Most Efficient Heat Pump by WaterFurnace

WaterFurnace International, Inc., a manufacturer of geothermal and water-source heat pumps, just launched what the company is calling the “world’s most energy-efficient heat pump,” according to a press release. The 7 Series 700A11, pictured, is the first variable capacity unit available for homeowners and boasts a 41 energy efficiency ratio and 5.3 coefficient of performance. The 7 Series exceeds Energy Star requirements and qualifies for a 30% federal tax credit, said WaterFurnace. The heating and cooling system also comes with a laundry list of other design features: integration with automation and energy monitoring systems, online remote monitoring and control, quiet performance with a lower compressor speed, advanced hot water generation, and a port for service and diagnostics that doesn’t require opening the unit.  700A11 uses a soft-start variable capacity compressor, variable speed ECM blower, and variable speed loop pump to scale output as needed.

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Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine Celebrates Grand Opening

La Jolla, California (PRWEB) November 29, 2011

?Design a building that will enhance communications between the best minds in biomedical research.?

Two years ago, Louis Coffman, vice president of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, challenged the design team with this goal for a new research center in La Jolla, California. Today’s grand opening for this innovative biomedical laboratory–nicknamed the “Collaboratory”–celebrates a building uniquely designed to promote social and intellectual interaction among scientists.

The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine (Sanford) is a consortium of five world leaders in life sciences research: the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, The Scripps Research Institute, the Sanford | Burnham Medical Research Institute, the University of California, San Diego, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. Designed by Fentress Architects, in association with Davis Davis Architects, the laboratory was developed by Lankford/Phelps Consortium.

?Our design features the latest innovations in research and sustainability, while honoring the modern aesthetics of the neighboring Salk Institute. The signature office ?pods? speak to Louis Kahn?s extraordinary design while fostering collaboration and communication among researchers.?- Curtis Fentress, Principal-in-Charge of Design at Fentress Architects

Sanford marshals the intellectual resources of five organizational world-leaders in life sciences research, bringing scientists from each institution together for joint research and education in one of today?s most promising arenas of science. Scientists from the five collaborating organizations will focus on stem cell, neuroscience and cardiovascular studies.

Design For People | Located on a premier site adjacent to the Salk Institute and UCSD campus, the signature building is in the heart of San Diego?s biotechnology cluster. This area is home to what some might say is a disproportionate amount of brainpower. It has been called everything from a research Mecca to a “biotech supremacy,” but it is best known by its nickname ?the Mesa.?

Fentress Architects set out to design a laboratory on the Mesa that would pull researchers out of their routines and encourage interaction. With that goal in mind, the design team took the standard lab module and shifted it in opposing directions, altering the way people move through the building. This design shift increases the opportunity for impromptu meet-ups and dialogue. It creates spaces at each end of the building for shared two-story break rooms, which interconnect all levels of the building. Stairways between floors were strategically designed as areas of ?creative collision? where people and ideas intersect.

?This building is all about user experience. We were tasked to design a building where collaboration could thrive, where different organizations could come together under one roof and unite for a common goal. We are proud of the result, and honored to have been involved.?- Robin D. Ault, Project Designer, Fentress Architects

Another major design element includes private office ?pods? for senior researchers and investigators at Sanford. Cantilevered from exterior walkways, the pods offer protected views that overlook the Torrey Pines Golf Course, the historic Gliderport and the Pacific Ocean.

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PLS Financial Services Celebrates Grand Opening in Calumet Park, IL with Mayor Buster B. Porch and Village Trustees

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 6, 2007

PLS Financial Services ( will celebrate its latest grand opening with a newly constructed shopping center in Calumet Park, IL on December 7, 2007. The new PLS development at 1431 W. 127th Street includes three PLS stores: PLS Check Cashers, PLS Tax Service and PLS Loan Store. According to Bob Wolfberg, Co-President of Chicago-based PLS, Calumet Park is a very attractive home for their newest stores.

