Celebrating tomorrow’s timber talent

PBC Today | April 17, 2020

TRADA’s University Challenge 2020 saw students from across the UK design timber community housing that is low-carbon, energy and water efficient, climate-resilient, healthy and desirable. The winners were announced in February. Six talented students scooped first prize for their timber-based housing scheme design at the TRADA University Challenge 2020. Kyle Crossley from Leeds Beckett University, Ryan Jessop from the University of Hertfordshire, Aslinn Aijian Zha from Cardiff University, Kai Yusaf Chelliah from the University of Bristol, Kat Cookes from the University of Gloucestershire and Aaron Shaw from Sheffield Hallam University overcame nine rival teams to win a cash prize and walk away winners. The competition, which took place 17–19 February, saw 58 students from universities across the UK gather at Cardiff University and compete to design, cost and engineer the best low-carbon, energy and water-efficient timber community housing in less than 48 hours.

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Toyota Material Handling, Cornell Engineering Announce Partnership on Innovative Forklift Learning Studio

Toyota Material Handling | May 06, 2022

Toyota Material Handling (TMH) and Cornell University's College of Engineering have announced a unique partnership dedicated to the development of an innovative learning studio that incorporates Toyota equipment to elevate immersive engineering education to an entirely new level. The Forklift Learning Studio will be built and developed during the summer with a goal of officially launching it to Cornell engineering students at the start of the fall semester in August. Toyota and faculty from Cornell Engineering's Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) began discussing this partnership late last year as a way to revolutionize the way engineering students learn by finding a more optimal balance between lecture and lab sessions. "Our students enjoy theory, but they are motivated by action – building and testing. They respond best to seeing engineering systems first and having the system motivate the theory they learn," said David Erickson, the S.C. Thomas Sze Director of MAE. "The educational opportunity Toyota is enabling us to bring to life will fundamentally change the student experience by allowing them to see how each area of engineering connects to a larger system – in this case, a forklift. We believe this will provide students a uniquely engaging learning environment." Erickson intends for this to be the first of multiple learning studios. Each one will be designed to unify multiple courses and link students across classes and skill levels as they engage in work with real-world applications. They will each incorporate a fully functional system – like a forklift – so that students can use it to perform experiments and model problems that connect to lessons from other classes. Toyota proposed that forklifts would be a perfect fit for such a learning studio and offered to donate the equipment and branding work necessary to bring the idea to life. Forklifts encompass all aspects of a mechanical engineering curriculum – they use internal combustion engines (thermofluids), bear weight (structural mechanics), and their use depends on dynamic stability (dynamics and controls). This innovative learning space will provide students with opportunities to discover new principles and to build bridges between courses and to their future careers. "We are excited about the future of this partnership and the impact it will have on the next generation of engineers, As a former engineering student, I would have loved the opportunity to learn in such a hands-on way that connects the classroom to the real world. Young people often wonder how they'll use certain theories in their professional lives because it's often difficult to connect the dots. In our Forklift Learning Studio, all of the 'dots' will exist in the same space as the finished product. This connects perfectly to our Toyota culture of continuous improvement by giving Cornell Engineering students a place for continuous learning." Brett Wood, President & CEO of Toyota Material Handling North America and a Cornell graduate In addition to modernizing the way students learn, the mutually beneficial partnership will expose them to new products and industries where they could build successful careers. The forklift industry is an essential part of the nation's supply chain, and it is coming off a record year in 2021 with 334,000 units sold in North America. The industry contributes more than $26 billion to the United States' annual GDP and offers wide-ranging opportunities for engineers – including in automation. "When you think about it, forklifts are incredibly important to the world we live in. Everything that we buy at the grocery store, every package that ends up at our front door was touched by material handling equipment at some point in the process," said Brian Kirby, the Meinig Family Professor of Engineering at Cornell's MAE. "If we can't move goods and materials, it has a domino effect on all kinds of things in industry, the economy, and ultimately our society. The opportunity to expose our students to such an important industry while also revolutionizing the way they learn is a win-win on every level." About Toyota Material Handling Toyota Material Handling offers material handling products and solutions, including forklifts, reach trucks, order pickers, pallet jacks, container handlers, automated guided vehicles, and tow tractors, along with aerial work platforms, fleet management services, and advanced automation engineering and design. Toyota's commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, the hallmark of the Toyota Production System, extends throughout more than 230 locations across North America. With access to an industry-leading lineup of material handling products, Toyota dealers are uniquely positioned to help solve wide-ranging challenges in warehousing and distribution. Built for every application, Toyota can provide the most complete set of solutions for material handling, automation, energy, advanced logistics, and warehouse optimization.

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LandSouth Breaks Ground On Wildwood Apartments

LandSouth Construction | March 24, 2022

LandSouth Construction, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based, award-winning general contractor, has started construction on Wildwood Apartments, a high-end multifamily development in Wildwood, FL. BLD Group is the developer for Wildwood Apartments, and this marks the first collaboration between BLD Group and LandSouth. Wildwood is scheduled to be completed in early 2024. "Wildwood represents expansion in an already fast-growing area of Florida, LandSouth is thrilled to work with BLD Group to bring Wildwood to life. We hope this is the beginning of a long, productive relationship." LandSouth President and CEO, James Pyle Steve Morrill is the LandSouth project manager for Wildwood Apartments. Matt Sullivan is the superintendent. International Construction and Development Advisors, Inc. is the architecture firm for Wildwood Apartments. Wildwood Apartments will be a six-building, garden-style development and will also offer six garage buildings. Residents of Wildwood will be able to choose from three different floor plans, ranging from 725 to 1,255 square feet, all with spacious balconies. Wildwood will include several amenities, including a pool, clubhouse, fire pit, and a pet wash area. Wildwood will be conveniently located and in proximity to The Villages. "Wildwood and the relationship with BLD Group present new opportunities for LandSouth," Steve Morrill, LandSouth project manager, shared. "We're excited to work with BLD Group and bring beautiful, best-in-class multifamily living to Wildwood, Florida.'" LandSouth will employ its unique integrated construction approach to build Wildwood Apartments. Service components work together to provide seamless delivery through proven procedures, systems, and technology. ABOUT LANDSOUTH CONSTRUCTION LandSouth Construction, the Southeast's premier general contractor, specializing in multifamily, senior living, and mixed-use development, was named one of Engineering News Record's Top 400. Since 1998 LandSouth has transformed ideas into best–in–class communities. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. LandSouth has completed more than 25,000 multifamily units.

