Shipping Container Home for Orphans Inspires Environmental Awareness

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Located on a 26,000 square meter agricultural smallholding in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, the New Jerusalem Children’s Home aims “to become one of the best children’s homes in Africa in the provision of holistic and integrated quality care to orphaned, abandoned, abused, traumatised, vulnerable and HIV positive children.” Founded in 2000 by two sisters, Anna and Phina Mojapelo, the current facilities include nurseries, dormitories, a communal kitchen and dining area, a crèche, a Montessori preschool, play area, and a permaculture vegetable garden.

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4D and A Architects worked with New Jerusalem to develop new housing and facilities and settled on the use of recycled shipping containers instead of the traditional brick and mortar option. In a heart-touching news story about the Home, broadcast by local news station, SABC, a reporter and cameramen visited after the first phase of the shipping container home project was completed.

The resulting structure is environmentally-friendly, after the architect, Sean Wall, and his team solved problems of waterproofing, the installation of a functional sanitation system, and providing for adequate insulation, while achieving a colorful, livable aesthetic and “environmentally pleasant” solution. The project was entirely funded by donations and houses thirty of the eighty children in the Home.

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The children who live here are mostly discarded at birth, and there was some resistance to the shipping container idea, as Anna and Phina were uncomfortable about putting abused and orphaned children in containers. However, the new structure has inspired the children into participating in keeping the area clean and recycling, even going so far as to call it a “five-star hotel.”

Adrienne Feldner, of organizational sponsor, Orange Babies, says, “I think it’s awful for the children to always be the recipients, to always be on the receiving end of charity and never to be in a position to give.” She says that the children’s involvement in the environmental concerns of the Home has “given them a sense of dignity.”

All developments of New Jerusalem are centered on the education of the children, as well as the protection of their environment.

If you are inspired to help the New Jerusalem Home to continue in their efforts, their website’s Get Involved page calls for volunteers, a wish list of needed items, and methods for donations. Orange Babies, a non-profit that sponsors New Jerusalem with food, medication, and baby things, accepts donations and sponsorships. The BackaBuddy website has a “donate now” button to facilitate online donations to specific causes, including the New Jerusalem Children’s Home.

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School Design Heavily Awarded by Orange County Architects

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2011

Since 1967, the American Institute of Architects in Orange County (AIAOC) has recognized the best of the region?s architectural design through their annual awards program. In order to receive an award, a project must be located in Orange County or designed by an Orange County-based firm. This year, 15 honors were given to 5 different firms and LPA Inc., one of the largest architecture, engineering, interior design, and landscape architecture firms in California, kept its 35-year running streak by taking home honors in each of the five categories ? Honor , Merit, Citation, Committee on the Environment (COTE), and Savings by Design.

Named one of the Top Five Green Design Firms in Education, earlier this year by industry magnate Engineering News-Record, it?s fitting that LPA receives recognition for its educational buildings (i.e.K-12 school facilities, Community College and University architecture).

The Green Career Technical Education (CTE) Academy and the Stadium View Classroom building at South Tahoe High School, together, received an Honor Award for their an innovative approach to school design. Judges liked how the designs mixed well with the Lake Tahoe site and climate. ?The buildings are well detailed with nice, high open space, wood beams, and clerestory lighting,? said one juror. ?The architecture addresses extreme winter and snow issues, and helps facilitate snow melt.? LPA?s Wendy Rogers is the Principal Designer of this project.

The Multidisciplinary Building at Palomar College also received an Honor Award. ?This building has an interesting, triangular form anchored by a round center in a central courtyard,? describes a juror. ?The high, glass walls are comprised of low-emissivity (low-e) glass and facilitate natural light to all faculty offices. The building has a sleek, technological exterior look [with] comfort and human scale at its center.? Jurors liked the building?s clean, contemporary exterior lines and interesting juxtaposition of geometry within its interior courtyard. ?These components make this a surprising and fun design,? they finish. LPA?s Glenn Carels is the Principal Designer of this project.

The Science Building at Santiago Canyon College received both a Merit Award and a Savings by Design award, the latter from Southern California Edison. Jurors noticed the building?s ample sustainable design features including a high amount of recycled content, low-e glazing with vertical shading fins, and energy efficient lighting and cooling systems. ?[The building] is well-known for its sloped metal roof, which provides ample daylight shading and a signature form,? said one juror. ?The exterior design is comprised of interesting angular geometric forms that provide shading while also allowing plenty of daylighting.? LPA?s Glenn Carels is the Principal Designer of this project.

