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President’s Message

Communication Critical to Success

More than ever, communication can make or break a project. This can be especially true on large commercial projects because they are becoming increasingly complex. We face greater financial and scheduling pressures, increased on-site rules...

What Is Your New Year’s Resolution?

Happy New Year! It’s that time again when budgets are prepared, projects are planned and we look forward to the year ahead. It is a period for new resolutions, a time we might think about...

Value of AWCI Conferences

At AWCI’s Industry Leaders Conference in October, a couple of sessions were about the economy. While generally many of us see the economy as positive, there are a number of signs that the times could...

Thoughts on Markets

We frequently operate in a vacuum in each of the areas that we work, often not really looking beyond our city or region to see what opportunities might exist for us. Where I am in...

Leaders, Safety Reviews and Prefabrication

Here we are in fall already—a good time for me to remind members that AWCI’s Industry Leaders Conference is Oct. 17–20 in Boston at the Boston Park Plaza, the largest independent hotel in the city....

The Value of Summer

It is hard to believe that fall is coming up already. Through the summer I have been busy traveling to all of my company’s offices to hear how they are doing, and I have also...

Making a Great Association Even Better

Settling into my position as president, I recently attended AWCI’s Executive Committee meeting, a two-day retreat with the executives in Colorado. One of the topics we discussed was our annual convention held earlier this year...

A Full Agenda

The Raymond Group was founded in 1936, and for the past 37 years, we have been a member of AWCI. For us, AWCI has been a terrific resource for education, technical knowledge and organizational...

Architects Face Similar Challenges

Why are we so quick to blame architects for not providing all the details? Could the lack of details in drawings be more because of the erosion of their fees over the years and...