Blog

McKissack & McKissack posts new blog stories and articles about trends and ideas in the AEC industry. Browse our stories below.
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Deryl McKissack, PE

Doing Right in the Built Environment: Why ESG is No Longer Optional in AEC

The pandemic has increased the importance of ESG and the need for smart growth, diversity and sustainable building and construction management to serve all stakeholder interests.
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Oct 2021
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Deryl McKissack, PE

Why We Need A 7-Point Plan to Combat Racism and Discrimination in the AEC Industry

Achieving diversity, equity and inclusion and eliminating racism in the architecture, engineering and construction is critical for the future; here’s a 7-Point Plan to reach this goal.
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Sep 2021
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Deryl McKissack, PE

Job Fulfillment and Company Culture Starts with Our Leadership Team

Assessing our company culture and playing to our employee’s strengths to increase job fulfillment led McKissack to reorganize its leadership team.
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Aug 2021
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Ronald A. Kessler, AIA

5 Ways COVID-19 Will Change Commercial Real Estate Design

As the pandemic wanes, lifestyle changes and new sustainability mandates will change commercial real estate design forever. Here’s what the AEC industry should know.
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Aug 2021
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Deryl McKissack, PE

Working as an MWBE in Chicago’s AEC Industry

AEC industry MWBE McKissack & McKissack has a robust roster of significant Chicago projects, including the Obama Foundation, O’Hare International Airport, Navy Pier and more.
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Jul 2021
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Christine Merdon, PE

Beyond Green: How Sustainable Design Creates a Sustainable City

Design and construction management projects must consider urban sustainability broadly for the environmental and social impact on the community.
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Michael Carter, CCM and Philip Artin, CCM, PMP, LEED AP-BD+C
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Jun 2021
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Pandemic-Proof Schools: How Design Thinking Can Keep Students Safe

The smart school of the future must improve school health and safety with better indoor air and water quality, hybrid learning support and principles of design for learning.
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Ronald A. Kessler, AIA and John Grounds
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Re-envisioning Facilities for Health Equity

Architecture and design professionals play a role in improving population health.
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Deryl McKissack CEO
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May 2021
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Our Health Infrastructure Needs Urgent Care. Public Spaces Can Heal Us

Expanding access to health services demands healthcare facilities that create truly equitable outcomes.
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Ronald A. Kessler, AIA, Vice President and National Practice Leader, Architecture & Interiors
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May 2021
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Presidential Library Puts McKissack Design Practice on Display

McKissack brings an informative and interactive museum design to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas.
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Apr 2021
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Deryl McKissack, PE

Why Are There So Few Women in the AEC Industry?

Women are vastly underrepresented in architecture, engineering and construction. Achieving gender diversity starts with acknowledging the AEC industry’s breadth of sexism.
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Dec 2020
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Deryl McKissack, PE

Changing Places: Reinventing Washington, D.C. With AEC

For 30 years, McKissack & McKissack has helped reinvent the landscape of Washington, D.C. with its work on historic landmarks, K-12 schools and public works.
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Powering Communities: Building Next-Gen Infrastructure

Completing new electricity substation projects on time and on budget is a challenge when new power transmission lines must cross under highways and waterways.
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Sep 2021
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Ronald A. Kessler, AIA

Design Thinking Generates Community Support for Power Substations

The power grid is undergoing a historic transformation that is giving architects and planners greater freedom to create more striking and compact power substations.
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Aug 2021
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Construction Management Helps Aviation Industry Chart New Course

As COVID-19 puts the brakes on travel, construction management firms in the aviation industry face changing priorities as they build airport cities. Planning is key to maximizing recovery.
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McKissack Construction Management Protects K-12 Students & School Funds

As students go back to school under COVID-19, construction management in k-12 school projects plays a critical role in lowering the risk for students, teachers and families.
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Ronald Kessler, AIA, Jennifer Griffith
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Reopening Offices Right: A COVID-19 Commercial Interior Design Playbook

Architects and commercial interior designers can help companies do thorough COVID-19 hazard assessments and give decision-makers workable options for returning to work.
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Jul 2020
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Christine Merdon, PE

Landmark Places Are Special Spaces. Here’s What Preserving Them Takes

Looking to the future keeps landmark construction on a historic path. McKissack’s landmark construction practice helps keeps public spaces true to the past and sustainable for the future.
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Jun 2020
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3 Ways Airports Keep Expansion Plans Airborne Through COVID-19 Turbulence

Aviation program management and project controls are the nerve center of airport expansions. For two decades, McKissack’s aviation expertise has helped major U.S. airports get the job done on time and on budget.
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Jun 2020
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Deryl McKissack, PE

McKissack Cares Pt. 3: Culture, a Circular Economy of Care & COVID 19

At AEC firm McKissack & McKissack, COVID 19 inspired an employee-first plan to weather the pandemic and build a stronger circular culture of care for the future.
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Jun 2020
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Deryl McKissack, PE

McKissack Cares Pt. 2: Culture, a Circular Economy of Care & COVID 19

In response to COVID-19, AEC firm McKissack & McKissack embraced a circular economy of care that asks employees to be hungry, humble and smart to strengthen its corporate culture.
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Jun 2020
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Deryl McKissack, PE

Building Communities Is Our Purpose. Floyd’s Death Is Our Challenge

McKissack’s purpose is to create spaces for communities to thrive. After George Floyd’s death that seems like a distant goal. But we need to own our role in this complex project.
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May 2020
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Deryl McKissack, PE

McKissack Cares Pt. 1: Culture, a Circular Economy of Care & COVID 19

In our response to COVID-19, we’re becoming healthier, building resilience into our culture and caring for ourselves, each other, our clients, and our company.
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May 2020
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Christine Merdon, PE

What Job Candidates Need to Know to Choose Wisely

In the AEC industry’s competitive job market, McKissack has found new ways to attract the best talent to join a unique organization with transformative projects.
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May 2020
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Andrew Corn

Tech That Kept Us Ahead of COVID-19 Will Jumpstart Smarter AEC Practices

Technologies that sustained architecture, engineering and construction management during the coronavirus crisis will make the AEC industry faster and more efficient in a COVID-19 recovery.
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May 2020
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How to Return to Work? Project Controls Make the Unprecedented Possible

Project controls provide risk management expertise to clients, and their cost and scheduling discipline is the glue that holds the project together.
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Apr 2020
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On the Job: What Construction Site Safety Takes During COVID-19

COVID-19 forces construction site safety innovation now and for the future. More stringent risk assessment procedures are keeping workers healthy.
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Apr 2020
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Not Business as Usual in the AEC Industry

COVID-19 will change the course of workplace design and spark new AEC industry innovation as McKissack’s architects and construction managers make jobsites more effective and resilient.
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A Moment of Gratitude

The current COVID-19 crisis has presented us with many challenges, but has also given us a chance to reflect and appreciate what we have in our lives: our families, our friends, our jobs, our communities.
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Apr 2020
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How is COVID-19 Changing Design and Construction Management?

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, most construction projects are going forward. McKissack sees 5 immediate and significant changes that will shape the future of design and construction management.
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Trust Matters More Than Ever—Even in the AEC Industry

Trust matters more than ever in a design and construction services industry dealing with crisis conditions; these 5 building blocks can foster teamwide trust.
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COVID-19: To our team members, partners, stakeholders, friends and families:

We are living through a challenging time—one we will undoubtedly tell our unborn children and grandchildren about in coming years.
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