Anchor Center for Blind Children – Julie Andrews Mork Building

Constructed in 2007, Anchor Center for Blind Children’s Julie McAndrews Mork Building in Denver, Colorado is a unique facility designed specifically for teaching very young children with vision impairments.

 

It includes lights, textures, sounds, a Sensory Garden with water feature and sculptures, Cane Walk Lane for cane training and Braille Trail for walking or riding a tricycle.

 

The spacious Grand Hallway gives children a sense of security so that they can walk down the hall without fear of getting bumped. The building’s way-finding features help children find classrooms and give them confidence in their ability to navigate the world.

 

Anchor Center’s facility is truly a place of magic, wonder, fun and joy. It sets the stage for children’s successful transition into public school and a life well-lived.

 

Through early intervention vision services, Anchor Center for Blind Children works with children to maximize the use of any vision they may have as well as optimizing their use of all senses. Additionally, early intervention vision services enhance the families’ ability to support their children’s well-being, capacity for learning and full participation in their communities.  Anchor Center’s specialized staff assists children with visual impairments in developing the emotional security, social competence and intellectual skills needed to build on their natural talents and ability to succeed in school.

 

Anchor Center for Blind Children is a nationally recognized, private, non-profit agency whose goals are:

  1. to provide educational and therapeutic vision services of the highest quality to children from birth to age five (whose vision is their primary obstacle to learning) without discrimination to race, national or ethnic origin, sex or religious preference;
  2. to provide information and support to families for the purpose of: a) increasing parents appreciation and respect for their child’s unique potential b) empowering families to advocate for their child;
  3. to provide a setting that encourages children’s independent functioning and ability to interact with their families, peers, and others in the world around them;
  4. to collaborate with schools, community agencies and others in order to enable children who are blind to successfully transition into other educational settings and develop optimally.

 

Construction Protection Systems is proud to have participated in the construction of this award-winning project and looks forward to pitching in on similar non-profit ventures in the future.

 

A Look at the Royal Oaks Retirement Center

The days when retirement communities are thought of as the places where old people go to die are long past.  Today, retirees and seniors choose to live in retirement communities especially designed or geared for people who no longer work, or restricted to those over a certain age. One of the key drivers of this movement is the desire to live in a place where active retirees can also rely on extended health services if that care is ever needed – in a central place and campus environment.

 

One such community, Royal Oaks Retirement Center in Sun City, AZ, is celebrating 30 years of offering many services that contribute to increased longevity for their residents. Royal Oaks offers nutritious and delicious dining opportunities, fitness and wellness programs and a vast array of social programs and activities. In addition, residents don’t have to worry about maintenance, housekeeping or laundry. And for those who need it transportation is provided to health care providers and shopping.

 

Royal Oaks knows that people who are socially active, incorporate fitness at a comfortable level, take a proactive approach to wellness, and eat nutritious meals live independently longer.

 

Royal Oaks Retirement Center is one of many retirement communities designed to serve a growing aging population by fostering growth, dignity, choice, honor, independence, and wellness for residents.Construction Protection System is proud to have helped in a small way in the construction and on-going maintenance of this project and others across the country.

 

Church Sanctuary Renovation

Christ United Methodist Church (“CUMC”) is a church committed to mission work. Even in the beginning when membership and financial resources were small, they found ways to serve the community. In 1976, CUMC’s Missions Committee backed its first foreign mission endeavor by donating a small amount of money to support Korean missionary work. Since then they have sent mission teams to numerous places, including Bolivia, Africa, Guatemala and Poland. The youth’s first APPA mission trip was to the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky in 1981.

 

Locally, CUMC has been committed to serving Collin County, Texas and the surrounding area through programs such as Project Hope, House On The Corner, Family Promise, various food and clothing drives as well as projects that address homelessness. As one might expect, a church that places its focus on others tends to grow and eventually outgrows its facilities.

 

When the building committee of CUMC began visioning their new sanctuary, it was decided that the place where they worship must be a reflection of their own stewardship of God’s creation. Building sustainably is one way of caring for God’s creation and preserving it for future generations. CUMC’s sanctuary has been awarded LEED Silver certification, making it the first sanctuary in Texas to be certified sustainable for energy use, lighting, water, and water material use as well as a variety of other strangers.

 

When the doors were delivered to the site and installed, they were installed with Door Shields in place so that the custom doors would be protected while construction continued. Door protection was just one of the strategies employed to ensure that the materials used in the project were not damaged before the project was completed.

 

Construction Protection Systems was pleased to play a small part in the construction of this place of worship.

 

Southern Methodist University Residential Commons Expansion Project

Southern Methodist University has recently completed the expansion of their Residential Commons that will allow for on-campus living for all first and second-year students.

 

At a cost of $146 million, it is the largest single campus building project that SMU has developed in its 103-year history. The total nine-acre complex includes five different residential halls with a housing capacity of 1,250 students.  Also included are the 800-space Mustang Parking Center and the new Arnold Dining Commons.

