VCU Opens a New Hospital in South Hill, Virginia

VCU Opens a New Hospital in South Hill, VirginiaThanks to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), residents of Mecklenburg, Lunenburg and Brunswick Counties in southern Virginia now have access to a new state-of-the-art medical facility. Located in South Hill—about 80 miles southwest of VCU’s main campus in Richmond—the Health Community Memorial Hospital hosted its grand opening in October.

Prior to its official open date on November 11, local residents were invited to take self-guided tours of the hospital to acquaint themselves with its layout and services. The 166,700-square foot facility includes 70 private rooms, a cardiac catheterization lab and a 16-bay emergency department. It’s also equipped with a comprehensive suite of diagnostic services, including MRI scans, CT scans and nuclear medicine. The hospital is expected to be a valuable new addition to a rural region that has lacked sufficient access to this type of healthcare facility in the past.

“The facility will be a beacon of hope for all who are in need of care, and it will be an anchor for future economic development for this region,” said hospital CEO W. Scott Burnette in a statement.

Earlier this year, VCU joined the TriNetX Health Research Network as well. This partnership will allow the school and its hospitals to collaborate with other research organizations and biopharmaceutical companies from all over the world.

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The Scott at Brush Park Welcomes Its First Tenants

The Scott at Brush Park Welcomes Its First TenantsThanks to a series of bold investments from Detroit-based developers Sachse Construction, the Motor City is now home to a brand new 200,000-square-foot mixed-use development in the historic neighborhood of Brush Park. In addition to nearly 200 residential units, The Scott at Brush Park will also include a number of commercial offerings, including a coffee shop, restaurant and dermatology office which opened in May, 2017.

The residential space in The Scott is primarily geared towards “millennials and empty nesters,” featuring a number of two-bedroom apartments that can either be occupied by a single occupant, or split with a roommate. The Scott’s developers sought to maximize the space in the complex’s residential units, offering much more room than many of the more cramped options in Midtown Detroit. The apartments all have 9-foot ceilings and sliding bedroom doors, making them feel even more spacious than they would otherwise. The exterior-facing apartments also include balconies overlooking Woodward Avenue and Erskine Street.

This isn’t the first major development project to come to Brush Park in recent years. Thanks to the neighborhood’s close proximity to both Midtown and Downtown Detroit, its pedestrian-friendly streets and historic atmosphere, Brush Park has attracted the attention of several other real estate investors and developers as well. Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans Inc. and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, is currently in the process of developing his own $70 million residential complex on a nearby 8-acre parcel of land.

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Historic Woodstock Inn & Resort Undergoes Renovations

Historic Woodstock Inn & Resort Undergoes RenovationsTucked away in the foothills of the Green Mountains in eastern Vermont, visitors have come to the Woodstock Inn & Resort to get away from the stresses of everyday life for more than a century. Throughout much of the 20th century, the idyllic vacation destination was owned and operated by none other than Laurance Rockefeller. When the Rockefellers sold the RockResorts brand in the 1980s, the family set up a non-profit organization to preserve the Woodstock Inn & Resort, which they were particularly fond of.

Now, more than 40 years after the Rockefellers entrusted their favorite weekend getaway to the non-profit Woodstock Foundation, the Woodstock Inn & Resort has undergone an extensive renovation designed to preserve the historic property for the future. The primary goal of the renovation was to accentuate the Federal style design elements of the Inn that are characteristic of the period in which it was originally built. The renovations focused primarily on the lobby, library and the exterior entry area.

Improvements to the property include the addition of Federalist Era antiques to bedrooms and common areas, redesigned landscaping features that offer a better view of the Inn’s entryway and a host of new artwork including a restored portrait of Laurance Rockefeller from his time as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

“The result of these enhancements was to align the resort more closely to its Federal heritage and the beauty of Woodstock,” said project designer Paul Duesing in an interview. “As guests arrive and enter the Inn itself, they will be welcome as if they are in a classic New England home, with a warm, inviting ambience in the lobby that really serves as a living room for the community.”

