ExecuPOWER, LLC Receives National Certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC)

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ExecuPOWER, a full-service, women-owned engineering firm that provides premium design and consulting services to the power industry, announced today that it has received national certification through the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

"We are thrilled to be officially certified as a woman-owned business by WBENC, particularly because WBENC is known for its world-class standard of certification throughout the country," said Andrea Turley, co-founder and COO of ExecuPOWER. "This certification will open new avenues of revenue and growth for ExecuPOWER and will enable us to create new and diverse partnerships in the power industry," said Andrea.

"Receiving national certification from WBENC validates ExecuPOWER as a diverse service provider. As a women-owned business, we recognize that employing the best and most knowledgeable professionals in the industry while being inclusive and diverse is pivotal to providing our clients innovative solutions," said Maria Larson, co-founder and CEO of ExecuPOWER.

WBENC's national standard of certification confirms that a business is at least 51-percent owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women. It is the most rigorous and sought-after certification of its kind.

About ExecuPOWER

Maria Larson and Andrea Turley founded ExecuPOWER after identifying a need in the industry for quality technical services provided by an experienced women-owned business. Changes taking place in the utility industry, such as the aging workforce, increased outsourcing, and greater infrastructure spending, created an opportunity for them to combine their talent to form a firm whose mission is to deliver premium design and consulting services. ExecuPOWER is dedicated to five key areas of service in the power industry: transmission engineering, distribution engineering, substation engineering, project management, and construction management. ExecuPOWER's goal is to leverage the best expertise in the industry to build solid client relationships while offering high-quality services in a safe, efficient, and timely manner. For more information, visit www.execupower.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @ExecuPOWERLLC as well as LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/execupower-llc.

About WBENC

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council is the nation's largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 U.S. companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC's certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs. For more information, visit www.wbenc.org.

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July Construction Starts Increase 6 Percent

Gains Reported for Public Works, Power Plants, Multifamily Housing, Healthcare Facilities

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The value of new construction starts in July advanced 6% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $728.1 billion, it was reported by Dodge Data & Analytics.  Leading the way was a 26% jump by the nonbuilding construction sector, which reflected an improved level for public works and the start of two massive power plants, located respectively in California and New York.  Residential building in July increased 8%, as multifamily housing rebounded after three consecutive monthly declines.  Running counter was a 7% slide for nonresidential building following its 14% hike in June, as both office buildings and hotels retreated from June's elevated activity, outweighing a sharp rise for healthcare facilities in July.  During the first seven months of 2017, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were $411.9 billion, down 1% from the same period a year ago.  Dampening the year-to-date performance for total construction was a steep 44% decline for the electric utility/gas plant category, even with the two massive power plants reported as July starts.  If the electric utility/gas plant category is excluded, total construction starts in this year's January-July period would be up 3% from a year ago.

July's data lifted the Dodge Index to 154 (2000=100), compared to an upwardly revised 145 for June.  After this year's strong first quarter, the Dodge Index had receded 11% in the second quarter.  July's total construction gain brings activity back to within 2% of the first quarter's pace.  "July's increase means the third quarter began on a healthy note, which should help to maintain the up-and-down pattern on a quarterly basis that's been present for construction starts over the past year," stated Robert A. Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics.  "Within that up-and-down pattern there remains a modest upward trend, as it appears that construction starts are still in the process of reaching a peak, as opposed to having already reached a peak.  Public works construction, after sluggish activity earlier in the year, is showing hesitant signs of improvement.  It's true that residential building is now seeing generally decreased activity for multifamily housing, but the monthly declines continue to be mixed in with monthly gains, such as what took place in July.  For nonresidential building, growth is being supported by its institutional segment, while commercial building is leveling off due to varied behavior by its individual project types."

Nonbuilding construction in July was $195.8 billion (annual rate), up 26% from June and achieving its second highest amount so far in 2017 after February.  The public works categories as a group rose 12%, rebounding after a 7% decline in June.  Water supply construction had a particularly strong month, soaring 136% with the lift coming from the start of the $844 million Vista Ridge water supply pipeline project in San Antonio TX, as well as an $88 million recycled water treatment facility in San Francisco CA.  Sewer construction improved 37% after a weak June, although river/harbor development receded 2%.  Highway and bridge construction increased 10% in July, and featured the start of the $322 million I-74 bridge replacement across the Mississippi River in Davenport IA, a $192 million highway expansion in San Antonio TX, and a $94 million rehabilitation project on the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York NY.  Through the first seven months of 2017, the top five states in terms of the dollar amount of highway and bridge construction starts were – Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  The miscellaneous public works category, which includes natural gas pipelines and mass transit, slipped 10% in July, continuing to recede after very strong activity back in May.  Even with its decline, miscellaneous public works still included the July start of the $1.5 billion Brownsville to Nueces natural gas pipeline in Texas and a $225 million rail transit project in Bellevue WA.  The electric utility/gas plant category surged 64% in July, registering its second straight monthly gain in contrast to the substantially weaker activity reported during the first five months of 2017.  Two massive natural gas-fired power generation facilities were included as construction starts in July – the $2.2 billon Carlsbad Energy Center in Carlsbad CA and the $1.6 billion Cricket Valley Energy Center in Dover Plains NY.  There were five other large power plant projects that reached groundbreaking in July, located in Connecticut ($550 million), Georgia ($400 million), Minnesota ($300 million), Arkansas ($203 million), and Nebraska ($150 million).