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Congruex Extends Midwest Leadership with Acquisition of Ohio Valley Excavating

Congruex | December 17, 2021

Congruex, a national end-to-end provider of design, engineering, construction, and maintenance services to broadband providers, announced the acquisition of Ohio Valley Excavating (OVE), a regional industry leader in commercial excavation. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2004, OVE services the fiber telecommunications and utility industries with installation and maintenance for underground electrical, communications, pipe, and structural placements. OVE's full-service excavation capabilities span commercial and industrial construction as well as emergency repairs, with experience across the private and public sectors in Ohio and the Midwest. The addition of OVE will enhance Congruex's service mix and leadership position in key Midwest markets, bring further expertise in the utility space, and bolster its workforce with additional field crews and management personnel. OVE founders and co-owners Lori and Eldon Hallows and Rade Vladicic will remain and serve as senior leaders of the organization. "OVE's excavation and construction expertise will further expand our underground capabilities as part of turn-key design-build solutions for current and prospective customers in the Midwest. As we continue to bring excellent engineering and construction businesses across the country into the One Congruex family, we are grateful to their leaders and founders, like Lori, Eldon, and Rade, as well as their employee bases for building strong organizations and choosing to partner with Congruex." -Bill Beans, Congruex's CEO We are excited to join the Congruex team and look forward to both increasing our services to our customers and providing a quality future for our team," Lori Hallows, CEO and co-owner of OVE, stated. "We see great things on the horizon with this partnership. Ohio Valley Excavating marks Congruex's seventh acquisition of 2021 and caps the platform's most active year of transactions to date, following Bartell & Associates, Mabeck, Viking Corp, Holborn Splicing, A&M Communications, and Matrix Engineering. Congruex has now completed 16 strategic acquisitions since establishing a partnership with Crestview Partners, a leading New York-based private equity firm with significant expertise in the cable, telecommunications, and business services industries. In 2017, funds managed by Crestview Partners, along with the Congruex leadership team, committed $200 million of equity to build out a new platform as part of what is expected to be a total investment of approximately $500 million. Collectively, these transactions have established Congruex as one of the largest telecom engineering and construction firms in the nation. Congruex was advised by Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP. OVE was advised by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. About Congruex Congruex was formed in late 2017 by industry executives Bill Beans and Kevin O'Hara, in partnership with Crestview Partners. Congruex brings together leading engineering and construction companies across the U.S. into a harmonized platform with capabilities encompassing network development, engineering, construction, mandated road moves, maintenance and operations. Congruex's customers benefit from the integrated skills that it can offer, either as single disciplines or as a turnkey solution with self-perform capabilities. Congruex's engineering services operate nationwide and its construction services operate in the Midwest, California, and the Southeast. For more information: www.congruex.com. About Crestview Partners Founded in 2004, Crestview is a value-oriented private equity firm focused on the middle market. The firm is based in New York and manages funds with over $9 billion of aggregate capital commitments. The firm is led by a group of partners who have complementary experience and distinguished backgrounds in private equity, finance, operations, and management. Crestview has senior investment professionals focused on sourcing and managing investments in each of the specialty areas of the firm: media, industrials and financial services. For more information, please visit www.crestview.com.

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RI Locals Launch National App to Disrupt the Construction Industry

Dibbs Technology | February 24, 2022

Dibbs Technology is excited to announce the launch of its new iOS app. The app is a first in the construction industry to serve as a marketplace for both construction supplies and services. Rated a Top 10 startup company of 2021, Dibbs is designed to take the friction out of bidding, buying, and selling products and services in the construction and real estate marketplace. Based out of Newport, Rhode Island, the app will launch to Rhode Island and Massachusetts residents only, until phase 2 of the launch plan rolls out in April. CEO and Founder Luke Fleury is also a General Contractor and Real Estate Developer in Rhode Island and explains why he created Dibbs. I was tired of spending countless hours trying to find the best quotes for my projects, this is what inspired me to create Dibbs." Dibbs is an app that will allow contractors, suppliers, homeowners, and more, to find the people and projects that they want to work with. "With our built-in bidding templates, we cut the time it takes to place and receive bids in half he adds. "Having a CEO who understands the field and operates on a day-to-day basis with other contractors and suppliers, helps us to ensure we are creating a tool that actually helps our users Dibbs can help people increase productivity and profitability. The app enables users to save money on their next project with more options and lower costs as well as higher quality." -Dibbs COO and Co-Founder Case Olszewski. To celebrate the launch, the company is rolling out a promotion to all new users. Users will have the option to refer friends and industry professionals. If referrals are provided, users will be entered to win a weekend getaway in Vegas. The Dibbs team is proud to launch the app and see users increase productivity and save money. Searching and contacting various sellers often requires multiple searches. While other apps offer lead generation tools, Dibbs provides customization and ease with their all-in-one marketplace for construction bidding. See for yourself how Dibbs is disrupting the construction industry by downloading the app today.

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