EB16: Marin is Made for Fun with affordable Hawk Hill, new Nail Trail &…

first_imgAlways a popular model in the line up, the Nail Trail 27.5 and 29″ see all new frames for 2017 bringing them more in line with current trends. The 6061 aluminum frames now feature lower BBs, slacker HTAs and longer reach along with 142 x 12 dropouts, internal routing including dropper posts, and threaded bottom brackets. Available in both 27.5″ and 29″ models, the wheel sizes correspond to the frame sizes with the extreme sizes only offered in one wheel size, and the Nail Trail 6 will be sold for $1199 while the 7 (shown) bumps up to $1799. Moving to the Plus hard tails, the Pine Mountain 2 sees some important upgrades with new WTB Trail Boss 3.0″ tires and Shimano XT hydraulic brakes. Marin points out that while the Pine Mountain 2 was always designed with 3.0″ tires in mind, the tires available at the launch of the bike didn’t suit their needs, but now that better tires are available they have changed the spec. The $2999 plus hardtail includes an impressive build for your next bikepacking or bushwacking adventure.The Rasta themed Four Corners Elite got a lot of traffic when we first posted it, so Marin wanted to show us the more affordable Four Corners model. They did point out that for production, the pinkish fork and decals will be much more orange. Built with big tire clearance, rack and fender mounts, and an upright comfortable riding position, the $1099 Four Corners is ready to transport you to wherever you want to go.Finally, it wouldn’t be Eurobike without e-bikes. But, since Europe is a bit ahead of us on the e-train, these Shimano Steps e-bikes are German only for now. The rumor regarding e-bike sales in Germany is that while they account for only 15% of the sales, they apparently count for 40% of the total dollars sold. If true, then it’s no surprise when more an more brands are getting into th e-bike game.marinbikes.com To accommodate the Euro market, the frame has a clean removable front derailleur hanger which could be used to mount a front chainguide if wanted. There are also internal cabling guides for a front derailleur, internal dropper post (not included) or both. Another clever touch is the 135mm open dropout which is upgradeable to 142 x 12 if you decide to upgrade your wheels in the future. Even the wheels are fairly modern with 27mm internally wide rims and Hans Dampf tires, though they aren’t listed as tubeless.Built with fairly modern trail bike geometry, the Hawk Hill should be a super fun bike at a price that will be hard to beat. It’s all in the details. In this case, those details include quite literally, Marin’s ‘Made for Fun’ mantra. Hidden on the top of the rocker link for the new Hawk Hill, the slogan seems to represent the new additions to the 2017 line up quite well. Great prices, intelligent spec, and bikes that look like they would be a blast to ride. What’s not to like?The Hawk Hill steps in as Marin’s most affordable full suspension trail bike, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it won’t be a whole lot of fun…center_img First things first, as we were in Euroland, the bikes shown are in European spec which will differ slightly than what we would see here in the U.S. The biggest change for the Hawk Hill is the 2x drivetrain – the U.S. spec is 1x only. That makes it a 120mm travel MultiTrac Suspension, 27.5″ wheel, 1×10, aluminum trail bike for $1,499. When you consider what you’re getting for that price, the Hawk Trail is actually pretty impressive – RockShox Recon Silver RL fork, X-Fusion O2 Pro R air shock, Shimano Deore 1×10 drivetrain and hydraulic brakes highlight the spec list. The Bobcat Trail frame also sees improvements meant to make it a better option for the enthusiast or recreational rider. Again available in 27.5 or 29″ wheels, the frames see similar longer reach, slacker angles, and lower BBs with QR dropouts, threaded bottom brackets, and dropper ready frames. Depending on the build, prices range from $599 to the $989 Bobcat Trail 5 shown here.last_img read more