Residential building in July was $301.1 billion (annual rate), up 8%.  Multifamily housing increased 30%, strengthening after three monthly declines in a row.  There were 9 multifamily projects valued at $100 million or more that reached groundbreaking in July, led by the $360 million Wolf Point East apartment tower in Chicago IL, the $225 million multifamily portion of the $280 million mixed-use redevelopment of the Domino sugar factory in Brooklyn NY, and a $225 million condominium tower in Honolulu HI.  In July, the top five metropolitan areas in terms of the dollar amount of multifamily starts were – New York NY, Chicago IL, Los Angeles CA, Boston MA, and Atlanta GA.  Through the first seven months of 2017, the top five metropolitan areas, with their percent change from a year ago, were – New York NY, down 20%; Los Angeles CA, up 16%; Chicago IL, down 2%; San Francisco CA, up 27%; and Washington DC, up 6%.  Single family housing in July was flat with the previous month, not yet showing renewed growth after settling back 4% in the second quarter following its first quarter 6% gain. By geography, single family housing in July performed as follows relative to June – the Northeast, up 3%; the South Central, up 2%; the South Atlantic, up 1%; the West, unchanged; and the Midwest, down 3%.

Nonresidential building in July was $231.2 billion (annual rate), down 7%.  The commercial categories as a group dropped 22%, retreating after climbing 24% in June.  Office construction in June had surged 82%, boosted by the start of 8 office projects valued at $100 million or more, led by a $585 million Facebook data center in Omaha NE and the $400 million office portion of the $500 million renovation of the Willis Tower in Chicago IL.  In July office construction fell 52%, with only one project valued at $100 million or more – the $118 million Wheaton Town Center in Wheaton MD.  A similar pattern was present for hotels, which surged 65% in June with the push coming from the start of the $575 million hotel portion of the $900 million Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino expansion in Hollywood FL.  In July hotel construction fell 42%, with the largest project being the $78 million hotel portion of a $115 million hotel/apartment mixed-use project near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  On the plus side, warehouse construction jumped 46% in July, lifted by the start of a $144 million warehouse complex in Stockton CA, a $135 million Wal-Mart distribution center in Mobile AL, and a $100 million Amazon distribution center in Fresno CA.  July gains were also reported for commercial garages, up 9%; and stores and shopping centers, up 7%.  Manufacturing plant construction in July fell 29% from its June amount that included the start of a $1.8 billion methane plant in Louisiana.  While down from June, manufacturing plant construction did see the start of several large projects in July, such as a $1.1 billion polyethylene plant expansion in Beaumont TX.

The institutional side of the nonresidential building market climbed 16% in July, in contrast to the declines reported for the commercial and manufacturing segments.  Healthcare facilities jumped 108% after a weak June, led by groundbreaking for the $1.5 billion Penn Medicine Patient Pavilion in Philadelphia PA.  Other large healthcare facility projects that started in July were the following – the $349 million Inspira Medical Center in Glassboro NJ, the $125 million Bristal Jericho assisted living facility in Oyster Bay NY, a $110 million hospital expansion in Bethesda MD, and a $105 million ambulatory care complex at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City UT.  Transportation terminal construction also posted a large percentage increase after a weak June, rising 85% with the help of a $121 million aircraft maintenance facility at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City OK.  The religious building category, while still at a very low level, increased 24% in July.  On the negative side, educational facilities slipped 3% in July, although the category did include the start of several large school construction projects, including a $104 million high school renovation in Cleburne TX, a $104 million high school in Buda TX, a $96 million public school complex in Willoughby OH, and a $91 million high school in Stoughton MA.  Through the first seven months of 2017, the top five states in terms of the dollar amount of educational facility construction were – Texas, New York, California, Washington, and Massachusetts.  July declines were also registered by public buildings (courthouses and detention centers), down 13%; and amusement-related work, down 32%.

The 1% slippage for total construction starts on an unadjusted basis during the January-July period of 2017 was due to diminished activity for nonbuilding construction, as both residential building and nonresidential building managed to post gains.  Nonbuilding construction dropped 15% year-to-date, with electric utilities/gas plants down 44% and public works down 2%.  Residential building year-to-date was up 1%, with a 9% increase for single family housing slightly outweighing a 14% slide for multifamily housing.  Nonresidential building year-to-date climbed 8%, with institutional building up 12% while commercial building held steady, combined with a 27% increase for manufacturing building that marks a shift from this category's sharp declines in 2015 and 2016.  By geography, total construction starts during the January-July period showed this pattern relative to a year ago – the South Atlantic, up 8%; the Northeast, up 6%; the West, up 2%; the South Central, down 7%; and the Midwest, down 14%.  The 7% year-to-date decline in the South Central reflected in part the comparison to the first seven months of 2016 that included $6.2 billion for two liquefied natural gas terminals, while the 14% year-to-date decline in the Midwest reflected in part the comparison to the first seven months of 2016 that included the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.

