Working with an Architect

March 20th, 2007 by Peter Schmelzer

Architect!

Looking for a resource to help you understand architects? Well, good luck!

No, seriously, I recommend you give this one a shot:

How Design Works for You was developed by the American Institute of Architects to make it clear and simple.

Here you will find pages and PDF’s and more to suggest questions you may want to ask, issues you may choose to address, and services you may need. Of course, I would be happy to visit with you on the same topics, and suggest you peruse VIVUS Architecture + Design; nonetheless, this is a great place to start, especially for you visual learners out there.

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Northfield Home Show is Coming!

March 14th, 2007 by Peter Schmelzer

Homeshow Photo

Mark your calendars for March 31, the home show is coming!

We’ll be there again, with fresh photos of our projects to show, ready to talk about YOUR upcoming project.

It is a great time for us, connecting with both past and future clients. We especially enjoy the conversations we have with visitors to our booth and with other business people at theirs.

Hope to see you there!

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I have passed the Blue and Gold Baton

March 14th, 2007 by Peter Schmelzer

--Cub Scouts at Camp Phillippo

Here’s a shot of three happy Cub Scouts and their dads at last summer’s outing near Cannon Falls. I’m the guy on the left, saluting.

I’ve passed the Pack 300 Cub Master Baton to Brad Gross, the dad standing next to me. After two years as Cub Master, it was time for me to step back and let fresh blood take the reins. The Pack will still be in good hands! Chris Thurin is the Pack Committee Chair (not shown) and John Langan (the dad on the right) is both Membership Chair and Assistant Committee Chair.

Passing the baton doesn’t mean I’m done with Scouting. On the contrary! I’ll become trained as a Pack Trainer, so I can help the new and existing leaders learn how to better and easier fill their roles. Cub Scouting works by the volunteer efforts of parents and supporters. Effective programs have trained volunteers working together, hence the shift of my role.

So, I’ll still be available to answer your call about Cub Scouting in Northfield. And here’s a link to the Pack website!

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Eyeteeth: A journal of incisive ideas.: Australia bans incandescent bulbs

March 2nd, 2007 by Peter Schmelzer

Eyeteeth: Australia bans incandescent bulbs

Check this out: Australia is outlawing the Incandescent Light bulb!

Thanks, Paul.

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PVC Debate Rages On

March 2nd, 2007 by Peter Schmelzer

PVC is one of those materials for which it is tough to answer “Is it Green or Not?”

Here is an interesting article that sheds some light on the debate, as well as on the politics of deciding what is or isn’t green.

Production of PVC results in dioxin: highly toxic and long-lasting in our bodies and the environment.

The debate isn’t really about how green PVC is or isn’t. It’s about how it compares to other current products on the market for similar applications. Can we label a product as sustainable if it is merely more sustainable than others? It seems we have to, since most of mainstream production is not sustainable; this would be at least one step in the right direction.

But, how do we weigh the importance of avoiding persistant threats to health and well-being relative to other criteria such as durabililty and economics?

I’d love to hear your views on the topic.

peter

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