Innovation

The Undersized Urbanite Guide to Resourceful Repurposing

December 11, 2017 - 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

December 06, 2017 - 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

November 14, 2017 - 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?

August 06, 2015 - 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…

TECH NOTES | Windows Part 1

TECH NOTES | Windows Part 1

June 01, 2015 - Studies indicate that exposure to daylight improves our alertness, productivity, and general well being. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program recognizes the value of natural light in work areas and awards points to buildings that provide daylight and outside views to building occupants. These studies confirm what we already knew – we…

TECH TALKS | Decoded: Special Inspections

TECH TALKS | Decoded: Special Inspections

January 30, 2015 - On March 27, SKA Project Managers Aaron Bopp and Tim Cook presented a TECH TALKS seminar in Charlotte, NC, on Special Inspections. Aaron and Tim navigate through this complicated seminar with finesse and show viewers how communication is the key to making the process less painful.

TECH NOTES | Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

TECH NOTES | Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

February 01, 2015 - Catching the rain in buckets inside of your building? There is an inexpensive method to detect moisture problems in your roof that will relieve your rainy day blues for years to come. Water can enter the roof system by means of condensation, damage and/or deterioration of the roofing membrane and flashing system. Moisture-laden roof materials…

TECH NOTES | No Place to Park

June 01, 2015 - Recent headlines about parking deck failures have left us uneasy about the safety of our parking decks and other exposed building structures such as stadiums, dams, terraces, etc. Real estate for parking isscarce, so whether you are visiting the local mall, a city building or the doctor’s office, you will more often than not wind…