What Social Distancing Looks Like On An Active Construction Site

Bisnow Media | April 13, 2020

On a normal day on the job site at 121 North Beech St. in Portland, Oregon, subcontractors, trade workers and foremen would crowd into one room for morning briefings, chat in the lines for the food trucks, eat together at packed tables and pass tools around without a second thought. But these are far from normal days. To limit the transmission of the coronavirus, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has ordered the shutdown of almost all businesses across the state, with the exception of those providing essential services. Construction remains active, and job sites throughout the state are staying open, at least for now. The safety of construction employees depends on precautions taken by construction employers, local unions and general contractors at each job site.  Job sites may not immediately seem like worrisome places for virus transmission, with construction employees spread out across a wide area. But over the course of the day in a construction zone, there are choke points where employees would normally come into close contact with each other.  When COVID-19 became a threat, Truebeck Construction responded by implementing a communicable disease prevention task force in early March, prior to any shelter-in-place orders on the West Coast.

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Material Bank Wins Prestigious 2022 Adobe Experience Maker "The Disruptor” Award

Material Bank | June 28, 2022

The Adobe Experience Maker Awards has named Material Bank, the world’s largest marketplace for architectural, design, and construction materials, as the winner in The Disruptor category of its 2022 awards program, designed to recognize individuals, companies, and teams creating the most game-changing, innovative, and impactful customer experiences using Adobe Experience Cloud solutions. The awards celebrate leaders in their respective industries that deliver personalization at scale, enable seamless customer journeys, and drive business growth. The 2022 Adobe Experience Maker Awards featured 13 global categories, with winners that include The Home Depot, Yahoo, Verizon, among others. The Disruptor category recognizes a company that has reimagined the commerce experience for B2C and B2B customers by driving growth across multiple sales channels, brands, and geographies. “Adobe’s technology has supported our vision of transforming the way the architecture and design industry works by removing the friction that exists when searching and sampling materials. We are thrilled to have received this extraordinary award alongside some of the best, most future-forward companies in the world and to be recognized for the innovative ways in which we are using Adobe solutions.” - Adam I. Sandow, Founder & CEO of Material Bank. Material Bank was nominated for the award by Imagination Media, certified Adobe Partner agency that develops custom e-Commerce solutions. At the awards ceremony, Adobe recognized Material Bank for creating dynamic, personalized experiences from its extensive product catalog of almost 500 brands, thousands of SKUs, and a content database with more than 27 million unique assets. Adobe’s sophisticated technology helps to power Material Bank’s revolutionary platform that simplifies the complex process of material searching and sampling and connects thousands of design professionals to hundreds of brands. This award follows Material Bank’s recent recognition as one of Business Insider’s Hottest Proptech Startups and Forbes’ Best Startup Employers. Material Bank has experienced extraordinary industry adoption and growth since its 2019 launch and continues to provide powerful solutions that drive the design industry forward. About Material Bank- Material Bank is a marketplace for design professionals and brands in the architecture and design industry, providing the fastest and most sustainable way to search, sample, and specify materials. Named as one of Business Insider’s Hottest Proptech Startups and Forbes’ Best Startup Employers, the revolutionary platform powers complex searches across hundreds of brands in seconds. Samples ordered by midnight (ET) are delivered in a single box by 10:30 AM the next day. With a rapidly growing community of members, Material Bank has changed the way material manufacturers and brands connect with the architecture and design industry.

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Watchmaker Genomics Raises $40M Series A Financing to Accelerate Growth and Expand Clinical Sequencing Product Offerings

