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2019-2020 Winners Announced - a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship

June 24, 2019

They offer a bird’s eye view of construction sites. They provide breathtaking photographic opportunities for architects looking to showcase their work. And they’re fun to fly. However, while they may be intriguing tools for architects and engineers, drones open up the design firms that use them to many possibly unanticipated risks. These days, obtaining a drone is […]

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Announcing our New Scholarship for Engineering Students
Announcing our New Scholarship for Engineering Students
February 12, 2016

Attention engineering students! This year, a/e ProNet has partnered with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) to offer a brand new scholarship: The a/e ProNet Engineering Scholarship Award: $2,500 Deadline: March 7, 2016 Eligibility Students must be entering their junior, senior, fifth, or master’s degree year, in the fall of 2016 to qualify for the […]

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Document Retention: More Paper or Paper-Less?
Document Retention: More Paper or Paper-Less?
February 08, 2016

Which is better, more or less documentation in your project file after the job is complete? Despite recent advances in technology, document retention has become a difficult, expensive and complex proposition. Computers have changed design professionals’ work flows and methods, greatly increasing efficiencies, but also exponentially multiplying the volume of data; e-mails, attachments, drawing revisions, […]

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Raising the Federal Gas Tax: A Debate
Raising the Federal Gas Tax: A Debate
January 13, 2016

America’s federal highway system–once a source of great national pride–is disintegrating. Why? For one thing, it’s been 20 years since the Federal Gas Tax was last raised. President Ronald Reagan increased the tax to just over 18 cents a gallon, reminding the American people that the federal highway system required an ongoing source of income for maintenance. The […]

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How Effective is Your Risk Management Program?
How Effective is Your Risk Management Program?
November 18, 2015

Many design firms attend risk management training sessions and implement certain practices based on an industry trend or project claim. Other firms may only concentrate on contracts and insurance coverage’s as a risk management strategy, which only addresses a portion of an effective risk management program. As they say – “you cannot manage something that […]

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ProNet Clients Among 2015 Indiana Design Award Winners
ProNet Clients Among 2015 Indiana Design Award Winners
October 26, 2015

We’re excited to see some a/e ProNet clients among the winners at the recent 2015 Indiana Design Awards. ONE 10 STUDIO Architects Honor Award – New Construction (Project cost greater than $1 million) Project Name: 5855 Irvington Lofts (Indianapolis, IN) Jury Comments: This project uses economical materials judiciously and successfully. The minimalist language makes for […]

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Federal Trade Commission Releases How-To Cybersecurity Guide
Federal Trade Commission Releases How-To Cybersecurity Guide
October 16, 2015

Design firms may not seem like prime targets for hackers, many of whom are after sensitive, personal information, etc., but this assumption can be dangerous for architects and engineers. Intellectual property must be kept secure, and the threat can come from outside hackers, as well as from employees. As detailed in Schinnerer’s most recent issue of […]

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Award-Winning Scorpion House Lists for $5.5M
Award-Winning Scorpion House Lists for $5.5M
September 29, 2015

Undoubtedly one of the most dramatic homes in the American Southwest, the so-called Scorpion House has recently been put up for sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. Designed by a/e ProNet client Eddie Jones of Jones Studio in 2001, the 4,700-square foot Scorpion House blends “poured concrete, glass and oxidized titanium panels into a curvilinear plan that […]

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Risk of Misclassifying Employees vs. Independent Contractors
Risk of Misclassifying Employees vs. Independent Contractors
September 11, 2015

The appropriate classification of employees is a frequent source of confusion for design firms, usually coming up around the renewal of a firm’s Workers’ Compensation policy. It is an issue ripe with risk on an Employment Practices level. Recent court rulings in Arizona and Utah have resulted in construction firms paying hundreds of thousands of […]

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Gearing up for EdSymposium15
Gearing up for EdSymposium15
September 02, 2015

Design firms depend on a set of very important people to keep their businesses running smoothly: office administrators. These folks “manage, market, advance, streamline, protect, and regulate firms in the A/E/C industry,” according to Natalie Newman, current President of the Society for Design Administrators (SDA). At the SDA’s upcoming national meeting in Golden, Colorado–EdSymposium15 (October 8-10, […]

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