Can You Dig It

Can You Dig It Blog

About Brian

Brian Pedersen writes about all kinds of issues related to construction. Though not a construction worker by trade, he loves to see how things are built and is fascinated by the art of digging in the dirt. Often you find him tromping through the dirt at sites for multi-story hospitals to baby-sized barns. He should have a hard hat with his name permanently etched on the back and a list of all the sites he´s visited and stories he´s written about them. But his head is just not that darn big.

Digging deep

Digging deep

Can you build on a quarry? Read More »»

A chance to listen and learn, for free

With so many conferences and events to attend throughout the year, it pays to attend those that are useful and worth your time. You want to be connected to the right people at the right time. Read More »»

Over worn words and the workplace

A recent survey of the most overused and annoying business buzzwords sheds light on many common phrases and terms. These words are so familiar that it's hard to be aware of how tired these terms truly are. I've been guilty of using them too, but I always try to find something fresh, which is why the thesaurus is my favorite tool. Read More »»

Elevating the image of affordable housing

Elevating the image of affordable housing

One nonprofit developer is helping to point out the need for quality, affordable housing in the Lehigh Valley. Read More »»

More work ahead

Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that the Construction Backlog Indicator reached an all-time high in the second quarter of 2014. Read More »»

The first step of many

The first step of many

The revitalization of Allentown is extending farther away from the downtown with the start of demolition on the $300 million Waterfront project along the Lehigh River that’s expected to bring up to 3,000 jobs upon completion. Read More »»

We were born to run

We were born to run

For me, there are few things more enjoyable than running outdoors, enjoying the fresh air and changing scenery. I’ve been making a consistent effort to decrease the amount of time it takes me to run a set distance and go at a faster pace. One of my favorite routes is along the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers in Downtown Easton. Read More »»

The ever-evolving landscape

Could new housing sales be on the rebound? Several sources think so. Read More »»

A wheel good time

My son, who turned 3 in February, occasionally enjoys hopping into the driver’s seat of my Volvo after I pull it into park, turn it off and unbuckle him from the constraints of his child seat. Read More »»

Innovative work, found close to home

As you go up and down the many concrete stairs at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown on Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball game nights, you may not know that the stadium staircases were built by a Bethlehem manufacturer, covering 10,000 seats. And when a new ice-hockey arena opens in Downtown Allentown in September, the stairs you will use to get to your seat also are built by that same company. Read More »»

Can You Dig It

Digging deep

Can you build on a quarry?

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