Innovative Design and Building Services Off-Site Construction Methods Capitalize on Speed and Cost Efficiencies for Sturgis Charter School project In Hyannis, Mass.

(PRWEB) October 01, 2012

Interior and exterior finishing work is being completed on Sturgis Charter Schools new West Campus building. The 45,000 square foot building was constructed off-site at Innovative Design and Building Services (IDBS) Liverpool, Pa., facility and transported to the building site in Hyannis, Mass. A hybrid of on-site and off-site construction methods were employed allowing for tall ceiling heights and capitalizing on off-site efficiencies. Utilizing off-site techniques for the majority of the project, along with IDBS proprietary systems and processes, also aided in controlling the overall project costs.

The completion of the two-story structure, which includes numerous classrooms, a faculty lounge, labs, a library, office spaces, and an amphitheater-like seating space, doubles the schools capacity of 400 to over 800 students. Opening in the fall of 2012, the school will continue to offer an International Baccalaureate diploma which focuses on teaching students to be caring, reflective and open-minded.

Planning for the west campus began in November of 2009, but progress stalled. The momentum picked up when IDBS modular construction method was introduced as a solution. Off-site construction means less time, less overhead and less waste, which gave Sturgis Charter Schools reduced and fixed construction costs needed to complete the project.

The initial design was reviewed and adjusted to maximize the efficiencies of off-site construction. Innovative solutions were utilized to achieve larger, open rooms with high ceilings. All 96 building sections, constructed to meet the wind loads and hurricane requirements needed for the seaside school, were delivered and erected by IDBS crew in just 3 weeks. Onsite crews followed behind with HVAC, sprinklers, and completing the interior and exterior finishes.

Minimize site disruption with off-site construction

Off-site construction is well suited for classrooms and educational buildings. Schools can be designed and constructed to meet most architectural and customer specifications. By utilizing off-site methods, the disruption at the building site is limited, resulting in cleaner, safer environments for teachers and students. In most case, on-site work can be performed during summer sessions, further reducing the impact on the existing campus.

The IDBS construction process utilizes a myriad of off-site construction techniques. This unique system provides the advantages of quality-based, climate-controlled construction methods that can be customized to suit a wide variety of regional styles. The proprietary process is ideal for projects such as apartments, hotels, senior living residences, student dorms, town homes, multi-family and educational structures.

IDBS ability to provide accurate quotes and guaranteed pricing is supported by their 1,000+ strategic supply chain partners. Without problems like weather delays, and with very predictable material and labor costs, lenders and investors can have high confidence in minimal or zero cost overruns. Our customers value the fact that our pricing, which can represent up to 80-90 percent of an erected structures cost, is fixed and guaranteed, giving them the confidence that their construction budgets will be held intact, stated Steven Saffell Executive Director-Northeast.

IDBS was formed by bringing together the most experienced team of off-site building specialists from Excel Homes Group, All American Building Systems and Mod-U-Kraf Homes. These specialists have more than 300 combined years of off-site construction experience in all aspects of design, cost estimating and project management. With five facilities located in Indiana, Iowa, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, IDBS has developed a national reach making it the market leader in off-site commercial and multi-family building solutions in North America.

For more information about IDBS, visit You can also view case studies of this and other IDBS projects by http:// clicking here.

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FX Design Group and Giant Octopus Score Big with BYU Motion Design Project Just in Time for the Cougar Season Opener

Ocoee, FL (PRWEB) October 05, 2012

In 2011, BYU made the strategic decision to become one of the nations top collegiate sports broadcasting networks. It started with a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art television broadcast studio. The next critical step was to bring in the best team of sports production personnel available. BYU accomplished this goal by recruiting alumnus and former ESPN SportsCenter Producer, Mikel Minor, to lead the new team. One of Mikels earliest tasks was to reinvigorate the BYU brand through a new visual spectrum, including a brand new motion design package.

In March of 2012, Mikels team started their search for the motion design firm that could meet his branding and production challenge. After multiple phone calls, e-mails and a face to face concept presentation in Provo, Utah, the decision was made in late May to go with GO. One of the BYU teams major criteria was to find a collaborative partner they could establish a positive working relationship with. It was as important as finding a creative motion design firm that understood the various nuances in creating eye-popping motion design sports packages. They believed that GO fit both objectives.