 

July 2017 Construction Starts












Monthly Summary of Construction Starts




Prepared by Dodge Data & Analytics












        Monthly Construction Starts




Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rates, in Millions of Dollars












July 2017


June 2017


% Change 


Nonresidential Building


$231,232


$249,353


-7


Residential Building


301,088


279,606


+8


Nonbuilding Construction


195,771


155,220


+26


Total Construction


$728,091


$684,179


+6




















                     The Dodge Index




           Year 2000=100, Seasonally Adjusted 








    July 2017.......154




    June 2017 .....145




















      Year-to-Date Construction Starts




             Unadjusted Totals, in Millions of Dollars












7 Mos. 2017


7 Mos. 2016


% Change 


Nonresidential Building


$142,049


$131,823


+8


Residential Building


175,522


173,018


+1


Nonbuilding Construction


94,286


110,644


-15


Total Construction


$411,857


$415,485


-1










  Total Construction, excluding








   electric utilities/gas plants


$392,870


$381,410


+3










 

About Dodge Data & Analytics:  Dodge Data & Analytics is North America's leading provider of analytics and software-based workflow integration solutions for the construction industry. Building product manufacturers, architects, engineers, contractors, and service providers leverage Dodge to identify and pursue unseen growth opportunities and execute on those opportunities for enhanced business performance. Whether it's on a local, regional or national level, Dodge makes the hidden obvious, empowering its clients to better understand their markets, uncover key relationships, size growth opportunities, and pursue those opportunities with success. The company's construction project information is the most comprehensive and verified in the industry. Dodge is leveraging its 100-year-old legacy of continuous innovation to help the industry meet the building challenges of the future.  To learn more, visit www.construction.com.

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July Construction Starts Increase 6 Percent

Gains Reported for Public Works, Power Plants, Multifamily Housing, Healthcare Facilities

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The value of new construction starts in July advanced 6% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $728.1 billion, it was reported by Dodge Data & Analytics.  Leading the way was a 26% jump by the nonbuilding construction sector, which reflected an improved level for public works and the start of two massive power plants, located respectively in California and New York.  Residential building in July increased 8%, as multifamily housing rebounded after three consecutive monthly declines.  Running counter was a 7% slide for nonresidential building following its 14% hike in June, as both office buildings and hotels retreated from June's elevated activity, outweighing a sharp rise for healthcare facilities in July.  During the first seven months of 2017, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were $411.9 billion, down 1% from the same period a year ago.  Dampening the year-to-date performance for total construction was a steep 44% decline for the electric utility/gas plant category, even with the two massive power plants reported as July starts.  If the electric utility/gas plant category is excluded, total construction starts in this year's January-July period would be up 3% from a year ago.

July's data lifted the Dodge Index to 154 (2000=100), compared to an upwardly revised 145 for June.  After this year's strong first quarter, the Dodge Index had receded 11% in the second quarter.  July's total construction gain brings activity back to within 2% of the first quarter's pace.  "July's increase means the third quarter began on a healthy note, which should help to maintain the up-and-down pattern on a quarterly basis that's been present for construction starts over the past year," stated Robert A. Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics.  "Within that up-and-down pattern there remains a modest upward trend, as it appears that construction starts are still in the process of reaching a peak, as opposed to having already reached a peak.  Public works construction, after sluggish activity earlier in the year, is showing hesitant signs of improvement.  It's true that residential building is now seeing generally decreased activity for multifamily housing, but the monthly declines continue to be mixed in with monthly gains, such as what took place in July.  For nonresidential building, growth is being supported by its institutional segment, while commercial building is leveling off due to varied behavior by its individual project types."

Nonbuilding construction in July was $195.8 billion (annual rate), up 26% from June and achieving its second highest amount so far in 2017 after February.  The public works categories as a group rose 12%, rebounding after a 7% decline in June.  Water supply construction had a particularly strong month, soaring 136% with the lift coming from the start of the $844 million Vista Ridge water supply pipeline project in San Antonio TX, as well as an $88 million recycled water treatment facility in San Francisco CA.  Sewer construction improved 37% after a weak June, although river/harbor development receded 2%.  Highway and bridge construction increased 10% in July, and featured the start of the $322 million I-74 bridge replacement across the Mississippi River in Davenport IA, a $192 million highway expansion in San Antonio TX, and a $94 million rehabilitation project on the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York NY.  Through the first seven months of 2017, the top five states in terms of the dollar amount of highway and bridge construction starts were – Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  The miscellaneous public works category, which includes natural gas pipelines and mass transit, slipped 10% in July, continuing to recede after very strong activity back in May.  Even with its decline, miscellaneous public works still included the July start of the $1.5 billion Brownsville to Nueces natural gas pipeline in Texas and a $225 million rail transit project in Bellevue WA.  The electric utility/gas plant category surged 64% in July, registering its second straight monthly gain in contrast to the substantially weaker activity reported during the first five months of 2017.  Two massive natural gas-fired power generation facilities were included as construction starts in July – the $2.2 billon Carlsbad Energy Center in Carlsbad CA and the $1.6 billion Cricket Valley Energy Center in Dover Plains NY.  There were five other large power plant projects that reached groundbreaking in July, located in Connecticut ($550 million), Georgia ($400 million), Minnesota ($300 million), Arkansas ($203 million), and Nebraska ($150 million).

