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Margulies Perruzzi Architects Receives Illuminating Engineering Society Boston Section 2012 Illumination Award

Středa, Květen 9th, 2012

Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, today announced that it has received a Section Award from the Boston Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society for the 2012 Illumination Awards program. The award recognizes MPA’s lighting design for the 32,000 SF interior fit-up of Philips’ new high performance workspace in Andover, Massachusetts. Philips is a globally diversified health and well-being company focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations.

The IES Illumination Awards provide a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based upon the individual merit of each entry.

“Philips’ new space leverages both new lighting technology and dynamic office design to create a livable, workable and sustainable high performance workspace,” said Dianne Dunnell, IIDA, LEED AP, senior associate at Margulies Perruzzi Architects. “The design team worked together to envision and execute this innovative lighting design concept, and we are honored to be recognized by the IES for our efforts.”

MPA’s objective for the lighting design was to reinforce Philips’ brand by maximizing daylighting, aligning specifications with function, and offering a sustainable solution utilizing new lighting technology. Philips’ own LED light fixtures, lamps and controls were used throughout the project. Over 90% of the lighting is LED, offering energy-efficient light that makes the office environment more engaging and uses 25% less electricity than code mandate for energy consumption per square foot.

To promote collaboration and interaction in the office, the open workspace is arranged in seven “neighborhoods.” The lighting design provides a clear sense of circulation and aids in differentiating “neighborhood” workspaces and collaboration space. LED color-changing fixtures within ceiling coves define neighborhoods, and the light color coordinates with the nature-inspired graphics for each neighborhood.

Local Lighting Expert Launches First Book

Středa, Duben 25th, 2012

Lighting expert Ralph Peake has published his first book in the Isle of Man based on a lifetime’s experience in lighting design and technology.

“Lighting Inspiration” gathers together Ralph’s 25 years in the industry which started as a teenage schoolboy and eventually led to him creating his own company.

he book was officially launched at The Lexicon Book Shop in Douglas attended by clients, friends and family.

He said, “I have made this book short and easy to follow. I hope it will inspire readers to look at ways of improving lighting in their homes and to enjoy the results.”

Ralph Peake’s interest in lighting began when he joined his school’s theatre lighting department, responsible for the lighting of student productions and touring professionals. He later attended King William’s College where he became head of lighting in the late 70s. Eventually, he created the Luminaires company in 1991 as a retail outlet, before expanding into architectural and commercial lighting.

Ralph has achieved qualifications from the Lighting Industry Federation and the Chartered Institute of Management, and has hosted numerous lighting seminars and published articles in trade publications. Luminaires is also a corporate member of the Professional Lighting Design Association.

His book is aimed at giving his professional experience and advice to property owners who want to enhance their lighting, at home or in a commercial environment.

The book looks at lighting in all areas of the home, offering hints and tips and showing photographs of what can be achieved in areas throughout the home such as the kitchen, bedrooms and dining room.

An interesting section covers “creating scenes” in your living room, showing how good lighting can improve your use and enjoyment of the space in a variety of ways, such as reflecting light around the room to create shadow-free light, or the creation of pools of localised light through the careful positioning of table or standard lamps.

Another chapter advises on how to create your own spa experience in the bathroom, using coloured lighting and the latest in LED and fibre optic lighting systems to produce your own unique ambience and relaxed atmosphere.

Using his personal experience of advising on lighting in such buildings as the Villa Marina Arcade in Douglas, Ralph Peake also includes a section on commercial and industrial lighting and looks back at the history of the first lamps by Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan in the late 19th century.

He also offers up-to-date advice on the very latest technological advances in lighting, including the energy saving properties of LED lights and how tungsten and fluorescent lamps are fast becoming out-dated because of their high running costs.

Ralph added, “I believe that once you have experienced the transformation good lighting can make to your living environment you will want to understand this subject in more detail.”

The Greatest Day

Středa, Duben 18th, 2012

I’m standing in line at Leon’s Custard and the crowd, awaiting cones and chili dogs, is thick. It’s a central point here on the southern edge of the city, where races, ages, income brackets and attitudes sync up beneath the stand’s iconic neon and fluorescent lights. I forget sometimes how much this town means to me, when all I read about in the news are the struggles and strife we face.

Earlier in the day, I was sitting in the courtyard of Best Place with the statue of Frederick Pabst as my only company as I sipped my Schlitz. I was reviewing my photos from a brief tour of Miller Valley, and listening to Jim Haertel give another presentation about beer to some out-of-town guests. Soon, I would be chatting up Mike and Eddie Glorioso at their new store space on Brady Street.

Very early in the day, I was trying in vain to get into the Milwaukee County Zoo. It was Family Free Fun Day, and it appeared that half the county’s population had shown up. Late in the afternoon, I was smelling bacon curing in Cudahy while trying out the new restaurant of famed Conejito’s server “Lala.” I was both doing things I’ve done hundreds of times, and crossing things off my bucket list. I had a whole itinerary planned out and only reached a fraction of it. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one out in the city.

When I was 17, I left my Iowa hometown and moved to Boston. I found a family that needed a nanny for a year. I dreamed that my little charge and I would ride the T everywhere, finding favorite parks and little shops.

Of course, reality was much different. The baby I cared for was less than two months old when I arrived, and required intense care that I was barely capable of at my age. My fantasy of finally being a city girl was squelched almost immediately, and I had to be content with strolling our peaceful neighborhood with the baby in a pram.

When my year was up, I realized that I had spent a year in a city I had hardly seen. My last three days in Boston were spent in a whirlwind of doing everything I had missed. I went up and down streets, trying to permanently imprint the city on my brain.

