FedEx – Connecting the World One Delivery at a Time

We’re in the claws of November. In certain areas of the country, the snow is starting to fall. Thanksgiving is fast approaching and, before long, we’ll be in that holiday whirlwind – Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and a seemingly endless array of bowl games.  While it should be a time of relaxation and happiness, we shouldn’t kid ourselves – it’s a time of stress and running around.  Many of you will be frequenting FedEx locations, either to pick up packages or to deliver them.

When you hear the word ‘FedEx’, what do you think about?  A boxy, white truck hurrying down streets, delivering packages from house to house?  Or maybe you’re anxious when you think of FedEx, as you associate the delivery services company with a last minute jaunt to deliver a package?  FedEx is a bigger entity than that, not just a door-to-door delivery company.  Their subsidiaries include a small-package ground service, an expedited shipping provider, a regional truckload freight carrier, airfreight forwarding between the U.S. and the Caribbean, International freight and packaging service, a provider of logistics and technology solutions and much, much more.  FedEx brings the world community closer every day.

 

Not only does it function as a global connector, FedEx is a major driver of the economy.  In fact, it is one of the largest employers in the southeastern U.S.  FedEx has invested heavily in its flight-training simulator operations in Memphis.  This state-of-the art facility provides in-house training on the newest aircraft and includes seven flight simulator bays with full motion and visual capabilities.  This facility demonstrates FedEx’s commitment to maintain a high standard of on-time delivery utilizing the most advanced of flight training technologies.

 

Construction Protection Systems is proud to have contributed to the expansion of the new FedEX Air Operations Training Center, which is supporting their connections and millions of customers worldwide.  Contact us if you need our expert help in protecting your valuable finishes when your next construction project takes flight.

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Construction Protection Systems Gets Straight A’s

With all this talk about healthcare, we should not forget about the importance of higher education in this country. Education is the glue that holds any nation together. The better the education system is the better the country is, from top to bottom. As a society, we must do our best to consistently improve our colleges, whether it is a community college or a hallowed Ivy League institution. Part of that commitment to improving our colleges is ensuring that the brick-and-mortar part meets the changing requirements for today’s students.  Casper College, for instance, is expanding their campus with a new Student Union building that will also house the University of Wyoming/ Casper College Center.

 

Established in 1945, Casper College is located in, you guessed it, Casper, Wyoming, and is located not far from  some of America’s most beautiful sights, such as Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park and National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyoming. The school is bombarded with diverse beauty. It’s only right that its academics be just as diverse and beautiful and, with more than 50 academic majors offered, it certainly is. Casper College is one of the Top 5 Most Beautiful Colleges in America, consisting of 28 buildings on 200 acres. It can be said that an education at Casper is an education in nature, in the beauty that’s all around us. Below is a video detailing Orientation Day at Casper College:

In addition to Casper’s lush beauty, the college offers plenty of higher education opportunities through their partnerships with the University of Wyoming, Franklin University, University of Saint Mary, Rush University, Western Governors University and the University of North Dakota. These partnerships allow Casper College students to pursue bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees after completing the two-year programs at Casper College. Construction Protection Systems is proud to have assisted in Casper College’s growth! Here’s the link to their website.

 

Casper College is just one of many colleges where Construction Protection Systems helped make the grade. We have also provided protection products for new construction or renovation projects at Arizona State University, Austin Community College, Brigham Young University, Dallas Theological Seminary, Fullerton College, Grossmont College, Kent State University, Lehigh University, Navarro College, Northern Virginia Community College, Portland State University, Southern Methodist University,  Thomas Jefferson School of Law, UC Berkeley Law School, University of Colorado, University of Texas-Dallas and the University of Utah. If we can help with your project, call us.

 

*Video courtesy of KTWONews

 

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The Musical Instrument Museum Hits All the Right Notes

Chances are you love music. We all do. Whether listening to Beethoven or the Beatles or Miles Davis, we all have that musician that lifts us up to Heaven and back down again. Where would we be without the songs that shape our lives? In a spiritual gutter, that’s where…or, as Friedrich Nietzsche put it, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” How true!