Maryland-based real estate company enters contract to buy Village, Corinth and Fairway shops; PV council will be asked to reassign CIDs

first_imgThe Village Shops is one of three NEJC properties that could change hands under a real estate deal with a Maryland-based company.Landmark Retail Properties, the owner of the Village Shops, Corinth Square and the Fairway Shops has entered into a contract to sell those properties to First Washington Realty, the Bethesda, Mary.,-based real estate company that purchased the Brookside Shops in Kansas City, Mo., earlier this summer — though the sale appears to be contingent on Prairie Village City Council approving reassignment of two Community Improvement District agreements that passed in fall 2010.Kylie Stock, property manager with Lega-C Properties, which manages all three centers, said the ownership group had not actively marketed the properties, but decided that the unsolicited offer from First Washington was worth pursuing.“This was a very difficult decision for the ownership group,” Stock said. “It just came down to that we felt the timing of all this worked to our benefit and was going to allow us to be able to focus on internal operations and some other things we’d like to be able to pursue at this time.”Lega-C met with members of the Prairie Village City Council on Wednesday to apprise them of the situation. The CID agreements for the Village Shops and Corinth Square allow for the reassignment of the rights and obligations of the developer should the property be sold, though reassignment requires council approval. However, the language in the CID agreements essentially requires the council to reassign the CIDs provided the company purchasing the properties is financially able to maintain them. First Washington already manages more than 90 shopping centers in 21 states and the District of Columbia.Just four of the members of the 12-member council were in office when the Corinth and Village Shops CIDs were approved in September 2011. Of those, three — Steve Noll, Ruth Hopkins and Laura Wassmer — voted in favor of the agreements. The fourth, Andrew Wang, voted against them. However, several of the council members who have been seated since the initial CID agreements passed suggested during their campaigns for office that the terms of the agreement were not as favorable to the city as they could have been. The CIDs raised the sales tax at the Village Shops and Corinth Square by 1 percent for 22 years, with the proceeds going to fund redevelopment and maintenance of the centers. Since being enacted, the CIDS have helped pay for the substantial renovation of Corinth Square, the construction of the new building that now houses Starbucks at the Village Shops, and the reworking of Mission Lane at the Village Shops that is in its finishing stages.Joshua Brown with First Washington confirmed that the centers were under contract, but said it “would not be appropriate” to comment on whether the deal could close without the council reassigning the CIDs. But Curt Petersen of Polsinelli PC, the law firm representing Landmark Retail Properties in the deal, indicated that the sale was essentially contingent on the council’s approval.“The reassignment and assumption needs to happen with the transaction,” he said. “That’s how it would work.”LANE4 Property Group purchased the Village Shops, Corinth Square and the Fairway Shops from Highwoods Properties out of North Carolina in 2009 with financing from an ownership group led by the Consentino family. In December 2012, the owners bought LANE4 out of its stake in the properties, though LANE4 continued to serve at the leasing agent.Petersen indicated that the reassignment issue was likely to come before the city council around November.Stock said First Washington has not made a final decision about which entities would handle management and leasing of the centers. It is possible, she said, that Lega-C and LANE4 would be retained to continue in their roles. Otherwise, First Washington could open up its own management and leasing operation in the Kansas City area.“They will have boots on the ground here to handle all the management on leasing,” she said. “They have no intention of managing these centers from Bethesda.”Stock said Lega-C and Landmark have been proud of the progress of the centers in recent years, and she thinks the sale would help continue to improve them.“We’re extremely proud of the success we have achieved in partnership with our tenants, and we think this deal will only enhance the quality of these centers for the public and the experience for tenants,” she said.last_img read more

Is it REALLY a priority?

