GameAbove | June 16, 2022
The Eastern Michigan University alumni group, GameAbove, donates $610,000 to the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology for a new upscale 38,000 sq. ft. park on the University's campus. Land construction began in the spring 2021 and is scheduled for completion for the fall semester and start of the 2022 academic year.
The new park is on the site of the former president's house between Goddard Residence Hall and Sill Hall, which more recently housed a sorority. The redevelopment plans cover the area south of Legacy-Sponberg Theatres to West Forest Avenue. The newly landscaped space around the south side of Sill Hall toward Lowell Street will offer outdoor studying and a gathering area for students and faculty. EMU selected Michigan-based civil engineering company PEA Group to lead the redevelopment.
"We are excited to bring this amazing space to the campus," said Karen LeVert, GameAbove advisory board member. "The renovated Sill Hall offers an incredible academic experience for students pursuing their degrees in STEM-related fields. We want to help extend the innovative design to the outside areas surrounding the building, and that is our goal here with the new park." Along with LeVert, other GameAbove members who contributed to planning the project are Jeff Bourdon, Jack Brusewitz, Chris Kaufman, and Craig Petersmark.
Features of the new park include:
More than 45 new trees and shrubs, including seasonal flowering trees
Nine seating walls
Paved circular drive
Up to six new sculptures
Beautification efforts such as the new park enhance the visual appearance on campus and help with recruiting new students and retaining existing students. Students want their learning environments to be inviting and stimulating, and we will accomplish that with this amazing new outdoor space with the help from GameAbove. We are incredibly grateful for their continuous support of the college and entire University."
Mohamad Qatu, dean of GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology
The donation expands on GameAbove's commitment and partnership with EMU and its College of Engineering and Technology. Since its launch in 2019, GameAbove has committed more than $30 million to EMU, supporting or creating programs that spark innovation and academic advancement. Some of those programs include enhancing faculty enrichment, supplying financial aid to students, and building and improving new facilities that advance student-athlete achievements at EMU. GameAbove also supports programs to encourage STEM learning in school-aged children and partners with nationally recognized organizations that enable youth to explore an education and career path in STEM.
GameAbove at EMU's primary focus is to help shape, inspire and support the current and future students at Eastern Michigan University by reaching new heights in learning through transformation and inspiration in the educational experience. GameAbove aspires to help improve the higher education experience by exploring and supporting innovative financial models to sustain universities, enhancing the campus environment, elevating athletics, promoting pioneering academic programs, and creative giving within the community.
About the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology
The GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology provides world-class experiences in engineering, technology, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, drone technology, gaming, aviation, and other areas of study in high-demand career fields. It is within the college's mission to cultivate individuals' intellectual and personal growth through research-informed education and diverse programs that emphasize the practical application of scientific knowledge.
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education.
McKinstry | May 20, 2022
AkitaBox and McKinstry announce their partnership on delivering facility condition assessments (FCAs). AkitaBox FCA software will give architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) firms and building owners/operators a tool for conducting data collection, reporting, and other aspects of a complete FCA.
"A partnership with McKinstry, a leader in designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining high performance buildings, is exciting for AkitaBox, Their invaluable testing and feedback will help us ensure our software will truly improve every aspect of FCAs."
AkitaBox co-founder Josh Lowe
"We believe that we can help transform something that's been overlooked and is in desperate need of change," Lowe adds. "We look forward to moving the industry towards a better FCA, one asset at a time."
The collaboration began in mid-2021, when McKinstry first learned AkitaBox was developing FCA software. At the time, the company was looking for ways to augment their existing FCA offering to boost delivery of their building consulting services.
"McKinstry is partnering with AkitaBox to enhance our facility condition assessment and asset data collection, analysis, and reporting," says Casey Morris, national facility assessment leader for McKinstry. "AkitaBox brings a set of capabilities that complement our existing tools and methodologies while advancing our ability to achieve greater efficiency and improve deliverables for our clients."
"This partnership will expand our capabilities in the marketplace," continues Morris. "It's going to give us an opportunity to be more competitive while still offering the actionable data and custom solutions for which McKinstry is known."
AkitaBox FCA software fully digitizes a facility's floor plans and maps the location of each asset to the plan, creating a digital twin. Assessment data is collected and incorporated directly into the digital twin. This data can continue to be updated after the FCA is complete for an always current view of facility condition.
AkitaBox delivers an unrivaled data-driven software to assess and optimize the operation and condition of facilities, from the boiler room to the boardroom. Their cloud-based software provides real-time facilities data in a visual and easy-to-use, customizable format - helping teams simplify their operations, reduce risk, and solve even the most complex facility challenges. The AkitaBox Pulse suite of software solutions includes Facility Condition Assessment, Capital Management, Asset Management, Work Order Management, Preventive Maintenance, Occupant Experience, and Inspections. Visit www.akitabox.com.
McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy, and facility services. The firm's innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients with a single point of accountability that drives waste and redundancy out of the design/build process. With over 2,000 professional staff and trades people throughout the United States and operations in more than 20 states, McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and optimize profitability "For The Life of Your Building."
