Texas Advanced Computing Center Enables Advanced Research

Texas Advanced Computing Center Enables Advanced ResearchIn July of 1990, a massive hail storm suddenly descended on Boulder, Colorado. Baseball-sized hunks of ice totaled cars and caused extensive roof and window damage to homes in the area. Storms like this are rare, but they can be very costly and destructive. Because they’re rare, scientists don’t know much about how or why they form. Likewise, they’re very hard to predict. Thanks to a supercomputer cluster at the University of Texas, however, meteorologists are now able to create detailed simulations of weather events that offer new insights into their formation and behavior. Rather than waiting around for the next freak hailstorm to hit Colorado, scientists can now study these phenomena in a virtual environment.

This is just one of the many applications of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) in Austin. Recently, students at the TACC’s visualization laboratory used the supercomputers to create a detailed, interactive virtual tour of the surface of Mars. Meanwhile, another team of researchers is using the TACC’s Wrangler supercomputer to unravel the mysteries of the elusive “dark energy” that pervades the universe.

The TACC is maintained through a joint effort between the University of Texas at Austin and the National Science Foundation. Since it was founded in 2001, the TACC has made numerous contributions to a variety of research fields. According to their website, the center’s mission is to “enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies.”

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CHI St. Luke’s Health Completes New Suburban Hospital

CHI St. Luke’s Health Completes New Suburban HospitalSince the organization was founded in 1954 as a division of Catholic Health Initiatives, CHI St. Luke’s Health has been providing the people of the Greater Houston area with comprehensive medical care from a number of different health facilities. Among these are seven hospitals, six medical groups and four outpatient and specialty clinics.

The latest addition to the St. Luke’s Health system is the Springwoods Village Hospital which was just completed in January, 2016. This 55,000-square-foot ambulatory medical center is now home to inpatient and outpatient surgical rooms, an emergency department, diagnostic imaging services and more than 30 offices for primary care and specialist physicians. This hospital is the second component of what will become an expansive medical campus in the suburban community of Springwoods Village. A primary care clinic was completed on the site earlier in 2015, and construction is continuing on a 100,000-square-foot medical office building adjacent to the hospital. St. Luke’s has committed an additional $70 million to further developments over the next five years.

Springwoods Village is a 2,000 acre master-planned community that was designed to be as environmentally sustainable and energy efficient as possible. When St. Luke’s chose the community as the site of its new medical campus, they were intent on adhering to these same principals of sustainability.

“Springwoods Village exemplifies sustainable, healthy living – a goal we share – promoting work-life balance, prevention and community health,” Said Debra Sukin, senior vice president of CHI St. Luke’s Health, in a statement. The health system plans to pursue LEED certification for all of the buildings on the burgeoning medical campus.

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In Miami, Alta Dadeland Residences Begin Welcoming Tenants

In Miami, Alta Dadeland Residences Begin Welcoming TenantsThanks to a windfall of foreign investments in the city, downtown Miami has been in the midst of a luxury condo boom for the better part of the last two years. Surging real estate sales are changing the landscape of South Florida’s biggest city, and for all the benefits the boom has had on the regional economy, it’s left some renters in need of apartment space. Now, developers are beginning to capitalize on this renewed demand for rentals as well.

 
Completed late last year, Alta Dadeland is a $128 million mixed-use property that features 431 apartment units and 2,000 square feet of adjacent retail space. It was designed by the Houston-based firm EDI-International and built by Wood Partners L.L.C.

Alta Dadeland’s residential space is housed in two separate towers joined by a pedestrian bridge. Behind the towers, residents can access a six-story parking structure with a resort-style pool deck on the roof.

“Since it’s still not easy to buy a home in today’s market, many young professionals are renting by choice, said Dave Thompson, the Florida development director for Wood Partners in an interview last year. “Renters like the flexibility that comes with renting. Also, in Miami-Dade there’s a shortage of new product since a vast amount of apartment stock was converted into condominiums.”

The location for Alta Dadeland was carefully chosen based on its proximity to public transit, entertainment venues and employment opportunities. Residents can commute to work via two nearby Metrorail stations, and shop at the popular Dadeland Mall which is within walking distance of the community. Alta Dadeland is also less than two miles from the region’s largest employers, Baptist Health South Florida and the University of Miami.

Here at Construction Protection Systems we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the development of this essential residential space in Miami-Dade County. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield – the original, reusable door protection system.

Marina Palms Slated for Completion in Late 2016

Marina Palms Slated for Completion in Late 2016The face of North Miami Beach is changing. Recently, developers have begun purchasing large plots of inexpensive land in the blue collar neighborhood and revamping them with high-rise residential and mixed-use buildings. One such project is the Marina Palms Yacht Club & Residences at 172nd Street and Biscayne Boulevard. Construction at Marina Palms began in February of last year, and is due to be finished by the end of 2016. According to The Real Deal, this is the first luxury condo development with a yacht club and marina built in Miami-Dade County in more than 20 years.