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sean McDonald Sean McDonald is the President of Your Full Potential, LLC and the Founder of ABSURD! Leadership.  He is a highly regarded speaker at national and international conferences for the credit … Web: www.YFPTips.com Details There is a lot of information on how to be more productive not only at the workplace but also in one’s personal affairs.Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research on this very topic.  One book that I highly recommend is “Folding Time” by my good friend and internationally renowned productivity expert, Neen James.One of the most common mistakes that organizations make is misidentifying priorities.  Doing so kills productivity.  What do I mean?  There are many examples.  Let’s examine a couple that are prevalent:Our employees need to be more engaged.  For full disclosure, I am not a big fan of the term “engagement.”  I think that’s it’s overused to the point of it being sociologically cliché.  When I talk to clients, I encourage them to create loyal employees.  To do so, the organization must have a solid and effective value proposition.  Get the employees “on board” with that, give them the resources they need to succeed, provide growth opportunities, and watch how quickly loyalty is created.We need training on _______.  Organizations decide that their employees are lacking in a certain area.  It might be a specific skill set (sales skills, service, building relationships, etc.)  Executives realize that if their employees get better at those things, they will be more productive.  They will work smarter….not harder.  They will reach and exceed the goals that have been set.  They will be happier and the company will benefit.We need to perform an analysis of the competitive forces that exist in our market.  A thorough understanding of any organization’s marketplace is crucial to its success.  Enough said.So, now you’ve identified some priorities.  Now just GO and TAKE ACTION on them!  Simple enough, right?Not so fast.  Unfortunately, something else happens in entirely too many cases.  Namely, the organizations collect information, perform due diligence, obtain proposals, and then…..“Maybe we can fit it in for next year…..”“We’re too busy for this right now….”“We’re still thinking about it.  Yes, we know.  It’s been 6 months….”“Our meetings get in the way…..”“So and so didn’t do their part….”Do any of these excuses sound familiar?   Here’s how the best organizations deal with what they’ve identified as priorities:They don’t let other things get in the way of completing the tasks associated with going into action. If something is truly a priority, they are ready to act immediately when they are presented with a plan that can help get the job done. They don’t get “buyer’s remorse” before they even buy.Everything that is not on that “priority” list will have to wait.  Period.So when you’re identifying priorities in your organization, make sure that they are really and truly the most important things that you should be working on right now.If you’re not prepared to ACT, it’s not a priority.  It may be on your organization’s Wish List.  That’s fine.  But be honest with yourself and others that might be counting on you to “flip the switch” that puts a plan in motion.  If you don’t, you’re just wasting valuable time.Look for my new book in late-summer or early-fall 2014!!The first book, Stop Complaining! Start Growing! Is available through Amazon here.Who’s facilitating your Strategic Planning Session this year?last_img read more

Lawyer-to-lawyer communications are not subject to the advertising rules

first_img Lawyer-to-lawyer communications are not subject to the advertising rules Lawyer-to-lawyer communications are not subject to the advertising rules Lawyers can send advertisements to other lawyers, but they may not pass along to current or former clients advertising from other lawyers, according to the Florida Supreme Court.The court on July 8 approved amendments to Bar Rule 4-7.1, which deals with exemptions to Bar advertising rules.The court had initially considered changes in a rewrite of the advertising rules submitted to the court in 2007. It asked for more information on the provisions of Rule 4-7-1, which recommended that advertising rules would not apply to lawyer-to-lawyer communications, communications with current or former clients, and communications with family members.The court, in its initial opinion on the rewritten rules, accepted the exemption on communications with family members, but asked for more information on communications with other lawyers and with current or former clients. The Bar provided that information, and the court heard oral argument earlier this year, after receiving three comments.In its opinion, the court accepted the Bar proposal that communications with other lawyers are exempt from the advertising rules. It largely accepted the Bar’s proposal that communications with current and former clients also be exempted. The court, though, specified that lawyers cannot pass along to those current or former clients advertisements from other attorneys.The court also added to the comment of the rule, including the admonition that, “A lawyer shall not serve as a conduit for other attorneys’ advertising.”The court also wrote in its unanimous per curiam opinion that, while those communications may be exempt from advertising rules, other Bar rules still apply.“[W]e emphasize that all communications by lawyers remain subject to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. For example, lawyers remain subject to the conflict of interest rules that prevent lawyers from placing their interests above those of their clients. R. Regulating Fla. Bar 4-1.7(a)(2),” the court said. “Also, lawyers are prohibited from engaging in conduct involving ‘dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation,’ regardless of the application of lawyer advertising rules. R. Regulating Fla. Bar 4-8.4(c). In addition, existing rule 4-7.1 contains a subdivision titled ‘Application of General Misconduct Rule,’ which reiterates that lawyers are prohibited from engaging in conduct involving ‘dishonesty, deceit, or misrepresentation,’ in any form of communication, regardless of whether the communication is governed by the advertising rules. R. Regulating Fla. Bar 4-7.1(g). Therefore, even though the instant proposals exempt two types of communication from the advertising rules, Rule 4-7.1 continues to require all communications to comply with the rules requiring honesty and candor.”The court also reiterated its wish for the Bar to undertake a larger study that encompasses both lawyer advertising and marketing — a process the Bar has begun.The new advertising rules become effective October 1.The court acted in In Re: Amendment to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-7.1 – Lawyer-to-Lawyer and Lawyer-to-Client Communications, case no. SC09-394.center_img July 15, 2010 Regular Newslast_img read more