 

When people talk about the importance of music in their lives, they often mention Nietzsche’s quote. Why wouldn’t they? It’s simple, yet complex; it gets right to the point, yet leaves enough room for discussion. Without those uplifting songs, how would we be able to make it through the sad times? Without music, how would we dance? How would we fall in love? It’s a big mystery, which is why life would be a mistake.

 

Thankfully, there is music, so life isn’t a mistake. At Construction Protection Systems, we love all forms of music, so it brought us great to joy to play a small part in the construction of the Musical Instrument Museum. Founded by Robert J. Ulrich and opening its doors in 2010, the 200,000 square-foot museum “offers a shared experience of the history of musical instruments throughout the world.” Boasting a collection of instruments from around two hundred countries as well as loops of streamed music, the MIM is an educational whirlwind determined to back up Nietzsche’s claim.

Guests can peruse the Artist Gallery, the Experience Gallery, the Mechanical Music Gallery, the Target Gallery or the Conservation Lab, all on the ground floor. On the upper level, guests check out the Geographical Galleries (each continent gets a gallery) and displays of iconic American manufacturers, such as Fender Stratocasters. Each gallery reinforces the idea that with music, life is no mistake.

 

The next exhibition at the museum will be “Women Who Rock,” an exciting exhibition that explores the vision, passion and power of women musicians from all over the world. It opens up on October 19. There will be many concerts leading up to the opening. If you’re in the Phoenix area or an avid music lover, we suggest checking out the museum! You can find their website here.

 

If we can play a small but important part in your project, let us know. That would be music to our ears. Contact us here.

 

*Image courtesy of MIMphx

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The Best Protection for Public Health is Renovation

Unfortunately, we are in the midst of a government shutdown. From top to bottom, it is affecting everyone in the country. It is a battle for the heart and soul of a nation’s healthcare system and, in a way, a nation’s health and mindset. Regardless of the outcome, we all must support our hospitals, doctors and healthcare workers.

 

John McNabb once said, “The best protection for public health is prevention, not cleanup.” Can we apply that same mentality to actual buildings, such as hospitals and medical centers? If so, then perhaps we can say that the best protection for public health is renovation and construction.

 

At Construction Protection Systems, we have proudly worked with many hospitals and medical centers all over the country. One such facility is the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Redwood City, CA.

The Redwood City Medical Center is a part of Kaiser Permanente, which is an integrated managed care consortium, a network of healthcare organizations under one umbrella. There are 36 other medical centers throughout the US. Founded by Henry J. Kaiser and Sidney Garfield in 1945, the consortium has been instrumental in providing affordable healthcare to millions of Americans for over 70 years!

 

This includes setting up patients with a health manager and pharmacy center. Through educational programs, patients can learn about a variety of conditions and diseases as well as drugs and natural medicines. There is also a total health assessment, which includes implementing plans so that patients can eat healthy, lose weight, manage back pain, manage chronic conditions, manage diabetes, manage pain, overcome depression, overcome insomnia, quit smoking, reduce stress and much, much more.

 

Learn more about our many construction products at www.123doorshield.com.

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Renovating a 114-year-old hospital

It is one of the world’s best medical research and treatment centers, if not the best. It was built right at the end of the 19th century, on the cusp of the 20th century – in 1899. Located in Denver, the center specializes in three areas: respiratory, immune and allergic research and treatment. Initially founded to battle tuberculosis, the center has grown to treat many different diseases. From its treatment of tuberculosis to its educational efforts, the center has been one of the finest U.S. hospitals for over a century and is a research powerhouse.

 

What are we talking about?

 

Give up yet?

 

We’re talking about Denver’s National Jewish Health, and how Construction Protection Systems helped to renovate a 114-year-old hospital.

Thousands of patients come to them from around the world to seek treatment or to partake in their many active clinical trials. Some of their current trials include “Do you or someone you know have a peanut allergy?” and “Do you have inadequately controlled asthma?” Clinical trials are important for future advancements in treating disease, as they are controlled tests of a new drug, medical device or treatment plan. Throughout the year, many clinical trials take place at National Jewish Health in order to better medical services for all.

 

The center has its well-intentioned hand in everything: clinical services, research and science, education and training. National Jewish Health has changed lives for the better, transforming how doctors and hospitals conduct business worldwide. Construction Protection Systems is proud to have helped with renovations at the center. We like to think that we have played a small role in the facilitation of new and improved medical treatments.