Once it’s complete, the 468-unit complex will be the most expensive residential building in North Miami Beach. It will occupy two 25-story towers that flank a dock capable of housing 112 boats up to 100 feet in length. Unit prices begin at around $800,000. One 4,300 square-foot penthouse sold for a whopping $4.3 million last year. Residents of Miami Palms will have the opportunity to enjoy a diverse selection of luxury amenities including butler service, a spa, infinity edge pool and gated access with 24-7 valet service.

Completion of the project might still be months away, but Curbed Miami is reporting that the units are already 90 percent sold out. The only residences that have yet to be sold are in the south tower which is still under construction.

Here at Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in this exciting new phase of growth in North Miami Beach. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door shield – the original, reusable door protection system.

Park Chelsea: The Latest Addition to DC’s Capitol Riverfront

Park Chelsea: The Latest Addition to DC’s Capitol RiverfrontJust a stone’s throw from Capitol Hill, the Park Chelsea luxury apartment building is now home to some of the most desirable residences in our nation’s capital. Park Chelsea constitutes one third of The Collective, a residential complex that offers “three distinct lifestyle options and limitless amenities.” Completed late last year, The Park Chelsea is the first of the three components of The Collective to open its doors to residents.

 

Of the three apartment buildings, the Park Chelsea boasts the most amenities by far. Among these are a rooftop pool and community gardens, a 20,000 square foot courtyard, a library and a 1,700 square foot fitness center. Once the other two components of The Collective are complete, residents will have access to the amenities in all three of the buildings. The complex will also house a Whole Foods Market in its ground floor.

Perhaps the most attractive feature of the Park Chelsea is not one of its myriad conveniences, but rather its location. From the rooftop, residents can take in stunning panoramic views of Capitol Hill, the Anacostia River and the iconic D.C. monuments.

The Park Chelsea was designed by Escohoff & Associates, a well-recognized architectural firm that has been responsible for a number of other high profile projects in the area over the course of its 20 year history. All three of the buildings in The Collective are being designed to LEED Silver specifications.

Here at Construction Protection Systems we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the development of these beautiful new residences in the heart of Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield – the original, reusable door protection system.

Progress Continues on Apple’s Ambitious ‘Spaceship’ Campus

Progress Continues on Apple’s Ambitious ‘Spaceship’ CampusIn 2011, Steve Jobs brought a characteristically bold proposal to the Cupertino City Council. His goal? Create the best office building in the world.

Now, nearly 5 years later, the massive, futuristic form of Apple’s Campus 2 is taking shape. Nicknamed “The Spaceship,” the main building resembles a cross between a flying saucer and a particle accelerator. Nearly a mile in circumference, the mammoth circular structure will house nearly 3 million square feet of floor space.

All that indoor space will be dwarfed by the lush landscapes outside, however. Once the campus is complete, 80 percent of the site will be composed of green space. 7,000 native trees will be planted throughout the campus, the species of which have been carefully chosen based on their drought tolerance and resilience. Fruit trees will be used to supply the cafeteria with fresh produce.

Perhaps the most impressive characteristic of the campus is that it will be powered entirely by renewable sources of energy. 700,000 square feet of solar panels will work in conjunction with low carbon biofuels to provide the building with clean, sustainable energy. It will also utilize a natural ventilation system that allows the main structure to function without heating or air conditioning for 75 percent of the year. To minimize water consumption, over 150,000 gallons of recycled water will be pumped to the campus every day.

The total cost of the project is estimated at roughly $5 billion. If you’d like to learn more about Apple Campus 2, you can check out the complete project description here.

Here at Construction Protection Systems we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the growth of one of America’s most innovative and influential companies. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield – the original, reusable door protection system.

Hershey Data Center Set to Open in Spring 2016

Hershey Data Center Set to Open in Spring 2016Throughout his life, Milton Hershey was an entrepreneur well-recognized for his many philanthropic endeavors. His vision for the community of Hershey, Pennsylvania was downright utopic – a place where his workforce could live decent, fulfilling lives and have access to quality education and entertainment. Now, thanks to the efforts of the folks at the Hershey Medical Center, his legacy will live on in a new data center on the cutting edge of medical science.

The data center, which is expected to open in April of next year, will record and analyze the genetic material of patients in order to assess their risk factors for disease and generate predictive models to help prevent disease in the future. The medical center has already started gathering genetic samples from members of the local community. Over time, the data center will become a massive compendium of human genetic material, granting doctors and researchers valuable new insight into the effect that an individual’s genome can have on their potential for disease.

As of January of 2015, nearly 100 people had already submitted genetic samples to the project. According to local publication Penn Live, “Thus far, the recruitment has focused on people affected by about two dozen conditions, including ALS, multiple sclerosis, childhood epilepsy and inter-cranial aneurysms.”