“We select our store locations carefully, and only build in areas with strong potential for growth,” says Wolfberg. “The Village of Calumet Park has great plans for revitalization of the business district, and we really wanted to be involved in the 127th St. Streetscape Project. Working with the village, our new building design is the first step toward a beautiful new streetscape.”

In honor of its new location, PLS will donate $ 1,000 to the Mayor’s Office of Special Events in Calumet Park. Bob Wolfberg will present a check for $ 1,000 to Calumet Park Mayor Buster B. Porch at the grand opening celebration on December 7. State Representative Robert “Bob” Rita (28th District) will be present at the presentation along with Village Trustees Joe DuPar, Felix Laskey, Dorothy Wiggins, Renee Conwell and Village Clerk Geraldine Galvin.

“PLS is committed to being a good neighbor, and we believe that by donating to the Office of Special Events, we’re investing in Calumet Park’s future,” says Wolfberg.

The Calumet Park grand opening caps a year of dramatic growth for PLS: in 2007, PLS opened 35 new stores, reaching 306 locations in nine states. The new PLS location combines multiple financial services under one roof, including check cashing, short-term consumer loans and income tax preparation services. In the past year, PLS has introduced new services that offer convenience and security to their customers, including PLS Xpress Benefits, for direct deposit of government benefits. In 2006, PLS introduced the gold Visa

hotel ServicePro Simplifies New-Build Opening Process at Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites in Lake Buena Vista/Orlando

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 9, 2009

hotel SystemsPro, a pioneer of Web-based enterprise solutions that enable hotel companies to increase market share and revenue through improved property and staff performance, today announced the Hilton Garden Inn Lake Buena Vista and the Homewood Suites Lake Buena Vista in Orlando have installed the hotel ServicePro and hotel SalesPro systems. The properties are new-builds operated by Kalsons Hospitality with a combined total of over 260 rooms.

hotel SalesPro is a multi-property ASP sales and catering system with scalable functionality that increases sales effectiveness for hotel chains and independent properties. hotel ServicePro is an economical hotel maintenance solution that preserves property asset value and improves guest service. The system automates the communication, scheduling, tracking and reporting of tasks surrounding best practices, guest requests, safety requirements, preventive maintenance and equipment management.

hotel ServicePro Streamlines New-Build Opening Process

Tony Keathley, general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites properties said, “The current two-property Orlando project is my third new-build opening and after working with hotel ServicePro I can say it is the best tool I have ever used for completing the lengthy checklists required by an opening property. It has the ability to save hundreds of hours and is invaluable in streamlining the new-build opening process.”

Keathley noted that the hotel management software, hotel ServicePro, automates the complex routine of using multiple three-ring binders of punch reports that track contractor and sub contractor deliverables and check lists necessary for earning a certificate of occupancy. “Now that we are open I am using hotel ServicePro for safety inspections and our fire system tests and tracking post-opening warranty work. We will fully utilize the system at both properties.”

hotel SalesPro Controls Sales Leads for Multiple Flags

“The two new Kalsons Hospitality Lake Buena Vista properties are perfectly positioned to leverage hotel SalesPro’s Web-based sales lead database to cross-sell rooms between its properties,” said Chip Carroll, president of hotel SystemsPro. “hotel SalesPro enables operators with multiple properties carrying different flags to develop and pursue company leads that generate revenue for all their properties. This is a valuable advantage over sales systems that are limited to a single chain and where the chain owns the leads for all its properties.”

The Hilton Garden Inn Lake Buena Vista and Homewood Suites Lake Buena Vista will also use the Web-based hotel SalesPro system to automate group convention sales for the hotels’ group convention sales activities. The properties offer video phones and video messaging, business centers, multi-lingual staffs, concierge desk, fitness centers and other amenities and services.

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The Symphony Apartments Opening Announced by McCormack Baron Salazar, City of Phoenix Housing Department

Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) November 09, 2011

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. and the City of Phoenix Housing Department are celebrating the opening of a new, mixed-income community known as The Symphony Apartments. The development located in the Central City South Neighborhood near 16th Avenue and Buckeye Road replaces the former 76-unit Krohn West public housing site. The revitalization effort was initiated through a 2007 HUD HOPE VI Grant resulting in the development of 83 attractive, garden-style and townhome rental units.

