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.




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.



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.


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.





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.






Santa Monica High School’s Science and Technology Building

One of our favorite aspects of running an environmentally friendly business within the construction industry is our ability to provide cost-saving benefits on projects all over the country. Recycled building materials and sustainable building practices are on the rise today as many understand the growing need to construct homes and schools while also conserving resources.


Over in Santa Monica CA, one of these construction projects is making headlines for being of the largest projects in the region to utilize so many reclaimed building materials. In December 2013, the last piece of the steel frame was put into place for the Santa Monica High School’s new Science and Technology Building.


About one-quarter of all the steel used for this project, or about 200 tons worth of steel, had been reclaimed from recycling sources. Construction project officials remarked in this article by the Santa Monica Mirror that this recycled steel prevented them from having to use about 300 tons of iron ore and 13 million gallons of water.


Construction Protection Systems was proud to offer our environmentally-friendly, reusable door shield solutions for the completion of this high school construction project. This was no small undertaking either; the 840 tons of steel used to create this educational facility represents about one-tenth of the steel making up the world-famous Eiffel Tower in France, to give a frame of reference. According to the article linked above, about 16 linear miles of steel went into the framework of this building.


Attempting to complete a building renovation project or full construction without procuring some kind of door and window protection technology will likely end up being a more expensive proposition than you anticipated. Here at Construction Protection Systems, our door shield products are both effective and reusable, giving you the best protection and the cheapest solution at the same time. Our website will give you plenty of info on what to expect when you use our products.




Try Your Luck at the Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino

Conservation can take many forms in our ever more sustainable world. As a society, we’re much more concerned with recycling and the efficient use of resources than ever before. Here at Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to do our part by offering a completely reusable system for door protection during construction projects, which dramatically cuts down on the waste created by such building.


Sustainable technologies such as ours haven’t made much headway into the world of construction, but we’re proud to report that we’ve worked successfully as partners in some high-profile building projects around the country.


Recently, we partnered with architects and construction teams on the recent completion of the Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino, a new major tourist attraction in the Arizona city of Chandler. Situated just outside of Phoenix, this luxurious state-of-the-art facility offers 90 rooms, a bevy of outstanding amenities and a beautiful, spacious interior design.


As this hotel description from the official Vee Quiva website shows, this hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites to accommodate large groups or visiting couples. The pictures show modern wall designs and interior lighting that make the rooms very photogenic.


Without door shields to protect the beautiful wooden doors of this hotel, guests would not enjoy the same striking accommodations seen in the Vee Quiva Hotel’s pictures. The reusable 1-2-3 Door Shields produced by Construction Protection Systems provide a great service to the construction of high quality buildings. Our cost-effective solutions are making us a favorite choice for building projects being erected all over the country. Hopefully, we’ll get the chance to serve in a community near you soon.


Construction Protection Systems is a major innovator in the construction business. Our re-usable door shields meet the exacting standards of most contractors and regulations. Contact us today if you have an upcoming construction project deadline and require help to protect your at-risk doors and entranceways.





Renovating the Dallas Thelogical Seminary

As you may already know, we think higher education is great stuff. As such, we feel that it is our civic duty to help these institutions whenever possible. We had the privilege of doing some renovation work at the beautiful Casper College in Wyoming. We have also headed south to lend a hand at a school in Texas with a rich history and a proud tradition of educating service-minded individuals. We are speaking, of course, about the Dallas Theological Seminary.


Founded in 1924, the Dallas Theological seminary is a non-denominational institution that seeks to serve its students by granting them an education grounded in faith. The message of the school is simple. “Teach truth. Love well.” How could we say no to that?


Since it was founded nearly a century ago, the school has produced thousands of students devoted to serving the community at large. According to the school’s website, they currently have 14,000 alumni working in service positions in 100 different countries all over the globe. Needless to say, we couldn’t wait to help these people who are so passionate about helping others.


The school, whose campus is already chock full of beautiful old Spanish style architecture, is continually engaged in construction and renovation projects in order to provide its students with the resources they need to achieve academic excellence. Currently, they have plans to construct a Global Learning Center, which will give students the chance to interact with thinkers and educators from around the world.


We can’t tell you enough how proud we are to have had the opportunity to be involved in this renovation, and we look forward to working with other such noble institutions in the future. Contact Construction Protection Systems through our website,