So before we can really look into 2019, time to take a look back at 2018. Did my predictions come close or did I fail like I do when I try to pick winners in sporting events… let’s take a look.
1. Trucking will be a bigger challenge: Well I believe it was tough… but was it a bigger challenge and did the DOT rules change anything? I am not sure. I know it’s a constant battle but not sure it cratered the way I thought.
2. Going Big- I felt the sophisticated glazing would be in style and in 2018 it was. No matter how challenging the project it could be done and there were multiple avenues to get it done.
3. Security Glass goes wild- I had this in 2017. I had it in 2018. Believe me I am putting on the list next week for 2019. It was a better year for security glass especially in the school segment. Sadly the need is there.
4. Private Equity in and out- I thought we’d have some exits along with new players. No exits but plenty of new and aggressive PE’s are on the scene now. So ½ right here.
5. NGA and GANA merge and be great in the end- The merge formalized and slowly but surely the unified voice is really finding its footing. This was a massive undertaking and I am still extremely confident that it’s going to be a great thing. So far so good with streamlined efforts in place and this will only continue to evolve and improve.
So I was not too far off overall… better than my pick for the Super Bowl this year… the Carolina Panthers. Oops. Anyway next week we’ll have my predictions on 2019….
-- I had a lot of reaction to my overall economic look for this year and into 2020. Most of the reaction was that the positive indicators are outweighing the negative. So that was very good to hear. We’ll keep on it. Still I think we’re going to see a dip in the next ABI and I’ll be then curious to see a trend develops.
-- NGA Annual Conference is coming up fast! Have you looked at it or made arrangements yet? The keynote speech by Lisa Rammig is an absolute must see. Staying ahead of codes, guidelines, and the technical movements in our world is crucial too. Click the link and be there!
-- I came across an older article about trends in smart hotelsand there’s some specific areas that effect our world- specifically the modular building (which I have noted many times) It will be fascinating to see how that and some of these other trends take off…
-- Last this week… this story on the pay comparison betweenbeing an architect and managing a fast food joint was noteworthy. I am sure many in the architectural profession were not happy with the comparison, as they believe themselves to be beyond fast food management. Still it also shows that it’s a competitive world out there for talent and some jobs do pay quite a bit more than you think.
LINKS of the WEEK
-- Kind of an interesting story on some High School happenings between Principal and Officer. Sadly the story leaves out a major question… but then again it’s the USA Today which has woefully become an absolute joke of a newspaper.
-- This is what our world has come to….
VIDEO of the WEEK
BUT....There are good people in this world. This video shows it… people banding together to save someone in serious peril.