Residential building in July was $301.1 billion (annual rate), up 8%.  Multifamily housing increased 30%, strengthening after three monthly declines in a row.  There were 9 multifamily projects valued at $100 million or more that reached groundbreaking in July, led by the $360 million Wolf Point East apartment tower in Chicago IL, the $225 million multifamily portion of the $280 million mixed-use redevelopment of the Domino sugar factory in Brooklyn NY, and a $225 million condominium tower in Honolulu HI.  In July, the top five metropolitan areas in terms of the dollar amount of multifamily starts were – New York NY, Chicago IL, Los Angeles CA, Boston MA, and Atlanta GA.  Through the first seven months of 2017, the top five metropolitan areas, with their percent change from a year ago, were – New York NY, down 20%; Los Angeles CA, up 16%; Chicago IL, down 2%; San Francisco CA, up 27%; and Washington DC, up 6%.  Single family housing in July was flat with the previous month, not yet showing renewed growth after settling back 4% in the second quarter following its first quarter 6% gain. By geography, single family housing in July performed as follows relative to June – the Northeast, up 3%; the South Central, up 2%; the South Atlantic, up 1%; the West, unchanged; and the Midwest, down 3%.

Nonresidential building in July was $231.2 billion (annual rate), down 7%.  The commercial categories as a group dropped 22%, retreating after climbing 24% in June.  Office construction in June had surged 82%, boosted by the start of 8 office projects valued at $100 million or more, led by a $585 million Facebook data center in Omaha NE and the $400 million office portion of the $500 million renovation of the Willis Tower in Chicago IL.  In July office construction fell 52%, with only one project valued at $100 million or more – the $118 million Wheaton Town Center in Wheaton MD.  A similar pattern was present for hotels, which surged 65% in June with the push coming from the start of the $575 million hotel portion of the $900 million Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino expansion in Hollywood FL.  In July hotel construction fell 42%, with the largest project being the $78 million hotel portion of a $115 million hotel/apartment mixed-use project near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  On the plus side, warehouse construction jumped 46% in July, lifted by the start of a $144 million warehouse complex in Stockton CA, a $135 million Wal-Mart distribution center in Mobile AL, and a $100 million Amazon distribution center in Fresno CA.  July gains were also reported for commercial garages, up 9%; and stores and shopping centers, up 7%.  Manufacturing plant construction in July fell 29% from its June amount that included the start of a $1.8 billion methane plant in Louisiana.  While down from June, manufacturing plant construction did see the start of several large projects in July, such as a $1.1 billion polyethylene plant expansion in Beaumont TX.

The institutional side of the nonresidential building market climbed 16% in July, in contrast to the declines reported for the commercial and manufacturing segments.  Healthcare facilities jumped 108% after a weak June, led by groundbreaking for the $1.5 billion Penn Medicine Patient Pavilion in Philadelphia PA.  Other large healthcare facility projects that started in July were the following – the $349 million Inspira Medical Center in Glassboro NJ, the $125 million Bristal Jericho assisted living facility in Oyster Bay NY, a $110 million hospital expansion in Bethesda MD, and a $105 million ambulatory care complex at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City UT.  Transportation terminal construction also posted a large percentage increase after a weak June, rising 85% with the help of a $121 million aircraft maintenance facility at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City OK.  The religious building category, while still at a very low level, increased 24% in July.  On the negative side, educational facilities slipped 3% in July, although the category did include the start of several large school construction projects, including a $104 million high school renovation in Cleburne TX, a $104 million high school in Buda TX, a $96 million public school complex in Willoughby OH, and a $91 million high school in Stoughton MA.  Through the first seven months of 2017, the top five states in terms of the dollar amount of educational facility construction were – Texas, New York, California, Washington, and Massachusetts.  July declines were also registered by public buildings (courthouses and detention centers), down 13%; and amusement-related work, down 32%.

The 1% slippage for total construction starts on an unadjusted basis during the January-July period of 2017 was due to diminished activity for nonbuilding construction, as both residential building and nonresidential building managed to post gains.  Nonbuilding construction dropped 15% year-to-date, with electric utilities/gas plants down 44% and public works down 2%.  Residential building year-to-date was up 1%, with a 9% increase for single family housing slightly outweighing a 14% slide for multifamily housing.  Nonresidential building year-to-date climbed 8%, with institutional building up 12% while commercial building held steady, combined with a 27% increase for manufacturing building that marks a shift from this category's sharp declines in 2015 and 2016.  By geography, total construction starts during the January-July period showed this pattern relative to a year ago – the South Atlantic, up 8%; the Northeast, up 6%; the West, up 2%; the South Central, down 7%; and the Midwest, down 14%.  The 7% year-to-date decline in the South Central reflected in part the comparison to the first seven months of 2016 that included $6.2 billion for two liquefied natural gas terminals, while the 14% year-to-date decline in the Midwest reflected in part the comparison to the first seven months of 2016 that included the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.