Watergate changed the nation and altered a young lawyer’s career

first_img November 1, 2011 Annie Butterworth Jones Associate Editor Regular News ‘We really don’t think of ourselves as government lawyers; we think of ourselves as prosecutors’ Associate Editor W orking in the state attorney’s office wasn’t Bill Vose’s original ambition when he graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1973.“My first choice was to work for the Justice Department in Washington,” admitted Vose, now the chief assistant state attorney in the Ninth Circuit, a position he’s held since 1989. “In theory, I wanted to be a prosecutor, but I really had bigger things that I wanted to do.” With only a couple of months until the bar exam, Vose secured a position with the internal securities division of the Justice Department, but a chain of events that changed the course of American history also changed Vose’s life on a much smaller scale. President Nixon and the Watergate hearings put the Justice Department under scrutiny, and it didn’t take long for the deal Vose had made with the department to fall through.“I just watched my job go down the drain,” remembered Vose. “When it went away, I thought, ‘What am I going to do now?’”On the recommendation of a friend, Vose applied at the state attorney’s office of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, where he has been employed since 1973. During the ’80s, Vose left the office temporarily to act as general counsel for then-Orange County Sheriff Lawson Lamar, but when Lamar ran for the state attorney’s office in 1989, Vose jumped back on board. He’s remained there ever since.“When we got here, we were a small, sleepy town. Disney had just opened,” said Vose, laughing. “Things have changed considerably.”Vose is quick to spout off statistics that prove just what kind of change he means. Based in Orlando, the Ninth Judicial Circuit serves both Orange and Osceola counties. It’s the third largest circuit in the state, after only the 11th and 17th circuits, which serve Miami-Dade and Broward counties, respectively. In 1973, Vose worked alongside 35 other attorneys. Today, the 144 attorneys and 331 office personnel working for the Ninth Circuit process 80,000 to 90,000 cases a year.“And the workplace has changed,” said Vose. “There’s always been a lot of camaraderie, but the biggest change is the demographics of the office, and they’ve changed consistently to the better.”As chief assistant state attorney, Vose runs the day-to-day operations of the state attorney’s office, overseeing cases, managing and disciplining attorneys, and policymaking for the filing of cases. It’s the young attorneys, though, that Vose said make his job worth keeping.“It’s rewarding hiring young, eager lawyers and watching them mature and grow into fantastic trial lawyers,” said Vose, who recommends young attorneys get involved with their local bar associations to meet other Bar members and establish themselves in the profession. “I enjoy watching their sense of justice grow as they encounter more and more different types of crimes.”Vose himself has encountered a variety of cases over the years, from observing state prosecutors in the recent Casey Anthony trial (which he called a “fiasco”) to trying 16-year-old Billy Brady for the attempted manslaughter of an Orange County deputy sheriff. That 1995 case, Vose said, was by far his most memorable, in part because it made its way back to his desk last month on appeal.“This case involved four separate trials — two of the same case because of an error — and the defendant was 16 years of age, which was the same age as my oldest son at the time,” said Vose. “So this was a very introspective-type case. This kid had a good family life, too; that’s what was interesting. I just never could figure out why.”After Brady’s first conviction in September 1995 was thrown out due to an incorrect jury instruction, he was tried again in 1997 and convicted of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, and the court sentenced Brady to life in prison.The Brady case is just one of many that Vose said has left him in disbelief.“I never cease to be amazed at what one human being can do to another one,” said Vose.While varied and challenging — “We have some cases that if you put them on television, nobody would believe it,” Vose said — the cases are not what he describes as the most difficult part of his job. That description is reserved for the politics of the office.“We’re part of state government, funded through Tallahassee. We’re expected to spend 100 percent of our time doing our job to the best of our ability, and we do. We do a lot more with less,” said Vose. “The problem has been that the Legislature and the governor have not kept up and funded the prosecution offices at 100 percent. It has become a real struggle.”Vose said that recruiting young lawyers to fill vacant positions has become more difficult as a result.“Generally, what I used to be able to tell people was, ‘You’re not going to get paid much money, but we’re going to give you a lot of experience; we’re going to teach you to be good trial lawyers; and you’re going to have more cases in the first couple of years than most of the senior partners in most civil law firms do in a lifetime.. . . And if you want to stay, the money gets better, and the benefits are good.’“It’s really been hard to recruit and to keep quality personnel. A lot of kids are coming with $150,000 worth of student loans.. . . They’re hurting financially. It’s hard to keep them motivated.”Despite the financial frustrations, Vose is grateful for the decision he made as a young law school graduate looking for his first job, and his hope is that other young attorneys will follow in his footsteps.“The best place to learn how to be a prosecutor is in the prosecutor’s office. We really don’t think of ourselves as government lawyers; we think of ourselves as prosecutors,” said Vose, an active member of the Criminal Law Section of the Bar. “We’re an independent government entity working for an elected official who wields the swift sword of justice.. . . “There’s a lot of satisfaction in that. It’s not just to exercise power; it’s to exercise power to help society.“It’s a good feeling to go home knowing you’ve tried to help people all day.” Watergate changed the nation and altered a young lawyer’s careercenter_img Watergate changed the nation and altered a young lawyer’s careerlast_img read more

