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What’s Shakin’ in Tornado Alley?

11.17.14 by Justin Hartman

Having grown up in the Oklahoma City area and now living in Tulsa, it has always been tornadoes, thunderstorms and the occasional snow or ice…

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Team Unity

11.11.14 by Mondher Labbane

My youngest son plays soccer for a team that has had success both at the state level (two-time state champions) and at the regional level….

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A Scout Is…

11.03.14 by Daniel McClain

For the past seven years I have had the privilege and the honor of leader and teaching boys through Boy Scouts of America. I have…

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So Fresh and So Clean…At What Cost?

10.20.14 by David Schoell

I’m sure you’ve all heard that the greenest building is the one that’s already built. The sentiment suggests that preserving a structure involves less energy…

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Keeping the Craft

10.13.14 by Sam Ray

Let’s keep the craft in our work. We usually think of craftsmanship as being the skill and effort to create a physical object. But I…

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Game Changer

10.06.14 by Ron Isley

Game changers aren’t only in sports, but also in life. Some of the game changers in my life include learning ride a bike, throwing my…

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Pole-Pole…

09.29.14 by Doug Brown

Pole-pole is Swahili for “slowly, be calm, don’t excite yourself.” It is the phrase used by the guides and their crew as they lead you…

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Simply Amazing

09.22.14 by Kenna Chapin

The news is full of pseudo celebrities getting attention for bad behavior and the trouble they get into. I would like to put more focus…

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A Surprise Worth Waiting For!

09.15.14 by Matt Schachle

In the Summer of 2013, my wife, Amy, and I found out that we were going to be blessed with another one of God’s precious…

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The World is Right Again.

09.09.14 by Darren Burns

The world is right again. At least for the next four and a half months. I know it’s pretty minor in the grand scheme of…

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68 Days to a New Perspective

08.06.14 by Emily Ashbaugh

I had an image of what a day at a typical engineering firm would look like. It’s quiet and maybe a little impersonal. Employees work…

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Quality Control

07.21.14 by Matt Gebhardt

I recently gave a presentation on quality control policy. During preparation, it dawned on me that as engineers we often miss the boat as to…

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Love of the Theater

07.14.14 by Lise Kifer

Full disclosure: While I work by day as what Tom Wallace describes as “mom” to Wallace Engineering, and as what I consider to be the…

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Do Something!

07.09.14 by Pryce Joyner

Last summer, my family was sitting around the house watching the news about the flash flooding in Manitou Springs, Colorado, which was the result of downpours on the…

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Freedom

06.30.14 by Doug Fredeen

I spent vacation last week at home and got the chance to visit with my oldest daughter and her husband. He is a Marine stationed…

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What A Difference Four Years Make

06.24.14 by Gene Phillips

Do you ever stop to realize how much changes occur in a typical 4-year span? We just went through college graduation with our son. How…

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Give a Girl a Chance…

06.13.14 by Darcey Schumacher

Not too long ago, I formed a new relationship with a client who was in the market for a consultant with national retail experience. I…

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Saferooms for Schools – One Year Later

06.03.14 by Kevin Bahner

It’s been nearly a year since my last blog post. At that time, South Oklahoma City and Moore were just really getting started with the…

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The Engineer and The Artist

05.20.14 by Dan Mazzei

Many years ago an engineer married an artist. The engineer pursued order, symmetry and productivity. The artist did not. The artist was nurtured by free…

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Stop and Smell the Roses

05.14.14 by Win Rice

Stop and smell the roses…sure it’s an old cliché, but do we really stop and do it? As engineers and architects, we create structures that…

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“To boldly go where no engineer has gone before…”

05.06.14 by Steve Huey

Architectural Space:  the final frontier. These are the voyages of Wallace Engineering. Its thirty five-year mission:  to explore strange new geometries, to seek out new…

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Safe Schools 101 – FEMA and Oklahoma Emergency Management

04.29.14 by David Zuk

As residents of Oklahoma we are fully aware the month of May means severe weather and tornadoes are likely to occur at any time throughout…

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There’s More To It Than Money

04.22.14 by Jim Beach

There’s more to this working thing than money. We get fulfillment from forming bonds among our peers, having some nourishing accomplishments and contributing to our…

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Why I Love the Mile High City

04.10.14 by Max Lehman

If I were to venture a guess, I would bet most of our Origin readers are not aware of our Mile High office. With such…

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It’s Not Always About The Numbers

03.31.14 by Carrie Johnson

As engineers, we tend to focus on the calculations and drawings and not on the other aspects of running a successful business.  I think a…

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March Madness

03.17.14 by Tom Hendrick

When the month of March rolls around I think most everyone is aware of March Madness in college basketball.  First, there are the conference tournaments,…

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All Things Happen For a Reason

03.10.14 by Sarah Appleton

I am a firm believer that all things happen for a reason, even if we will never know what that reason is.  A couple years…

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What Bunny Slope? An Update from Allison Taylor

03.07.14 by Allison Taylor

Here’s an update to my post from December: A week ago today, I found myself at the highest altitude I’ve ever been to – on…

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Embracing Differences

02.24.14 by Greg Poston

In a scene that is played out most mornings in our house, my wife is up bright and early ready for the day.  She has…

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Naturally Curious

02.18.14 by Kevin Fitzpatrick

“Curiosity is a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance.” -S. Leonard Rubenstein. I wonder if I act and think the way I do…

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The Next of a Thriving Breed

02.11.14 by Adrian Martin

art·i·san (ärt’ə zən, -san)  noun one that produces something in limited quantities often using traditional methods We’ve all grown up in an industrialized world.  Literally everything…

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Together We Make A Family

02.04.14 by Danny Baldwin

My wife and I had a wonderful life-changing experience ten years ago when we adopted our first child through DHS and began our family. We…

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A Different Perspective

01.27.14 by Brandon Wahl

Several years ago, I started providing metal stud shop drawings for sub-contractors, and it made me change the way that I detail the construction drawings…

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Focus On What Matters

01.20.14 by Brad Thurman

It’s kind of a tradition. Not necessarily in a good sense, but a tradition nonetheless. Every year, our company hosts a big open house for…

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Retaining Wall Design

01.13.14 by Brian Walker

As a structural engineer, I am frequently called upon to investigate and develop repairs for failed or failing earth retaining wall structures. The call often comes…

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The Art of Engineering

01.06.14 by Tom Wallace

At Wallace Engineering, we often talk about the “art of engineering”.  But what does that mean?  The American Engineers Council for Professional Development (ECPD), an…

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