 

July 2017 Construction Starts












Monthly Summary of Construction Starts




Prepared by Dodge Data & Analytics












        Monthly Construction Starts




Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rates, in Millions of Dollars












July 2017


June 2017


% Change 


Nonresidential Building


$231,232


$249,353


-7


Residential Building


301,088


279,606


+8


Nonbuilding Construction


195,771


155,220


+26


Total Construction


$728,091


$684,179


+6




















                     The Dodge Index




           Year 2000=100, Seasonally Adjusted 








    July 2017.......154




    June 2017 .....145




















      Year-to-Date Construction Starts




             Unadjusted Totals, in Millions of Dollars












7 Mos. 2017


7 Mos. 2016


% Change 


Nonresidential Building


$142,049


$131,823


+8


Residential Building


175,522


173,018


+1


Nonbuilding Construction


94,286


110,644


-15


Total Construction


$411,857


$415,485


-1










  Total Construction, excluding








   electric utilities/gas plants


$392,870


$381,410


+3










 

About Dodge Data & Analytics:  Dodge Data & Analytics is North America's leading provider of analytics and software-based workflow integration solutions for the construction industry. Building product manufacturers, architects, engineers, contractors, and service providers leverage Dodge to identify and pursue unseen growth opportunities and execute on those opportunities for enhanced business performance. Whether it's on a local, regional or national level, Dodge makes the hidden obvious, empowering its clients to better understand their markets, uncover key relationships, size growth opportunities, and pursue those opportunities with success. The company's construction project information is the most comprehensive and verified in the industry. Dodge is leveraging its 100-year-old legacy of continuous innovation to help the industry meet the building challenges of the future.  To learn more, visit www.construction.com.

Media Contact: Benjamin Gorelick | Spector & Associates +1-212-943-5858, ben@spectorpr.com

 

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Burns & McDonnell Hires Kyle Beebe to Lead Southern California Construction/Design-Build Team

BREA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As California continues to make major infrastructure upgrades across the state, Burns & McDonnell is expanding its construction/design-build team with the hiring of Kyle Beebe. With nearly 20 years of project management and prime contract experience, Beebe will lead the team of construction/design-build employee-owners based in Southern California.  

"The need for comprehensive design-build solutions rises as the need for improvements to the roadways, airports, power grid and major facilities in California continues," says Renita Mollman, Burns & McDonnell vice president and general manager of Southern California offices. "We're focusing on growing our team of professionals and with Kyle's leadership and extensive background in design-build/EPC project delivery, we are prepared to tackle our client's toughest challenges from conceptual design through post-construction phases."

Beebe has worked on more than 20 projects across the United States, specializing in solar, emergency generation, thermal and cogeneration power systems and underground utilities and treatment facilities. Notable projects include the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a combined heating, cooling and power plant for Montclair University and a gas-to-energy project for Olinda Landfill.

Burns & McDonnell has grown by more than 500 percent since first opening its doors in 2010 and supports clients including Southern California Edison, County of Los Angeles, Southern California Gas Company, The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Southwest Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Engineering News-Record ranks the firm among the top third of design-build firms in the U.S.

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About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies made up of more than 5,700 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is proud to be No. 16 on Fortune's 2017 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit burnsmcd.com.

Contact: 

Elle Jenkins, Burns & McDonnell


816-822-3147


ejjenkins@burnsmcd.com

 

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Burns & McDonnell Hires Kyle Beebe to Lead Southern California Construction/Design-Build Team

BREA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As California continues to make major infrastructure upgrades across the state, Burns & McDonnell is expanding its construction/design-build team with the hiring of Kyle Beebe. With nearly 20 years of project management and prime contract experience, Beebe will lead the team of construction/design-build employee-owners based in Southern California.  

"The need for comprehensive design-build solutions rises as the need for improvements to the roadways, airports, power grid and major facilities in California continues," says Renita Mollman, Burns & McDonnell vice president and general manager of Southern California offices. "We're focusing on growing our team of professionals and with Kyle's leadership and extensive background in design-build/EPC project delivery, we are prepared to tackle our client's toughest challenges from conceptual design through post-construction phases."

Beebe has worked on more than 20 projects across the United States, specializing in solar, emergency generation, thermal and cogeneration power systems and underground utilities and treatment facilities. Notable projects include the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a combined heating, cooling and power plant for Montclair University and a gas-to-energy project for Olinda Landfill.

Burns & McDonnell has grown by more than 500 percent since first opening its doors in 2010 and supports clients including Southern California Edison, County of Los Angeles, Southern California Gas Company, The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Southwest Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Engineering News-Record ranks the firm among the top third of design-build firms in the U.S.

For photos and support materials, please visit our MEDIA KIT.

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies made up of more than 5,700 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is proud to be No. 16 on Fortune's 2017 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit burnsmcd.com.

Contact: 

Elle Jenkins, Burns & McDonnell


816-822-3147


ejjenkins@burnsmcd.com

 

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Surf’s up!  Hurricane season is a wild ride for business owners, so prep now

Lykes Insurance advises on preparing your business for a hurricane

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- So your home is prepared for a hurricane or tropical storm. Great! Be proud you have checked the boxes -- proper preparation pays off. But what about your business?

