Building Homes, One Equation at a Time

By Denny Van Horn, Van Horn Family Building Co. When people ask me what I do as a homebuilder, I often compare my work to that of a coach or orchestra conductor. It is my responsibility to coordinate or orchestrate all the suppliers and trades people in achieving the...

Importance of Written Communication

Both Jack Hyde and Anayeli Real attended college and started careers in construction. Having a basic college background has ultimately helped them in their careers especially with their communication and writing skills. Anayeli, project manager at Kiewit, has to...

Classroom Activity: Safety Huddle

Can you imagine a football game being played without a huddle? How will the team know the strategy? Who’s doing what, when and where? What will the offensive attack look like? Consider how the game will dissolve into fumbles and errors when no one knows what the other...

The Truth about Plumbers

When you hear the word “plumber” a few stereotypes immediately come to mind. You picture someone spending quite a bit of time either hunched under a sink or working in a bathroom. Someone who doesn’t always come off as polished. Ben Morgan thought those things. Then...

Classroom Activity: Math Skills

Fractions, ratios, measurement conversions — those who work in the construction field need to know their math, from basic equations to more advanced geometry. Math skills are necessary when workers have to take accurate measurements, convert millimeters to inches, or...