The U.S. Virgin Islands were slammed by Hurricane Marilyn in September of 1995, and Bill Coulbourne was asked to join a team of disaster relief specialists on site. “The engineering consulting firm I was working for had a contract with FEMA to provide a disaster response after major events,” he recalls.
The 200-mile drive across northern Wisconsin was typical even as a first-time adventure. Route 29 east and the roads from Eau Claire were easy to follow to Peshtigo. Abandoning the office and the design environment to locate and research materials for special building applications is a well-developed firm practice.
In 1984, Dr. Robert Ulrich published a study in which the effect of the hospital room environment of 46 patients recovering from gall bladder surgery was observed. The individuals were patients at a suburban Pennsylvania hospital between 1972 and 1981, when recovery from such surgery required a two-week hospital stay (now it’s two to three days).
By Ron Baer
The relationship between an architect and a contractor is not always smooth, but in the end they need to work as partners. After a few successful projects, perhaps the intermediate relationship problems can be nearly eliminated and the teamwork can be established early in a project. In this way, the masonry contractor has familiarity with the architect’s design concepts and the architect has the benefit of the masonry contractor’s hands-on experience in creating specifications for the job.