The Recreation and Wellness Center at California State University East Bay received both a Citation Award and an award from the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE). The COTE award use the National AIA COTE Measures of Sustainable Design ? which measure a project?s intent and innovation, community, site, bioclimatic design, light and air, water, energy materials, long life and feedback. Jurors especially liked this project?s ventilated trombe wall. ?There is ample natural ventilation and light, as evidenced in the two-story lobby, as well as interior areas using Solatubes skylights,? explains a juror. ?The red, perforated metal shading elements provide a punch of color and flash to the exterior elevation.?

For more information about the AIAOC Awards, contact the chapter office at (949) 675-8273 or visit Full List of Award Recipients

About AIAOC Awards for Architecture

The AIAOC Awards for Architecture review projects that have been completed within the past eight years. Entries are welcome from both established and new practitioners and designers and from large and small firms. New buildings and renovations/restorations are eligible.

About LPA Inc.

Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 230 employees with offices in Irvine, Roseville, and San Diego, Calif. The firm provides services in architecture, sustainability, planning, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering, and graphics. At 78%, they have the highest percentage of LEED accredited staff in the nation. With extensive experience in public and private architecture, LPA designs a diversity of facilities that span from K-12 schools, colleges and universities, to corporate and civic establishments. More than 400 major design awards attest to LPA’s commitment to design excellence.


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Keller Financial Group Of Orange County Is Now First Foundation Inc.

Irvine, Calif. (Vocus) July 7, 2009

First Foundation Bank has become a recognized brand in its first 21 months of operation because it has a strong balance sheet and client centered focus. The First Foundation name is now being extended to other affiliates of the Keller group of companies to communicate that it is a seamless provider of investment management, banking trust services, financial planning and wealth consulting services for all its clients in these difficult economic times.

“Astute financial decisions in a time of declining wealth are best made in concert,” said CEO Rick Keller, who founded the Irvine-based business in 1990. “Your banker, your financial planner and your wealth advisor should work together to manage your assets and strengthen your portfolio to establish a safe foundation in an uncertain market.”

Recognizing the need for consolidated financial services, The Keller Financial Group has grown significantly in recent years to include a private bank, a wealth management group, philanthropic consulting and trust services. This has allowed the firm to offer a full range of financial services under one roof to its high net-worth clientele.

The Keller Financial Group of companies includes:

First Foundation Bank ( is a federally chartered bank offering trust management, depository accounts, commercial lending and other services. The bank’s client base is mid-to-high net worth individuals, as well as small businesses and owners, with most loans being business lines of credit, multi-family property loans, commercial investment and commercial owner-user real estate.

“First Foundation Bank has flourished over the past 15 months, despite one of the worst banking crises this country has experienced in decades,” said bank CEO Scott F. Kavanaugh. “We initially projected a total of $ 69 million in deposits by the end of 2008; yet we ended the year with more than $ 91 million and unlike many banks, we are making loans.”

The Keller Group Investment Management, Inc. ( – which will change its name to First Foundation Investment Management later this year – provides investment advisory and financial planning services to high net worth families, trusts and business entities with a minimum investment of $ 500,000. The firm currently manages more than $ 1 billion of assets for 1,000+ clients, most of whom live in Orange County or Southern California.

“Other managers say ‘personalized service,’ but we really mean it,” said Executive Vice President Victoria Collins. “During these tough economic and market times, we stay in touch with our clients by phone, email, conference calls, seminars and meetings. Each client has different needs and we design our portfolios with that in mind. We’re well positioned to outlast the downturn and our clients are relatively calm. Communication is key.”

First Foundation Advisors ( is a combination of the firm’s wealth consulting services that includes estate planning, philanthropic guidance and investment management consulting for families that have a net worth beyond $ 10 million.

“First Foundation companies offer a broad, integrated wealth management, family, and philanthropic platform normally found only in large, national financial institutions,” said Doug Freeman, Chairman of First Foundation Advisors. “We can offer the total package through a community based financial service firm.”

About First Foundation Inc.

