Due to our expanding staff, ETC’s Maryland office has found a new home! We are very excited to be into our larger space and somewhat settled. As most of you know, moving is NO FUN… no matter how much you’re looking forward to the new place. It has been a year long journey for us with construction & planning. We thank all of our clients and professional friends for your patience.
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Structural insulated panels (SIP) are a prefabricated assembly of rigid foam insulation sandwiched between layers of structural boards, often oriented-strand board (OSB). These panels are used for walls, floors and roofs for homes in place of “conventional” stick-built construction.
While SIPs have been around for a long time, they are currently gaining a lot of attention and many home builders are making SIP panels a part of there regular construction or at least offer it as an option.
As with most anything, SIP construction has several pros and cons. On the pro side, they are very energy efficient, mechanically sound and quick to construct. On the other side, they are normally more expensive than conventional framing and the consequences of poor fabrication and/or defective installation can be extremely difficult to correct.
Caution needs to be used when deciding on SIP construction. The fabricators and installers must be properly trained to avoid severe problems. People involved with conventional, stick-built home construction are not qualified to perform SIP construction unless they receive the proper training. In addition, the cutting of holes in SIP panels (for skylights or other items) must be carefully reviewed to avoid compromising panel integrity.
Well, as clients go…this one is particularly nosy (Pun Intended)! Daisy, of Court Yards at Green Tree, Baltimore, MD helps keep a close watchful eye on Kirk as he does a pre-design inspection for a common paver area. Unfortunately due to the heavy snow fall last year, this property experienced many displaced/heaved pavers caused by the plows and snow equipment. You may want to require your snow removel contacter to use rubber shoes on all equipment. This will help keep the blades/metal edges from dragging along and damaging the surface. Please see the previous posting for more information on this topic or call us and we’ll be happy to advise.
As for Daisy, I think Kirk impressed her with all his knowledge (or maybe it’s all the petting?). After 2 licks and countless tail wags, I’m confident we have her stamp of approval! We look forward to MORE visits from Daisy and her person, Amy Gur (Board Member). Stop by and check out the progress anytime!!
How fitting that I find the president/owner of ETC on the cover of TIME magazine, since today he celebrates a milestone birthday. Hard to believe Joe Shuffleton turns the big ?0 (I want to keep my job, so I think it’s best to leave you guessing). Besides, the number doesn’t really matter since none of us can keep up with this guy anyway.. He is STILL our number #1 biller and beats everyone into the office each morning. Don’t ya hate overachievers?
Joe, it’s your birthday…why don’t you take the day off? Go play golf?! Just give the rest of us a chance to catch up with you!
Sending out a big “thank you”to Steve Wolf from WP&M Real Estate Group and Allan McLeod / Sid Katz from Village of Mill Run for supporting your local business partners at the Chesapeake Chapter CAI Expo. It was nice getting a chance to connect with several of our clients and also meet many new professionals. We always look forward to answering questions and offering some guidance to those having building concerns. Let’s talk again soon!
It’s no secret that Buck Mann and Igor Conev(www.ocmannproperties.com ) are big supporters of Ocean City, Maryland and through their encouragement, we too have found a love for this community.
At the end of each beach season, DCMA (Delmarva Condominium Management Association) has a celebration to unite its owners, managers and business partners for the upcoming year. Whether it’s discussing local issues, planning for community projects or networking with fellow colleagues, this group provides its members with the latest information.
I encourage you (as Buck Mann did for me so many years ago) to get involved! This community is growing every year… don’t miss out on being a part of it. For more information visit www.dcmaoc.org . PS. How lucky am I to hang with such fine gentleman!
During these challenging economic times, we understand how fortunate we are to say “our company is growing!” Thanks to the hard work of our employees and the unfailing support of our clients, we have added to our remarkable team.
Ryan Lauenroth is our very first intern to become a permanent part of ETC. He graduated from University of Maryland in civil engineering and will sit for his EIT exam next month . We are so glad Ryan enjoyed his internship and has decided to become part of the team. We just couldn’t let this one go!
There’s no stopping this lady! Alicia Walker recently graduated from University of Maryland, accepted a position with ETC, passed the EIT exam and is planning a wedding for next month. She is definitely proving herself as a multi-tasker and we’re glad to have her as part of our group!
What a find in Alex Goldberg! With over 10 year of construction experience, he has become a valuable part of our team…so much, that both offices are trying to keep him! If we could just find a way to have him in two places at one time! I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of Alex!
The energizer bunny’s got nothin’ on this guy! Lukas Salo graduated from Portland State University, got married, took a job with ETC, moved across country, bought a car, found a place to live and is relocating his wife (all within 3 months). I sure hope he negotiated some vacation time! He’s an engineer that just keeps going..and going…
ETC is pleased to announce the addition of Christopher Ballard, AIA to the position of Registered Architect. Chris is the latest to join ETC’s senior consulting team, where he will act as our lead design architect.
Before joining ETC, Chris was with A. Kent Ballard & Associates where he acted as a Project Architect designing for commercial, residential and government facilities. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is currently registered in the State of Maryland, as well as Texas.
We look foward to combining Chris’s vast knowledge of design and planning with our expertise in civil and structural engineering. This winning combination can only mean “success” for our clients when tackling those large (or small) restoration projects.
Please help us welcome Chris to our company. We’re confident he’ll fit right in with our great clients. Send him a request: email@example.com He’ll be happy to help you out!
One guess (based on the photos) where Chris enjoys spending his free time!
It’s hard to believe the little boy that use to run around our office is off to college! Kirk Parsons, our Vice President and his wife Paula, sent their son off to the University of Maryland. We can only hope Trey decides to major in engineering. We would love to have a “Little Kirk” (based on the picture…I think we’ll select a different nick name) to add to our team! Trey – we wish you lots of fun and success in the years to come. Hope to see you working at your dad’s desk again soon!
PS. What a great lookin’ family