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Four Seasons Welcomes Visitors at Renovated Surf Club Resort

Four Seasons Welcomes Visitors at Renovated Surf Club ResortWhen The Surf Club Resort in Miami Beach first opened its doors in 1930, it soon became well-known as a popular destination for some of the most famous Hollywood stars of the Golden Age of American cinema. Over the course of the next several decades, the resort attracted pop culture icons, business magnates and even heads of state to the sandy shores of South Florida. Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner visited the resort on their honeymoon. Winston Churchill rented two cabanas at The Surf Club—one for painting, and one for napping. Even during prohibition, the bar at The Surf Club remained stocked with fine liquor thanks to rum runners from Cuba and the Bahamas.

Now, after being purchased by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the historic Miami Beach property has gotten a new lease on life thanks to an extensive five-year redevelopment project that added two 12-story condominium towers, a 72-room hotel, two restaurants, four swimming pools, and more. The project was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier of New York.

The Surf Club looks distinctly more modern under its new moniker as Four Seasons Surfside, but its designers were careful to preserve the resort’s original 1920s Mediterranean aesthetic as well. The new residential buildings flank the original Surf Club property, which has been beautifully restored to its former glory. The interior design of the old hotel was completed by renowned Parisian architect Joseph Dirand.

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In Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital Continues to Expand

In Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital Continues to ExpandAs the home of one of the only two Level 1 trauma centers in the state, Froedtert Hospital has played an important role in Wisconsin’s healthcare system since it first opened in 1980. It is also the primary teaching hospital for the Medical College of Wisconsin. Over the course of the last decade, Froedtert Hospital has undergone an extensive expansion project which culminated in the construction of a 12-story Center for Advanced Care which was completed in October 2015 at a cost of $140 million. Prior to that, the hospital also added a $95 million cancer center in 2008.

Now, less than two years after work on the Center for Advanced Care was complete, Froedtert Hospital has received approval for a four-story addition to the building which is expected to cost an additional $43 million. In fact, the building was originally constructed with this four-story addition in mind. It will add roughly 165,000 square feet to the Center for Advanced Care, and allow Froedtert to accommodate anticipated increases in inpatient volume in the future.  The original, 12-story section of the building includes a variety of healthcare facilities including a transplant center, heart and vascular center and surgical specialties clinic.

“The Center for Advanced Care was designed to accommodate vertical expansion of four additional floors,” said Froedtert Media Relations Associate Nalissa Wienke in a statement. “Providing for additional floors while construction of the new building was underway was a cost-effective way to allow for future growth and avoid the much higher cost of separate construction.”

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Little Rock’s Robinson Center Reopens Following Renovations

Little Rock’s Robinson Center Reopens Following RenovationsWhen the Robinson Center first opened its doors to the citizens of Little Rock, Arkansas in 1939, it was the largest air-conditioned auditorium in the state, with seating for up to 3,000 people. Featuring a theater, arena and several convention and lecture halls, the Robinson Center soon became the cultural center of life in Little Rock.

But after delighting audiences with a variety of musical and theatrical performances for more than 70 years, Little Rock city officials decided the Robinson Center was in need of a facelift. On July 1, 2014 the Robinson Center was closed so that the building could undergo an extensive renovation process that cost $70 million and took two years to complete.

Renovations included upgrades to the acoustics and audio/visual systems, an expansion of the loading dock and refinishing of the building’s iconic Art Deco style. During the course of the renovations, the Robinson Center was effectively gutted to its concrete shell so the interior could be completely rebuilt. City officials initially considered abandoning the building due to the expected cost of the renovations, but they were able to convince taxpayers to approve funding for the project with a vote in 2013. Now, four years later, it’s safe to say that the city is pleased with its decision to revive the aging building.

“This hall is not just our instrument as an orchestra, but it’s a place where Arkansans of all ages and every background can come together collectively and communally and share beautiful experiences together,” said Philip Mann, music director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra during the Robinson Center’s reopening ceremony.

The first performance in the newly-renovated auditorium took place in late November of 2016 when the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra took the stage for its annual Opus Ball.

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LA Lakers Prepare to Move Into Their New Training Facility

LA Lakers Prepare to Move Into Their New Training FacilityThe Los Angeles Lakers are currently in the midst of an ambitious rebuilding effort that will not only involve changes to the team’s lineup, but to its training facilities as well. The team’s management felt that the Lakers had outgrown the recreational complex which has housed their training facilities since 1999, and this rebuilding period offered an ideal opportunity to establish a new home for the team. In late 2016, the team offered fans their first glimpse of the massive, $80 million training complex that’s currently under construction in El Segundo, California.