"Most Floridians are aware of the advantages of hurricane planning for their home," says Josh Helmuth, risk advisor at Lykes Insurance, a premier Florida-based commercial insurance firm. "But what about your business? As a reformed Florida surfer, I can tell you that the best (and biggest) waves occur during hurricane season from June 1 to Nov. 30. In other words, right now – surf's up and so should your planning be."

Now is the time to consider the implications of hurricane planning for your business. Two areas to focus on are insurance strategy and business continuity planning (BCP). Insurance will take care of paying you back after the storm hits and BCP will make sure that the business can operate following a loss. 

Pre-storm is the time to review insurance policies to make sure they are written for your specific business needs. It's critical to realize that once a warning is issued, insurance companies will shut down underwriting and binding of insurance, making it impossible to buy the right policy. 

Most issues with business insurance policies stem from how the contracts are written (what is included/excluded): 

  • Replacement cost vs. actual cash value policy assignment: Cost to replace/reconstruct your buildings will be depreciated with actual cash value listed.
  • Coinsurance percentage: How does this apply to your current reconstruction value?  Avoid penalties with a current insurance appraisal confirming building limits.
  • Business interruption/extra expense: Make certain that the correct calculation method is utilized and contingent business interruption is added if suppliers are important to your operations.
  • Building ordinance & law: Building codes change regularly. Who will pay for  reconstruction updates to meet the current code?  Coverage is likely not automatically given in your policy.
  • Flood: Coverage for rising waters/storm surge is likely not covered unless your business has separate flood insurance. Primary limits of flood insurance may not be enough to insure the full replacement cost of your building.

Insuring owned property of your business is only one aspect of disaster planning. Best practices for business owners include a Business Continuity Plan (BCP), which defines continuity of critical operations following a hurricane disaster. The plan includes such considerations as: How prepared are you for a disaster? What are your critical functions?  Are the critical parts of your business able to function in the event of a catastrophe?  How will they be restored? How will your business operate until functionality is restored?

Communication of the strategy to employees is vital to the plan's success.  Most plans involve transfer of equipment and inventory, specifics for protection of buildings and data records, and provision for employee availability to help with prep, including who will do what before and after the storm hits.

There are some great information sources to assist with building a BCP specific to your business. One great resource can be found on Lykes Advisors Blog, http://www.lykesinsurance.com/blog/blog-details/lykes-blog/2016/06/30/planning-for-the-unthinkable, in which Lykes EVP Mark Webb provides an overview of the five phases of BCP strategy including Initiation, Business Impact Analysis, Recovery Strategies, Implementation and Testing/Monitoring.

"Proactive business owners will plan for hurricane/disaster recovery to ensure their business will operate following the storm," says Helmuth. "Once those boxes are checked off and a strategy is in place, get back to work! Or better yet, go grab a surfboard and hang 10."

About Lykes Insurance
Lykes Insurance was founded in 1925 by Lykes Bros. Inc., a 101-year-old privately held Florida-based company. As a premier commercial insurance firm with offices in Tampa, Fort Myers, Winter Park and Sarasota, Lykes Insurance focuses on building long lasting partnerships with companies and individuals, providing protection for businesses, managing risk and designing innovative employee benefit solutions. For more information, please visit www.lykesinsurance.com.

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Johnson Controls announces accelerated leadership succession

George Oliver, President and COO, to succeed Alex Molinaroli as Chairman and CEO on Sept. 1, 2017

CORK, Ireland, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls International plc (NYSE: JCI) today announced effective Sept. 1, 2017, George Oliver, currently president and chief operating officer, will assume the role of Chairman and CEO.  This action accelerates the move of Mr. Oliver to his new position six months earlier than previously announced. The acceleration was unanimously approved by the company's board of directors. Mr. Molinaroli, currently chairman and CEO, will leave the company and the board effective Sept. 1, 2017.

In addition, the company announced that Jürgen Tinggren, chair of the audit committee and a member of the executive committee, has been appointed lead independent director of the Johnson Controls board of directors, effectively immediately.  Separately, the company announced that Jeffrey A. Joerres has stepped down from the board of directors. 

Mr. Tinggren said, "Given the progress made on the merger integration as we approach the one-year anniversary and upcoming start of a new fiscal year, this is an opportune and appropriate time to implement this planned leadership succession. The board has been impressed by George's leadership and oversight of the integration, and we believe accelerating the transition provides clarity and continuity as we move into the next phase and continue to deliver the benefits of the transaction and enhance long-term shareholder value.

Tingren added, "On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank Alex Molinaroli for his many years of outstanding service and leadership.  He has led Johnson Controls through a period of unparalleled strategic transformation and helped position the combined company for success as the leader in buildings and energy storage solutions."

Mr. Oliver said, "I am honored by the trust the board has placed in me and look forward to building on the progress we have made in combining the companies. Since completing the Tyco merger, we have been executing a robust integration plan to maximize the skill sets and capabilities of the combined company, develop solutions to better meet our customers' needs and realize approximately $1 billion of cost savings.  As CEO, I will continue working with the board and our employees around the world to deliver on the Johnson Controls promise to make the world a more productive, secure and sustainable place.  I would like to thank Alex for his direction and partnership, both before and during this critical year of change."