First Foundation Inc. is a private financial firm that offers seamless banking, estate planning, wealth management, philanthropic consulting and trust service. This full-service firm provides complete financial management through its affiliates:

Orlando Orange Men Tryout Basketball Camps

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 15, 2006

The Orangemen are set to compete in the American Basketball Association’s 2006-2007 season as a new expansion team. The growth of the ABA has paved the way for an intense, competitive Florida region. Our goal is to find the right mixture of talent and skill level to ensure our inaugural season is a successful one!

On behalf of the Orlando Orangemen Team, I would like to extend to you a personal invitation to attend one of our upcoming open try-out camps. Every player will be given an unparalleled opportunity to make the jump to the professional level. The experience will be unmatched – the reward will be life-changing. The try-out camp dates are:

1st Try-out Camp Dates – July 28th -30th, 2006

2nd Try-out Camp Dates – August 25th – 27th, 2006

We are looking to fill a 12-man roster as well as a practice/reserve squad. If you believe you have what it takes, don’t miss this chance to be a part of one of the most talked about expansion teams of the ABA! Please send resume to: and

The fee for each camp is $ 150.00. Payment deadline for 1st try-outs is July 25,2006. Payment deadline for 2nd try-outs is August 22, 2006. Please remit payment in a money order or cashiers check to:

Orlando Orange Men

1115 Linton Ave.

Orlando, FL. 32809

In addition every player must submit an athletic resume with relevant references as well as a brief cover letter. Players who neglect to submit a resume will not be considered.

Feel free to browse the ABA website and follow the phenomenal growth and excitement of the nations fastest-growing professional basketball association at:

The “ultra-exciting” Orlando Orange Men professional basketball team that will begin play in November has scheduled its first tryout camp for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – July 28th, 29th and 30th, and according to co-owner/GM Jimmy Lyons, “This is the place to play – sunny Orlando, Florida – the home of Disneyworld and Universal Studios. Let’s make it simple. Call me. (407) 856-0563 or email me – and I will give you complete details about our tryout camp. If you can play, call me.”

“Also, the Orlando Orange Men has job openings for coaches and dancers as well as marketing people, interns. Same thing. Call me,” Lyons added. ” We have about four months to put together the best organization on and off the court in the league in one of the best cities in America. This will be a fun place to play and work. Repeat. (407) 856-0563.”

This summer, the Orlando Orange Men introduced themselves to the area with a very successful and safe Junior ABA Camp at which 500 youth ABA members attended. It was fun and exciting and just a small picture of the type of organization the Orlando Orange Men is – focused on families and youth.


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Orange County Dealership Introduces The All-New 2009 BMW Z4: Classic Roadster Raises The Standard For Style And Performance

Irvine, California (PRWEB) April 10, 2009

Irvine BMW is inviting all Southern California residents to come in and check out the all-new 2009 Z4.

“The new Z4 is more powerful and stylish than ever before,” said Irvine BMW General Manager Steve Rudkin. “Driving with the top down offers the exhilarating experience of the wind rushing by and sunshine on your face while driving with the roof closed provides all the comfort of a sporting coupe. It’s the best of both worlds.”

The 2009 Z4, which starts at an MSRP of $ 36,700, is powered by an inline, 6-cylinder engine displacing 3.0 liters with 300 horsepower in the Z4 sDrive35i and 255 horsepower in the Z4 sDrive30i version.

The new Z4 is the first BMW roadster to protect occupants from wind and weather with a fully retractable hardtop. The two-piece, lightweight aluminum shell opens and closes at the touch of a button within 20 seconds. The innovative roof system offers outstanding acoustic and aerodynamic qualities and allows occupants to enjoy a brighter more generous space with optimum visibility.

As added safety features, the Z4 comes with high-performance brakes, Dynamic Stability Control to ensure stability on slippery surfaces and Dynamic Traction Control which drivers can activate at the touch of a button.

Inside, enjoy a premium sound system and iDrive, a control system that serves to activate all entertainment, information, navigation and telecommunication functions. Additionally, the leather in the new Z4 incorporates Sun Reflective Technology, an innovative type of leather on the seats, interior panels and steering wheel that significantly reduces the heat effect of bright sunshine.

As the largest BMW center on the West Coast, Irvine BMW has served Southern California loyally for almost a decade. The dealership’s helpful and knowledgeable staff, expert factory-trained technicians and one of the nation’s largest selections of new and certified pre-owned BMWs have made Irvine BMW a landmark in Southern California’s automotive landscape.