 

Learn more about our many construction products at www.123doorshield.com.

 

Rick

 

*Video courtesy of UMBbank

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Helping construct Colorado’s history

historians in ColoradoLike all states in this great country, Colorado is teeming with history. Possessing a diverse environment with stunning natural landmarks, including the Colorado River, Summit Lake and Hanging Lake, the Centennial State has been happily inhabited by a variety of different people for 13,000 years, including the Ancient Pueblo Peoples, the Apache and the Comanche.

 

Colorado’s beauty is irresistible and has been a heavenly home for many cultures. As a gateway to California, Colorado played a crucial role in America’s Westward Expansion, catapulting wide-eyed dreamers and grizzled settlers into the welcoming arms of the Pacific. Where would America be without Colorado?

 

Due to its historical significance, the area is a popular destination for historians, anthropologists and archaeologists. Archaeology and historic preservation events are a popular tradition in Colorado. According to Historycolorado.org (Colorado Historical Society), “communities across Colorado host events throughout the year to celebrate historic places, educate Coloradans on the importance of archaeology and preservation, and connect with the places that have shaped our state.”

 

The Colorado Historical Society encourages communities to celebrate, educate and connect with the past. Through exhibits and classes at the History Colorado Center, people of all ages have delighted in learning everything about this amazing state. Formerly known as the Colorado History Museum, the Center’s mission is to promote the state.

 

Construction Protection Systems is proud to have assisted in the construction of the History Colorado Center. Coloradans use the past to shape the future. They adhere to French Philosopher Blaise Pascal belief that “The present is never our goal: the past and present are our means: the future alone is our goal.”

 

Rick

 

*Image courtesy of Peter Bodig

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Protecting your construction…and your health

Los Angeles Biomedical InstituteHealthcare…

 

It keeps popping up in the news and with good reason; Obamacare seems to be waning in popularity, as per a recent article courtesy of National Review Online. Reince Priebus writes, “Obamacare has a growing number of congressional Democrats, its architects, running scared. The law is now having a real-world impact on people’s lives.” Clearly, Obamacare is affecting every American, not just monetarily, but health wise as well.

 

Wherever you may stand in terms of Obamacare, one thing is certain: in these rather…unpredictable economic times, healthcare – especially non-profit scientific research – is crucial to our survival. If we can’t afford proper healthcare (many of us can’t), then we must utilize innovative ways to stay healthy. Thankfully, there are places like the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

 

As a non-profit scientific research organization, their mission statement is as follows: “Creating innovative solutions for healthcare through biomedical discovery, fostering researchers of tomorrow and promoting wellness.” Innovative can mean a number of things, but in this case, it refers to “practical, inexpensive solutions to real-world health problems.”

 

In a country (and world) where proper healthcare is a luxury and not a guarantee, practical and inexpensive health solutions will save lives. Since the 1960s, the center has been changing us for the better, battling disease and educating doctors worldwide. Many of the preventative measures we have for diseases can be traced back to research done by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.

 

Currently, the center is developing exercise-based rehab strategies for COPD, a low-cost noninvasive treatment that may reduce chronic pain associated with sickle cell anemia, new paradigms for vaccines and the use of antimicrobial peptides to kill pathogens. This research will undoubtedly change our lives as we spiral forward into an uncertain future.

 

Construction Protection Systems is proud to have assisted in the construction of one of the research facilities. The Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute is something to be cherished and protected. Because of their research, life is a little easier and health exponentially better!

 

Rick

 

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Say thank you to America’s veterans

Congressional Budget OfficeThe veteran population in America is increasing. They fought for this country and defended our freedom. They, rightfully, deserve the government’s support. Unfortunately, like so many other things in this country, such support is often hampered by bipartisan squabbles. The welfare of veterans should never be a victim of party lines, but of late, that seems to be the case.

 

In the article, “Congress must save Veterans Affairs clinics,” Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Charles Boustany write, “The American people expect Congress to demonstrate that it can govern effectively in a bipartisan manner. A new medical access problem for military veterans offers an excellent opportunity for House and Senate leadership to prove its ability in this area.”