Early into the project, the BYU team knew that they had made the right decision. We were very comfortable with where we were headed. I was most pleased with how well the GO team heard our input & concerns then incorporated our thoughts into the direction, as well as their own due diligence in capturing the spirit of the university and its unique culture, stated Minor.

The project presented a few unique challenges for the GO creative team. First up was a very aggressive three and a half-month package delivery timeline. Just over 90 days to meet the kickoff of the 2012/2013 Cougar football season opener. The next challenge was creating a new brand that covered all of BYUs current and future sports programming needs. Finally these custom packages had to provide element integration into a Ventuz graphics engine, as well as a Chyron application.

Creative Director on the project, Mannix, summed it up this way, “Our task was to visually represent the past, present, and future of BYU Sports, and to tell their story with the right amount of confidence, swagger and enthusiasm.

The package successfully launched with BYUs football seasons opening game this past Labor Day weekend. To view a short selects reel of the BYU project, click here. Samples of GOs other work can be seen at the FXUTube.

About FX Design Group

FX Design Group and its newly acquired motion graphics company, Giant Octopus (GO), is a design company delivering projects worldwide in broadcast for News, Talk Shows, Lifestyle, Sports and Entertainment programming. FX gives clients access to a complete compliment of set design, motion graphic design and branding, fabrication and installation services, as well as lighting design and lighting gear all from one source. The FX/GO collaborative process focuses on creative synergy, versatility and logistical efficiencies to maximize clients budgets, aesthetics and multi-functionality. To learn more about FX Design Group please call 888-394-7687 or visit

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Mark Adams Joins Ross & Baruzzini as Senior Systems Project Manager

St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) June 01, 2012

Ross & Baruzzini, a globally recognized engineering and architectural planning, design and consulting firm, has announced the appointment of Mark Adams as Senior Systems Project Manager for the Advanced Engineering Systems practice. Adams will provide technical leadership, detailed project management, and execution of the world-class systems engineering projects domestically and internationally.

Adams brings over 25 years of experience with systems design and engineering. His expertise includes design of large scale, complex airport systems, intelligent transportation systems, and critical operation facilities. Prior to his position at Ross & Baruzzini, Adams served as a Senior Systems Engineer in the Aviation Division of URS Corporation in Denver, Colorado. In this position, he provided airport systems design, consulting and project management for a variety of clients, primarily in the aviation market.

New Reed Construction Data Service Provides Free Project Leads to Construction Contractors

Norcross, GA (PRWEB) July 31, 2012

Reed Construction Data, a leading provider of construction information, market intelligence and marketing solutions, announces the release of Local Bid Alerts, a new project alert service that connects contractors and other construction professionals to local projects coming up for bid. Local Bid Alerts offers its customers high quality leads completely free of charge and with no subscription or obligation of any kind.

Local Bid Alerts gives contractors who havent yet tried a lead service, and those who have tried other services, a risk-free, cost-free way to see the outstanding value and quality of our project leads, stated Iain Melville, CEO, Reed Construction Data. Our new service delivers active, first-rate leads not just static samples to give our customers a more complete view of construction activity in their area and open new opportunities for them to find projects they might otherwise miss.

Leveraging projects and contracts from Reed Construction Datas powerful database, Local Bid Alerts introduces contractors to jobs that can help drive success and growth. The service delivers not only project leads, but also details such as contact information and all available plans and specifications. Contractors can reduce time spent researching and focus on jobs with the most potential for profit.

With the Local Bid Alerts package, contractors receive:

Free weekly email alerts, with accurate and exact information about construction projects bidding in their area

Free access to summary-level information for thousands of projects from Reed Construction Datas industry-leading project database

Free exclusive content on cost estimating and construction management content from RSMeans, the most used and most quoted name in construction

Local Bid Alerts automatically delivers new project leads to the contractors inbox on a weekly basis. Once received, the contractor owns the lead and can follow it through all building stages for added value through the duration of the project the lead never disappears. There are no hidden charges, no gimmicks and no surprises.

