Battelle Energy Alliance calls for industry partners in advanced construction technology push

Daily Energy Insider | April 21, 2020

Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, is seeking interested industry partners to develop or demonstrate advanced construction technologies and processes that could transform nuclear energy system project economics and schedule success. Construction costs and schedule risks are predominant factors driving up the costs of new nuclear energy systems, Dr. Ashley Finan, director of the National Reactor Innovation Center, said. The NRIC advanced construction technologies initiative will support a transformation in nuclear energy construction and deployment costs and scalability, enabling nuclear energy to make important contributions to the energy system of the future. The NRIC is executing the initiative as a means of enabling advanced reactor demonstration and deployment. It is led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Lab, for which BEA is the managing and operating contractor.

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The medical and healthcare industries are central to our society, whether it’s in maintaining the health of the population or driving economic value. This importance often puts the industry at the heart of political and social conversations, but these discussions frequently overlook the role of design and electrical engineers in improving the health of the sector.

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The medical and healthcare industries are central to our society, whether it’s in maintaining the health of the population or driving economic value. This importance often puts the industry at the heart of political and social conversations, but these discussions frequently overlook the role of design and electrical engineers in improving the health of the sector.

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Sciens Building Solutions Acquires Central California Company

Sciens Building Solutions | July 15, 2022

Sciens Building Solutions ("Sciens") today announced the addition of Lodi, California-based Cen-Cal Fire Systems ("Cen-Cal") to its national portfolio of companies. Cen-Cal is the latest acquisition announcement from Sciens and adds to the company's footprint in the important and strategic Northern/Central California market, where it already has an established presence through its Bay Area Division, Sabah International. Cen-Cal will partner closely with Sabah in this region to deliver more value for their customers through cross-collaboration. "We chose to partner with Sciens to continue the success and growth of Cen-Cal by working alongside its experienced leadership team and leveraging the investment that they will provide to help our business grow while building on our great success, . Sciens' growing national presence, combined with Cen-Cal's established reputation in the Central Valley, positions us to develop even broader customer offerings and employee opportunities in the Northern/Central regions of California." -Byron Weisz, Vice President of Cen-Cal Fire Systems. In 1986, brothers Wayne and Byron Weisz founded Cen-Cal based on their extensive experience and knowledge in fire sprinkler design, fabrication, and installation. They have experience with wet, dry, pre-action and AFFF fire sprinkler systems in commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential applications. Cen-Cal has decades of experience in the specialty sprinkler and suppression markets and bring with them a long-standing respected reputation in the industry. "As we continue on our rapid growth trajectory, I'm pleased to welcome Cen-Cal and its very capable team to the fun Sciens journey, We have enjoyed significant success over the past five years with Sabah International in this region and are delighted to add the considerable sprinkler capabilities that Cen-Cal brings to the table. We have no plans of slowing down and continue to seek partnerships with companies like Cen-Cal that are closely aligned with our vision and core values." -Terry Heath, CEO Sciens'. About Sciens Building Solutions- Headquartered in San Francisco, California, and backed by The Carlyle Group, Sciens Building Solutions is a holding company focused on the fire detection and security services sector. This includes the design, installation, and provision of maintenance services for fire detection and clean agent fire suppression systems in a variety of commercial, institutional, and government facilities. About Cen-Cal Fire Systems- Cen-Cal was founded in 1986, when brothers Byron and Wayne Weisz combined their experience and knowledge in fire sprinkler design, fabrication, and installation to form the company with the business mantra of "doing what you tell people you are going to do." Cen-Cal's portfolio of expertise includes consultation, design, fabrication, installation, and service of underground and overhead fire protection systems. They have experience with wet, dry, pre-action and AFFF fire sprinkler systems in commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential applications.

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Intelliwave Technologies Releases Enhanced SiteSense® Integrations with Procore® Financials and Field Productivity Modules

