Happy Holidays from Gontram Architecture!

A sincere “Happy Holidays” from Gontram Architecture to you!  As part of our annual holiday tradition, we’ve produced another episode in a long series of “odd” animated videos:How_to_Construct_A_Snowman_6-01

How to Construct a Snowman – Part 6 – Fun in the Snow…With Zoning!

This definitely falls under the “Other nonsense” category…

In Part 6 of our “How to Construct a Snowman” video series, Ned Ledbetter embarks on a new strategy to reach the masses: a Video Blog. Join Ned as he updates the public on recent weather events, changes to field inspections, and other items of interest. He also dives in to the world of Twitter.How_to_Construct_A_Snowman_6-03

A special “thanks” goes to Dave Schulz of Schulz Ironworks for providing the voice of Ned.

View the video HERE.

You can also view Part 1 thru 5:How_to_Construct_A_Snowman_6-02

Part I – How to Construct a Snowman: A Zoning Enforcement Officer’s Perspective

Part II – How to Construct a Snowman: The Design-Bid-Build Process

Part III – How to Construct a Snowman: Financing a Snowman with Hot Chocolate.

Part IV:  How to Construct a Snowman:  Navigating the Politics

Part V: How to Construct a Snowman: Lighting your Snowman

If having trouble viewing the YouTube version, try the Flash version in a new window. Flash Player is required. Free download available at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.

UConn Wins! Dennis Burns wins Gontram Architecture’s Pool!

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I see basketballs! The Madness is complete!

UConn beat Kentucky last night to capture the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship. That also concludes Gontram Architecture’s largest NCAA Pool ever!

Dennis Burns (Raleigh, NC) finishes in 1st Place.  He maxed out his points early, but hung on.  As a Gontram Architecture employee, Dennis is ineligible for the usual list of prizes, and the awards will move down the list of winners.  Don’t feel bad for Dennis, however, as he will receive a prize.

Ben Ho (Charlotte, NC) followed in 2nd Place.  Jenifer Gold (Raleigh, NC) finished close behind in 3rd.

Sam Rusak, Jr. (Raleigh, NC) clinched Last Place a while ago.  Congratulations, Sam!  You get the butt!

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Take note of a few things when looking at our reports:

  • “Coin Flip” finished in 1,128th Place.  This is actually a bracket we filled out using the flip of a coin to make the picks.
  • “Chalk” finished in 665th Place.  This is a bracket we filled out picking all of the higher seeds – no exceptions.
  • President Obama is in 252nd Place.  (We entered his picks for him as he was too busy to respond to our invite.)

Gontram Architecture’s version of the traditional office pool is unique:

  • Our Pool is FREE – no money, no trouble with the authorities.
  • It’s open to anyone. (We don’t encourage folks under 18 yrs old to play, but we don’t object either.)  Two years ago, 6 of the top 10 finishers were still in elementary school!
  • While we are NOT giving away $1 Billion for the perfect bracket, we do have great prizes from great sponsors, including tablets for the top 3 finishers:
  • Microsoft Surface RT from Atlantec Engineers
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.0 from C.E. Ham Electric
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 from Gontram Architecture and G5 Design-Build
  • Roku3 from Harris Structural Design.
  • $100 Gift Card for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse from Floorscape NC, Inc.
  • Apple iPod Shuffle from Ten Penny Construction, Inc.
  • NCAA Flags from WindDesigns – The Flag Shop.
  • T-shirts from Gontram Architecture
  • Horse’s Butt trophy for Last Place

UConn vs. Kentucky! Gontram Architecture’s Pool nearing the end!

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I see basketballs! The Madness is underway!

UConn vs. Kentucky.  One more game in the 2013-2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball season.  That also means that Gontram Architecture’s 17th Annual NCAA Basketball Pool is coming to an end!

Dennis Burns (Raleigh, NC) maintains his grip on 1st Place.  He has maxed out his points, so only those that picked Kentucky can unseat him.

Ben Ho (Charlotte, NC) follows in 2nd Place.  Jenifer Gold (Raleigh, NC) is close behind in 3rd.

As recently announced, we already have a “winner” in the pool.  Sam Rusak, Jr. (Raleigh, NC) has clinched Last Place.  Congratulations, Sam!  You get the butt!

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Take note of a few things when looking at our reports:

  • The “Player Scenarios” report shows the best you can do, the worst you can do, and who to root for.
  • “Coin Flip” is in 1,128th Place.  This is actually a bracket we filled out using the flip of a coin to make the picks.
  • “Chalk” is in 643rd Place.  This is a bracket we filled out picking all of the higher seeds – no exceptions.
  • President Obama is in 240th Place.  (We entered his picks for him as he was too busy to respond to our invite.)

