origin: starting the conversation

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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Getting Off the Bunny Slope

12.31.13 by Allison Taylor

The definition of a New Year’s resolution is a promise to do an act of self-improvement starting on New Year’s Day. Reflecting back on 2013,…

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A Global Experience

12.23.13 by Mondher Labbane

Very often in my dealings with clients, colleagues, or people I haven’t met before, I am asked where I am from. No one seems to…

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Watch Where You Step

12.16.13 by Daniel McClain

PPE – Personal Protective Equipment. These small items are there to protect you, typically from making some careless decisions.  I, unfortunately, have gone through more…

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Positively Stable

12.09.13 by Ken Basden

If a structural system includes an unstable element, a sudden (and possibly catastrophic) failure will eventually occur. In addition to safely resisting the applied gravity…

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Top Ten Reasons I’m Thankful to be an Engineer at Wallace Engineering

12.02.13 by David Schoell

You can just imagine my delight to see the last Origin entry, ‘Be Aware of Your Surroundings’, expertly penned by our own Sam Ray, was…

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Be Aware of Your Surroundings

11.25.13 by Sam Ray

I have the privilege, together with my wife, of raising three daughters. They are usually eager to learn, and they also like to teach. Yes,…

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Fulfilling A Dream

11.18.13 by Ron Isley

Over 30 years ago, a man named Allen Sappington was called to be a missionary to the Kuna, a people indigenous to Panama and Colombia….

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It’s Vintage.

11.11.13 by Doug Brown

In a recent Origin post by Ron Jantz, he writes about his career of 25 years at Wallace Engineering. He recounts his progression in responsibilities,…

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What is an Architectural Engineer?

11.04.13 by Kenna Chapin

This is a discussion that I have had several times with relatives, friends and other engineers as a graduate of the Architectural Engineering program at…

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Structural Condition Assessments

10.29.13 by Justin Hartman

There are several issues that arise when modifying existing structures that differentiates these types of projects from ground-up design and construction. One such issue is…

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Play Ball!

10.22.13 by Scott Rodehaver

Wallace Engineering moved into the Brady Arts district in 2006 to a great historic 1920s brick warehouse. We had a small parking lot with additional…

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Do Your Due Diligence

10.14.13 by Darren Burns

Are you an impulse shopper? Can you buy something on a whim?  I can’t. I think it’s due to being an engineer. I question everything….

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What is a Lifer?

10.07.13 by Ron Jantz

lif·er ˈlīfər/ noun informal noun: lifer; plural noun: lifers 1. 
a person serving a life sentence in prison. 2. 
a person who spends their life in…

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Metamorphosis

10.01.13 by Lance Woolsey

It’s August in Oklahoma; hot, sticky and you still have the lawn mowing to look forward to this weekend. It can’t be helped, right? Well,…

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