Local Bid Alerts is an exceptional opportunity for contractors of all specialties to find and bid on projects in their area, stated Iain Melville. We are excited to offer this free new service to give construction professionals the ability to win more jobs and gain an advantage over their competition.

To learn more about Local Bid Alerts, go to

About Reed Construction Data

Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. Reed Construction Datas diverse portfolio of innovative products and services includes national, regional and local construction data, building product information, construction cost data, advertising channels and market intelligence solutions for construction industry professionals in the United States and Canada. For more information, please go to

DIA and HBA Celebrate New Collaboration with Launch of Womens Leadership Project

Horsham, PA (PRWEB) July 31, 2012

DIA and the Healthcare Businesswomens Association (HBA) today announced a new collaboration to advance the careers of women involved in the regulatory, medical, legal and compliance functions of healthcare. The associations will embark on a multi-year initiative called the DIA/HBA Leadership Project, which was launched in June at the 2012 DIA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

A steering committee of senior-level women representing pharmaceutical biotech and medical device companies will lead this unique initiative. The steering committee will develop a plan for:

Oldfields Advance Scaffold Witness Continuing Surge in Demand for Their Project Expertise

Revesby, New South Wales (PRWEB) July 30, 2012

With over 25 years experience, Oldfields Advance Scaffold are widely renowned for being the leading supplier of aluminium mobile towers and scaffolding to both domestic and commercial customers. Their specialised project arm has reported an ever-growing demand for their expertise, innovative advice and high quality products from companies right across Australia who need to complete a diverse range of residential and commercial projects.

General Manager, Mr Maurice Rivera believes that the reasons why so many companies are seeking out Oldfields Advance Scaffold each and every week for help with their projects are simple.

As Mr Rivera explains, Specialist projects are not something that everybody does in this industry. Customers look to us for specialised systems and often they dont know what they need, particularly if the project is somewhat unique or difficult. This is where our team shines.

Our team of scaffolding experts continue to use their depth of knowledge to produce high-end solutions for our growing number of project customers and as such, if we ever need to enter into a quoting or tender process, our proven track record, years of experience, specialist advice and cost-effective solutions see us come to the fore.

Currently, Oldfields Advance Scaffold have a range of projects underway and have previously been linked to some of Australias biggest brands including leading Australian airline, Qantas.

We were extremely pleased to have been able to lend our scaffold hire expertise to Qantas for the project nicknamed The Big Red Tail, which involved re-painting the tail on the Qantas Founders Museum’s Boeing 747 aircraft exhibit, remarks Mr Rivera.

As you can appreciate, the tail on a Boeing 747 is huge as it measures up to half the size of a football field. Being such a difficult shape and height, the project presented plenty of challenges to those co-ordinating it, but was made easier by the solution we provided which included more than 20 vertical metres (65 feet) of high-quality scaffolding support.

Oldfields Advance Scaffold have also been called upon for providing a swing stage to perform maintenance on the big screen at Queenslands Skilled Stadium, event staging at several high calibre events, beach staging for the Iron Man Competition, stadium seating for the Australian Baseball League Season, and many more unique and challenging projects.

They have also been involved in more delicate areas, such as providing the scaffolding platform for professional painters to revive the Regent Theatre roof. As Mr Rivera points out, this historic theme also continues with one of their current projects.

Were currently undertaking a major project at Ayers House in Adelaide. Our company is extremely excited to be involved in this, as Ayers House is considered to be one of the finest examples of Colonial Regency architecture in Australia and remains the largest and best preserved of the houses designed by George Strickland Kingston.

Our project specialists were brought in to advise on the best scaffolding solution and the result of our teams advice has seen the installation of our Aluminium Modular Systems Scaffold to assist them to complete refurbishments on this historical Adelaide building.

Oldfields Advance Scaffold are committed to leading the leading the way as Australias chief provider of scaffolding solutions and their project team is always excited to be able to bring together the best value scaffold hire equipment with guaranteed reliability and expert advice for their growing number of project customers right across the country.

