Changing it up
Small box inside an enormous box #staplesfromstaples
Making me a Golden Egg
I am accustomed to working from home with young children and the associated distractions, so things at Golden Egg don’t feel entirely different to me this week. That said, I most certainly sense, and to a certain degree share, a growing uncertainty and fear of the unknown in the air, whether surrounding the health of ourselves and our loved ones, the capacity of our hospitals, the on-going closures and cancellations, the availability of groceries and supplies (beyond the toilet paper shortage which we are all clear on), the state of the construction industry, the economic impact on businesses (both small and large) or other factors that are currently outside of our control. Yesterday, I consolidated monitors, keyboards and resources from both of my office environments and set up shop right smack in the dining room so that I can focus on being the best consultant, wife and mother that I can be right now - because really, that’s all I can do for the time being #commandcenter #stayfocused
Working lunch! @jessprotz
My clients are so good to me. Thank you Environmental Systems Corporation for the thoughtful holiday gifts: freshly baked pumpkin walnut bread, gold and blue handmade coasters, and some of the finest selections from @treehousebrewco. It is a pleasure to work with you guys!
Meeting in progress!
Even just passing through, it’s good to be back #boston
Hi! 👋 checking in from my office today. It’s amazing how much more productive I am in this space. Working from home is great but sometimes I need a change of scenery, ya feel me? Side note: still need to hang this mirror.
Two websites successfully launched in less than 24 hours. I’m especially proud of this little diddy right here, created for for the awe-inspiring, all-heart, purposefully passionate, strikingly beautiful @rachelblackgraves. She and her tight-knit team are now officially unleashed to promote their shiny new brand: @gritandgratitudect. Gotta pop some bubbly and recognize a job well done in her honor this afternoon. And yup... you guessed it. This is another killer collab featuring SoSimple Interactive, @theunionproductions and of course @samantha_vanschoick! #anotherone #killercollab #customwebsite #webdesign #lovewhatyoudo
Shout out to #landscapearchitects for all of the amazing splash pads, parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities you design to make communities more fun
I wouldn’t be mad if either one of you chose to pursue a career in civil engineering
Posted 9 months ago
I wouldn’t be mad if either one of you chose to pursue a career in civil engineering
Yesterday marked nine years (?!) in business. I spent some time reflecting and reminiscing this week, and wanted to (re)share these special photographs from my five year anniversary in 2015, when my husband Nick Mathieu and best friend Alicia Washington planned a surprise celebration with my family, friends, clients and associates. These pictures remind me of how grateful I am for the people that support and believe in me - in particular, for the ones that entrust me to do what I do for their businesses every day. Special thanks to Pauline M. Harris for inspiring me. Rest in peace Kenneth Hylwa.
Prepping for a 10:30 AM call with a large South Carolina-based general contractor that we have been working with for a few years. Together with my team at SoSimple, we are developing a custom subcontractor management database and Invitation to Bid notification system. Time to put on a little Janet Jackson Radio and power through the morning. Happy Friday, goslings!
Hi friends 👋 meet Vice President Christopher Cykley and Project Executive Mark Garilli of Construction Solutions Group, a growing owners representation and project management firm. Fun fact: Chris, Mark and I all worked for the same construction management firm earlier in our careers, and our paths have reunited us! Today’s #aecmarketing adventures brought us to the sixth floor of Goodwin College where we took in some spectacularly humid views of the Hartford skyline!
Without further ado, I am extremely excited to share Episode 006 of Game Changer: A Nick Lombardi Podcast. Nicholas Lombardi is a dear friend and special client. We talked about the true meaning of the word entrepreneur, the importance of balance (btw, I'm a Libra) and the need to course correct when things just don't feel right. I expect that our conversation will reveal a little bit about my story that you might not have known. I invite you to listen, learn about and hopefully relate to my journey. Follow #nicksgamechanger for future episodes.
I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July holiday! Happy Monday - time to get cracking!
