‘Look, up in the sky!’ Super Solar Tower will rise 2,800 feet from the desert floor in Arizona’s La Paz County.For 75 years, Hensel Phelps Construction Co. has made a name for itself around the world with innovative building projects. However, the best is yet to come.In 2013, the Western District Hensel Phelps office in Phoenix is to begin construction on a proposed $740M, 2,800-foot Solar Tower in La Paz County in western Arizona.“The project is fantastic on several fronts,” says Mark Watson, chief estimator for the Phoenix office, “from its size to the simplicity behind its great power generation capabilities and we are extremely excited to be part of this renewable energy solution that will change the way the world looks at alternate power generation.”To appreciate the height of the Solar Tower, which is being built for EnviroMission of Australia, consider that the tallest building in Arizona is the Chase Tower in Downtown Phoenix at 483 feet. Now picture six Chase Towers stacked atop each other and you have the Solar Tower — which also has a diameter of 450 feet.To appreciate its simplicity, here’s how it works. A 4-square-mile greenhouse will heat air and direct it up through the concrete chimney. The hot air will turn turbines to produce 200 MW of electricity, enough to power 50,000 homes.Despite its simplicity, the project is challenging. And that’s why Hensel Phelps was chosen. Hensel Phelps has built other challenging projects that included specialized infrastructure components such as rocket launch facilities for NASA in Florida and California, aviation infrastructure at airports around the country (including the PHX Sky Train at Sky Harbor International Airport), military bases, and U.S. ports of entry.When asked why Hensel Phelps was the right fit for the solar tower project, Chris Davey, president of EnviroMission, says the decision was twofold.“One, their internal culture is second to none,” Davey says. “They tend to recruit people young out of college and train them the Hensel Phelps way. They stay there for extended periods of time. That reflects the kind of work they do.“And two, Hensel Phelps takes on projects that are the first of their kind — and not just high-rises or hospitals. They build launch pads, sky trains … and solar towers.”The pricing approach for a project of this scale requires the components to be broken down into manageable subsystems that can be supported by the local, state, national and world market, Watson says. Solar Tower’s components consist of a concrete tower, collector system, foundation systems, turbines, transmission and electrical infrastructure. Each of these components has been built in other applications throughout the world and are easily quantifiable. The real challenge for this project, Watson adds, is not the uniqueness of the components or design, but the logistics of corralling the various stakeholders.“The exceptional development team assembled by EnviroMission draws experts from all over the world that in itself requires a high level of collaboration that is not always apparent on many projects,” Watson says. “On one hand, efficiencies and cost savings are achieved through commoditizing the relatively few but high quantity materials. On the other hand, given the size and location of the project, consideration is given to the transport of men and materials to the point of installation. Whether it is getting the resources to the project site or 2,800 feet in the air, logistical challenges exist due to the project scale.”A company and its capabilities are defined by the people who work there. And it is those people within the organization that bring the necessary experience for any project.“Hensel Phelps has the best professional builders in the industry,” Watson says proudly. “They are a diverse team of determined, can do, problem solvers with a culture that continuously challenges its people to think outside the box and develop creative solutions for the most challenging problems.”Hensel Phelps also understands the importance of collaborative planning and analysis during the early stages of this challenging project, Watson says.“We utilize proven pre-construction processes to ensure that the project will receive accurate and reliable data with regard to cost, constructability, and key systems selections to ensure EnviroMission’s is a facility that exceeds the expectations for functionality, efficiency, maintainability, and cost effectiveness for the life of the structure.”Davey says Hensel Phelps’ experience is a key component to the Solar Tower, which will generate electricity to 10 municipal utility companies in the Southern California Public Power Authority.“So many things have to happen for a project like this to succeed,” Davey says. “You need to have the right partners on board.”The EnviroMission Solar Tower is a significant project. Hensel Phelps builds unique projects regularly throughout the country that require construction innovation and an adaptable approach in order to be successful. From those experiences, Watson says, the company has created a solutions orientated team of construction professionals.The project’s significance likely will also be felt in the state’s fragile commercial real estate industry.Adds Watson: “Part of the significance of this project is the positive impact it will have on the Arizona construction industry by maximizing the use of local subcontractors and vendors.”For more information on Hensel Phelps Construction, visit Hensel Phelps’ website at henselphelps.com.AZRE Magazine May/June 2012