For more information about Irvine BMW or the BMW Z4, call 800.944.4163 or visit the dealership today at 9881 Research Drive in Irvine, Calif. or online at

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1892 Orange County Courthouse Clockface to Hang Once Again in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (PRWEB) July 21, 2005

Visitors to the Orange County Regional History Center will have the chance to relive history when the seven-foot stained-glass clock originally installed in the 1892 Orange County Courthouse clock tower will be installed as permanent part of the new Orlando Remembered exhibit, unveiled for the first time on September 29, marking The History Center

GR Sales Announces Grand Opening of Super Autotoyz in Orange County, Calif.

Stanton, Calif. (PRWEB) June 14, 2009

GR Sales Inc., an automotive aftermarket accessories supplier since 1980, is opening its first retail store, Super Autotoyz, in Stanton, Calif. on June 20, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. Super Autotoyz, located in Orange County, will focus on providing car enthusiasts and lovers alike the widest and deepest selection of car parts, accessories and car audio all under one roof.

Measuring 35,000 square feet, Super Autotoyz offers brand name merchandise in a price range to fit all budgets and lifestyles. The store also offers 14 installation bays equipped for car maintenance along with specialty and customized installation. The store is located at 12645 Beach Blvd., Stanton, CA 90680 and is open Monday through Friday 10:00am – 9:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 9:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am – 7:00pm.

“Super Autotoyz looks forward to making an impression on the automotive aftermarket scene. Our store is a place where everyone who enters has the potential to become a car-lover,” says Gabriel Reinoso, President and CEO of GRS Automotive Operations, Inc. “As you enter the store, your eyes open up and you become immersed in a total car utopia. We’ve made shopping for your car essentials more enjoyable and less like a chore. Super Autotoyz offers such a wide selection that you’ll find what you need for your car and the things you just want for your car.”

The new Super Autotoyz super center is located at the former Super Autobacs location in Orange County. Autobacs USA, Inc. filed Chapter 11 in February 2009 and in March 2009 GR Sales, Inc. purchased the assets of Autobacs USA, Inc. during the liquidation process. Since then GR Sales has chosen to keep the Orange County location open and after three months of reestablishing ties with suppliers, reorganizing merchandise and completely redesigning the layout of the former “Super” store, Super Autotoyz is prepared to service its customers by carrying hundreds of brands and thousands of products for both domestic and import cars. Super Autotoyz is also equipped with a service department that offers audio and parts installation, car customization, and certified maintenance services.

About GR Sales Inc. and GRS Automotive Operations Inc.

GR Sales was founded in 1981 with a focus and commitment to the automotive accessory aftermarket industry. GR Sales was built on a strong dedication to the philosophy of product quality, prompt service and exceptional product value. With the careful guidance and exceptional vision of founder and owner Gabriel Reinoso, GR Sales has grown to its current multi-million dollar inventory and sales status.

As a result of his hard work and keen foresight of the business, GR Sales grew at a very fast rate. Double-decking his warehouse to accommodate for this growth, he later expanded and leased two additional warehouses. This growth has continued as Gabriel is not only the successful owner of GR Sales, but now owns the following companies: Matrix/GR Motorsports, Hawk Industries, Roadmax/RDX Automotive and now Super Autotoyz (managed by subsidiary GRS Automotive Operations Inc.).

GRS Automotive Operations Inc.

12645 Beach Blvd. Stanton, CA 90680

T: 714.799.9320

For additional information please contact Craig Smith, Vice-President – Corporate Development, at csmith (at) grsautomotiveops (dot) com

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Spectacular Open House: Top Orange County Realtor to Showcase Bluff-Top Villa in Corona del Mar

Orange County, CA (PRWEB) November 6, 2006

Impressive homes are commonplace in Orange County, particularly in Corona del Mar. But now and then, there comes on the market a home so special that even luxury real estate agents drop their jaws. Such is the case with a new home being showcased by top Orange County real estate agent, Lee Ann Canaday.

This remarkable example of Corona del Mar real estate boasts a fabulous ocean view, and its specification list includes:

Five bedrooms


A Net Zero Playhouse? Orange County’s Green Team Says Bravo

Irvine, CA (Vocus) August 5, 2010

In this year’s Project Playhouse fundraiser there’s a new team on the block. The Ocean Adventure Lab is one of seven playhouses currently on display at the Irvine Spectrum Center through September 5, 2010. Built by a “consortium” of companies that value environmentally friendly design, the lab is one of two green entries in Project Playhouse’s 19-year-run.

