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E-Bits

PDMi is committed to providing pithy information through our E-bits blog and we hope you find these articles useful.

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  • Brad Bollman

I was recently standing inside a gymnasium at one of our local schools. I looked up and saw a pair of doors about 12 feet above the floor. This is not uncommon when maximizing tall space, such as a second story room above the locker rooms and concession stand area adjacent to a gymnasium with very tall ceilings. The part that made me take a second look was the “unique” cutout at the top of the door. As you can see in the picture, someone decided to install a hoist inside the gym and figured it would be easy to simply cut a large hole in the existing door to run the wiring and hoist beam through. It is a very practical solution, even if it is not very aesthetically pleasing to the eye.


Here at PDMi, we work on all kinds of projects from large distribution facilities, to office buildings to interior renovation projects (and everything in between). Those of us in the architectural design world like to keep things aesthetically pleasing to the eye when many times the most practical solution is right in front of you. In this particular instance, the most practical and cost effective solution was to use the area that already had a big hole in the masonry wall to run the power and hoist beam to the new unit that was being installed years after the construction of the building was complete.


Although I wouldn’t always suggest this particular detail, it certainly gets the job done and was likely the most practical, and cost effective, solution for this specific application. PDMi can help you come up with a practical solution on your next renovation project. Give us a call, we’d love to help.

  • Brad Bollman

Well summer is just about “officially” over! I know Labor Day has normally been the unofficial end of summer activities, but let’s face it, as soon as school starts summer is pretty much behind us. Years ago, school did not start until after Labor Day, so Labor Day typically marked that transition from summer to fall. AND let’s face it, college football starts September 1st which definitely marks the beginning of fall.


The end of summer means that lots of our outdoor activities start to slow down. My kids always seem to have strong opinions on what activities we do during the summer months and their opinions do not always line up with each other. This creates a situation where deciding who to listen to can be a challenge.


I was thinking that this is a lot like many of our projects that have multiple bosses. The question is: How do you manage to keep everyone moving in the same direction, on the same schedule and with the same goals? We have found using the 3C’s (Collaboration, Compromise and Communication) is an effective process to keep a project moving to a successful completion.

  • Collaboration: Find the things you agree on and then agree on them!

  • Compromise: Identify the things you do not agree on; roll up your sleeves and go to work to find a compromise you all can live with.

  • Communication: Develop a process to keep all the stakeholders in the loop; be diligent to use the process and always be respectful of other ideas.

Having multiple bosses on a project is not a bad thing. But having multiple bosses going two different directions can make a building project much more difficult. By collaborating, compromising and communicating, your next project can be a success. If we can be of help, give us a call.

  • Brad Bollman

In our last e-bits, “Who is PDMi?”, we talked about who we are and what we do. Along those same lines, I’d like to touch on WHY we do what we do. It’s a pretty simple philosophy; we believe in a strong partnership between the client, the professional and the contractor. Without a strong partnership, successfully delivering projects becomes much more difficult.


We have spent many years in this industry helping clients realize a sound return on their capital investments. With a strong partnership among the project team, the odds of a successful project grow immensely. PDMi brings professional planning, design and project management to the team, while working alongside the contractor to get the project completed on time and on budget. The client, or owner, is integral in the process of making wise decisions that bring value to the overall project. With PDMi’s knowledge and experience, our clients feel confident that the correct decisions are being made.


Before you start your next capital project, give us call so we can talk about partnering with you to ensure the highest level of success.

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