On the same day, a hotel in Novigrad and a tourist resort in Pazin were officially opened

first_imgU Novigradu je svečano otvoren novi Design Boutique hotel Rivalmare, a istog dana otvoreno je i turističko naselje „Narcisa ago – Čiže“ u Trvižu kod Pazina, u središnjoj Istri. Tako je Istra u jednom danu povećala svoje smještajne kapacitete, a važno je naglasiti kako su svi novi objekti visoke kategorizacije.Hotel Rivalmare is the only project from the Istrian County that received the green light in the tender intended for funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the amount of 7,12 million while the total value of the project is 17,62 million kuna. The hotel has 12 double rooms and one suite, with a total capacity of 26 beds. It is planned that the hotel will be open for at least ten months a year, and in order to enable that, it will have additional facilities such as wellness, fitness, sauna and bicycle rental.Minister Kliman also took part in the opening ceremony, emphasizing that the Croatian tourism sector relies heavily on the accommodation and catering offer and that one of the priorities is a further step forward in their quality. “Such investments, which represent development, innovation, raising tourism to a higher level, are exactly what we need in order for Croatian tourism to become even more recognizable, of better quality and more competitive on the world market.”Minister Kliman points out.According to the Tourism Development Strategy until 2020 and national programs, a particularly prominent investment in hotel facilities, such as swimming pools, wellness, sports and recreation, entertainment, etc., was detected, all with the aim of attracting in the pre- and post-season periods and strengthening the offer. during the main part of the season.On the same day, the tourist resort Čiže, the company Narcisa ago in Trviž in central Istria, was opened in Pazin. It is also a greenfield investment, considering that the resort was built on once barren agricultural land of 3 hectares. The resort has two holiday homes of 95m2 each, a boarding house with 5 double rooms, a swimming pool, a kitchen and a restaurant and a camping rest area. All facilities are built according to the 4-star quality standard. Total investments in this project amount to over HRK 8 million, of which the loan from the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) amounted to slightly less than HRK 4 million.last_img read more