Dec 16, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – The United Kingdom is on the leading edge of an increase in influenza activity in Europe, with 57 respiratory disease outbreaks and an increase in critically ill patients and deaths reported in the country last week, according to the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA).In its weekly flu update, the HPA said the rate of medical visits for flu-like illness exceeded baseline levels, reaching 34.6 per 100,000 population. The 2009 H1N1 and influenza B viruses are predominating so far this season, with only a few H3N2 viruses identified, the agency reported.Flu activity is also rising across Europe, with increasing transmission in 11 countries, the European Centre For Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in a Eurosurveillance report today.In the United Kingdom, of 17 people who have died of flu-related causes in the past 3 months, 7 deaths were reported last week, the two latest HPA reports show. Fourteen of the deaths were attributed to the 2009 H1N1 virus. All those who died were younger than 65, and 8 were in high-risk groups, though none were pregnant.Seventeen critically ill patients have received extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) (the use of an artificial lung), out of 22 patients referred for it, the HPA reported. Four of the 17 were pregnant women.Meanwhile, press reports suggested that flu activity in parts of Britain now is worse than at the peak of the 2009 pandemic, but a health official said the flu situation is no worse than in past years.The Independent newspaper reported today that northwestern England has seen a surge of hospitalized flu patients in the past 10 days and that the numbers are higher than at the peak of the pandemic. It said five deaths were reported in the region yesterday. The story also quoted intensive care specialists as saying that the National Health Service is under more pressure than it was a year ago.In addition, the newspaper said public health specialists called the flu situation in northeastern England as bad as or worse than at the peak of the pandemic. The number of severely ill patients has surprised specialists, because monitoring has indicated low levels of H1N1 flu in the community, the story said.Bob Winter, president of the UK Intensive Care Society, told the newspaper, “Something different is happening this year. The last 10 days have seen a sudden surge of activity. The numbers in intensive care are increasing across the UK. . . . We have told the Department of Health that this is emerging as a serious issue.”However, Dame Sally Davies, interim chief medical officer for England, told the BBC that flu is not more prevalent now than at the same time in previous years, according to a UK Press Association report today.Davies added that the 35 medical visits for flu-like illness per 100,000 people in the past week is up from 13 per 100,000 the week before, and said, “The issue I’m very concerned about is we’re not getting everyone at risk—including pregnant women—vaccinated.”The HPA report said flu vaccine uptake in England as of about 2 weeks ago was 67.2% for people older than 65 and 41.6% for high-risk people younger than 65.Of 355 respiratory samples that tested positive for flu last week, 271 (76.3%) were the 2009 H1N1 virus, 77 (21.7%) were type B, and 7 (2.0%) were type A strains that were not subtyped, the HPA reported.Similarly, today’s Eurosurveillance report from the ECDC said that most of the flu viruses circulating in Europe are H1N1 and influenza B.”Although the majority of cases in the UK are mild, a significant number of severe hospitalized cases and several deaths have occurred,” the report said.”In the past epidemics have most often progressed from west to east in Europe,” the statement said, adding that limited time remains for public health and clinical interventions to reduce the impact of flu this winter. It said there is strong evidence that this year’s vaccine will be “highly effective” against the H1N1 virus.See also: Dec 16 UK HPA weekly flu reportDec 16 Eurosurveillance reportDec 16 Independent report
You may be interested in… CDEMA, UNICEF sign MOUBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Monday, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) that will allow for cooperation on the development of more resilient communities, states and regional actors…April 9, 2019In “Barbados”Jeremy Collymore receives CDEMA Council Award[su_pullquote]”…any achievement I made was based on the support of my staff, regional and international partners and communities and institutions that shared my vision for strengthened Disaster Risk Management systems.” – Mr. Jeremy Collymore[/su_pullquote]Bridgetown, Barbados, (CDEMA) – Jeremy MacArthur Collymore received the highest award of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management…December 11, 2015In “CARICOM”New project to create resilience culture in the CaribbeanBRIDGETON, Barbados (CDEMA) – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) announced the project ‘Strengthening Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies and Capacities for Resilience in the Caribbean’, that is supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The purpose of the project…April 11, 2016In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 24, 2020 Hurricane