Are Hackers a Threat to My Design Firm?
Are Hackers a Threat to My Design Firm?
May 04, 2016

Hackers make headlines daily with targets ranging from major Swiss banks to Minecraft users to German nuclear power plants. But what are the risks to architects and engineers? Professional Liability carrier Victor O. Schinnerer urges design professionals to Take Cyber Liability Exposures Seriously in a recent blog post: Cyber liability problems that have disrupted firm operations often […]

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Inquiring Minds and the FMLA
Inquiring Minds and the FMLA
April 18, 2016

Complying with the many provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a concern for even those well-versed in the Act. Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals clarified when the FMLA applies, and spelled out an affirmative duty of the employer to inquire and confirm if an employee wants to take FMLA […]

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John Ronan Architects is an Obama Presidential Library Finalist
John Ronan Architects is an Obama Presidential Library Finalist
March 22, 2016

Chicago architecture firm and a/e ProNet client John Ronan Architects is one of seven finalists for the design of the Obama Presidential Library, which will be built on Chicago’s South Side. The remaining seven firms hail from all over the world, so it’s exciting that at least one “local” architect made the cut. John Ronan Architects […]

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Drugs in the Workplace Study: Architects & Engineers Prefer Alcohol
Drugs in the Workplace Study: Architects & Engineers Prefer Alcohol
June 18, 2015

Compared with many other industries, the Engineering and Architecture community has a relatively low abuse/dependence rate (7.9%) on any substance, and alcohol is the substance these design professionals are most likely to be dependent upon. This is according to a 2010/2011 national survey completed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “Coping with substance […]

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Boxouse: Young Americans Turn to Alternative Housing
Boxouse: Young Americans Turn to Alternative Housing
March 24, 2015

Signs of recovery in the American housing market–in architecture, engineering, construction, real estate–are increasing. Yet, in 2014, the market saw a new, disappointing record: The number of homeowners under the age of 35 hit its lowest point ever. Home ownership has long been synonymous with the American Dream. But where are the young people in this […]

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Blog Love: ArchNewsNow - Nuts & Bolts
Blog Love: ArchNewsNow - Nuts & Bolts
February 12, 2015

Nuts+Bolts is a “an exclusive ArchNewsNow monthly series to provide A/E professionals with practical tips for a more successful, profitable practice.” All ten articles currently listed are worth a read, and we hope the series is slated to continue. The authors are architects, consultants, insurance professionals, and financial advisers, all of whom offer a timely […]

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Moshe Safdie on How to Reinvent the Apartment Building
Moshe Safdie on How to Reinvent the Apartment Building
October 08, 2014

“A hundred years after we began building with tall buildings, we have yet to understand how the tall, high-rise building becomes a building block in making a city… in creating the public realm,” says legendary architect and teacher Moshe Safdie of Safdie Architects in Boston. This is the driving force behind his TED talk on […]

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Blog Love: ConstructionRisk.com on YouTube
Blog Love: ConstructionRisk.com on YouTube
February 05, 2014

Tired of reading article after newsletter after white paper after blog post on risk management? (We hope not! But just in case…) Here’s another option: Longtime a/e ProNet affiliate Kent Holland of ConstructionRisk, LLC has translated his impressive catalog of resources into a series of short videos available on the ConstructionRisk.com YouTube Channel. “If you’re […]

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Why should Architects & Engineers use a specialist Insurance Broker?
Why should Architects & Engineers use a specialist Insurance Broker?
October 21, 2013

At our fall meeting last month, a panelist asked an important question: Why is an insurance broker necessary for design professionals? Shouldn’t architects and engineers be able to access insurance companies and purchase Professional Liability policies directly? Members of a/e ProNet are professional, independent brokers who serve the insurance needs of design professionals. Membership in […]

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