“A couple of years ago, we realized that as we grew, we needed to find a new facility,” said Lakers CEO Tim Harris in an interview with USA Today. “We wanted to build our own facility and have our own identity … We want players to treat this place like a second home.”

This new facility will feature a whole lot more than just practice courts and weight rooms. In the spirit of creating a home away from home for the players, it will also include a host of other amenities including a theater, lounge, barbershop, kitchen, three rehab pools and a cryogenics chamber.

Soon after the Lakers unveiled their new training facility, they announced a partnership with UCLA that provides the school with naming rights to the facility, and establishes UCLA Health as the exclusive in-game healthcare provider for players. Under the terms of the partnership, UCLA Health will also pay the Lakers $4 million per year for the next five years to help offset the costs of the training facility.

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Summit Technology Academy Campus Prepares to Welcome Students

Summit Technology Academy Campus Prepares to Welcome StudentsThanks to a $40 million bond issue approved by voters in 2015, students in the R-7 School District of Lee’s Summit, Missouri will soon have access to state-of-the-art STEM learning facilities at the Summit Technology Academy’s new Missouri Innovation Campus. The Summit Technology Academy offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college-level courses in science, technology, engineering and math in order to graduate with an associate’s degree before continuing their education at the University of Central Missouri. The school was established in a partnership between UCM and the Lee’s Summit School District.

After breaking ground in March, 2016, construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the Missouri Innovation Campus which is scheduled to open in August of 2017. Once open, the campus will serve as the new home of Summit Technology Academy’s industry immersion program.

Students participating in the industry immersion program will take college classes three days out of the week during their senior year, and work at local internships during the other two days. The content of these classes and internships will depend on the career field being pursued by each student. To qualify for the program, students must maintain high academic standards, and commit to a rigorous course schedule supplemented by hands-on experience in the workplace. For high school students interested in pursuing a career in STEM, Summit Technology Academy’s industry immersion program can provide them with a valuable head start as they prepare for college.

According to the Lee’s Summit Journal, the new campus is expected to reduce operating costs for the R-7 School District dramatically, saving roughly $9 million over the next 20 years. This is because the entire facility will be owned, rather than leased, by the district itself. UCM will pay a portion of the operating expenses through a rental agreement signed with the district.

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Baylor’s Penland Hall Reopens Following Renovations

Baylor’s Penland Hall Reopens Following RenovationsAt Baylor University in Waco, Texas, residents of Penland Hall are enjoying a host of new amenities added during an extensive $19 million remodeling effort that was completed in late 2016. These include new study spaces and bedroom furniture, updated bathroom facilities, and a welcoming lobby featuring games and televisions. Since it reopened, Penland Hall has also become a co-ed dorm for the first time in its 56-year history.

Originally constructed as a male dormitory in 1960, Penland had fallen into disrepair in recent years, gaining a reputation among students as one of the less-desirable housing options on campus. Now, however, the residence hall offers some of the most modern and comfortable accommodations at Baylor.

The remodel of Penfield Hall is the latest in a series of residence hall renovations completed at Baylor University over the course of the past three years. Campus administrators plan to continue making improvements to one residence hall each year until every hall has been remodeled for the future.

“When we built East Village (residence hall) two years ago, what that did was it gave us an opportunity to take one dorm down a year and renovate,” said board Chairman Richard Willis in an interview with the Waco Tribune-Herald. “We’ll keep moving throughout the university to keep rehabbing the dorms for the students.”

Baylor plans to renovate seven additional residence halls by the summer of 2021. When all is said and done, the ongoing project is expected to cost about $140 million.

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Best Practices for Temporary Protection of Finishes

Best Practices for Temporary Protection of FinishesThe January issue of Construction Superintendent News featured an article by Kraus-Anderson Construction on best practices for temporary protection of finishes. It’s a very interesting read. Check it out to learn more about what construction crews can do to protect sensitive finishes during building and remodeling projects.

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