Lesson #1: Cut the Fat
We have no interest in producing boilerplate, 300-page project manuals for bidding, knowing that the contractors bidding on the work will never read it. Our engineering specifications are intended to be less bulky and more useful. Referenced guidelines, to a certain extent, will always be required. But we will never use that as an excuse to avoid being able to tell a contractor how to put something together or execute a detail.
Lesson #2: Lean In
We’re not here to listen to ourselves talk. We want to hear what our clients have to say about their needs. And we want to see what the construction contractors have to say, to see if they can offer a better solution than we had originally proposed. We believe in the power of appreciation of multiple perspectives—not just our own.