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  • Brad Bollman

The title of this e-bits, “Who is PDMi?”, might sound like a question (or is it an answer?) on the popular TV quiz show “Jeopardy!” Recently, my 11 year old son has gotten very interested in watching Jeopardy! We spend many evenings watching the contestants battle it out for who possesses the most random knowledge on a variety of subjects.


This made me realize that there might be people out there that wonder “Who is PDMi?” PDMi is a full service design and project management firm. We do everything from the upfront planning through detailed design, to management of the construction project. We don’t always do each of these things on every project, but we certainly have the abilities to do all of them.


At PDMi, we work on small renovation projects all the way up to large new buildings and manufacturing additions. We not only work locally here in northern Indiana, but we are also licensed to practice in many States across the U.S. We routinely work in the industrial and commercial marketplace where we serve our clients that are looking to do projects of all shapes and sizes. It is not uncommon for us to be working on a small tenant buildout at a retail center, designing a new high end fine dining restaurant while producing construction documents for a 250,000+ sq. ft. cold storage warehouse somewhere 1,000’s of miles from here all at the same time. PDMi has the expertise to handle this array of projects and get them designed and delivered in a timely manner with the highest level of detail and professionalism for our clients.


So, the next time you are watching that popular quiz show on TV and the answer comes up as “A highly professional design and management firm with excellent client service and a high level of detail that can deliver your commercial or industrial project on time and on budget”, you can confidently respond with the question, “Who is PDMi?”. The late Alex Trebek would be proud of you for getting that one correct.


The collective “Who” that makes up PDMi would love to help you with your next project.

  • Brad Bollman

We recently got a call from a manufacturing company that had just secured a large contract with a new client. This naturally means that they will need to add on to their building. The good news is that they have land adjacent to their existing plant, the bad news is the land is covered in trees and has about a 25 foot elevational difference. They had done some “pre-planning” of their own and decided they had plenty of land for the building addition, however they failed to fully identify the constraints of their site. If you don’t identify constraints early, they will normally come back to bite you in the end.


As we have said many times, all projects have three parts – Planning, Detail Design, and Construction. It is our belief that planning is the key to any successful project. A well planned project considers all the constraints that will be present before, during, and after the project.


By identifying possible constraints early on, working with them, and managing them during the planning phase you will not have the problem this building owner has. So the question is “Do you want to be Proactive or Reactive?” The correct answer is Proactive, as this allows for a much smoother project and better end result.

Engage the constraints before it is too late. Call or email us, we would love to help you be proactive on your next project.

  • Brad Bollman

As spring break quickly approaches (many of you may already be home from spring break), I couldn’t help but think about spring break road trips. Our family is set to take off early Saturday morning for a 5 day road trip through Kentucky and the mountains of Tennessee. Thankfully my kids are old enough these days that we don’t have the dread of long road trips with little ones. In the old days, we were always told “good luck” traveling that amount of time with two little kids. Back then my wife and I did very well because we planned ahead. We made sure they had movies downloaded from “insert your favorite streaming service here”, arts and crafts along with lot of snacks of course! The hours typically went quickly with no major incidents or melt-downs.


Why did the road trips, that had every chance of going badly, go so well? The answer is “we prepared before we started”. Just like all building projects, if you don’t prepare before you get started, the chance of the project going well greatly decreases.


Three questions to answer before you start your next building project:

  • What Do I Value? Wants vs. needs must be balanced on every project. The answer to another question “Does it bring value to the project?” will determine which want or need stays or goes.

  • Where am I Compromising? Compromise is not a bad word, it is only bad when you compromise and didn’t know it. As you prioritize the “value added items” on your list, compromise may need to take place. That is ok because you are doing it purposefully.

  • When Do I Need the Project Completed? Having an overall schedule with milestone dates will keep the project on time and your stress level under control.

We always had fun & built memories along the way because we prepared for the trip. I knew what I valued, which was time with my wife and kids, and understood there would be compromise. The kids normally had all the snacks eaten before we crossed the first state line, but the trips still went smoothly!


Let us help you prepare for your next project. Give me a call; we would like to take the trip with you.