Warning Declared as Tropical Storm Nana Approaches… a formalised structure for procurement and contract management; Sep 2, 2020 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), has developed, and will implement new procurement and contract management procedures to facilitate a more streamlined and efficient use of their resource pool, including disaster management funds. After conducting a routine assessment of its operations, geared toward the continual improvement of financial management practices, a number of recommendations for improving the Unit’s procurement system were identified. Updating the existing procurement manual to address gaps related to procurement and contract management was among the suggestions. CDB’s support included providing training and financing consultancy services to prepare a procurement and contract management manual that will act as a practical guide to CDEMA’s staff. The new procurement and contract management framework was presented to participants from 13 of CDEMA’s 18 Participating States on March 7 during a one-day workshop at the Bank. CDEMA Welcomes The Cayman Islands As Its 19th Participating… Staunching the flow: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Fight to Keep its… “CDB agreed to assist in this undertaking, recognising the opportunity it will offer CEDMA to strengthen its fiduciary management, best realise value for money in its operations, and effectively deploy resources in preparation for and response to disasters that arise,” Douglas Fraser, Head, Procurement, CDB told participants.“We commend CEDMA on this achievement. At the same time we recognise that this is only the start of the journey, as the next step will be to operationalise the new framework in day-to-day operations, which will naturally be a learning process for the staff, partners, and private sector providers of CEDMA,” he said. During the workshop, officers from the Region’s National Disaster Offices were trained in the new procedures, and tabled their queries about the new manual, which will apply to procurement undertaken within Participating States for future CDEMA CU projects and activities. Representatives from from 13 of CDEMA’s 18 Participating States met at CDB to discuss the new guidelines and procedures. (Photo via CDB) “Embracing the new procedures is critical if the CDEMA System is to continue accessing development resources which support national programming priorities, Elizabeth Riley, Deputy Executive Director, CDEMA said.“Good financial management is a responsibility of the CDEMA System, the Coordinating Unit and Participating States; and consistent application of the procedures by all parties is necessary to strengthen accountability for use of financial resources whether they be derived from grant funds of development partners, or contributions from Governments,” she said. The new manual outlines changes to existing procedures, including: Sep 29, 2020 a more transparent process that will allow the private sector to identify opportunities, access contract award information and understand their rights and responsibilities. The new procedures are expected to be implemented in CDEMA’s new financial year, which starts in September, and will help shape a more effective procurement process, including how the Agency hires for disaster management projects, and how contractors bid for projects. (CDB Press Release) Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Oct 6, 2020 Douglas Fraser, Head, Procurement, CDB, delivers remarks during the opening session of the meeting. (Photo via CDB) the addition of a procurement officer on CDEMA’s team; and
SFAS News:Did you know the Santa Fe Animal Shelter averages around 750 puppies and kittens per year and a majority arrive in the spring? But due to COVID-19, the annual kitten and puppy shower will now be held on the shelter’s Facebook page noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. The virtual shower entitled, “New Hope for New Lives”, will focus on all aspects of the shelter’s New Hope, who handles all the foster programs within the shelter.New Hope is a unique program that helps find temporary and long-term homes for homeless animals. It specifically supports new kitten and puppy arrivals, those long-term resident animals that might need a break from shelter life, and animals in hospice that need a safe place to spend their last days in comfort.“Because of the pandemic, we’ve had to adjust and get creative,” said Murad Kirdar, the public relations officer of the shelter. “This year, our annual kitten and puppy shower will be held on-line and I will host ‘New Hope for New Lives’ from my home.”The live hour-long event will feature puppy and kitten programming, stories of foster families and more, all while raising funds and collecting supplies for their New Hope department. “Kitten season is an extremely busy time of year from May to September when we have a large influx of kittens come through our shelter — last year alone we cared for over 750 kittens and puppies,” Kirdar said. “This event is vital to our New Hope foster program, so we took the idea of a baby shower and turned it into a kitten and puppy shower. What could be cuter?”The shelter has had to suspend their “trap-neuter-return” and “spay & neuter” programs due to the governor mandate.“We expect the suspension of these critical programs to have an impact on our operations this season, as lack of spay and neutering will drive even more animals in need through our shelter,” says Kirdar.The virtual “New Hope for New Lives” event will be held on Giving Tuesday, a broader nation-wide push for people to donate to nonprofits, at noon on the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s Facebook.Donations can be made at SFHUmaneSociety.org or via their Amazon wish list at bit.ly/ShowerSFAS
