Archeological treasures found during metro construction in Greece

Telegraph | April 21, 2019

The construction of a metro network beneath the Greek city of Thessaloniki has unearthed an extraordinary treasure trove of ancient artefacts, from gold wreaths and rings to statues of the goddess Aphrodite. The progress of the metro system has been delayed because of the sheer number of items that have been found beneath the streets of Greece’s second city.
Archeologists have dug up more than 300,000 artefacts, from coins and jewellery to marble statues, amphorae, oil lamps and perfume vases. They were found in what would have been the thriving commercial centre of the ancient city, which was the second most important conurbation in the Byzantine Empire after Constantinople.

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Buildertrend, the Leader in Construction Management Software, Secures Significant Investment Led by Bain Capital Tech Opportunities

Buildertrend | December 29, 2020

Buildertrend, the main supplier of cloud-based programming for homebuilders, remodelers and forte temporary workers, today reported that it has gotten a venture from Bain Capital Tech Opportunities and HGGC to quicken its development and grow the administrations it gives to clients. This first institutional venture will quicken Buildertrend's development direction through essential acquisitions and drive venture into neighboring contributions, for example, installments, information investigation and temporary worker administrations. Monetary terms of the private exchange were not revealed. Established in 2006 by Steve Dugger, Jeff Dugger and Dan Houghton, and situated in Omaha, Buildertrend is the main cloud-based development the board stage for private homebuilding, giving hearty and present day development the executives devices to more than 16,000 homebuilding, redesigning and claim to fame development organizations, their sub-contractual workers and their customers. Development groups depend on Buildertrend to maintain their organizations by normalizing planning and work processes, dealing with installments, buy and change arranges, and improving client correspondence and perceivability. "We established Buildertrend with a dream to upset the development business and make the confounded homebuilding and forte development measure more straightforward and effective," said Dan Houghton, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Buildertrend. "Bringing top notch cloud-based applications to the business has situated our foundation to be a reasonable differentiator. It was a considerable choice to welcome on an accomplice unexpectedly, and we are eager to cooperate with Bain Capital and HGGC and to use their worldwide organizations and ability scaling vertical programming organizations. This association will empower us to convey considerably more incentive to our clients across the world."

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Republic Urban Properties and Blach/Cahill JV Partner with Prescient Co. to Employ Innovative Metal Framing System

