E-Bits

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

IMG_7265a_edited_edited.jpg
  • Brad Bollman

Well, “March Madness” is here again! You may call it “Bracketology” or “The Big Dance”. Whichever, it is all good as long as your team is in the mix. As soon as your team gets beat, or did not even make the “first four out” list, life will quickly get back to normal. But for those whose team stays in, it will be a fun three weekends. Whoever your team is: wear the colors, root them on, and enjoy the ride.


All this talk about March Madness makes me think about what it takes to win; whether that is on the basketball court or on your next building project. The answer is: Preparation, Team Chemistry, and Execution. I heard Bob Knight say years ago, “It is not if you have the will to win that makes the difference, it is the will to prepare to win”. Even when you are prepared, if you do not execute, you will find yourselves on the losing end of the game. I believe team chemistry is what makes preparation and execution work. Team chemistry is about everyone on the team working together for the common goal of making the endeavor a success. It is not about an individual team member winning or losing. This is true in building projects where the team always includes:

  • The Owner. The Owner sets the goals and objectives for the project. He then approves adjustments to those goals and objectives based on real life conditions (codes, regulations, existing conditions, etc.)

  • The Professional. The Engineer/Architect provides solutions to meet the Owner’s goals and objectives. He then produces documents to communicate those solutions to the contractors.

  • The Contractors. The Contractors blend the skill sets of their workers with the materials from their vendors to form a working unit to build the project and meet the Owner’s goals and objectives.

When all the members of the team are working together well, you will be “cutting down the nets” at the end of the project and celebrating another successful run. We would love to be there with you.

  • Brad Bollman

I had the opportunity to spend a few days in south Florida last week. It was great to get away from the cold temps here in northern Indiana and spend some time in the warmth. Next door to the condo that we stayed in was a new beachfront development. I couldn’t help but notice the construction of the new building and how much it was different (yet similar) to many of the buildings that we build here locally. It was mainly constructed of poured in place concrete, with masonry block walls and large concrete piers for the foundation. Much of this is due to the frequency of hurricanes that arise in the Gulf of Mexico along with Florida’s soft sandy soil.


Building codes are quite unique in south Florida and that is a necessity when it comes to life safety. Each area of the country has different “rules” for how you can and should construct a building. For instance, south Florida, northern Indiana and California (don’t forget earthquakes out there) will each have specific buildings codes distinctive to that area. As we know, weather differs all across the country, so to do the building codes and local ordinances.


We at PDMi have extensive building code knowledge not only locally, but across the Unites States. It is amazing how different, yet similar, buildings can be across the country. If we can be of help on your next project, regardless of the location, give us a call.

  • Brad Bollman

Last week, Joe Humbert and I made a trip to visit a client who is looking to do some modifications to their mechanical systems. When we arrived at the building, we proceeded to the boiler room and ascended to the top of a multi-story catwalk overlooking much of the building. I had noticed earlier that our client was wearing jeans and a t-shirt (Joe and I had on winter coats, as it was a “balmy” 30 degrees outside). Once we got to the top of the catwalk, it was nearly 90 degrees up there, as the heat from all the equipment below had risen toward the ceiling. I now understand why he was wearing short sleeves! The client explained to us that they no longer use all of their boilers, as production is down a bit from its height several years ago. With that said, they would like to change out some of their supporting equipment as to be more efficient and save money in the long run.


We run into this situation often as manufacturing facilities, in this economic climate, want to be as efficient as possible to save money where they can. PDMi has the resources to come into the plant, access the client’s needs and prepare a solution that can help them save money on operating costs. Regarding our short sleeved client in the narrative above, we will analyze his current equipment and prepare construction documents for competitive bidding, which will allow them to install new equipment that better fits their current needs, saves money and makes them more efficient.


Please give us a call so that we can help you keep your business running (whatever industry it might be) as efficient as possible.