For more information about previous and current Oldfields Advance Scaffold projects or how to contact them for more information, visit

About Oldfields Advance Scaffold

After operating in the industry for over 25 years, Oldfields Advance Scaffold can boast to be Australias leading manufacturers and wholesalers of Aluminium Mobile Scaffold Towers and other scaffolding products.

Oldfields Advance Scaffold is part of the larger publically listed Oldfields Holdings Group, which was established in 1916.

With locations nationwide, they are committed to providing the best value scaffolding equipment solutions for both hire and sales, including a full range of innovative, high quality, safe, reliable products and services to cover all scaffolding needs.

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BizWig: The Next Million Dollar Kickstarter Video Game Project

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) July 13, 2012

A truly fantabulous new Kickstarter project has just hit the Internet. BizWig Interactive is proud to announce the launch of crowdfunding for BizWig, a wealth simulation game on Facebook. With BizWig, game players can live the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Fans of social networking games like CityVille, The Sims Social, and Hidden Chronicles are really going to love BizWig.

“How ya’ gonna keep ‘em down on the FarmVille after they’ve seen BizWig?” hollered Brian Randy Funk, Lead Game Designer at BizWig Interactive. “Bottom line is that BizWig is going to be the most amazing Facebook game ever.”

BizWig is aiming to be the biggest social network game project on Kickstarter. The game begins by asking the question, “What would you do with a million bucks?” Each player starts with $ 1,000,000 in virtual BizBucks and it is up to them to decide how they want to spend all that moolah. In BizWig, gamers can give luxury gifts to friends, unlock secret achievements, and travel to exotic locations. Players own and operate a variety of in-game businesses in order to earn BizBucks by answering daily trivia questions.

The BizWig Kickstarter project has reward levels ranging from $ 1 to $ 10,000. Every BizWig supporter at any amount gets Early Game Access – at least one month before the general public. All pledge rewards include virtual goods which help players advance in the game. Plus, higher pledge levels include tangible rewards and unique opportunities, such as branded money clips, signed posters, Producer credits, and the ability to design customized items that will appear in the game.

The funding goal for BizWig is $ 62,000, although BizWig Interactive fully expects this Kickstarter project to be the most successful project of all time. The project will run for the next 4 weeks and will end on August 10, 2012 at 6:00pm EST. BizWig Interactive will use the funding to pay for major development costs including graphic design, database, hardware, sound editing, and music/soundtrack. Visit the BizWig Facebook page ( for updates and view the full project at (

About BizWig Interactive

BizWig is a wealth simulation social network game on the Facebook platform. BizWig Interactive was started by a small team of gamers in Raleigh, North Carolina. The idea of BizWig was created out of an incubator-style office, where previous endeavors include the largest online satellite/aerial imagery reseller (, a commercial real estate listing service ( and a business networking website ( Using our experience creating & managing new products, we are now launching our first game. We all dream of someday being a BizWig.


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Falcon Containers Awarded C-IED Mout Training Complex Project by the Department of the Air Force, Air Force Special Operations Command

Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 12, 2012

Falcon Containers, a leading provider of repurposed shipping containers, announced their recent military prime contract award to provide training systems and structures for the Department of the Air Force, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), 27th Special Operations Wing (27 SOW), Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico.

The Military Operations program and Urban Operations Department at Falcon Containers will be responsible for the Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) training site development, which will allow full mission profiles, designed to defeat the tactical challenges of improvised explosive devices (IED) as well as the strategic challenges of defeating the network that emplaces the IEDs.

We are excited and honored to be working with the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), and to be part of this effort that enhances MOUT training for our warfighters. Training increases the success of their missions and their safe return home, said Mario Ravelo, VP Military Training Programs, Urban Operations Training at Falcon Containers.

This military project will give Falcon Containers the opportunity to bring together much of our expertise in repurposing shipping containers, including self fabrication, design and installation. The end result will be a simulated city made of containers, said Stephen Shang, CEO, Falcon Containers. This prime contract exceeds $ 13 million worth of military training structures and will consist of the design, fabrication, installation and integration of more than 570 containers into more than 350 buildings and associated instrumentation, control and after action review facilities. Falcon Containers will be locating these structures on Melrose Air Force Range (MAFR) in Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico.