Republic Urban Properties & Blach/Cahill JV | October 14, 2021

Building partners at Gateway at Millbrae Station – Republic Urban Properties and Blach Construction/Cahill Contractors Joint Venture (Blach/Cahill) – have teamed up with Prescient Co., a construction technology company that aims to revolutionize the industry by speeding up construction time, substantially lowering project costs, and reducing waste.Gateway at Millbrae Station is one of the largest transit-oriented developments in the Western United States. The mixed-use complex, set to be completed by Blach/Cahill in summer 2022, will assist in addressing Bay Area housing needs, as well as bolster office, hospitality and other urban amenities. Poised to create 1,100 new jobs, the project also provides access to sustainable transportation through BART, CalTrain, and SamTrans, with close proximity to San Francisco International Airport. It will include 320 market-rate apartments, 80 Veteran-preferred affordable units, a 164-room Marriott Residence Inn, 150,000 sq. ft. of Class-A office space, 44,000 sq. ft. of ground-floor retail and restaurant space, and establish new public open spaces, plazas, pedestrian/bike paths and dog parks. Republic Urban Properties and Blach, two agile companies with deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area are driving innovative solutions that address perennial industry challenges, including schedules and budgets, which are often adversely affected when unexpected problems arise. In sourcing materials for Gateway at Millbrae Station, the partners weren’t looking for small ways to cut costs and timelines. Instead, they were looking for greater efficiencies, enhanced quality and improved worker safety to significantly impact the overall building process and value of the finished product. Where they landed can be considered a paradigm shift. Enter Prescient Co., a pre-engineered, prefabricated light gauge metal frame building system that utilizes design integration, advanced manufacturing, and rapid assembly to cut overall project costs and reduce project schedules throughout the construction process. To Republic Urban Properties and Blach/Cahill, the Prescient system has been a game-changer for this large-scale project. “When you think of a typical industrial company, two to five percent of revenue is invested every year in research and development while in IT, it is up to twelve percent; you don't see those percentages within the construction industry,” explains. “There are many people who are taking different parts of that value chain to innovate in, but at the end of the day, there is really no platform like Prescient that marries the hardware piece of construction with the digital and software suite of applications to produce and execute projects in one seamless process with a continuous digital thread.” -Magued Eldaief, CEO of Prescient Co In fact, Prescient’s system played a key role in the completion of the mixed-use complex’s light-gauge steel framing structure earlier this summer. “Starting a project in March 2021 and topping out that project in July 2021 is absolutely unheard of in recent times for an apartment construction type,” says Michael Van Every, CEO of Republic Urban Properties. The building team’s investment in efficient construction practices at Gateway at Millbrae Station has enabled a myriad of benefits, in addition to reducing project timelines. The Prescient metal framing system produces less waste on-site than other materials, reduces the amount of on-site staging area needed, provides substantial safety and accuracy benefits, decreases insurance costs, and streamlines the project’s labor requirements. Blach/Cahill introduced Prescient to Republic Urban Properties as a solution for the massive housing project’s unique timeline challenges and the desire to employ an efficient metal-frame construction methodology. “Construction is an inherently complex and dangerous undertaking, particularly when dealing with a project of this scale,When we discovered Prescient’s platform, we knew it would be a perfect fit for Gateway at Millbrae Station, not only allowing us to gain incredible cost and time efficiencies on this massive project, but one that would greatly improve worker safety. Ultimately, the Prescient solution has allowed us to prefabricate 80 percent of the building structures offsite in a controlled environment.” -Blach Vice President James Woodbury As the Bay Area community awaits the unveiling of Gateway at Millbrae Station, the building team will continue to break barriers and deliver innovative solutions that result in dramatic efficiency gains. “Our industry may be struggling, trying to maintain costs and schedules, but we are experiencing success,” said Reyad Katwan, COO of Republic Urban Properties. “We’re building on our experiences, and continually improving. We believe so much in this partnership among the three companies that we’re already envisioning future projects with the same team going forward.” About Republic Urban Properties Republic Urban Properties is the West Coast Division of the Republic Family of Companies, known for developing quality real estate throughout the United States, from land development and historic adaptive reuse to shopping malls. Republic specializes in transit-oriented and mixed-use projects, is involved many projects in the public and private sector areas for acquisition and/or land joint venture partnerships and builds landmarks. This innovative, lean team has a magnitude of experience working closely with state, county, and city governments to successfully navigate the intricacies of California’s regulatory environment. Republic Urban Properties is developing over 5.7 million square feet of multifamily, office, retail and hospitality, with an estimated market value among projects slated for completion within the next five years totaling approximately $1.79 billion. Ranked in the Top 50 Bay Area Developers by the San Francisco Business Journal, Republic plays an integral role in making San Jose and the Peninsula one of the top three multifamily markets in the country. Learn more at republicfamilyofcompanies.com/about/republic-urban-properties/ or via LinkedIn. About Blach Construction Founded in 1970, Blach Construction builds structures of enduring quality and value throughout California. The company’s experience encompasses a broad cross section of education, housing, institutional, mixed-use and workplace building types, including technology, life sciences, professional services, health care, K-12 and higher education, and civic/community facilities. A leading innovator, Blach is dedicated to incorporating advanced construction techniques, leveraging its prefabrication, self-perform and virtual design and construction expertise where and when possible. With a solid understanding of traditional and collaborative delivery methods, Blach is dedicated to offering greater efficiencies and increased value to clients. The firm consistently wins awards across the construction industry and general business community for its projects, innovation, employee engagement and community service. Quality and safety are at its core. As a result, Blach is continually ranked as a “Top Contractor in California” by Engineering News-Record and has received multiple “Construction Safety Excellence Awards” from the Associated General Contractors of California, earning 1st Place in 2020 (Building Division – under 400,000 worker hours). Additionally, and as a testament to its company culture, Blach has been recognized repeatedly since 2009 as a “Best Place to Work” in the Bay Area by the Silicon Valley Business Journal/San Francisco Business Times. Blach is headquartered in San Jose with branch offices in Monterey and Orange County. To learn more, visit blach.com and engage with us on LinkedIn. About Prescient Co. Prescient’s integrated architectural and engineering digital software platform leverages precision off-site manufacturing to enable construction and efficient project delivery. Designed for advanced professionals who plan, design, and build multi-unit housing and hospitality structures, the Company’s digital design-build system harnesses the power of technology to revolutionize the building environment. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Prescient holds over 100 patents across 30 countries for its hardware system and digital thread technology platform. To date, Prescient has completed 57 buildings and 9.1 million square feet through its software and IP, which enables architects and building owners to drive down construction costs, increase ROI and improve efficiency across the entire development, construction, and operating value chain.