Watchmaker Genomics | June 06, 2022

Watchmaker Genomics, a life sciences company specializing in the development of high-stringency applications focused on the reading, writing, and editing of DNA and RNA, announced it had secured $40 million in an oversubscribed Series A, bringing total funding to date to $53.5 million. The round was led by Decheng Capital, with co-investment from Eclipse Ventures. Founded in 2019, Watchmaker established an enzyme engineering technology platform that leverages recent advances in computational design and directed evolution. The founding team has deep domain expertise in next-generation sequencing (NGS) and clinical oncology assay development and a track record of building successful life science companies, notably Kapa Biosystems, Enzymatics, and ArcherDx. The company launched its first product in 2020 and has since achieved profitability with 175% year-over-year revenue growth. With this Series A round of financing, Watchmaker plans to accelerate investment in its protein engineering platform to deliver a suite of new products that address the demands of clinical sequencing and support emerging applications in single-cell analysis, epigenetics, and cell-free DNA. In addition, the company will expand commercial channels and manufacturing capacity, making these product solutions more broadly accessible to the life science and genomics communities. "We are thrilled to partner with Watchmaker Genomics as the company enters its next phase of product innovation and commercialization. The experienced team at Watchmaker has already built a strong foundation, and we look forward to supporting their continued growth," said Decheng Capital Partner Victor E. Tong, Jr., who is joining the Watchmaker Board of Directors. "Watchmaker is developing tools and techniques that will unlock the future of genomics, both in the lab and the clinic. We are excited to partner with this world-class team as they pioneer the new frontier of genomics and ultimately, significantly improve how we treat diseases," said Eclipse Ventures Partner Justin Butler, who will join Watchmaker as a Board Observer. The additional financing will enable Watchmaker to more quickly scale our organization to meet the explosive demands of the genomics industry and help to further realize our vision of more personalized medicine and improved human health. Decheng Capital is a leading investor in life science and sequencing, and we are excited to have the firm lead our Series A. Watchmaker, Decheng, and Eclipse share a passion for building market-leading, impactful companies, and we welcome Victor and Justin to join us." Trey Foskett, CEO and Co-Founder of Watchmaker Genomics This news builds on the company's previously announced collaborations with Twist Biosciences, Element Biosciences, Singular Genomics, and Molecular Loop. Watchmaker will be showcasing its DNA and RNA NGS solutions for clinically relevant sample types and applications at the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) conference from June 6th - 9th in Orlando, FL. About Watchmaker Genomics Watchmaker Genomics applies advanced enzymology to enable breakthrough applications for the reading, writing, and editing of DNA and RNA. The company combines domain expertise in protein engineering with large-scale enzyme manufacturing to address the demanding quality, performance, and scale requirements of high-growth clinical genomics applications. Watchmaker's product portfolio includes enzymes and kits for next-generation sequencing library preparation, synthetic biology, and molecular diagnostics. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Watchmaker team brings decades of collective experience building successful life science companies, commercializing novel technologies, and advancing clinical genomics applications. Watchmaker partners directly with innovative life science companies, commercial sequencing providers, and pioneering research labs. About DeCheng Capital Decheng Capital, founded in 2012, is a leading investment firm providing capital and strategic support to early stage life science companies with revolutionary technologies and growth stage healthcare companies with a strong market presence. We are a group of dedicated professionals with complementary expertise who have outstanding track records of building highly successful companies globally. With over $2 billion in capital under management and support from some of the most prestigious LPs in the world, Decheng is poised to deliver superior returns for our investors and create value for our entrepreneur partners. About Eclipse Ventures With over $2 billion in assets under management, 70 portfolio companies, and a team of investors with deep expertise in technology, manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, healthcare and consumer products, Eclipse is one of the US' leading venture capital organizations. Its leadership team has the experience and deep expertise necessary to create and scale complex operations – with partners coming from industry giants, such as Flextronics, Tesla, Apple, Samsara, Intel and GE. Eclipse partners with entrepreneurs boldly transforming the essential industries that define and propel economies.

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Tamarack Grove Engineering Selects Unanet for CRM to Help Manage Customer Pipeline

Unanet | May 26, 2022

Unanet, the leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, announced today that Tamarack Grove Engineering, a leading structural engineering and design firm with more than 2,500 projects each year throughout North America, has selected Unanet CRM AEC. Tamarack Grove expects Unanet CRM to enable widespread collaboration across project teams that will grow the business by potentially doubling their current customers and prospects. Tamarack Grove Engineering is a Boise-based structural engineering and design firm that specializes in manufacturing, commercial, and facilities markets including fast food restaurants and grocery chains. It also specializes in natural disaster evaluation, restoration, and maintenance for facilities. As a Unanet ERP AE customer for approximately three years, Tamarack Grove found that as they continued to rapidly grow, they needed a CRM solution to effectively manage existing and new client relationships, and provide visibility into the company's project pipeline to help shape strategic direction and understand the resources needed for potential projects. "Unanet ERP had positively transformed our productivity and profitability over the last three years. When we realized that we outgrew our rudimentary CRM system and needed a robust CRM solution, we immediately looked at Unanet, Unanet has already provided huge value to us on the ERP side, and the CRM had received positive reviews from other AEC firms. Now our ERP and CRM tools will be integrated in one, easy-to-access solution and we have a platform that we are all familiar with." Duncan Robertson, director of business development and marketing at Tamarack Grove Engineering Tamarack is implementing its CRM quickly, which is another advantage Unanet offers over competitive products. Once implemented, Unanet will give Tamarack a variety of benefits it needs to succeed in growing its business including the ability to: Simplify and coordinate new leads and existing client data entry and management through Microsoft Outlook Easily scan in the company's vast, incoming new contacts and leads through the business card scanner feature Manage customer relationships and information around projects to effectively direct teams, partners, and resources More than 1,850 architecture, engineering and construction companies like Tamarack Grove Engineering select Unanet ERP and CRM because they have the right mix of functionality and accessibility, while also offering the ability to scale and grow seamlessly. About Unanet Unanet is a leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM solutions purpose-built for Government Contractors, architecture, engineering, construction, and professional services. More than 3,400 project-driven organizations depend on Unanet to turn their information into actionable insights, drive better decision-making, and accelerate business growth. All backed by a people-centered team invested in the success of your projects, people, and financials. For more information, visit www.unanet.com. About Tamarack Grove Engineering Tamarack Grove Engineering is a Boise-based, leading structural engineering and design firm with more than 2,500 projects throughout North America. The company specializes in manufacturing, commercial, and facilities markets. For more information, visit www.tamarackgrove.com. Founded in 2003, the company's mission is to serve clients by providing responsive, safe and trusted solutions with the highest quality, most dependable engineering and design services while providing an environment for its team members to grow.

