SKA Insights

The Undersized Urbanite Guide to Resourceful Repurposing

by: Mike Ranieri, PE In my world, I see yet another spiral-twist, fluorescent bulb headed for the landfill. In her world, Debbie sees a snow-crested ski slope awaiting its next slalom champion. “The hard part for me is setting them in place and not knocking them over,” she offers as we watch each miniature scene…

Project Award Wins and Case Studies

This year, SKA won the “Excellence in Concrete” Award (ACI Carolinas) for structural rehabilitation and concrete restoration associated with the Mitchell Water Treatment Plant Structural Repairs & HVAC Improvement Project. In addition, SKA won Project of the Year Award (ICRI – Carolinas) for Nissan Stadium Upper Deck – Concourse Waterproofing & Concrete Repairs. Recently, SKA was also…

Artisans at Work

by: Mike Ranieri, PE What comes to mind when you see the word “artisan”?  I immediately think of a loaf of crusty bread, freshly baked in a wood-fired oven.  Of course, then thoughts of tearing pieces of bread for dipping in some half-filled dish of olive oil, balsamic, and Italian seasoning wash away any sensible…

Rising Construction Costs Have You Down?

by: Aaron B. Bopp, P.E., LEED AP BD+C and Carrie McClellan Recent construction costs are significantly higher due to various reasons, including a rise in cost of materials and reduced workforces.  Building projects will have to be scaled way back, rebid with reduced scope and in some severe cases, the projects could be cancelled.  Reduced…