I read an article in this morning's The Day about Seaside State Park in Waterford, Connecticut, and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)'s decision to reject both of the two developer proposals received for this former 1930s-era tuberculosis sanatorium. DEEP sought proposals that offered "amenities such as dining, meeting space, and a spa ... an attractive destination that works in harmony with adjacent neighbors, the community, and nearby park properties." Previous estimates to repair the neglected buildings and seawall approached $15 million... tack site remediation costs onto that. Concerned about the state's deteriorating shoreline, Citizens for Seaside State Park is on a mission to preserve, protect and promote the conversion of Seaside Regional Center to Seaside State Park. What's your take on the best plan for Seaside?
My logo mark is inspired by my nickname (Goose) which was derived from my maiden name, Siragusa. The name Golden Egg Concepts is attributed to the moral of Aesop's famous fable, The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg.
Well that was a first! I was a guest on a podcast yesterday morning. Stay tuned - we’ll be publishing it soon! #nicksgamechanger
I’m a good month or so late posting these, but I wanted to share some pictures from SMPS CT Chapter’s Golden Gala, where I celebrated some great wins with some great clients and reconnected with my industry people that I don’t get to see every day!
This Memorial Day Weekend, Golden Egg Concepts remembers and honors the men and women who have sacrificed to protect our freedom.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY Brooklyn Bridge Opens May 24, 1883 135 years ago today, the Brooklyn Bridge opened. On its first day of service, roughly 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 people crossed. The bridge was constructed before the availability of aerodynamics studies, so architect John Augustus Roebling designed the bridge with three redundant truss systems which he believed were six times stronger than needed to be. This is why the Brooklyn Bridge still stands, while the majority of its contemporaries suffered from failure (and have been since replaced/removed). John Roebling's concept and design of the Brooklyn Bridge was conceived in 1852, and he spent the next 15 years trying to sell the idea. In 1869, while he was surveying the proposed site, his toes were crushed by an arriving ferry. His injured toes were amputated, but a tetanus infection set in and within weeks he died. In His oldest son, Washington Roebling, who worked alongside his father on the project, assumed oversight of the project. The workers responsible for erecting this engineering feat were coined "Sandhogs", a name which became synonymous with construction workers who performed caisson work, road building and tunneling in New York City. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, more than 141,000 vehicles, 10,000 pedestrians, and 3,500 bicyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge every day.
BUILDING OF THE WEEK The Chrysler Building 405 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY On May 27, 1930, the doors to the Chrysler Building opened to the public, as the tallest building in the world at 1,046 feet, including its antenna spire. It remained the tallest building for 340 days, until the Empire State Building eclipsed it by 408 feet. This impressive Art Deco styled skyscraper was designed by William Van Alen and it became his magnus opus. This was due to his failure to enter into a formal contract with the building owner, Walter Chrysler. When the building was complete, Van Alen submitted his design fee ($14 million). Mr. Chrysler refused to pay, so Van Alen took him to court. Van Alen won the case and received his fee, but his career and reputation as an architect were destroyed. He went on to become a lecturer in sculpture. The enormous welded eagle gargoyles perched on corners of the 61st floor were meant to resemble the 1929 Chrysler hood ornament and were made of a corrosion-resistant alloy chrome-nickel steel.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY Construction Starts - Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel March 15, 1968 50 years ago today, construction began on the Eisenhower Tunnel - literally cutting through the Continental Divide in Colorado. At 11,000 feet above sea level, it is the longest mountain tunnel and highest point on the US Interstate Highway System. There are two tunnels, both roughly 1.6 miles long, and considered an engineering marvel. Interesting facts about the tunnels: There are approximately 5,600 light bulbs illuminating the tunnels. There are fire hydrants every 250 feet. There is control room inside the tunnel allowing staff to monitor traffic with the security cameras stationed every 850 feet, as well as carbon dioxide detector to monitor CO levels. Roughly 10 million vehicles drive through the tunnels each year. Project cost for both tunnels was $262 million. Colorado Department of Transportation
At yesterday's Construction Institute, University of Hartford event - Women Who Build - we learned about a soon to be released feature documentary film Hard Hatted Woman, chronicling the lives of five women who are breaking down gender barriers in blue-collar construction trades. Only 3% of skilled trades workers are women. Golden Egg proudly donated to the film fund and we encourage you to join us. Go to www.hardhattedwoman.com to learn more, and support the mission to get this dynamic and important documentary on the big screen.
