The verse that I have called upon to best represent my services is from the Holy Bible, Gospel of Luke, Chapter 14 Verse 28:
“Which of you planning to build a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?”
Recently I have visited Israel and the Holy Land and while one cannot help but be inspired from the appropriately named place that serves as the center of the monotheistic religions and the world, it was the modern developments ongoing that provided insights to our own country’s architecture, building industry and culture as a whole. While the history spans ages long gone and those still thriving today, flying into Tel Aviv and driving north to Netanya and Haifa one cannot help but be impressed by the new roadways, railways, residential and commercial buildings, technology campuses and universities as well as a football stadium (Photo of Netanya Stadium).
First and foremost it was the northern parts of Israel where our group saw first-hand the new developments at the long deserted Roman port-city of Caesarea Philippi. What stood taller than all of the rest of the buildings was the smokestacks for the plant that is being developed and the pipeline into the Mediterranean that will supply fuel to Europe. While keeping the history alive there is progress everywhere (Photo of Hippodrome along the Mediterranean).
As we ventured further north toward the Lebanese and Syrian border we also could see the many residential developments from single-family to multi-family projects. What struck me the most was that there was only the concrete shell for many of these places. It was explained that a family would undertake to build a project only as far as they could with the money they had. There are no mortgages! What a stark contrast to the United States. While some progress has been made towards the shared and needed infrastructure to support these towns and cities the homes remain single-owner, and of one lineage.
This theme stayed consistent for a better part of this rapidly developing country from the north as we venture to the southern region including Palestine and Bethlehem.
Experiences like the one to Israel help us look at things differently and help us to appreciate and respect the processes we have in place and the reason they are so. It is important to stay true to the wisdom of the ages and to build, create and design any project in a responsible manner both economically, ethically and based upon the lessons learned from past experiences.
My company’s motto has an pillar “E” from this recent visit and is henceforth: Economics, Effort, Ethics and Experience and those are the four cornerstones from which the foundation of our work can be formed and built upon.