 months ago

    For many, I have not been around here much. As those of you that have read my other hubs, I have spent the last 20 months gaining my degree. I am please to say that I have now completed that journey, and will be embarking on my MBA. Meanwhile, my...

  • The Influence of the Vietnam War on One Life
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    The Influence of the Vietnam War on One Life

    11 months ago

    Last July, I started back to get my degree after being out of work for a while. If all goes well, my undergraduate work will be completed by the end of this year, then on the my MBA. Three decades plus in Architecture has let to a very quick...

  • 9-11, Fire Science and Conspiracies
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    9-11, Fire Science and Conspiracies

    11 months ago

    Back in 2009, I wrote a hub regarding September 11th the intent of that hub was to celebrate American Building Codes and honoring the victims of that attack. Since that hub has been published, it certainly has sparked comment, being the single most...

  • How to Make Substitutions
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    How to Make Substitutions

    11 months ago

    This was written by me, and first appeared in the August 2006 newsletter of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. It contains some very good information for the delivery of a construction project, so I thought that I would now include it as a hub....

  • Modern Fire Research and Fire Science
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    Modern Fire Research and Fire Science

    11 months ago

    Once again I have to include a paper from my college trek. I am taking a prerequisite for my fire sprinkler design class and it turned outso well, I had to include it here. This paper will be focused on the impacts to fire science by modern fire...

  • The Nuclear Family Lost
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    The Nuclear Family Lost

    11 months ago

    It has been awhile since I published a hub.  First, I have been unemployed for going on 7 months now, but I am not alone in my industry.  After 32 years as an Architect, with vast credentials built up, I have not been too successful at even...

  • What Can an Architect Do for You? - Part V
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    What Can an Architect Do for You? - Part V

    11 months ago

    Well here we are with the final installment.  It is now time to summarize all that has been covered in this series, and as an added bonus, you as a devout follower of this series, you will leave with two things.  First, added knowledge that you...

  • What Can an Architect Do for You? - Part IV
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    What Can an Architect Do for You? - Part IV

    11 months ago

    As we start to close in on the final topics for this series, let us review the last part.  Experience is deceiving, as there is so much in the practice of Architecture, you need to get to the bottom of the exact type of experience that best fits...

  • What Can an Architect Do for You? - Part III
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    What Can an Architect Do for You? - Part III

    11 months ago

    As we now embark on our next topics, let us briefly review what has been covered in our last session. First, there are basic services that an Architect can provide. All successful projects have these services provided by someone on the team,...

  • An Architect Reflects on 9-11
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    An Architect Reflects on 9-11

    13 months ago

    I guess that September 11, 2001, will be one of those days you will remember exactly where you were and what you were doing.  Not unlike when the Challenger blew up, when President Kennedy was shot, or when Pearl Harbor was attacked.  I think that...

  • What Did Your Architect Give You With Your Plans?
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    What Did Your Architect Give You With Your Plans?

    12 months ago

    First of all, this is not a legal advice article. You should consult a lawyer for advice. However this is an Architect’s perspective. After thirty years plus in practice, and having my own firm for the several years, I have discovered something...

  • What Can an Architect Do for You? - Part II
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    What Can an Architect Do for You? - Part II

    11 months ago

    Before we go on to the new material, let us briefly review what has already been covered.  First, there are three basic components to supplying a commodity. Those are time, cost, and quality.  A transaction is created when all three of these...

  • What Can an Architect Do for You? - Part I
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    What Can an Architect Do for You? - Part I

    11 months ago

    Many things in life are tied together, inseparable. I believe that whole-heartedly and without reservation. If you look closely at this topic as you read, you may find that many of the principles I will discuss here will be very applicable to many...

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