PROCORE | September 12, 2022

Intelliwave Technologies, a global leader in providing digital solutions for construction materials management and tracking, is proud to announce a significant expansion of the integration available between SiteSense and Procore Technologies, a leading global provider of construction management software. This integration continues to strengthen the strategic partnership between SiteSense and Procore by providing additional value to mutual customers utilizing leading construction technology tools in one ecosystem. Intelliwave Technologies was formed in 2007 to increase "Time on Tools" for craft labor productivity and improve overall site safety in construction. The result was the creation of a revolutionary web and mobile-based software solution in one encompassing brand, SiteSense. SiteSense's integration with Procore's Directory, Financials, Quality and Safety and Field Productivity modules allows construction teams to effectively close the loop for vendor payment for commitments along with defect management, while tracking material, tools, assets, and equipment consumption from one project to another, with support from the existing directory from Procore during these transactions. This enhanced integration builds on SiteSense's previous integration releases with Procore to provide teams additional touchpoints to further connect the office to the field, driving project performance more effectively. SiteSense and Procore customers can now: Utilize Directory records during field transactions: Directory entries in Procore now sync to SiteSense as workers, crews, and jobs to assist with auto populating contact information, company names and e-mails but can also provide support scanning site badges for materials, tools, assets, and equipment handover transactions. Manage Delivery Defects with Observations: Defect tickets created during receiving of materials, tools, assets, and equipment transactions in SiteSense sync to Procore as Non-Conformance Observations to ensure the defect is reviewed and resolved with the vendor. Types of defects that can be logged in SiteSense include Unacceptable, Overage, Shortage and Damage (UOS&Ds). Support the 3-way match for Commitments: SiteSense Receiving Reports sync to Procore as Commitment Invoices to remove communication issues when closing the loop for jobsite deliveries of materials, tools, assets, and equipment to ensure trust with vendors and continued deliveries. Financial Consumption of Resources: SiteSense Issue Tickets for consumption of materials, tools, assets, equipment, and consumables sync to Procore as one of three options, Change Event, Time and Materials Ticket or Direct Cost to ensure cost is either re-captured through or properly allocated to a project budget that is consuming the goods. Advanced Project Mapping: Added support for 1-1, 1-many or many-1 Procore to SiteSense Projects to support custom Warehousing and Inventory Management use cases. Developer Managed Service Account Configuration: Upgraded set-up of the integration from legacy Service Accounts to the new Developer Managed Service Accounts (DMSA) that drastically reduces the time required to set-up the integration between SiteSense and Procore. The two-way integration between Intelliwave SiteSense and Procore provides considerable value to our shared clients, We look forward to providing new and prospective clients our enhanced best-in-class integration for inventory control, supply chain and materials management for all types and sizes of construction projects." -Dale Beard, CEO of Intelliwave. The SiteSense integration with Procore provides a connected network of leading construction technology tools that can help: Reduce administration costs by up to 10% Craft labor productivity improvement by up to 16% Reduce material bulk purchases by up to 40% "SiteSense by Intelliwave can help reduce data entry errors, transit time, and receipt capture for payment to vendors," said Micah Senen, partner manager at Procore. "The new enhancement to the integration reaffirms how vital SiteSense is for AEC companies looking to bridge the gap between their office and field teams and achieve maximum project performance. By syncing directory entries, defect tickets, and commitment invoices from Procore to SiteSense, we continue to achieve our mutual goal of connecting everything and everyone in construction." ABOUT INTELLIWAVE TECHNOLOGIES: Intelliwave Technologies provides the world's most comprehensive materials management digital solution for construction projects. SiteSense Cloud and Mobile Software enables construction crews to make more informed decisions with accurate real-time information on material status and availability. ABOUT PROCORE: Procore is a leading global provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have run on Procore's platform. Our platform connects every project stakeholder to solutions we've built specifically for the construction industry—for the owner, the general contractor, and the specialty contractor. Procore's App Marketplace has a multitude of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with our platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore has offices around the globe.

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Godspeed Capital-backed Huckabee Architects Acquires Image Engineering Group

Huckabee Architects | August 16, 2022

Godspeed Capital Management LP (“Godspeed Capital”), a lower middle-market Defense & Government services, solutions, and technology focused private equity firm, today announced the successful acquisition of Image Engineering Group (“IEG” or the “Company”), a Texas-based Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (“MEP”) design firm focused on sustainability in the education, commercial, and retail markets. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1991 in Westlake, Texas, IEG is a leading provider of innovative MEP design and engineering solutions. Driven by a mission to deliver sustainable, cost-effective buildings and deep expertise operating within the education, commercial, and retail architecture markets, IEG’s seasoned management team boasts a more than 30-year track record of providing environmentally friendly and cost-effective MEP solutions to education, commercial, and retail facilities across Texas and nationally. IEG will join Rachlin Partners and TSK Architects as part of Huckabee Architects, Inc. (“Huckabee”), Godspeed Capital’s Architectural, Engineering, and Consulting (“AEC”) services and solutions growth platform focused on education and government markets. Continuing Godspeed’s ongoing strategy to further grow and diversify Huckabee’s capabilities, IEG will add technology solutions, geographic and market reach, and customer relationships to the platform. Under the Huckabee umbrella, IEG will integrate its MEP engineering capabilities to enhance the platform’s design innovation and expand the continuum of capabilities offered to Huckabee’s growing customer base. “We are thrilled to announce the addition of IEG to our platform, whose highly technical MEP engineering capabilities are a key area of expertise for Huckabee as we work to become a diversified, leading national AEC services platform. IEG is a recognized leader within the industry and has gained a tremendous amount of respect for their innovative engineering solutions and the premier client service that IEG’s team brings to each of its projects. We look forward to leveraging the firm’s capabilities to provide Huckabee’s clients a fully comprehensive offering of AEC services and solutions.” -Chris Huckabee, Chief Executive Officer of Huckabee. Don Penn, Founder of Image Engineering Group, said, We are excited to join forces with Huckabee and add new design and engineering innovations, scale, and diversity to the platform. Not only will Huckabee’s expansive AEC offerings enable us to expand our network into the growing K-12 and Higher Education sectors across the Southwestern US; the platform will also provide us with a substantial inflow of work to backfill our business development pipeline. About Image Engineering Group: Image Engineering Group is a Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing design firm located in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area founded by Don Penn in 1991. IEG has dedicated its efforts to educating school districts and other specialty clients in ways to become more environmentally friendly and cost effective in their Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing design. IEG’s over 30 engineers and designers, by merging geothermal HVAC with solar and wind solutions, have created some of the most energy efficient facilities in the country. About Huckabee Architects: Huckabee Architects is the platform brand of Godspeed Capital’s new architecture, engineering, and consulting services and solutions growth strategy focused on providing cutting edge, technology-driven education design and engineering solutions in attractive, high-growth U.S. markets. Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Huckabee is the largest education architecture and design services firm in the state of Texas and consistently ranks among the top educational architecture firms in the nation. The firm’s expertise ranges from early learning to higher education, the arts, athletics and spaces where learners of all ages can expand their knowledge. The firm’s education-focused services complement a holistic, human-centric and evidence-based approach to design. About Godspeed Capital: Godspeed Capital is a lower middle-market Defense & Government services, solutions, and technology focused private equity firm investing alongside forward-thinking management teams that seek an experienced and innovative investment partner with unique sector expertise, operational insight, and flexible capital for growth. While a typical investment will involve companies generating approximately $3 million to $30 million of EBITDA, Godspeed Capital has significant support to complete larger transactions through strategic co-invest relationships. The firm focuses on control buyouts, buy-and-builds, corporate carve-outs, and special situations.

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