Mr. Molinaroli said, "It's been an honor to lead Johnson Controls since 2013, and I want to thank all of our employees for their continued trust, commitment and incredible contributions.  The company has a great strategic foundation and is well-positioned for growth as a market leader in buildings and energy solutions.  I'm confident as I've worked with George over the past year that he and his management team are well-positioned to propel the company forward."

Mr. Joerres stated, "It has been an honor to have served on the Johnson Controls board for the last 16 years.  I thank Alex for his dedicated service and am confident that the company will be well-served under George's capable leadership."

About Johnson Controls:

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 120,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

Johnson Controls International plc Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Johnson Controls International plc has made statements in this communication that are forward-looking and therefore are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements in this document other than statements of historical fact are, or could be, "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In this communication, statements regarding Johnson Controls' future financial position, sales, costs, earnings, cash flows, other measures of results of operations, synergies and integration opportunities, capital expenditures and debt levels are forward-looking statements. Words such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "should," "forecast," "project" or "plan" and terms of similar meaning are also generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. However, the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Johnson Controls cautions that these statements are subject to numerous important risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond Johnson Controls' control, that could cause Johnson Controls' actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, among others, risks related to: any delay or inability of Johnson Controls to realize the expected benefits and synergies of recent portfolio transactions such as the merger with Tyco and the spin-off of Adient, changes in tax laws, regulations, rates, policies or interpretations, the loss of key senior management, the tax treatment of recent portfolio transactions, significant transaction costs and/or unknown liabilities associated with such transactions, the outcome of actual or potential litigation relating to such transactions, the risk that disruptions from recent transactions will harm Johnson Controls' business, the strength of the U.S. or other economies, automotive vehicle production levels, mix and schedules, energy and commodity prices, the availability of raw materials and component products, currency exchange rates, and cancellation of or changes to commercial arrangements. A detailed discussion of risks related to Johnson Controls' business is included in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Johnson Controls' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the 2016 year filed with the SEC on November 23, 2016, and in the quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC after such date, and available at www.sec.gov and www.johnsoncontrols.com under the "Investors" tab. Shareholders, potential investors and others should consider these factors in evaluating the forward-looking statements and should not place undue reliance on such statements. The forward-looking statements included in this communication are made only as of the date of this document, unless otherwise specified, and, except as required by law, Johnson Controls assumes no obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to update such statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this communication.

CONTACT:

Investors:


Antonella Franzen


(609) 720-4665




Ryan Edelman


(609) 720-4545




Media:


Fraser Engerman


(414) 524-2733

 

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Connexion Announces Their 2nd Annual Safety Training Event and Tool & Safety Product Expo

"Complying with OSHA's Silica Dust Hazard Standard" training is featured amongst the day long training curriculum and safety product expo

CHICAGO, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Connexion announced their 2nd Annual Safety Training Event and Tool and Safety Product Expo. The event, scheduled to take place on September 28th, 2017 at Connexion's headquarters in Buffalo Grove, IL, is aimed at providing safety directors and electrical workers the required knowledge and training they need towards achieving OSHA compliant hazard avoidance and risk mitigation.

"We have made it easier for our industrial and contractor customers to invest in a culture of safety," said Matthew Gajda, Sales Manager and Developer of Connexion's Contractor and Facility Solutions Division.  "Without placing value in it, safety can often take a backseat to getting a job done quickly.  With advancements in training and product technology, safety and efficiency do not have to be exclusive of each other."

The timing of this year's event coincides with the September 23rd 2017 enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)'s Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction under 29 CFR 1926.1153. OSHA cites that "about 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone." Key provisions of the OSHA standard call for NIOSH-certified filtering facepiece respirators and compliant dust extraction/mitigation measures.

Aside from the obvious risks to concrete and stone tradespeople, electrical contractors are also very much at risk.  Prolonged exposure to silica dust while performing tasks such as installing concrete anchors, core drilling for poke-thru devices, and trenching for wireway can be a serious health hazard.

Connexion will be providing an informational presentation on Silica Dust hazards, as well as the product solutions available to meet OSHA's standards. Manufacturer representatives from Bosch, 3M and Milwaukee Tool will be available to answer any additional questions regarding product solutions addressing OSHA's Crystalline Silica Standard. Additional manufacturers will also be on hand to showcase their safety-focused tools and equipment.

In addition to this informative session, attendees can acquire completed course certifications for the balance of Connexion's safety curriculum including; Firestop Selection and Applications, Lockout/Tagout, Fall Protection & Ladder Safety and Powder Actuated Tools.

For more information about this Safety Training Event or to register, please visit http://www.connexiones.com/safetytraining-expo. For media inquiries, please contact Daniel Dobski at 847-499-8300, or email at 172843@email4pr.com.

About Connexion
Connexion, headquartered at Buffalo Grove, IL is a privately held, independent provider of electrical equipment, supplies and facility solutions. Connexion is a quality driven company with the goal of providing the optimal selection of products and services enabling their clients to operate with greater efficiency, profitability and safety.