Today, Lindsey Mathieu is attending Construction Institute, University of Hartford Women Who Build event at Goodwin College. Powerful speakers, inspiring messages and a room full of AEC industry clients, associates and friends. Thank you Marie Maia of Montagno Construction for inviting Golden Egg to enjoy today’s event as your guest!
CLIENT SPOTLIGHT Firm: F+F Mechanical Enterprises, Inc. Headquarters: North Haven, Connecticut Services Provided: Graphic Design Golden Egg congratulates our client F+F Mechanical, winners of the 2018 Build Connecticut Award (Specialty Contracting: Mechanical category) for their work at Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT. F+F's challenge was providing HVAC services to 8 individual and distinctly shaped glass pavilions with no physical link: treating curving exterior walls that need to be constantly heated in the winter and cooled in the summer; dealing with low profile ceilings and roof construction that do not allow for HVAC systems found in traditional ceiling spaces; and finding locations for thermostats and mechanical equipment due to the lack of interior walls and spaces. Other team members on included Tokyo-based architect SANAA, MEP engineers Buro Happold and construction manager Sciame. Check out this fantastic space "for people to experience nature, encounter the arts, pursue justice, foster community, and explore faith": www.gracefarms.org. Project photography by Dean Kaufman.
Golden Egg principal Lindsey Mathieu and partner Arik Brooks of SoSimple Interactive recently co-authored an article published in Marketer - a bimonthly journal published by the Society for Marketing Professional Services reporting on current business development and marketing practices, issues and trends for the A/E/C industry. In this piece, Lindsey and Arik stress the importance of practicality during efforts to define (or redefine) your firm's identity. http://bit.ly/2CFAblc
CLIENT SPOTLIGHT Firm: Jasko Development,LLC Headquarters: New Britain, Connecticut Services Provided: Design, Web Our friend and client Avner Krohn and his firm Jasko Development,LLC have been working diligently since 2006 to improve and refresh the City of New Britain, one building at a time. Real Estate Developers often take the shortest, least expensive path to their goals, but Jasko Development takes the time to honor the historic importance of the buildings they redevelop. Jasko has been turning overlooked property into useful and needed pace, while retaining architectural integrity, down to securing state and local historic building recognition. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2AG1R3R
Don't take it from us, take it from Ryan Gosling. Don't pick your fonts like a thoughtless child...
Lincoln Tunnel Ventilation Shafts West 39th Street New York, NY These twin windowless towers stand as imposing sentries at the Manhattan entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel, providing passage for approximately 53,000 vehicles daily, beneath the Hudson River. The tunnel was opened in 1937, and if not for these ventilation towers, the travelers would either have to hold their breath for the 1.5 mile journey to New Jersey... or not make it to the other side. The fortress-like, rugged, utilitarian and crude towers are a very early version of brutalist architecture, which took hold in the 1950s. Brutalist buildings ooze mystery and intrigue. They are either dismissed at simplistic and unrefined, or embraced for these reasons. Visit SOSBrutalism to dive into these counterculture icons or read more here: http://chi.mg/2hAnHSx
THIS DAY IN HISTORY The Great Northeast Blackout November 9, 1965 Poor unsuspecting 11-year-old Jay Hounsell was walking home on the evening of this day, 52 years ago. As he walked, he gave each utility pole he passed a whack with a stick he was carrying. As he hit his last pole, the street light went out... and then ALL the lights went out. This was the beginning of the Great Northeast Blackout, affecting New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and parts of New Jersey and even Canada. Over 30 million people were cut off from electricity for 13 hours. Doesn't sound terrible at first blush... until you comprehend the gravity of zero electricity and no back-up for subways, office buildings, prisons, railroads and airports. Without any way to communicate to the public, panic naturally ensued, and rumors of everything from aliens to Communists erupted. Turns out Jay Hounsell wasn't at all responsible for the blackout, but the coincidental timing left him feeling like he was. It was later revealed that maintenance workers set the protective relay too low on a power line to Ontario. The relay was tripped and the lines were overloaded... and the rest is history.