Daily Postcard: The August Full Moon is at 96 percent past full Monday over White Rock and still very bright with surrounding clouds. August’s Full Moon was traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer. Other names for include ‘Full Green Corn Moon’ signaling that the corn was nearly ready for harvest, ‘Wheat Cut Moon’, ‘Moon When All Things Ripen’ and ‘Blueberry Moon’. Source: Farmer’s Almanac. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
Happy 214th Haiti!Congratulatory Message to the President of Haiti HE Jovenel Moïse from CARICOM Chairman Ambassador Irwin LaRocque to mark the country’s 214th Independence Anniversary, 1 January 2018. “Excellency The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) extends warmest congratulations to the Government and People of the Republic of Haiti on the occasion of the Two…December 31, 2017In “CARICOM”New York City Council approves co-naming street in honor of former Haitian leaderNEW YORK, CMC , Aug. 9 – New York City Council on Wednesday approved a proposal from Caribbean American Council Member Jumaane D. Williams for the co-naming of a street in Brooklyn in honor of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the first leader of independent Haiti. Williams – the son of Grenadian immigrants,…August 10, 2018In “CARICOM”Haiti making preparations for CARIFESTA XIIHaiti is currently making preparations to greet and host several thousands of people from the Region and other countries who are expected to converge there for CARIFESTA XII. The festival of arts and culture runs from August 21 to 30 and will feature events across the country. CARIFESTA, which is the largest…May 25, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp (Caribbean Export) BélO is easily one of Haiti’s ambassadors to the world. He has been described by Huffington Post as a socially-minded, Haitian-born singer-songwriter who powerfully delivers jazz and world beat inflected reggae in French and Creole.The socially conscious singer-songwriter’s real name is Jean Bélony Murat. He uses his sophisticated sound and music to expose social and environmental issues faced by Haiti.He has received numerous awards including “Best Male Artist 2007” by the Haitian Music Awards and the prestigious “Prix Radio France International Discoveries of 2006.” BélO’s sound is a beautiful mixture of jazz, worldbeat, rock, reggae and Afro-Haitian traditional rhythms known as Ragganga.BélO is in the line-up of musical performances at the Discover the Caribbean Day on the 28thof September 2019 at the Union Halle, Frankfurt, Germany. The event is organized by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) as the final day of the 4th CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum starting on the 26th September at the same location.Read more at: Caribbean ExportShare this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…
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Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto (FTA), who is responsible for hydrography in Finland, has selected Teledyne CARIS to provide a new bathymetric data management system. This will be a part of FTA’s infrastructure to manage existing bathymetry, as well as managing and validating incoming bathymetric surveys provided by external contractors, FTA informed.The Merta project will include the deployment of software, migration of existing bathymetric data sets, and will provide new optimized workflows at FTA.A 13-year support agreement is also part of the contract. The Caris software will be integrated with existing systems ranging from internal systems for chart production, and external data sources housed in 3rd party GIS databases.The foundation of this migration is the Caris Bathy DataBASE (BDB) solution.
Rising university costs are a hindrance to aspiring black lawyers, the Law Society announced at the conclusion of Black History Month. A timely observation, though Chancery Lane might have gone further. With annual tuition fees predicted to rise to £7,000, an issue that this week is viewed through the prism of race must also be observed through the prism of class. Soon, students who are not fortunate to be the offspring of monied parents will probably have to take on debts of £35,000 just to get a degree, never mind embark on legal training. The editor of this magazine knows for a fact this is going to further inhibit social mobility, because had that been the case 25 years ago he would not have gone to university. No way. Alan Milburn’s recent report, Fair access to the professions, shows how rising material inequality has reversed the progress that was made in opening up the legal profession after the second world war. Yet there seems to be a presumption in the diversity industry that were our society entirely colour blind, and indifferent to gender, sexual orientation and disability, all would somehow be well. Not so. What it would mean – what it will mean – is that poor students of whatever race, gender, sexual orientation or disability will be equally disadvantaged.
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