Ocean Adventure Lab Builder: Turner Construction Company
Ocean Adventure Lab Architect, Interior Designer, Landscape Architect and Electrical Engineer: LPA Inc.
Ocean Adventure Lab Partner: ProRepro
Ocean Adventure Interior Builder: Tangram Interiors

To pronounce and celebrate the Ocean Adventure Lab’s greenness, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Orange County Chapter will present an Honorary Certification during a plaque ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 10. USGBC is the organization behind the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

Honorary Plaque Ceremony time and location: Project Playhouse Village at the Irvine Spectrum Center (99 Fortune Dr Irvine, CA 92618), near Macy’s from noon to 1 p.m.
The ceremony is open to the public, and RSVP is not required.
While the playhouses are not eligible for official LEED certification, the Ocean Adventure Lab is being recognized for its application of LEED principles and design and construction practices.
During the ceremony, the Ocean Adventure Lab will receive its kid-friendly bamboo plaque, and all LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP’s) who worked on the playhouse will be recognized with continuing education credits from USGBC National.

Project Playhouse is the signature, annual fundraiser for HomeAid Orange County — the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with mission to build and maintain dignified housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives.

More playhouse than dollhouse, everything about the Ocean Adventure Lab points to learning, having fun and caring for the environment –both at sea and on land. Inside the lab, one finds a working wave tank, microscopes, oceanography books, a working projector featuring underwater sea creatures, and a Playstation 2 (Ps2). Designers worked with the Ocean Institute in Dana Point to get everything just right.

Sustainable features of the playhouse include:

Use of locally manufactured and rescued materials in addition to those made with recycled contents.
Use of drought-tolerant, California native vegetation.
A truth wall which exposes the contents of the green playhouse –100% natural wool insulation, piping, and a structure made of composite wood.
Energy efficient luminaires and LED lighting.
Panels and a sliding door comprised of Trex Accents, which gives the appearance of wood without the inconvenience of splinters. Trex is made of 95 percent recycled materials.
Source of renewable energy in the form of Suntech Black Label photovoltaic solar modules on the roof. This makes the playhouse a net zero structure, which means it produces as much power as it consumes.

“It’s been estimated that on any given weekend, the Irvine Spectrum Center has as many visitors as Disneyland. Thanks to Project Playhouse and the Ocean Adventure Lab, these visitors get to learn more about real world green building techniques, sustainability, and how they can help turn a playhouse into a home,” says LPA President Dan Heinfeld.

Online Photo Gallery: Additional Project Playhouse Entries

About Project Playhouse

Project Playhouse debuted in 1992 and for 18 years, dedicated builders, trades, architects and designers have donated their talents and resources to create whimsical playhouses which bring a fantasy playhouse village to life. Village tour and opportunity drawing ticket sales along with the playhouse auction sales have raised more than $ 5.5 million to help HomeAid build or renovate 47 housing developments for homeless men, women and children.

About HomeAid

Founded in 1989 by the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison. HomeAid brings together service providers, community volunteers, builders and specialty contractors to build housing for a population in our community that are often forgotten – victims of domestic violence, pregnant homeless women, abused and abandoned children and homeless families.

About USGBC Orange County

The USGBC-OC Chapter’s mission is to engage all Green Building stakeholders to be the conduit of change for a more sustainable Orange County through innovative communication, education, resources and advocacy. Members include developers, designers, investors, manufacturers, architects, facility managers, engineers and builders working together to foster more sustainable, healthy and prosperous communities in Orange County. The USGBC-OC Chapter has more than 400 active members and 4,000 affiliated Orange County residents on its distribution list.

About LPA Inc.

Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 220 employees with offices in Irvine, Roseville, and San Diego, Calif. LPA provides services in architecture, planning, interior design, engineering, landscape architecture, signage and graphics. LPA has designed more LEED certified buildings than any firm in the state and of their employees, more than 78 percent are LEED accredited professionals. With extensive experience in public and private architecture, LPA designs a diversity of facilities that span from K-12 schools, colleges and universities, to corporate and civic establishments. This is LPA’s second year participating in HomeAid’s Project Playhouse.


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