Tony Salazar, President of McCormack Baron Salazar?s West Coast Operations, stated ?The redevelopment of Krohn West represents a critical step in the revitalization of the Central City South Neighborhood. This revitalization allows the City to diversify incomes, expand affordable housing opportunities, implement a strong community and supportive services program, and replace severely distressed public housing with a high quality, well designed multi-family community.?

MBS in partnership with the Housing Department collaborated with community stakeholders to design and implement the revitalization of the 5-acre site. ?This investment, following the completion of the Henson Village community, really makes this neighborhood adjacent to downtown a great place to live and helps drive the momentum of revitalization. The Symphony is a great addition,? said Councilman Michael Johnson.

?These partnerships are possible because of strong and committed leadership from our City Council,? said Kim Dorney, Director of the Phoenix Housing Department. ?MBS has met the challenge to create a beautiful mixed-income housing community that could fit anywhere in the Valley and that will serve as a catalyst for ongoing investment in Central City South.?

In addition to the demolition of the existing buildings and removal of outdated infrastructure, the plan also called for the construction of 14 residential buildings, a 1,500-square-foot management/community building to provide office space for on-site property management and recreational and meeting space, as well as newly designed infrastructure and multiple public improvements, such as a new water and sewer system, underground utilities, and improved street lighting and signage. The development also includes implementation of supportive services programs for residents. ?We are very pleased to partner once again with the city of Phoenix in providing a new, high quality, well-designed neighborhood that celebrates the diversity of this community,? said Louis Bernardy, MBS Vice President.

The Symphony Apartments feature market rate amenities that include central air conditioning, a community building and swimming pool , as well as in-unit energy efficient appliances, such as washers/dryers, and dishwashers. The apartments were designed and built using materials and appliances certified by the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) and Energy Star. High quality construction materials, high grade insulation, energy efficient roofing, windows and doors have been incorporated throughout the community. The Symphony has accessible units and larger units have multiple baths. All units are equipped with free wireless internet access to all the households and will also utilize a solar system that will provide electrical power to the common areas, resulting in substantial energy and costs savings for the property. Rental applications are currently being accepted. Visit for more information.

Strong Homebuyer Demand Fuels Robust Opening Sales of ‘The 2010 New Home Collection’

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) February 2, 2010

The Irvine Company announced that the grand opening of “The 2010 New Home Collection” resulted in an astounding 70 home sales — the largest number of new home sales on The Irvine Ranch since 2006.

More than 10,000 visitors toured the highly anticipated 2010 New Home Collection – a series of 25 consumer-inspired floorplans by many of California’s most-respected homebuilders – located throughout eight neighborhoods in the acclaimed Villages of Woodbury and Woodbury East. The new homes reflect innovative designs and floorplans that resulted from nearly two years of extensive consumer research.

“The overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to The 2010 New Home Collection has been tremendous,” said Daniel Young, president of Irvine Company Community Development. “We devoted a tremendous amount of time and resources to our research over the last two years, and our goal was to meet what we believed was the next market for new-home buying,” continued Young. “These opening sales demonstrate that homebuyers have been waiting for the right opportunity to purchase a new home in Irvine, and this innovative collection of floorplans and new designs provided just that.”

Overwhelming demand from pre-approved homebuyers on the Priority Registration List led to the sale of 70 of the initial 71 homes available during grand opening weekend. In response to the strong demand, an additional 56 homes have been made available to homeshoppers.

“The fantastic consumer reaction to The 2010 New Home Collection is yet another example of the Irvine Company’s bold leadership in Orange County,” said Lucy Dunn, president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council. “In addition to implementing its own local stimulus program by bringing much-needed jobs to our area with the construction of these homes, the company also clearly recognized the demand was strong for new homes in Irvine and the results speak for themselves.”

