• The faces of El Dorado. Back row: Douglas Stockman (principal); Jenn Whiteford (receptionist); Chris Burk (project manager); Nancy Woodfill (administrative controller); Dan Maginn (principal); Brady Neely (fabrication manager); David Dowell (principal); Steve Salzer (project manager). Front row: Clint Wynn (technology manager); Josh Shelton (principal); Katie McCurry (marketing  business development manager); Sean Slattery (project manager).

    Credit: Art Streiber

    The faces of El Dorado. Back row: Douglas Stockman (principal); Jenn Whiteford (receptionist); Chris Burk (project manager); Nancy Woodfill (administrative controller); Dan Maginn (principal); Brady Neely (fabrication manager); David Dowell (principal); Steve Salzer (project manager). Front row: Clint Wynn (technology manager); Josh Shelton (principal); Katie McCurry (marketing & business development manager); Sean Slattery (project manager).

Beach ball (n): systemwide computer network lockup.

burked (v): a subtle correction to whatever you’re doing by super-employee Chris Burk.

Dumbth (n): a state of profound straightforwardness.

fatty (n): dual-sided spatial partition with functional elements programmed into both faces.

fur (n): any landscape material used on a building project.

junk (n): any caffeinated beverage.

The LEEDS (n): shorthand for the USGBC’s LEED Certification Program.

Longbean (n): Money.

Precious (n): tightly radiused ¾ x 1½ steel tube, rarely stocked by American steel suppliers.

Radical Pragmatism (n): a design strategy emphasizing the unique potential of a constraint-based problem-definition process.

Reverse Abe Lincoln (n): a mechanized building detail that performs counterproductively when operated.

Sanctioned Meddling (n): a tendency to covertly incorporate benevolently mischievous constructions into unlikely civic situations.

sassafras (n): incomprehensible but intelligent-sounding design-related mumbo jumbo.

sazerac (n): any alcoholic beverage.

’sm (adj): gutteral vocal response denoting approval of someone else’s idea.

Sustainaffordability (n): a common sense sustainable design strategy that balances initial capital costs with long-term operational savings.

Whang (n): a desirable cantilever.