Website: http://www.connexiones.com 
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Grass America Celebrates 40 Years of Motion With Unveiling of New Interactive Website by JAST Media

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- JAST Media announces the launch of Grass America's new, fully updated interactive website: www.grassusa.com. Grass America, industry-leading manufacturer of premium functional hardware found in kitchens, baths, and commercial facilities around the US, is celebrating 40 Years of Motion.

Designed to be simultaneously a resource for its core market of professional-grade buyers as well as an inspirational storyboard for the architect and design community, the newly launched website seamlessly blends the high-gloss appeal of a luxury trend editorial with the technical resources industry professionals demand at their fingertips. 

"Our brand identity has been meticulously crafted over decades," says Tom Kipp, President of Grass America. "Our 40-year anniversary was the perfect time to rise to the challenge of further advancing who we are." Kipp tapped the Portland, Or. based media agency JAST Media to add Grass America to its list of premium building materials clientele. "They were a great partner -  professional, innovative, and most importantly listened to our concerns and how we wanted to brand our company," said Jan Fitzpatrick, Market Relations Manager at Grass America.

About Grass

Originally founded in Austria in 1948, the Grass brand experienced exceptional growth and expansion throughout the European market. Rapidly accelerating demand for European engineered hardware in North America led to the 1977 establishment of Grass America in Kernersville, NC. Today, Grass America brings industry-leading European engineering combined with top-level local engineering to the US servicing 130 distributor locations and to most of the leading kitchen manufacturers in the US. Onsite manufacturing, engineering and R&D, quality assurance, tooling, and test lab, ensure the premium manufacturing standards with which the brand has become synonymous.

About JAST Media

Portland, OR agency JAST Media works with national and global brands in the building materials space to command affinity and drive demand through a range of digital and traditional marketing initiatives. Recently named Media Partner for the North American Building Materials Distributors Association (NBMDA) and the North American Floor Covering Distributors Association (NAFCD), JAST Media's reputation for success stems from the expertise of their diverse team of media professionals whose careers have earned spots on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 500 list and Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 rankings. "Our team's fearless attitude, hunger for prevalence, and determination to excel each client's needs continually allows us to provide fruitful, meaningful media results," says President Yuki Conlon.

Contact:
Jack Knoll
800.651.5278
172672@email4pr.com 
http://www.jastmedia.com/

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Dates Announced for Tall Building Fire Safety Events

LONDON, August 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

The recent fires in Grenfell Tower (London) and The Torch (Dubai) have highlighted the need for improvements with Tall Building design, construction, management, and firefighting. The Tall Building Fire Safety Network offers regular courses and conferences on Tall Building Fire Safety Management in locations around the world, has announced a full schedule of events for 2017/18.

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The 5th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference will take place on 19-21 June 2018 at Excel, London alongside the FIREX International Exhibition. Day 1 will consider design and fire engineering in tall buildings, including fire testing of cladding systems; day 2, management and insurance of fire risk in tall buildings, including construction and refurbishment; while the last day will consider firefighting in tall buildings.

This will be followed on 22nd June by a Tall Building Firefighting Summit. The objective of this Summit is to bring together Fire Chiefs and Firefighters from around the World to discuss and challenge the current 'state of the art', with regard to Tall Building Firefighting. The event will be free to serving firefighters and seek to develop the next generation of firefighting procedures for Tall Buildings.

Meanwhile, the next Institution of Fire Engineers Recognised Tall Building Fire Safety Management Course will take place at The Shard, London, UK on 11-15 Dec 2017. Other dates in the UK: 15-19 Jan 2018, Birmingham, 19-23 Feb London, 19-23 March Manchester, 21-25 May London. Courses are also scheduled in Australia, in Perth on 9-13 October 2017, and in Melbourne on 16-20 October and Sydney 23-27 October.

The Tall Building Fire Safety Management Training Course is packed with useful tools and techniques for those tasked with management. The training will address the issues raised by the Grenfell Tower fire. Instructors on the course are experts in their field and come with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Delivered over five days in existing Tall Buildings, the course covers a wide syllabus of relevant topics and case studies including:

  • Prevention, including; case studies, fire risk assessment, management systems
  • Detection and Alarm, cause and effect, maintenance, degraded systems, false alarms  
  • Escape, evacuation strategies, lifts, disabled escape, wayfinding, car parks
  • Containment, passive barriers, steel protection, sprinklers, construction work
  • Firefighting, fire statistics, fire growth, firefighting techniques, wind driven fires

The course is ideal for anyone who has a responsibility for managing fire safety in a tall building, including; high rise residential, hotels, business and office blocks and mixed use.

For further information on the courses or to book, please contact Russ Timpson,
russ.timpson@horizonscanbcp.com.  

Reader enquiries:  Tall Building Fire Safety, Russ Timpson, tel: +44(0)7951-190576; e-mail: russ.timpson@horizonscanbcp.com, web: http://www.tallbuildingfiresafety.com

Press enquiries:  Anna Hayes, Initial Contacts, 14 Helen Road, Oxford OX2 0DE; Mob: +44(0)7944-684586; Email: initialcontacts@btinternet.com