 

Recently, the Congressional Budget Office has ended an important program of Congress authorizing leases for community-based outpatient clinics through the Department of Veterans Affairs. These clinics operate throughout the country and serve the veteran community. This budget cut endangers many VA-approved clinics and may force some to close their doors, leaving countless veterans in the unreliable dark. Isn’t the government responsible for the welfare of its veterans?

 

Sen. Landrieu and Rep. Boustany hope that Congress acts now and takes initiative on behalf of veterans and provide healthcare access. These community-based outpatient clinics are of vital importance. The recent budget cut is certainly wrong. We should look to the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington D.C. as the right way to treat our veterans.

 

Just minutes from the White House, the Armed Forces Retirement Home is “considered a city within a city,” having healthcare necessities (doctors; physical, occupational and recreational therapists) and providing outstanding social, recreational and occupational activities for every interest. They even have a nine hole golf course and a six lane bowling alley!

 

Construction Protection Systems is proud to have assisted in the construction and maintenance of Washington D.C.’s Armed Forces Retirement Home. We want to say thank you to all the veterans who heroically served this great country, including my partner and co-owner, a Vietnam veteran.

 

Rick

 

Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/congress-must-save-veterans-affairs-clinics-93519.html

 

*Image courtesy of Nikolai Grigoriev

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The Artistic Side of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

benefits of art therapyAlthough becoming sick or injured is never a good thing, the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles takes unusual strides to ensure that their patients have creative ways to help them get through their recovery. The hospital’s artist program allows patients to focus on painting, music, dance and other artistic endeavors. While medicine and doctors help with the physical side of things, this program helps to relieve anxiety, stress and other negative aspects that come along with having an illness.

 

At the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, self-expression is extremely important. The patient’s needs always come first, as exemplified by their artists program. In fact, local artists and performers are engaged to work with the children. Certified expressive art therapists are even enlisted to promote the educational aspects of each patient’s artistic interests.

 

The first and largest pediatric hospital in Southern California, CHLA is one of only 12 hospitals in the nation – and the only one in California – ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties by the U.S. News & World Report.

 

The team at Construction Protection Systems is proud to have been part of the construction process of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and to have played a small role in the great work that they do. If you would like to learn about how 1-2-3 Door Shield® can benefit your construction or renovation project, contact us today!

 

Rick

 

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In between are the doors of perception

Memory is often unreliable…we can point the finger at doors. Yes, doors.

 

Have you ever walked through a door and forgot why you were entering the room in the first place? So you wander around, in a momentary daze, trying to solve a mystery – a sleuth almost. What is it about doors that make us forgetful, as if we’re waking up out of a deep sleep? A study courtesy of Gabriel Radvansky, a University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor, offers up a solution.

 

Doors are not only physical boundaries; they’re also mental boundaries. Of his study, Radvansky said, “Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away.”

 

In other words, the mind is a kind of filing cabinet or flash drive, constantly sorting our lives. Due to the plethora of information, the mind uses doorways as a way to separate it all. You enter through a doorway and suddenly there is a new drawer in your mental filing cabinet. This leads to forgetfulness, a memory lapse. Jumping from drawer to drawer is tougher than it sounds.

 

In order to prove his thesis, Radvansky conducted three experiments, asking participants to perform memory tasks while entering and exiting a door. In the first experiment, subjects utilized a virtual environment, walking through rooms and placing objects on tables. The second experiment asked that customers move in or out of rooms concealing objects in boxes. The third experiment asked that subjects walk through various doorways. All experiments showed that the act of passing through a doorway could debilitate memory for some time, suggesting that doorways are boundary events to help the mind sort our lives.

 

Finally, we have an explanation why so many people forget to protect their doors during construction. Don’t let “boundary events” add to the complexity of the construction process. Plan now to contact Rick at Construction Protection Systems and learn how 1-2-3 Door Shield® can save you time and money. After all, if we are going to experience memory lapses walking through doors, at least the doors should be undamaged.

 

Now if only we had a Door Shield for our minds!

 

Rick

 

Source: http://news.nd.edu/news/27476-walking-through-doorways-causes-forgetting-new-research-shows/

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