Life After 50: Warriors And Angels

first_imgBy BERNADETTE LAURITZENExecutive DirectorLos Alamos Retired & Senior OrganizationMy Love Warriors staff at the Los Alamos and White Rock senior centers and our Donor Angels, have made week two of our shut down as uplifting as a pandemic could be during hard times.While I write to keep the community updated, I also write, I assume in a therapeutic way, and we might not realize it, to document our living history.We instantly started a program called Senior Services, to allow my staff to shop for our members and pick up prescriptions. We also allowed community members to donate funds for the program, canned goods and non-perishables or send cards, letters and notes of encouragement to brighten the day of our elders.Local Facebook pages have allowed for small instant requests that are imperative needs for people that might seem trivial. I had a need for Minute Rice for a senior with dietary needs, the shelves were bare for days. I put the request out and the next day, several boxes arrived on site.If you have ever cared for someone that is frail and elderly, especially while the world is melting around you, a little Minute Rice goes a long way.I keep having flashbacks to the cartoon Underdog. “Here we come to save the day!” To those who are younger … as the kids would say, Google it. The difference is like the old adage of throwing the pebble in the pond, I get to see the ripples in action.I am eager to get to work and see what is in the donation box. We wipe it off with disinfecting wipes, place it on a table, and get it to the people who need it.The Senior Services project has requested donations by Pay Pal online or through the mail with Senior Services in the memo line. We welcome the donation of Smith’s or Co-op Market gift cards and they have arrived at both sites. I think today we are expecting some fresh eggs, because when seniors tell us their grocery needs, there are some items we warn them might not be on the shelves.Yesterday the need was for a frail senior who is vegetarian and gluten free. Since I am neither I posted the request and said while the Minute Rice was an instant need, I had a senior who would have a longer-term request. I always maintain confidentiality, but the questions and suggestions were immediate. I confessed I didn’t know much but would know more on Thursday.The questions kept coming, and I limit myself to time online because home is family time. So, I confessed again, the senior started to cry as we were speaking, the thought that someone could be so kind, when we didn’t know each other. I asked them to take their time, make a small list and we would create a plan tomorrow.Thank you everyone, I’ve never been happier to live here. Oh, and this morning the great crew at Morning Glory Doughnuts and the Los Alamos Police Department have doughnuts waiting for us. They are doing their part to lift spirits.James at Aspen Copies has printed our newsletter early and I can’t wait to get that in the hands of the United States Postal Service. All of my people don’t do technology, so today is a very important day.last_img read more