The training system is funded by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) and procured by 1st Lieutenant Kyle J. Gagnon, Flight Commander of the Commodities section for the 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron (27 SOCONS), Cannon AFB. It is essential as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) and enemy tactics continue to evolve, the training facilities offered at MAFR must also evolve to ensure the highest level of training support, said 1st Lieutenant Gagnon.

Several Department of Defense Special Operations Forces (SOF) Components to include AFSOC, United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC), Marines Special Operations Command (MARSOC), and interagency organizations will train on MAFR in joint operations designed to enhance their skill sets in support of their missions. The dynamic capability of this requirement allows changes to the complex layout; thereby providing updated scenarios based upon the ever-evolving IED tactics, techniques and procedures employed by todays insurgents. All of the environments include extensive C-IED problem sets and simulators as well as realistic environmental additions such as sight, sound, and smell generators configured in a way to provide the utmost realistic tactical situations encountered in the deployed environments. Specific areas in each environment contain audio and visual sensors to digitally record and play back the actual scenarios performed by ground and aircrews for after action review on how they communicate with each other to establish lessons learned through synchronicity of operations.

Completion of this requirement will bring a tremendous capability to Cannon AFB. Falcon Containers proposed a high level of technical capabilities and cost-effective value to this project. We are very confident Falcon Containers will do a great job and we are thrilled to get started, said 1st Lieutenant Gagnon.

About Falcon Containers:

Founded in 2003, Falcon Containers repurposes shipping containers to simplify their customers operations. Applications include portable storage containers, military training assets, customized conex containers, and shipping container homes. Falcon has served numerous customers in the Central Texas area and the US Department of Defense throughout the United States. More information can be found at

About Canon Air Force Base and Melrose Air Force Range:

Cannon Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base, located approximately 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Clovis, New Mexico. It is under the jurisdiction of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The Melrose Air Force Range (MAFR) is the primary training range for the host unit at Cannon -the 27th Special Operations Wing (27 SOW) assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The 27 SOW plans and executes specialized and contingency operations using advanced aircraft, tactics and air refueling techniques to infiltrate and supply special operations forces (SOF) and provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and close air support in support of SOF operations. More information can be found at

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Hyannis Kitchen Remodeling Expert Announces Tips to Help Consumers Select the Right Cabinets for Their Home Remodeling Project

Barnstable, MA (PRWEB) July 01, 2012

Kitchen cabinets account for over half the cost of a remodeling project according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Making price driven decisions, can sometimes lead to shoddy cabinet selections. Kitchen cabinets are at eye-level and can consume a good portion of kitchen space, making them a valuable design feature in the kitchen, emphasizing the importance of selecting quality cabinets.

Quality is subjective, every homeowner has a different set of expectations they are looking for in kitchen cabinets. I know I like to get the best products money will buy, but I often have to settle with what I can afford. I still try to buy the best quality even when it will cost a little extra, it is worth it because of the longevity of the product, said Toby Leary, Owner of Toby Leary Fine Woodworking.

Consumer Reports conducted a survey regarding the quality of kitchen cabinets, stock cabinets versus custom cabinets and found, Readers we surveyed who bought the least expensive kitchen cabinets were likelier to have problems down the road. This supports the truth behind the clich

Clever Mojo Games Launches Kickstarter Project for Alien Frontiers iPad Game App

Edmonds, WA (PRWEB) June 19, 2012

Clever Mojo Games, an Edmonds, WA board game design and publishing studio, has launched a project on to raise the $ 15,000 needed to complete the programming, graphics, and soundtrack on an iPad version of their award-winning 2010 board game release, Alien Frontiers. The project offers pledge levels from as little as $ 10.00 to a more ambitious $ 1,250.00 and backer rewards from a single copy of the completed app to a New iPad with an original piece of game art laser-etched onto the iPad’s aluminum back-panel. The crowdfunding project on ends on July 15, 2012 and backers will only be charged if the $ 15,000 goal is reached or exceeded by that date.

Alien Frontiers for iPad has been developing slowly over the last eighteen months with Clint Herron of Elkhart, IN USA as the lead programmer and Karim Chakroun of Besan