When the first human genome was decoded, the project cost nearly $3 billion to complete. Today, complete genome sequencing costs less than $2,000. As genetic analysis becomes more and more affordable, data centers such as this one may well become our best hope at abolishing some of humanity’s most devastating diseases.

Here at Construction Protection Systems we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the development of a medical center at the forefront of discovery and innovation. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield – the original, reusable door protection system.

Largest Bank in Colorado Relocates to Denver Tech Center

Largest Bank in Colorado Relocates to Denver Tech CenterCoBank was born in 1989 following a merger of 11 agricultural lending organizations originally established in 1916 under Congress’ Farm Credit System. Today, according to the CoBank’s website, they serve “approximately 75,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country.” Since they were founded over 25 years ago, CoBank has grown to become an integral component of America’s agricultural credit lending system and the largest bank in Colorado.

Now, in an effort to facilitate further growth, CoBank is preparing to relocate its headquarters to a new 11-story office building in the Denver Tech Center. “Our new corporate headquarters will greatly improve the workplace experience of our associates, and it will meet the needs of our business for the foreseeable future,” said CoBank CEO Robert Engel in an interview with the Denver Business Journal.

The building will be home to 296,000 square feet of office space, the vast majority of which will be occupied by CoBank. The bank’s current headquarters are located in a nearby facility in Greenwood Village.

According to the Denver Business Journal, CoBank is currently worth nearly $100 billion in assets. Likewise, the company’s new headquarters will be a welcome addition to this burgeoning new center of business development in Denver. CoBank is in the process of transferring its personnel and infrastructure to its new headquarters, and expects to vacate the old location completely by March of 2016.

Here at Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the growth and development of this important agricultural lending institution. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield – the original, reusable door protection system.

Work Begins on Amazon’s New Data Center in Dublin, Ohio

Work Begins on Amazon’s New Data Center in Dublin, OhioThanks to an $81 million dollar tax incentive from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority, central Ohio is well on its way to becoming a burgeoning new hub of innovation for big tech companies. Back in September of last year, city officials in Dublin, Ohio offered Amazon 68 acres of land on which to build a new data center valued at $1.1 billion. By February of 2015, Amazon had accepted the offer and state officials had approved development plans for the massive new complex.

In addition to the data center in Dublin, Amazon also plans to build two more data centers in the nearby cities of Hilliard and New Albany. Now, according to a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch, Amazon has even more ambitious plans for central Ohio. Within the next few years the company hopes to employ a total of 1,000 employees statewide. Since the three data centers currently in development will be staffed by just 120 employees, this announcement would seem to suggest that Amazon has plans for far more widespread construction in the Buckeye State.

In spite of the local hype surrounding the three data centers, we have few concrete details about their progress. Amazon, in an effort to protect the data of their customers, has been characteristically quiet about the data centers’ development. Cybersecurity is a chief concern of the tech giant, so it’s not surprising that they should want to keep details about the project to themselves for now. What we do know is that these three data centers will nearly double the total number of data centers Amazon has in the United States at the moment. It’s suspected that the new data centers will facilitate Amazon’s continued endeavors in the extremely lucrative field of cloud computing.

Here at Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to have played a part, however small, in this exciting new phase of growth and development in Central Ohio. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield – the original, reusable door protection system.

San Francisco MOMA Expansion to Be Complete in October 2015

San Francisco MOMA Expansion to Be Complete in October 2015In May of 2013, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art closed its doors and broke ground on an ambitious expansion that would more than double its exhibition space. Now, more than two years later, the museum is nearly ready to welcome visitors once again.

 

 

This project has been unique in a number of respects. When museums expand, they typically remain open or move their exhibition space to a temporary satellite location in order to maintain their flow of revenue from membership and admission fees. Because of the extent of the renovation and the high cost of real estate in the city, the San Francisco MOMA didn’t have this luxury. The building’s construction has also been challenging for the developers due to space restrictions that have made it difficult to stabilize cranes and move materials.

Once completed, the ten-story addition will house much of the museum’s permanent collection which has grown exponentially in recent years thanks to generous private donations. In addition to exhibition space, the expansion will also include roughly 15,000 square feet of free-access public spaces for patrons to enjoy. In total, the cost of the project is estimated at $610 million.

The structure, which incorporates innovative eco-friendly features such as gray water recycling and a vertical garden, was designed with LEED Gold certification in mind. Designers also made sure to include plenty of opportunities for visitors to take in the scenery of the surrounding city. A terrace on the seventh floor will offer patrons panoramic views of the city skyline and the San Francisco Bay.

The construction is slated for completion in late October, 2015, and the museum will officially reopen in early 2016. Here at Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to have played a part, however small, in the completion of this monumental undertaking. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield – the original, reusable door protection system.