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‘More for Less’ – A Discussion of Project Value

More for less in Design…..Really? In our Spring 2013 newsletter, our “Did you Know” article overviewed a variety of construction phase topics, including constructability, BIM, shop drawings, commissioning, and troubleshooting. In it, we discussed that the construction industry was (in our estimation) returning to the notion that it is possible to achieve more for less…when […]

UT Austin Jackson School of Geosciences

The newly remodeled Jackson School of Geosciences Holland Family Student Center has received high praise amongst the AEC industry, accumulating a LEED-CI Gold Certification, an ABC Excellence in Construction award, “Best of the Best Award” for the local Austin Chapter, and is also being considered for a national award. Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/real-estate/2013/03/ut-geology-school-remodel-revolves.html Project Description  

2012 Movember

We present to you the 2012 TGCE Men of Movember! Thanks to all of our humble supporters and donors, we were able to raise a good amount of money for a great cause.

Construction Support Services

DID YOU KNOW? “Detail matters in constructability.” Here’s a phrase that speaks volumes in the AEC industry. It is a phrase that is becoming more and more understood, by some. One might assume that it is being mostly spoken in the Architectural/Engineering world when, based on our communications, it’s most often being touted amongst construction […]

TGCE Awarded 2011 Best External Newsletter

For nearly two years now, The Innovator Newsletter has been bringing our readers an inside look at the continued success of our company. We’ve been amazed at the high volume of readers and the attention this outlet has gained. Too often we tend to keep our head down and ignore one of the delights of […]

Replenishing the Ranks

An analysis on cultivating the next generation of engineers. Rarely can a student be pushed into engineering. The attrition rate of engineering schools is indicative of that. For an individual to be successful in engineering, he or she must be inspired. It is that inspiration that enables engineering students to dredge through the rigors of engineering school. It is […]

Duct Cleaning 101

It’s common to find internally lined supply ductwork used throughout buildings constructed in prior decades. Within the past few years, we’ve worked with a number of Owners that have experienced a common symptom with these internally lined supply duct systems: mold growth, evidenced at times by visible release into the airstream and the rooms served. […]

Get with the Program

Programming is a valuable tool in the pre-design process, and when it is successfully implemented, the result is a win-win for the client/owner, all stakeholders and the design team. A successful program will allow the design phase to begin with the owner’s goals and requirements documented/understood and with a preliminary construction budget aligned with the project scope […]

This Thing Called Commissioning: Part II

Welcome back! In Part I, we learned about some of the history of Commissioning (Cx) and that Cx means different things to different people and to different projects. We’ll explore some more specifics in this Part II. The current norm as expressed by industry-recognized contracts is for the construction team to perform its work consistently […]

This Thing Called Commissioning: Part I

This firm and this Engineer have extensive knowledge and experience in the process that has become known as “Commissioning”, abbreviated “Cx”. We have “commissioned”, to one level or another, every constructed project designed by this firm for the past twenty-five years: about 850 to date. So I figure why not impart some of the wisdom that has […]