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Cook & Boardman Acquires National Millwork

Cook & Boardman Group | January 05, 2022

The Cook & Boardman Group LLC ("Cook & Boardman" or "C&B"), the nation's leading distributor of commercial door entry solutions and security integration services has announced the acquisition of Riviera Beach, FL-based National Millwork (NMI). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. National Millwork was founded in 1998 by Otto Nonnenmann and Michael Bosco with the goal of becoming a full service door, hardware and millwork company that would be both supplier and subcontractor to the construction industry. With a focus on manufacturing the highest quality doors and a commitment to installing everything they manufacture, NMI has experienced tremendous growth and expansion. In 2015 NMI expanded its geographic reach and distribution capabilities with the acquisition of Elite Door & Trim in Denton, TX (which is included in the transaction). Today the company operates full hollow metal, door, key & hardware shops; manufactures and installs pre-hung, pocket, bypass and exterior doors, clubhouse and lobby finishes and interior trim and mouldings. NMI also supplies and installs Division 10 specialty products, including commercial bathroom partitions and washroom accessories. "NMI fits perfectly into our strategy of offering total opening solutions, and I am excited to welcome them to the Cook & Boardman family. Their manufacturing capabilities and installation services will allow us to deliver an even greater value proposition to our customers on multi-family and commercial construction projects – including interior pre-hung doors." -Darrin Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of C&B My mission in founding National Millwork more than 20 years ago was to become the preferred, turnkey provider for large residential and commercial projects, noted NMI founder and CEO Otto Nonnenmann, and in Cook & Boardman we found a partner that shares our vision. "Our companies share a common culture and commitment to customer service, and I am confident that NMI will thrive under C&B ownership." The company will continue to operate under the National Millwork name and customer contacts will remain unchanged as a result of the acquisition. -NMI co-founder and COO, Michael Bosco Cook & Boardman is a portfolio company of Littlejohn & Co., LLC. National Millwork represents C&B's nineteenth acquisition since being acquired by Littlejohn in October 2018. About Cook & Boardman Group Cook & Boardman is the premier distributor of commercial doors, frames & hardware and one of the nation's fastest growing providers of integrated security solutions - including physical security, access control, wireless networking, low voltage cabling, audio/visual and managed information technology products. The company serves multi-family and non-residential markets including commercial, education, government, healthcare, office and hospitality sectors from more than 70 locations across 21 states and nationwide through its ecommerce portal at www.cookandboardman.com. About Littlejohn & Co., LLC Littlejohn & Co., LLC is a Greenwich, Connecticut-based investment firm focused on private equity and debt investments primarily in middle market companies. The firm seeks to build sustainable success for its portfolio companies through a disciplined approach to engineering change. For more information about Littlejohn, visit www.littlejohnllc.com.

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