A picture of health: GP surgery of the future

first_imgAOC presents its GP surgery concept at Mipim UKAOC’s presentation was based on its work on Pembroke House in London, where the practice is working with a major local health partner and statutory funders to create a GP surgery that is integrated with the community. “Pembroke House offers a friendly and supportive space for everyone, with an inclusive volunteering programme tailored to each person’s needs,” said director Tom Coward.At the centre of the building is what Coward described as a “living room”. “It’s a space in the centre of the community for wellbeing partners to offer joined-up services,” he said. “There is a shift in understanding of consultation, the vital joined-up conversation over time that provides an articulate prescription of care in response to complex needs.”To make the living room financially viable, the scheme includes a back-office space where administrators can support multiple GP practices by making use of modern technology. In addition, the space hosts hot-desking facilities for community health workers and related professionals. According to Coward, the model is replicable elsewhere and could be used to update the NHS’s existing estate.Judges’ verdict: The judges praised AOC for reusing the existing estate and focusing on wellbeing.Gatti Routh Rhodes ArchitectsFor his pitch, Gatti Routh Rhodes director Richard Gatti focused on the company’s redevelopment of a 1950s building in Bethnal Green, east London, which was previously home to both a church and GP surgery. The idea was to take what was already a mixed-use building and run with it. “So the structure and materiality of the church bleaches into the rest of the building and provides space for community activity,” he said. Salway said that to optimise the design, Softroom would need “a proper period of immersion” into the world of NHS Property Services, but he spelled out some broad themes focused on transforming the patient experience by viewing them as customers.“Upon arrival at the GP, with most admin tasks already completed remotely, patients could be welcomed by a greeter, who could provide assistance where needed and importantly help humanise the experience [see above image],” he said. “The entrance could also feature health-related pop-ups to bring activity into the space and increase wellbeing awareness.“Moving inside, the commercial sector has taught us that even simple rebranding can help reframe our thinking and unlock possibilities. So rather than ‘waiting rooms’ that suggest time lost, they could become ‘lounges’ or ‘living rooms’ – like our Eurostar lounge in Paris that actually makes missing a train a bonus,” added Salway.Judges’ verdict: The judges praised Salway for his focus on changing the nature of the patient experience, as well as the simple rebranding of waiting areas to create a lounge experience. They felt that approaching the design from an outsider’s perspective actually helped his pitch.AOC Architecture Here, Property Week presents a summary of the seven ideas that were pitched and reveals the winning practice.Winning submission – SoftroomWhile acknowledging that his company had little experience of designing medical facilities, Softroom director Oliver Salway said that it had “evolved a specialism providing highly imaginative but carefully thought-through spaces that function beautifully”. Architects have a vital role to play ensuring that GP surgeries help make the links between clinical care and other organisations and initiatives aimed at keeping people healthy, he argued. “Future designs for GP surgeries will help deliver this, becoming more accessible and relevant to both the well and the sick and providing new spaces to actively support good health and social care,” he said.Judges’ verdict: The judges thought Linnell’s presentation included some effective images and made a persuasive case about his practice’s credibility and ability. However, they said they would have liked him to share more thoughts on future projects.Pilbrow & Partners“Why are environments for healing so rarely uplifting spaces?” asked senior founding partner Fred Pilbrow at the start of his pitch. “By the time you see your doctor you’re already in a deep gloom because you’ve had to negotiate tortuous, poorly lit, airless spaces.” Pilbrow said that his company was currently on site with a facility for UCLH. “We brought the patient areas to the facade, so you’re in a clear, logical sequence of spaces – daylit, lofty and clear,” he said. “Go up to the roof and there is a garden for staff and patients.”He added that future GP surgeries need to reflect the fact that consultations increasingly take place online or in group environments and focus on health and wellbeing as well as pharmaceutical solutions.“That has profound implications for the studio in terms of more open-plan spaces,” he said. “Let’s get the digital filing to free up office space and the receptionist out from behind her wall to make a better environment for patients in the future.”Judges’ verdict: The judges described Pilbrow as a seasoned public speaker and said that his presentation had been visually exciting. They also liked the idea that GP surgeries should be uplifting spaces for healing.White Red ArchitectsWhite Red Architects director Dicky Lewis opened his pitch by offering a picture of his fiancée at work as a GP.“As you can see, she works in a small room with no windows,” he said. “Can you imagine bringing a patient in a wheelchair in here?”Lewis said that medical professionals were currently working on incredible advances in healthcare. “But why isn’t this reflected in the design of hospitals and GP surgeries?” he asked. “We need to design for the future, for the ageing population, for the welfare of patients and doctors.”center_img Producing a model with spaces for exercise and other wellbeing activities at the centre of his proposed building, Lewis said that preventative solutions needed to become a fundamental part of the surgery of the future.“Prevention needs to be located within the GP’s practice,” he said. “There needs to be space made available for preventative measures. We see this space as the core of the GP practice. It could be that the GP surgery of the future is somewhere you go more often in health than in sickness.”Judges’ verdict: The idea of visiting more in health than in sickness caught the judges’ attention. So too did the idea of meshing the preventative measures into the design of the building. They also appreciated the focus on providing a good working environment for professionals as well as visiting patients. Cannon added that the whole idea must be to knit surgeries into the communities they serve. “We want to see barriers broken down and surgeries to be seen as extensions to the public realm,” he said. “Greater permeability should allow for an outward-looking perspective to alleviate the claustrophobia of the waiting room. We see no reason this can’t be provided retrospectively in the existing estate.”Judges’ verdict: The judges praised Cannon’s use of diagrams as a storytelling device, as well as the idea of the surgery as an extension to the public realm. They said this was something that the NHS would like to encourage in the future; so too was the reuse of the existing estate.Henley HalebrownHenley Halebrown studio director Craig Linnell opened his pitch by describing four GP surgery projects his practice designed between 2003 and 2012. “The designs for all the buildings focused on patient experience and creating efficient, adaptable and flexible facilities,” he said.Linnell went on to describe the challenges facing the NHS and how it planned to respond. “The NHS five-year forward view includes stronger links between health and social care, shifting the agenda from treatment to prevention and engaging and equipping communities to self-help,” he said. In addition to a church, GP surgery and recreation space, the new building includes storage space for a food bank that doubles as accommodation for homeless people, as well as a café. “The café is on the most prominent corner of the site,” said Gatti. “It encourages people to get over the threshold and access community services within.”In order to fund the community spaces, the project includes apartments on the upper levels, something that Gatti said could easily be done on other redevelopment projects. “There is the potential for this partnership working to produce mixed-use buildings that can be supported by residential accommodation above,” he said.Judges’ verdict: According to the judges, Gatti delivered a strong message about the underdevelopment of NHS buildings. They also said that the concept of a truly mixed-use, community-orientated building chimed well with NHS strategy.GruffGruff director Rhys Cannon opened his pitch by stating that the GP surgery of the future had to be about more than medical services. “We think that GP provision is a means of wayfinding through to a variety of other clinical referrals, community services and lifestyle choices,” he said. “The building’s design must reflect this and aid the growing trend of ‘social prescribing’ [a way of linking patients in primary care with sources of support within the community] or treatments beyond those solely under the umbrella of the NHS.”Cannon underscored the importance of the entrance to the building being as welcoming as possible. “The role of the reception is vital in providing moments of human contact and helping to combat social isolation,” he said. “These interpersonal interactions can so often make or break the experience of visiting a GP.”last_img read more

