On a sunny Monday morning in Los Gatos, members of a commercial construction team were clustered around a table, discussing a high-level project. Poring over drawings and formulas worked up by architect Wolfie Smith, builder Spencer Davis outlined the plans for a new bridge. Casey Braga, serving as project manager, noted critical milestones on a timeline.
Nearby, Mike Fogerty and several of his colleagues in banking were evaluating the optimum financing package for the project. The crunching of numbers was palpable, as materials, interest rates and other budgetary elements were computed and considered.
The conversations were intense--and loud. Similar discussions were underway throughout the room, escalating the noise level to a near roar.