Stakeholders Create Own Blueprint for Effective Dispute Resolution

By: Richard L. Hurford

I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.

-Voltaire

On April 24, 2013, from 7:30 a.m. through 11:45 a.m., owners,contractors and design professionals will have the unique opportunity to engage in a hands-on workshop to explore, develop and share dispute resolution techniques that actually work. Sponsored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee of the Engineering Society of Detroit, this opportunity will not be the typical theoretical discussion or marketing exercise by lawyers and insurers on what they think “should” or “might” work; rather, this workshop will be a practical discussion of what works and what doesn’t by owners, contractors and design professionals based upon their personal experiences.

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Bienvenue to Nouveau Pierre, Martinique: (St. John Lutheran School)

Imagine the devastated city of Saint-Pierre restored to its glory days! The former Paris of the Caribbean was wiped out by the 1902 Mount Pelée eruption. Today, in 2202, it has risen from the ashes to become the thriving city of Nouveau Pierre. The metropolis of 90,000 on the rainforest-covered northwest coast of the French island is a prosperous, tropical paradise.

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A New Treatment for Wastewater

By: Thomas Doran, PE

When most people think of wastewater treatment, they envision a dirty, smelly place that pollutes rivers and streams and makes that infamous byproduct: sludge.

While it’s true that sewage isn’t pleasant, and that odors and wastewater treatment often go together, there have been many advancements in the last several decades that make current wastewater practices sophisticated science rather than a necessary evil.

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Innovators Find a Home at The Green Garage

By: Ashley Maier

What do you do when you want to be part of a sustainable green community? You could create your own, or at least that is what Tom and Peggy Brennan did with the help of a few close friends. After years of searching the City of Ann Arbor for the perfect spot it was suggested to the couple that they start their project in Detroit instead. They fell in love with the first building they toured, and the result? The Green Garage.

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