The California Building Industry Association estimates that each new home that is constructed as part of The 2010 New Home Collection creates three permanent jobs, or over 2,000 jobs in this phase alone.

Money spent on new housing multiplies through the economy at a rate of about 2-to-1, economists say, as materials are purchased and workers spend their pay. The multiplier grows another

Fleur De Lys Celebrates the Opening of Newly Expanded Home Store and Raises Funds for Human Options

Costa Mesa, CA (PRWEB) February 19, 2010

Fleur De Lys, the home & gift boutique which opened in 2004, has more than doubled the size of its 17th street location. The expanded store features kitchen and bath showrooms by Studio Zing Designs, a full-service bridal registry suite, gourmet tasting bar, original work by local artisans, and more than 2,500 square feet of home decor, candles, apothecary, jewelry, stationery, table-top, gourmet, and culinary gadgets.

Fleur De Lys co-owner Josephine Pfeiffer says, “It’s always been an important part of our mission to give back to our community. There are so many people right here in our own neighborhood who need help, and Human Options reaches so many through its various educational and outreach programs.” The group’s multi-faceted approach to service ensures that women have every resource available to them to start a new life. In addition to the 10 percent donation Fleur De Lys is making, Plums Caf

IBHS Announces Grand Opening of Unique, World-Class Research Center

Tampa, FL (Vocus) October 20, 2010

The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) today announced the grand opening of its multi-risk building science research center in Chester County, S.C.

The state-of-the-art, multi-hazard applied research and training facility will significantly advance building science by enabling researchers to more fully and accurately evaluate various residential and commercial construction materials and systems. The facility is entirely funded by the property insurance industry.

When fully operational, the IBHS Research Center will be able to simulate Category 1, 2 and 3 hurricane-force winds, extra-tropical windstorms, thunderstorm frontal winds, wildfire ember showers, wind-driven rain and hailstorms within its 21,000 square-foot test chamber. These capabilities largely derive from a massive array of 105, 5-1/2 ft. diameter electric fans that can be accelerated up to 140 mph. The laboratory’s 750,000 gallon water tank will supply the test chamber’s 200 nozzles, capable of creating “rain” at a rate of up to 8 inches per hour. In addition, hailstones, burning embers and different types of “debris” will be introduced into the wind stream via a series of special ducts and other mechanical systems as part of a variety of tests.

“The new lab is a tangible, dramatic, generous demonstration of the property insurance industry’s deep commitment to reducing and preventing losses that disrupt the lives of millions of home and business owners each year,” said Julie Rochman, IBHS’ president and CEO. “We are confident that IBHS’ scientific research will greatly improve residential and commercial design and construction – and we are very excited to get to work.”

Initial research at the IBHS Research Center will focus on improved roofing performance. Because roof covers are replaced more frequently than any other building component, changes in roofing products and installation requirements can produce significant paybacks within a short period of time. Priority areas of testing include looking at performance of shingles in various windstorm conditions, exploring the effects of short- and long-term aging on roofing material and systems, developing cost-effective methods to retrofit various systems to reduce damage and losses.

“In addition to wind alone, damage from wind driven hail, water and fire will be core components of our research programs,” said Dr. Timothy Reinhold, IBHS senior vice president of research and chief engineer. “There is so much to be learned about new construction as well as how best to retrofit existing buildings now that we can closely watch building materials and entire systems perform in real world conditions. We are pleased that even at this early point in our initiative, we already are able to forge significant partnerships with leading public, private, and academic institutions who appreciate the quantum leap forward the findings from our lab will mean for building science in this country.”

Testing at the lab also will enable stakeholders in the insurance and construction industries to learn more about “green” building components and techniques. Research will focus on the durability and resiliency of sustainable building technology, with particular emphasis on the potential for a technology to reduce or increase property losses.

“At the IBHS Research Center, we will learn how to substantially reduce some of Mother Nature’s most potentially devastating impacts on residential and commercial property. The research findings will change the built environment for the better,” Rochman said.

About the IBHS

IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.