Air Products increases sustainability

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Keppel: Golar FLNGV conversion contract becomes effective

first_imgSingapore’s Keppel begins “first of its kind” conversion of Golar’s LNG carrier into an FLNGV.Following the announcement of 25 June 2014, Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has announced that the contract which it has entered into with Golar Hilli Corporation (Golar), a subsidiary of Golar LNG Ltd, to perform the world’s first-of-its-type conversion of an existing Moss LNG carrier, the Hilli, into a Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV), has become effective. The contract is worth approximately US$735 million.In carrying out the FLNGV conversion, Keppel Shipyard shall be responsible for the provision of the design, detailed engineering and procurement of the marine systems and all of the conversion-related construction services. Keppel Shipyard’s scope also includes engaging Black & Veatch to provide design, procurement and commissioning support services for the topsides and liquefaction process. Black & Veatch’s PRICO® technology has been selected for the liquefaction process because of its long-established record in the marketplace.This contract, which includes options for another two similar units, follows the completion of a year-long Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study by Keppel Shipyard and Black & Veatch. The FEED study was conducted as part of the terms of a term sheet agreement with Golar to convert up to three LNG carriers into FLNG vessels.The conversion has been approved in principle by DNV in accordance with their classification rules and international standards. The FLNGV will take about 31 months to convert and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.Michael Chia, Managing Director (Marine & Technology), Keppel O&M, said, “The FEED study for Golar has come into fruition with the award of the world’s first FLNG conversion project to Keppel Shipyard. We are excited to collaborate with trend-setting partners such as Golar and Black & Veatch. Keppel Shipyard had successfully delivered to Golar the world’s first Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) back in 2008, which was followed by two more similar units.“It is an honour to be entrusted once again by Golar with this definitive FLNG vessel, which reaffirms Keppel’s leadership in complex offshore conversion projects. We see this project as another excellent opportunity to offer innovative solutions to help address the growing midstream needs in bringing small and mid-scale LNG to market to meet the rising global demand for energy. Mid-sized FLNG solutions such as this one offer a faster and more cost effective liquefaction solution.”According to the Douglas-Westwood World FLNG Market Forecast, the global FLNG industry is expected to attract more than US$65 billion of investments through to 2020, driven by rising costs of onshore LNG terminals. Asia-Pacific, in particular, is expected to draw a majority of investments in the FLNG sector with its sizeable line-up of regasification and liquefaction projects.Detailed design and engineering activities will start shortly, and the Hilli will be delivered to Keppel Shipyard within 2014 to initiate renewal of key marine systems onboard the vessel while the manufacturing of topsides commences.The above contract is not expected to have any material impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share of Keppel Corporation Limited for the current financial year. [mappress]Press Release, July 03, 2014last_img read more