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Hoffmann Green Signs a Major Distribution Contract With BOUYGUES IMMOBILIER

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies | May 23, 2022

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies an industrial player committed to decarbonizing the construction sector that designs and distributes innovative clinker-free cement, announces the signing of a partnership with Bouygues Immobilier, a key real-estate developer on the French market for over 60 years. Within the framework of the collaboration between the two entities, the Hoffmann Green and Bouygues Immobilier teams have been able, over the last 12 months, to undertake specific technical trials with Hoffmann cement. The clinker-free decarbonized cement was able to be tested on several Bouygues Immobilier construction sites: SKYLINE: a 4-star business tourism residence with 127 rooms including 20 suites, in the heart of Angers. LES MARQUISES: a mixed project comprising over 100 homes, apartments and houses, in Nantes city center. K2: a residence comprising 294 homes, common areas and ground-floor activity facilities for students in Angers. LE CLOS SAINT-FRANCOIS: a mixed housing project comprising 118 apartments and 12 houses located in the heart of the former Sœurs de Saint-François d’Assises site in Saint-Philibert de Grand Lieu. As well as reducing CO2 emissions by 80%, feedback from these trials highlighted that the technical and implementation quality of decarbonized concrete notably during the pouring is identical to that of traditional concrete. Following these tests that have proved more than conclusive, the two companies have decided to accelerate their collaboration through the signing of a partnership contract with volume commitments that includes Hoffmann’s entire cement range: H-EVA, H-UKR and H-IONA. Hoffmann Green will supply its 0% Clinker decarbonised concrete to Bouygues Immobilier as of this year for the realisation of a number of large-scale construction projects throughout France. “We are very proud to sign a partnership deal with a group as emblematic as Bouygues Immobilier. It perfectly illustrates the necessary paradigm shift that is currently affecting the construction industry. Sharing a common desire to decarbonize the building sector, this first contract is the fruition of months of work between our teams and marks the beginning of lasting commercial collaboration that will lead to the construction of homes and infrastructures combining technical, esthetic and environmental performances”. Julien Blanchard and David Hoffmann, co-founders of Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies Bernard Mounier, Chairman of Bouygues Immobilier, added: “This partnership is strategic for Bouygues Immobilier, as it today allows us to incorporate this clinker-free decarbonized concrete into our projects, just like wood and combined solutions, with the stated goal of significantly reducing our environmental footprint across our buildings’ entire life cycle. This represents not just a necessity, but also a clear desire to promote these ever more responsible solutions”. ABOUT HOFFMANN GREEN CEMENT TECHNOLOGIES Founded in 2014 and based in Bournezeau (Vendée, Western France), Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies designs, produces and distributes innovative extremely low-carbon cements – with a carbon footprint 6 times lower than traditional cement – that present, at equivalent dosage and with no alteration to the concrete manufacturing process, superior performances than traditional cement. With one 4.0 industrial sites already operational and two new sites on the way, the Group has industrialized a genuine technological breakthrough based on alterations to cement’s composition and the creation of a clean, heating-free and clinker-free manufacturing process making it a leading and unique player on a cement market that has not undergone any significant changes in the last 200 years. Within the context of the climate emergency, Hoffmann Green Cement is thus actively participating in the energy transition by working to create eco-responsible buildings and by encouraging the circular economy and the preservation of natural resources. Thanks to its unrivaled technological know-how that is constantly improving, driven by effective and cutting-edge teams, Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies addresses all construction sector markets, both in France and abroad. ABOUT BOUYGUES IMMOBILIER Bouygues Immobilier, an urban developer-operator and a key player on the French market for over 60 years, is present on the entire real-estate development value chain from property development to urban planning and operation. It designs living spaces that reflect the needs of users at every level and listens to its clients and communities to design useful, people-centric and sustainable places to live. The Company provides places to live, work and meet up. Committed to limiting its negative impact on the environment and maximizing its positive impact, the Company’s goal is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2030 and to design 25% of its projects with positive biodiversity by 2025.

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