Gontram Architecture’s version of the traditional office pool is unique:

  • Our Pool is FREE – no money, no trouble with the authorities.
  • It’s open to anyone. (We don’t encourage folks under 18 yrs old to play, but we don’t object either.)  Two years ago, 6 of the top 10 finishers were still in elementary school!
  • While we are NOT giving away $1 Billion for the perfect bracket, we do have great prizes from great sponsors, including tablets for the top 3 finishers:
  • Microsoft Surface RT from Atlantec Engineers
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.0 from C.E. Ham Electric
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 from Gontram Architecture and G5 Design-Build
  • Roku3 from Harris Structural Design.
  • $100 Gift Card for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse from Floorscape NC, Inc.
  • Apple iPod Shuffle from Ten Penny Construction, Inc.
  • NCAA Flags from WindDesigns – The Flag Shop.
  • T-shirts from Gontram Architecture
  • Horse’s Butt trophy for Last Place

Final 4 is set! Gontram Architecture’s Pool nearing the end!

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I see basketballs! The Madness is underway!

The “Final 4” is set with Florida, Wisconsin, UConn and Kentucky.  That also means that Gontram Architecture’s 17th Annual NCAA Basketball Pool is coming to an end!

Gontram Architecture’s Dennis Burns (Raleigh, NC) jumps into 1st Place. Other participants need not be concerned, however, as employees of Gontram Architecture are not eligible to win a prize.  However, since Dennis has an uber-cool boss, he will receive an equivalent prize if he places.  Given he has already maxed out his points, 1st place will be pretty difficult.

Sean Icenhour (Phoenix, AZ) follows in 1st Place.  Logan Culbreth (Wilmington, NC) is close behind in 3rd.

As recently announced, we already have a “winner” in the pool.  Sam Rusak, Jr. (Raleigh, NC) has clinched Last Place.  Congratulations, Sam!  You get the butt!

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Take note of a few things when looking at our reports:

  • The “Player Scenarios” report shows the best you can do, the worst you can do, and who to root for.
  • “Coin Flip” is in 1,128th Place.  This is actually a bracket we filled out using the flip of a coin to make the picks.
  • “Chalk” is in 643rd Place.  This is a bracket we filled out picking all of the higher seeds – no exceptions.
  • President Obama is in 237th Place.  (We entered his picks for him as he was too busy to respond to our invite.)

Gontram Architecture’s version of the traditional office pool is unique:

  • Our Pool is FREE – no money, no trouble with the authorities.
  • It’s open to anyone. (We don’t encourage folks under 18 yrs old to play, but we don’t object either.)  Two years ago, 6 of the top 10 finishers were still in elementary school!
  • While we are NOT giving away $1 Billion for the perfect bracket, we do have great prizes from great sponsors, including tablets for the top 3 finishers:
  • Microsoft Surface RT from Atlantec Engineers
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.0 from C.E. Ham Electric
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 from Gontram Architecture and G5 Design-Build
  • Roku3 from Harris Structural Design.
  • $100 Gift Card for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse from Floorscape NC, Inc.
  • Apple iPod Shuffle from Ten Penny Construction, Inc.
  • NCAA Flags from WindDesigns – The Flag Shop.
  • T-shirts from Gontram Architecture
  • Horse’s Butt trophy for Last Place

Sweet 16 Complete! Gontram Architecture’s Pool Tightening Up!

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I see basketballs! The Madness is underway!

The “Sweet 16” is complete and Gontram Architecture’s 17th Annual NCAA Basketball Pool is tightening up at the top!

1st and 2nd are unchanged:  Currently, Sean Icenhour (Phoenix, AZ) leads the way in 1st Place.  Logan Culbreth (Wilmington, NC) is close behind in 2nd.

Gontram Architecture’s Dennis Burns jumped 105 places overnight to land in 5th Place.  Other participants need not be concerned, however, as employees of Gontram Architecture are not eligible to win a prize.  However, since Dennis has an uber-cool boss, he will receive an equivalent prize if he places.

As recently announced, we already have a “winner” in the pool.  Sam Rusak, Jr. (Raleigh, NC) has clinched Last Place.  Congratulations, Sam!  You get the butt!GANCAAgif

Take note of a few things when looking at our reports:

  • The “Player Scenarios” report is new to this round, and shows the best you can do, the worst you can do, and who to root for.
  • “Coin Flip” is in 1,124th Place.  This is actually a bracket we filled out using the flip of a coin to make the picks.
  • “Chalk” is in 632nd Place.  This is a bracket we filled out picking all of the higher seeds – no exceptions.
  • President Obama is in 214th Place.  (We entered his picks for him as he was too busy to respond to our invite.)