 

Each building in the Residential Commons Complex incorporates differences in floor plans, colors and finishes, sight lines and view corridors, as well as a variety of nooks and gathering places within each Commons.  Other features include study rooms, lounges and other gathering areas, as well as an entry-level living room, a kitchenette, a game room and a laundry room.

 

The Arnold Dining Commons will seat 500 students in indoor and outdoor settings and will enable monthly dinner gatherings for residents of each Commons.  Meals will be made-to-order and served from seven stations including a wood-burning pizza oven and home cooking, fresh produce and international menu stations.  The Arnold Dining Commons also has the capacity to host gatherings of students to view broadcast sporting events, live concerts and other cultural and conference activities.

 

With completion of the newest addition to the Residential Commons model of campus living at SMU, a total of eleven residence halls now serve the SMU student body.  This campus living model promotes a strong residential community, allowing students to transition more smoothly to campus life and to enhance personal growth.

 

During the construction of this high-quality project, protection of finishes became crucial to ensuring a perfect aesthetic at the end of the construction and move-in phases. Construction Protection Systems added significant value to the construction process by providing products to protect hundreds of expensive doors from incidental damage.

 

Hopefully the new changes and additions to the Residential Commons in SMU will lead to more students connecting with one another and pursuing their goals within a more interactive campus community.

 

Source: http://www.smu.edu/News/2014/residential-commons-09april2014

 

Austin Community College Renovation in Kyle

It is thanks to community colleges like Austin Community College that many people have any degrees what so ever. A community college has always been the kind of place that is not given as much credit as it deserves simply because it isn’t an Ivy League School, or a state certified university. It’s often a go between for some people, but even more people rely on it because they just don’t have any funds to go to school, and community colleges help those people the most!

 

As for the Austin Community College, it has been assisting Texas residents for years with getting into the workforce as quickly as they can. And it does this by having branches of the college all across the state. There was one branch in particular that is currently seeing construction and renovation though, to open up a future college for people in the Hays County. The first building for the Hays Campus in Kyle, Texas has just gone up, and more are to follow so that plenty of students will have access to the kind of college they need.

 

Of course during this entire construction period, Austin Community College asked for the assistance of door shields so that the rest of the facility and the doors wouldn’t be damaged. After all, the amount of desks and chairs and tables that had to be moved into the buildings was far too large for a few of them to not cause damage to the halls or doors. So that’s yet another place that is assisting our future by educating our workforce and they called upon Door Shields for help with their construction.

 

Teaching at the Memphis Regional Medical Center

If there is any place more necessary to a community and city than anything else it would be hospitals. In particular teaching hospitals, which play an important role in providing up and coming doctors and nurses with the hands-on experience to thrive well as future care-takers for the community. Most people don’t always think about it when it comes to a city, but without hospitals we would lose an even greater number of people every year, and most cities wouldn’t be able to sustain themselves without constantly having even more new people move in.

 

Recently the Regional Medical Center had a makeover to improve all it could offer beyond just the hospitals. That’s where the teaching part came in, and a number of other facilities they didn’t have previously. But one of the biggest problems with renovating a current hospital is there are many areas that can be banged up or destroyed if not protected carefully. And that isn’t even bringing up the amount of expensive technology that has to be moved through a hospital.

 

And surprisingly that means door shields have actually saved lives, and hospitals thousands of dollars by preventing some careful and expensive equipment from being busted as it went through doorways. As well as saving the doors from dents and dings that would have to be fixed before the hospital could open up the wing that was being worked on.

 

It seems like such a small thing, but door shields really do have a large impact on the construction force in the end. Just like how people don’t always realize how important a hospital is to a community, they also don’t realize just how important protecting the door on construction sites can be. That means together, the Regional Medical Center and Door Shields are saving lives and doors all for the betterment of people all over Memphis.

 

The Urban Oasis of Austin

 

The future of the American neighborhood is here, and not everyone expected to see it in the heart of Texas. Seaholm, a power provider for much of Austin, Texas, has taken to preserving an old power plant by doing something not many people considered: making jobs and homes. The way it has been done is the most ingenious and also speculated as the future of urban building for the past few years.

The Seaholm project is meant to consume as little space as possible, while restoring an old landmark, and producing an entire neighborhood all in a single five-acre site. The place was imagined to be somewhere you can go to live, sleep, work, play, shop, and eat all in one spot, with residences occupying the upper part of the building and businesses, including a grocery store taking up the lower areas.

 

The specs for this place is expansive and provides an opportunity to handle the increasing urban crowding we see with all houses occupying a certain amount of space. Much like how apartment complexes were created to help with the increasing population, this sits in a similar world.

 

If you have a hard time imagining such a thing, think of a current hotel, with upwards of thirty floors, add balconies to the upper half, put a gym and some shops in the middle floors and then tons of stores like a shopping mall. In fact, a hotel on top of a shopping mall is probably the most accurate description of what Seaholm is meant to be.

 

The best part about all of this is the breeding of community once again. You have a lot of people who no longer really need to leave Seaholm for their everyday things. They do everything from sleeping to working there, which eventually means you get used to the neighbors and other people who are doing the same thing.

