Can Structural Engineers Play a Role in Fine Art?


Or, even more of a stretch, can structural engineers help artists engage communities while improving the environment?

That’s exactly what the McColl Center for Art + Innovation is doing and I’m pleased that we at Little are their technical arm, providing engineering and permitting services.

The McColl Center’s Environmental Artist-in-Residency program creates an avenue for artists to engage and enrich local communities through environmental art – unique art installations that improve the environment, with the help of the community. Many of their current artist residencies are directed towards Brightwalk in Charlotte (just north of town at the intersection of LaSalle and Statesville), “a new community in Charlotte’s North End that’s all about conserving precious resources – your time, energy and money – while fending off nature deficit disorder”. READ MORE

September 30th, 2015 | Leave A Comment | Beyond Architecture
Pop(up) Art


There’s always much debate about tearing down the old and replacing it with new –especially when it’s tied to iconic buildings in our own community. The old Goodyear Auto Service Center building in downtown Charlotte will be demolished in October to make room for Tryon Place, a new mixed-use tower Little is working on with Crescent Communities. In this case, however, the old auto building is not only going out in style, it is breathing new life into a creative community. READ MORE

What Matters in Residence Life?

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At the end of June, Thomas Carlson-Reddig, Shannon Rydell, Beth Buffington and I flew down to sunny Orlando for the 2015 ACUHO-I Conference to represent Little as an exhibitor, hit up some sessions on the latest and greatest thinking on strategies and issues in residence life, and talk about how residence life and architecture interact.


This is Our Resolution

After a few minor paper cuts, youtube origami lessons and several heartbreaking glue stick fails, we are left with what matters to us most. Happy New Year!

January 9th, 2015 | Leave A Comment | P.S.
Aging in America


You have probably heard somewhere and at some time that the population of America is aging rapidly. Amazingly, almost 21 people will turn 65 by the time you finish reading this (assuming it takes you 3 minutes), translating into 10,000 people every day! This phenomenon, which has been occurring since January 2011 and will continue for the next 20 years, has a wide spread influence on design and construction – not just to those of us in the Senior Living design sector, but designers of all building types. READ MORE

December 17th, 2014 | Leave A Comment | Live & Learn
The Other Side of the Generation Gap


It seems like each day I stumble onto an article, blog post, or special report about the Generational gap in the workplace.  It starts out productive for all points of view : how Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers and Millennials can work together… and then it takes a sharp turn and becomes a tutorial for dealing with young people.  Typically, these how-to’s are sugarcoated in lots of “compli-sults” (insults shrouded in a faux / weak compliment, e.g. “stuck in their cell phones, but great with technology!”), and generalizations about one of the most diverse generational ranges in history : 1981-2000 covers a lot of ground.  Think about that : right now, Millennials range from 14 to 33 years old.  Some of us are divorced parents by now, and some can’t even drive.  When the recession hit, we were somewhere between 8 and 27.

As a response to these seminars (often lasting several hours) and dime-a-dozen lessons, I’d like to turn the tables for one moment and look at it from the other side of the equation.  As a Millennial, how do you deal with Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers in the workplace?


A Building for a Campus Community


Recently I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for Little’s project at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.  This is my favorite part of any project – it’s a chance to celebrate a new beginning for the University, but more importantly, it’s a chance to watch the excitement of the faculty and students as they settle in to a new home.  Yes, there is certainly pomp and circumstance … it is a unique and deserved moment to recognize those primarily responsible for the accomplishment. READ MORE

Communication Breakdown: The Great Divide


Gen X.  Baby Boomers.  The Silent Generation.  And Gen Y aka Millennials aka Digital Natives.  Four generations in the workplace.  It’s a topic we’ve all heard about, especially all the data, surveys, and trends.  But what do we do with all that data?  What is it telling us?  What adjustments do we need to make in how we communicate?  Thanks to Building Design + Construction Magazine, I recently had the chance to explore this topic with 50 other A/E/C industry leaders.