Mighty Buildings | April 18, 2022
Mighty Buildings, a technology company that is revolutionizing the construction industry through 3D printing, using advanced materials and robotic automation to create beautiful, sustainable, and high-quality homes, today announces three senior leadership appointments, as the company builds the foundation for its next phase of growth.
Russ Atassi joins Mighty Buildings as Chief Operating Officer (COO), bringing more than 20 years of experience in supply chain, R&D and manufacturing operations through his previous roles at Airbnb, Facebook Oculus, Apple, Google, General Motors, and Ford. Throughout his professional career, Russ has developed and scaled global supply chain and hardware manufacturing operations for some of the leading tech companies in Silicon Valley. He holds a BSE (Industrial and Systems Engineering) from the University of Michigan Dearborn, a MSE (Industrial & Operations Engineering) from University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and a MS (System Design & Management) from Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT).
Rene Griemens has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and joins the company from Volocopter, the world’s first sustainable air mobility business where, as CFO, he led fundraising efforts totalling more than $340 million in equity and $1 billion in debt. His 30 years of global experience in high-growth technology, investment banking, and strategy consulting include his CFO role at German fintech Kreditech Group, as well as other executive roles at IEG, dooyoo.com, and McKinsey. Rene holds an MA in Economics from the University of Cologne and an MBA from INSEAD.
Mark Aldrich has been appointed as General Counsel, bringing decades of legal expertise in regulatory compliance, product development, and go-to-market strategies. Prior to joining Mighty Buildings, Mark led the legal team supporting new product research and development at Airbnb. Before that, he served in long-term secondment roles as Senior Product and Privacy Counsel for Google, VMWare, Autodesk, NVIDIA, and Intel. Prior to moving in-house, Mark was in private practice, working as outside General Counsel to start up and emerging growth technology companies around the world. Mark earned a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law and a BS in Finance, Real Estate, and Law from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.
“I’m thrilled to have Russ, Rene and Mark join Mighty Buildings at this inflection point in our development as we expand our strategy to support our next stage of growth. The enormous experience and expertise that they bring will accelerate the roll-out of our platform to enable developers to rapidly scale housing deployments and make sustainable living a reality for more customers. The opportunity and demand are massive, and today we have the team in place to not only tap into that demand, but to do so with minimal carbon footprint and enviable speed of execution.”
Mighty Buildings CEO Slava Solonytsin
The company now employs more than 170 team members across the globe in its mission to pioneer new sustainable methods to build better quality and more resilient homes.
About Mighty Buildings
Mighty Buildings is a construction technology company that is dedicated to reimagining the building industry. By applying automation, 3D printing, advanced material science, and other innovative technologies to offsite prefabrication, Mighty Buildings can build houses with fewer labor hours, less residual waste, and reduced environmental impact than conventional construction. Mighty Buildings works with compliance and regulatory agencies to develop future-forward materials that are tested to the most rigorous standards with nearly zero-waste production methods. Having initially proven its business model with ADUs, Mighty Buildings has now shifted to a partnership approach, collaborating with developers to build large quantities of single-family homes, in various configurations, based on its unique panelized Mighty Kit System. Mighty Buildings is committed to making beautiful, sustainable, and high-quality homes a reality for more people.
United Engineers & Constructors | December 20, 2021
United Engineers & Constructors, Inc. (United) announced that Shoreline Power Group, a joint venture between United, Aecon and SNC-Lavalin, has been awarded a contract by Bruce Power to execute the fuel channel and feeder replacement (FCFR) for Unit 3, valued at approximately CAD $400 million, at the Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station in Tiverton, Ontario.
“This award for the FCFR work at Unit 3 highlights the confidence Bruce Power has in Shoreline Power Group and our success in executing the FCFR work currently underway at Unit 6, We are proud of our partnership with Bruce Power and are pleased to play a key role in their mission of providing clean, reliable, low-cost energy to Ontarians for decades to come.”
-Scott Reeder, Chief Executive Officer at United
The scope of work includes an internal reactor inspection, the removal and replacement of calandria tubes, pressure tubes, and feeder tubes, as well as project management, construction management and field execution. Work is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2022, with anticipated completion in 2026.
Shoreline Power Group is currently executing FCFR work on Unit 6, with the majority of work expected to be completed by the end of 2022. In 2018, the joint venture signed a Preferred Supplier Agreement for FCFR work at the plant’s remaining five units as part of Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement (MCR) program. With the award of Unit 3, there are four units remaining.
United’s Steam Generator Replacement Team (SGRT) joint venture is also currently contracted to replace steam generators at Bruce Units 3, 4 and 6.
“We are making this significant contract award with the confidence that the members of the Shoreline Power Group have demonstrated the experience and commitment to safety, quality and innovation to successfully deliver this key part of our Life Extension program,” said Mike Rencheck, President & Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Power.
United Engineers & Constructors is an industry leading infrastructure engineering, procurement, construction and consulting company dedicated to improving lives by delivering the world’s most impactful solutions. Since 1905, we have served the power industry by providing comprehensive lifecycle services for the conventional generation, nuclear, transmission and distribution, renewable, and distributed energy markets. Together with our clients and partners, we are unified in our efforts to deliver innovative and transformative infrastructure designed and built to meet the demands of today and for the future. www.ueci.com