 

In a way, this Austin project is reviving more than just a building from the 1950’s; it’s reviving the idea of connecting with your immediate neighborhood and neighbors again. Much like living in a house on a block and knowing and interacting with all the people on the same block, you’ll have any number of families to connect with on the same floor or in all the shops and restaurants.

 

Could this be something that manages to bring people away from their computers? We won’t know until the construction for this beauty completes this year, but you can be sure with such a massive production, Seaholm took advantage of the door shields from 1-2-3 Door Shield. They couldn’t have everything get ruined!

 

If you’d like some more information about the Seaholm Power Plant, you can connect with their site and see some of the work they’ve put into it.

 

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Miami Headquarters for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations

Environmental and sustainability concerns are much bigger issues in construction projects today than they have ever been before. One of the reasons our 1-2-3 Door Shield has earned us so many business partnerships is because its reusable nature minimizes waste during construction or renovation.

 

The reusable door protection systems available through Construction Protection Systems make us a perfect choice for the new wave of green architecture technologies looking to reduce their carbon footprint on the environment. Government buildings provide plenty of work in this respect as strict standards in environmentally sustainable construction projects have been implemented at various levels, especially the federal government.

 

This article published by exMiami discusses the soon-to-be-built Miami headquarters for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations. Thanks to standards laid out by the federal government’s 2030 Zero Environmental Footprint goal, which requires federal buildings to achieve zero net energy use by the year 2030.

 

Inhabitants of the building should still have plenty of electrical energy available for their needs, however. Renewable energy sources, such as solar photovoltaic arrays installed on the roof of the building, are planned for the construction project. Various well water and rainwater capture mechanisms on the property will also reduce the usage of potable water within the property by 95 percent when compared to similarly sized buildings.

 

The architecture project has also been designed to engage effectively with the wetlands surrounding the building. The restored wetlands will be supported by the construction and should thrive well into the service life of this building. The native ecosystem protected on this site should provide a connection to the regional ecology for building occupants.

 

Construction Protection Systems glad to see environmentally responsible construction taking place at the highest levels of our country’s government. If you’re interested in cutting down on the impacts of your home or office construction project, talk to our staff about our 1-2-3 Door Shield door protection products.

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A Major Condominium Construction Project in Hawaii

The island state of Hawaii is sure to trigger plenty of associations with once-in-a-lifetime vacations and tropical getaways. This area of our world can be beautiful and pristine, and we can tell you, because Construction Protection Systems just worked as part of a major condominium construction project in this isolated paradise.

 

Construction Protection Systems worked as a partner with the Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, a very experienced firm that is responsible for many of this state’s major buildings and infrastructure projects. Not only has this company built nearly 20,000 hotel rooms and 8,000 residential units over the past few decades, it’s also responsible for the construction of more than half of Hawaii’s highway system and harbors.

 

This impressive resume is a big reason why we were so excited to jump on this latest condo construction project. Hawaiian Dredging has built thousands of quality condo residences since the 1980s all over the state. Demand for this style of living, which makes as much effective use of available space as possible, has been perking up in urban areas all over the country.

 

This kind of residential building project shows how much value there is in a business partner like Construction Protection Systems. Not only is our 1-2-3 Door Shield construction shield easy to setup and use, the ability to reuse these coverings makes our product incredibly cost-effective. Construction managers all over the world are trying to stick to their budgets while providing superior results, and we have just what they’ve been looking for.

 

No matter the goal of your real estate development project, Construction Protection Systems will help you get the job finished quickly. Our door shield technology keeps surfaces safe while other material is cut, sanded or painted. Your clients will love the finished touch of quality that comes with the services of Construction Protection Systems. We contribute to construction and renovation projects all over the country.

 

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The Construction of the Dell Technology Center

Construction Protection Systems is proud to work with Dell in building a new technology center in Quincy, Washington. The aim of the center is to provide customers with access to cloud technologies and IT outsourcing services.

 

The multi-client data center boasts redundant network connectivity, uninterruptable power supply (UPS), cooling, utility and back-up emergency power generation. The building has the largest installation of energy-efficient heat wheel technology in the United States, which keeps costs for the company and customers low while also keeping power usage at a bare minimum.

 

Dell takes pride in its claim as one of the greenest IT centers in the world. Customers are glowing over Dell’s prioritization of power usage effectiveness and the environmentally conscious stance that the company maintains.

 

The IT outsourcing services Dell will provide with this new center are nearly unparalleled both in the breadth of coverage and in quality. They provide a safety net in terms of disaster recovery and business continuity during technological failures of small businesses. They boast data center management that provides an infrastructure foundation to foster organizational growth.

 

Dell’s IT outsourcing services also feature enhanced information security, assuring client confidentiality, integrity, and availability. More obvious, but quality services include data storage and management and platform management by professionals.

 

Kevin Jones, vice president of Dell Services, claims that, “[…]we [Dell] can take a tremendous burden off their [clients] IT staff, enabling them to innovate and deliver high-value services that deliver real-business results.”

 

Construction Protection Systems’ top priority is making businesses transitions easier to optimize the services they bring to market. Contact us today to get moving.

 

Source: http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/secure/2012-02-13-dell-western-technology-center

 

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