Busting at the Seams

Do you feel like you are busting at the seams?

When PDMi started in June of 2008 we had 1,000sf of office space. Those were great years, but we felt like we were “Busting at the Seams”. Now 11 years later, we will be moving into our new 2,600sf office on July 30th.

Our new address is:
725 Airport North Office Park
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Is your business growing, yet becoming less efficient?  We can help! We understand the hurt points that cramped facilities bring and how they affect your response times and efficiency.

Don’t let your cramped conditions keep you inefficient any longer. Let us work with you to expand or renovate your current location or build a new facility that will encourage your present and future growth. I look forward to your call.


Webster defines Strategist as “one who is skilled in carefully planning to achieve an end result”. We at PDMi are strategists in that we skillfully follow a method of planning with our clients to achieve a value-added solution for the facility problems they face.

Several weeks ago, we got a call from a client that manages a multi-tenant facility. One of the anchors was in need of additional space. Due to the anchor’s location in the facility, he was “land locked” with no easy solution for expansion. The facility had available space but not contiguous to the anchor’s space (it was contiguous to his neighbor’s space). Because of that fact, PDMi got the call. It took some strategic planning on our part (and some strategic negotiations on the property manager’s part) but a solution was found that allowed the anchor tenant to grow while satisfying the displaced neighboring tenant.

Always remember that Strategic Planning…

  • Starts with the End in Mind. Understanding what you want to achieve before you start will lead to a successful solution.
  • Investigates Multiple Options. When more than one option is explored, the best one can be flushed out.
  • Leads to Designing and Building. Only after the plan has been established should designing and building begin, not the other way around.

Let us be your Facility Design & Build Strategist. Our methods are tried and true. Feel free to contact us as you begin the planning process of your next project.


Several years ago the Fort Wayne News Sentinel newspaper ran an article that caught my eye. The headline said “Unearthed Plans for City Coliseum”. That would not be much of a news story except for the fact that the article tells how the general manager of the Memorial Coliseum was cleaning out his closet and found detailed 1917 construction documents for a project that was conceived long before the design and construction of the 1952 Memorial Coliseum we know today.

As I read the article, memories came flowing back to me of numerous occasions spent digging through rolls of old blue prints in an owner’s closet, his basement storage room, or his highly secure storage cabinet – a big old cardboard box. Sometimes you get lucky and you find what you are looking for, but most of the time you go away empty handed. However, the hunt is always worth it because you never know what you may “Unearth”.

If you are fortunate enough to have blue prints of your facility I recommend:

  • Inventory your drawings so you know what you have and don’t have.
  • Place your drawings in a place that is secure yet accessible. With existing blue prints this can be done by having the drawings scanned and digitally filed.
  • Remember the drawings are not “museum pieces” they should be used for reference, but never allow them to be removed from the premises without a transmittal of who took them and when.

One more tip for you. Paper blueprints are great, but electronic media is the best. Electronic media is updatable, provides “what-if” scenarios, is easily referenced, allows for a shared resource, and is expandable. Whether your records are paper or electronic media, always maintain them! It will save you a lot of time, money and frustration.

If you don’t have documentation of your facility, give us a call and we can help you create them.

What’s Below Your Waterline

I love this picture of the Iceberg. I have used it over the years to illustrate that there is always more below the water line than there is above the water line. In the case of the Iceberg, only 10% is seen and 90% unseen. Many times, on building projects, what is above the waterline is considered “The Project”. That which is seen often defines the project’s success or failure. But the truth is, what is below the waterline has a much greater influence on how successful the project will be.

So the question is “What’s below the waterline of your project giving it balance and stability? I believe things like Good Planning, Understanding the Building Codes & Regulations and Knowledge of Building Systems & Materials are key to making what is seen a success.

At PDMi we are proud of what is seen above the waterline of our projects, but what defines us are the things we do below the waterline. We work hard on the things below the waterline in order to make what is above the waterline successful.

Call us to help you understand what needs to be done below the waterline in order for you to have a successful above the waterline project.