The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach Celebrates Its Grand ‘Green’ Opening

Irvine and Newport Beach, CA (Vocus) June 4, 2008

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) in Newport Beach takes center stage this spring, with the opening of their highly anticipated building and learning center.

Designed by the seasoned sustainability experts at LPA, Inc. , the ENC is on track to become the first LEED Platinum building in Orange County, pending approval from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The sustainable strategies implemented by LPA will potentially save the ENC over $ 20,000 on an annual basis.

Set within the suburbs of Orange County, the ENC provides hands on education with nature and demonstrates indigenous California vegetation and habitats. The new facility adds an additional educational tool that will showcase smart green design.

“The sustainable elements that make up this learning center will demonstrate to students and visitors that green design is the wave of the future,” said Bo Glover, Executive Director of the ENC. “LPA understood that we were in need of a building to complement our commitment to natural science education.”

The 9,000-square-foot facility is located on a 3.5-acre site at 1601 16th Street in Newport Beach, CA. It provides 16,000 students the opportunity to study local ecology in 15 on-site, native Southern California plant communities.

LPA, Inc., one of the largest architectural, planning, landscape, engineer and interior design firms in California, developed the facility for the ENC together with Griffin Structures , Inc., which provided program management. By using a holistic, integrated design approach, where architects and engineers work together from the beginning of a project through its completion, LPA was able to offer a cohesive vision for a building that was unified and sustainable from the ground up.

“We integrated sustainability into every aspect of this building,” comments Rick D’Amato, design principal at LPA, Inc. “The learning center educates visitors about the benefits of environmentally-conscious design through the application of new technologies. These include powering the building from renewable resources such as solar panels and maintaining the health of the ENC staff and visitors through the implementation of green design strategies which provide a healthier indoor environment.”

Sustainable features at the ENC include: optimized building orientation; bicycle storage and shower facilities; drought tolerant, indigenous landscape; fixtures that promote water conservation – such as waterless urinals and low-flow faucets; efficient storm water management and daylight harvesting.

Photovoltaic roof panels convert light into power and provide for 100 percent of the building’s power needs making the ENC a “net zero” building, a new model for sustainability.

Guests enjoy natural ventilation without the use of heating and/or air conditioning, dimming systems and occupancy sensors, an aggressive Sustainable Education program, heat island reduction, and green housekeeping techniques and products.

The extensive use of recycled and recyclable materials includes: insulation made of recycled blue jeans; natural linoleum for countertops – 100% organic and recyclable; composite wood for exterior skin made from saw dust and natural resin; pressed organic materials for millwork and shelving units; natural concrete; carpet tiles with high recycled content and recycled fabrics/finishes for furnishings and work stations.

LPA’s principal in charge of the project is Jim Wirick, with Rick D’Amato serving as design principal and Dave Duff as project manager. The scope of LPA services involved planning, design, programming, architecture, landscape and interior design services. Lake Forest, CA-based Culp & Tanner served as the structural engineer. Griffin Structures served as the program manager, with Gentosi Builders acting as the general contractor.

The Grand Green Opening for the ENC is Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 6 p.m. Invite only. To be included on the Media Entrance List, please RSVP to Rochelle Veturis at (949) 701-4148 or e-mail rveturis @

About the Environmental Nature Center

For over 30 years, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC), a non-profit 501 (c)-3 public benefit corporation, has been serving over 16,000 local students. The ENC is recognized as a leader in science and social science education, providing opportunities for increasing the community’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world. For additional information, visit They are located at 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA.

About Griffin Structures, Inc.

Griffin Structures, Inc. provides program management, owner representation, construction management, and program management “at risk.” For more information about Griffin Structures, call (949) 497-9000 or visit

About LPA, Inc.

With offices in Irvine and Roseville, CA, LPA, Inc. is one of the largest multi-disciplinary organizations in California, providing professional services in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, land planning, urban development and interior design. Since its establishment in 1965, LPA has been known for its design solutions and strong project management skills. With over 60 percent of its staff holding LEED