Christmas 2005




Also part of this card was a gridwork of the smiling faces of all our staff - about 150 people at the time.

Twas The Night Before Christmas...

I tried to imagine a Christmas stocking that captured the essence of each profession's personality. I knew for sure the engineer's stocking had to have a calculator, and that the developer's needed to be fitted with bells and whistles.

Re-Think Our Green Building Strategy

...just trying to do my part to make the world a greener place. So far, no one has embraced this particular idea for renewable flooring material.
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November 2005 Wright Stuff.

Proactive Multi-tasker

Until the Great Recession caused construction to slow to a crawl, Wright Engineers enjoyed double-digit growth every year, and was twice ranked as one of the fastest growing engineering firms in the nation.
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With that much growth, you have to do a lot of hiring, and though we've been very fortunate to hire the best talent, we've still had to weed out the occasional "proactive multi-tasker".
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October 2005 Wright Stuff

Model Walk

Once construction of a model home is at a certain stage, our engineers meet at the site with the developer, the architect, contractors, and others for the "model walk" - to walk through the model and coordinate ideas to reduce costs and add value.
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The New Epoxy Inspector

This reminds me of the first time as a young engineer I went to a job site to observe epoxy-anchor installation for mislocated anchor bolts. I naïvely assumed that the worker knew what he was doing.
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After returning to the office to report my observations, I discovered, among other things, that you must blow out the holes, and that if you have to pound the threaded rod into the epoxy-filled hole with a hammer something is very wrong.
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August 2005 Wright Stuff

A Pull Contest

Several years ago, I visited a site where a retaining wall had fallen over because the rebar was not anchored properly and it pulled loose as the wall was backfilled. When I pointed this out at the site to the incredulous contractor, he jumped up on a stump of the wall, grabbed the end of a protruding rebar and pulled as hard as he could. "See", he said, "this bar is solid."
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He obviously had no idea that he would have to pull with a force equal to lifting up the back end of a loaded dump truck in order to show that the bar was properly anchored.
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July 2005 Wright Stuff
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A pull test is used to verify that a rebar is properly anchored.

Duck Penetration

One of several "duck" cartoons drawn by a humble structural engineer in honor of mechanical engineers and mechanical contractors everywhere.
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High-Density Housing

I drew upon my many years of experience as a tenderfoot Boy Scout and lessons learned almost earning the camping merit badge to come up with some innovative solutions to high-density housing needs.
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Surprisingly, my idea to replace kitchens with a single-burner butane stove and a mess kit has not yet caught on.
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March 2005 Wright Stuff

Extreme Makeover: Engineer Edition

Wright Engineers provided engineering services for the ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition both times the show was filmed in Las Vegas in 2004 and 2009.
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January 2005 Wright Stuff