Gontram Architecture’s version of the traditional office pool is unique:

  • Our Pool is FREE – no money, no trouble with the authorities.
  • It’s open to anyone. (We don’t encourage folks under 18 yrs old to play, but we don’t object either.)  Two years ago, 6 of the top 10 finishers were still in elementary school!
  • While we are NOT giving away $1 Billion for the perfect bracket, we do have great prizes from great sponsors, including tablets for the top 3 finishers:
  • Microsoft Surface RT from Atlantec Engineers
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.0 from C.E. Ham Electric
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 from Gontram Architecture and G5 Design-Build
  • Roku3 from Harris Structural Design.
  • $100 Gift Card for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse from Floorscape NC, Inc.
  • Apple iPod Shuffle from Ten Penny Construction, Inc.
  • NCAA Flags from WindDesigns – The Flag Shop.
  • T-shirts from Gontram Architecture
  • Horse’s Butt trophy for Last Place

Round of 32 Complete! Loser of Gontram Architecture’s 17th Annual NCAA Pool Announced!

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I see basketballs! The Madness is underway!

The “Round of 32” is complete and Gontram Architecture’s 17th Annual NCAA Basketball Pool continues to roll along.  My bracket is completely toast, so my rooting interest is firmly entrenched with the underdog, whoever that is.

Currently, Sean Icenhour (Phoenix, AZ) leads the way in 1st Place.  Logan Culbreth (Wilmington, NC) is close behind in 2nd.

At this point, we already have a “winner” in the pool.  Sam Rusak, Jr. (Raleigh, NC) has clinched Last Place, marking the first time in a few years someone who was actually trying to come in last was able to do so.  Congratulations, Sam!  You get the butt!GANCAAgif

Take note of a few things when looking at our reports:

  • “Coin Flip” is in 1,088th Place.  This is actually a bracket we filled out using the flip of a coin to make the picks.
  • “Chalk” is in 619th Place.  This is a bracket we filled out picking all of the higher seeds – no exceptions.
  • President Obama is in 212th Place.  (We entered his picks for him as he was too busy to respond to our invite.)

Gontram Architecture’s version of the traditional office pool is unique:

  • Our Pool is FREE – no money, no trouble with the authorities.
  • It’s open to anyone. (We don’t encourage folks under 18 yrs old to play, but we don’t object either.)  Two years ago, 6 of the top 10 finishers were still in elementary school!
  • While we are NOT giving away $1 Billion for the perfect bracket, we do have great prizes from great sponsors, including tablets for the top 3 finishers:
  • Microsoft Surface RT from Atlantec Engineers
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.0 from C.E. Ham Electric
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 from Gontram Architecture and G5 Design-Build
  • Roku3 from Harris Structural Design.
  • $100 Gift Card for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse from Floorscape NC, Inc.
  • Apple iPod Shuffle from Ten Penny Construction, Inc.
  • NCAA Flags from WindDesigns – The Flag Shop.
  • T-shirts from Gontram Architecture
  • Horse’s Butt trophy for Last Place

Round of 64 Complete! Gontram Architecture’s 17th Annual NCAA Pool Underway!

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I see basketballs! The Madness is underway!

With the “Round of 64” complete, Gontram Architecture’s 17th Annual NCAA Basketball Pool is well underway, with many already asking themselves, “What was I thinking?!”

With 1,137 participants this year, only one (Logan Culbreth) still had a perfect bracket through Thursday, but that ended on Friday evening when UMass lost.

If there is one thing that I will take into consideration next year, it will be team free throw percentage.  If you suck at ’em, plan on being fouled – a lot.  Just as Jimmy V introduced the tournament to it in 1983, fouling down the stretch was an absolute killer for some teams in the opening round, and my NC State Wolfpack was no exception (hopefully, they will spend ALL SUMMER PRACTICING THEIR #$%&@ FREE THROWS!!).

Take note of a few things when looking at our reports:

  • “Coin Flip” is actually a bracket we filled out using the flip of a coin to make the picks.
  • “Chalk” is a bracket we filled out picking all of the higher seeds – no exceptions.
  • President Obama’s picks are entered, just for giggles.

Gontram Architecture’s version of the traditional office pool is unique:

  • Our Pool is FREE – no money, no trouble with the authorities.
  • It’s open to anyone. (We don’t encourage folks under 18 yrs old to play, but we don’t object either.)  Two years ago, 6 of the top 10 finishers were still in elementary school!
  • While we are NOT giving away $1 Billion for the perfect bracket, we do have great prizes from great sponsors, including tablets for the top 3 finishers:
  • Microsoft Surface RT from Atlantec Engineers
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.0 from C.E. Ham Electric
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 from Gontram Architecture and G5 Design-Build
  • Roku3 from Harris Structural Design.
  • $100 Gift Card for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse from Floorscape NC, Inc.
  • Apple iPod Shuffle from Ten Penny Construction, Inc.
  • NCAA Flags from WindDesigns – The Flag Shop.
  • T-shirts from Gontram Architecture
  • Horse’s Butt trophy for Last Place