Insight

Insight is the forum of our design professionals to communicate many of the exciting and challenging developments in our practice.

All that Glitters is NOT Gold

Making Sense of New TechnologiesWastewater service providers are notoriously slow to adapt to technological advancements.. Part of this is due to the limited available funding to take risks on cutting edge technology. Over the past few years, however, things have started to change. The advent of geographical information systems (GIS) now allows wastewater service providers to map and keep track of the location and condition of their existing infrastructure.… Read More

GREENPOWER!

No it's not the metamorphosis of David Banner into the Incredible Hulk. Rather, it is a United Kingdom based STEM initiative that provides a hands-on learning program which requires students to design, build, and race electric cars.The Greenpower program began in the United Kingdom in 1999. The program includes 500 schools and works with over 8000 students. Each team is given the same standard motor, set of batteries, and a strict set of guidelines to follow.… Read More

Florida Citrus Bowl Recognized for Excellence in Development

On February 25th, the 26th Annual Golden Brick Awards was held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando. Over 50 awards were given out at this sell-out event to development and community projects that positively impacted Downtown Orlando in 2014. The Orlando Citrus Bowl Reconstruction project received two awards that night: • The 2014 Golden Brick Award for Public Projects• The 2014 Award of Excellence - Top prize! This was a great collaborative… Read More

Another Chapter in the History of the Clean Water Act

The first major U.S. law to address water pollution was the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948. In 1972, growing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution led to the acceptance of several amendments intended to strengthen the law. The law and amendments became commonly known as the Clean Water Act. The primary purpose of the Clean Water Act was to establish a structure for regulating pollutant discharges, giving the U.S. Environmental… Read More

Bioconcrete – the Future of Construction Materials?

In day-to-day activities, most Americans interact with concrete in many ways such as pavements, building structures, bridges, and foundations. Henk Jonkers of the Netherlands has developed a revolutionary concrete mixture that can self-heal the damage that occurs over the life of the product. This mixture uses bacteria that produces a limestone waste product that can fill the voids and cracks in the concrete. More information regarding bioconcrete can be found… Read More

April is Landscape Architecture Month

Following up on our previous installment of INSIGHT, Celebrate National Water Week, we’d be remiss not to mention that April is also Landscape Architecture Month. This month long celebration of the landscape architectural design profession was established by the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA). Landscape Architecture involves both artistry and science, from planning and design to research and land/habitat management in urban and rural areas.… Read More

Celebrate National Water Week

It seems like every day, week, and month has its own special designation in recognition of some cause, happening, or important event. We have Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 9-15), Love Your Neighbor Week (February 23-27), and National Chestnut Week (October 12-18). We have National Hug Day (January 21), Lumpy Rug Day (May 3), Water a Flower Day (May 30), World UFO Day (July 2), Stay out of the Sun Day (July 3), International Lefthanders Day (August… Read More

A Treasured Legacy: Maureen Searcy Retires After 55-Year Career

    This is Maureen Searcy’s last week before retiring from 55 years of employment as a Draftsman and Historical Deed Researcher for our firm. It is a time of sadness here at Littlejohn as a friend and colleague says goodbye. But, it is also a time of great joy as we celebrate her many professional accomplishments. As we reflect on her long distinguished career and share with you some of her personal experiences, keep in mind that Maureen’s greatest strength… Read More

How Cold is Too Cold?

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) directs employers to comply with safety and health standards concerning specific hazards. Employers must also provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards that will likely cause death or serious physical harm per Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act. Any employees working in a cold location may find themselves at risk of cold stress. Many workers are required to work outdoors in cold environments… Read More

Importance of the Submittal Process: How this Time Consuming Process Strengthens Project QA/QC & Scope Control

Submittal review can be a tedious and repetitive process but the overall quality of the construction project hinges upon it. Submittals can range from specifying certain materials for fabrication, certain colors for aesthetics, dimensions, and quantities to performance characteristics and testing certifications. Often on multifaceted projects, the submittal process facilitates the transition from the design phase to the construction phase. The process starts… Read More