Fast forward a decade. In 2000, I moved my little family to Milwaukee from Des Moines. I had two daughters (ages 2 and 4) and a baby on the way. I was on bedrest due to complications of the pregnancy, and after my son was born, I remained homebound as I recovered. Once I was up and around again, I tried to get us out of the house, but we rarely made it much further than the Public Museum or the Zoo.  I’ve now lived in Milwaukee for 12 years, and I finally feel like I’m getting to know the city. A little.

Along comes Milwaukee Day, bringing me the excuse to drive the streets and get to know her a little better. As my partner and I flew from one public art installation to the next, I remembered the feeling of those last days in Boston. It was exhilarating and inspiring! And this time, I didn’t have to leave when it was over. Milwaukee Day was just the beginning – I can keep falling in the love with the city over and over, for years to come.

Melanie Fascitelli shows us how to organize our clothes

Středa, Duben 11th, 2012

Edit your wardrobe: “The first thing you need to do is get yourself a partner, someone you trust, to help you edit,” says Fascitelli. “This person is someone who is going to tell you the truth, whose style you admire and who has a good eye for your own personal style. Editing or culling your wardrobe is not only about finding things that you haven’t worn in one or two years but also asking, ‘Would I buy this today?’”

Color code: Sort your clothes by color and type. Keep pants with pants and skirts with skirts, and then organize each category from light to dark, says Fascitelli. “This is a visual merchandising trick that makes your eye follow the color. It’s easier to get to your stuff this way.”

It’s all about the hangers: “The least expensive thing you can do to get your closet organized and cleaned up is to buy all the same style and color hanger,” says Fascitelli, who prefers using a neutral color. For her product line, Clos-ette Too, she says they spent years developing the perfect hanger. “It’s a skinny, soft hanger in five different styles for all different types of garments,” she says of the end product. “And they have very short drops, so you’re not just saving on horizontal space but vertical [too].”

To fold or to hang?: The general rule is “hang everything you can,” says Fascitelli. If you don’t have too much space on your closet rod, the items she specifically feels should be hung are coats, pants, dresses, suits, tailored shirts, silk blouses and gowns. The best items to fold and store on a shelf or in a drawer are T-shirts, sweaters, gym clothes, jeans and delicates — such as beaded and cashmere pieces.

Once you figure out what you’re keeping and what’s going, find a consignment store.

“It’s green — you’re recycling your clothing,” says Fascitelli, who likes I-Ella or Linda’s Stuff on eBay. She also suggests giving directly to a charity such as Dress for Success.

Saving your prom dress for your daughter? Have a separate storage area for archival items, says Fascitelli. Wrap them in acid-free tissue and store them in an acid-free box.

“When compared to conventional lighting, LEDs indeed are more expensive, but only in the short term. In the long run, these lights win because of all the energy and money they save the user,” says Wandile Setlhodi, segment manager at Phillips South Africa’s professional indoor and outdoor lighting division.

“Based on calculations, a 10W LED has the potential to save 280 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually when compared to an average CFL. This equals to R200 per lamp per year,” she adds. “This means you have earned your money back after one year, after which you will start saving.”

Eskom seems to be aware of the role LEDs can play in reducing South Africa’s overall electricity consumption. Together with Phillips, the parastatal will distribute 200 000 of such lamps among commercial users such as hotels, banks, office blocks and retailers.

“As part of the deal, we will – in the second quarter of this year – replace 200 000 halogens and CFLs with 7W and 10W LED lights,” says John Westermeyer, marketing manager at Phillips South Africa. “The bulbs will be distributed by Karebo Systems at discounted prices throughout South Africa. It is Africa’s biggest power saving campaign thus far.”

Too many candles for fourth birthday

Středa, Březen 28th, 2012

It couldn’t have been avoided. There were simply just too many candles for a fourth birthday.The disorder in parts of Punjab that peaked on Sunday could as yet be termed as a show of controlled aggression, a sign that things could deteriorate fast. In fact, it could well have been the biggest issue by now but for an opposition which finds it more expedient to take on the treasury over issues such as the resumption of supplies to Nato.

Tyres were burnt, and attempts at ransacking the shops made as groups of people suffering long hours without light came out again on Sunday. In Faisalabad, there were clashes when rioters tried to force shopkeepers to shut down their business.

Scattered protests took place in Lahore and the adjacent districts of Kasur and Sheikhupura. These could have been much larger rallies. They may have had the blessing of some individual politician or a party, but the orders to bind these separate groups of protesters into a single large procession ready to march are yet to be received.

Popular causes pursued openly by political parties make much more sense. One unfortunate result of these power protests lacking the ownership of a political party was that the rioters felt free to vandalise small merchandise, such as the fruit vendors and small shops in Faisalabad as well as small businesses in Lahore.

No political party can afford such negative publicity and the organisation of a protest by a brand does bring a certain discipline and purpose to it. Even violence has to be directed against the truly deserving for it to have effect. The news reports of Sunday’s demos, supportive of the power-denied as these had to be, were no less sympathetic to the small business owners targeted by the rioters.

The protests brought to the fore groups angry yet disorganised. Absence of open backing by a political party to channel their anger into an organised push could lead to stronger, uglier shows of violence. The police were ineffective, which could encourage a repeat, even though Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited Faisalabad on Monday to educate the aggrieved on how not to conduct a just protest demonstration.

The politicians were aware, if not fully committed to the popular cause. In Lahore, Nawaz Sharif made fun of Prime Minister Gilani’s wish — he had hoped for a congratulatory happy fourth birthday message from the PML-N chief.

What a farce this once entertaining circus has become. There are so many repeat telecasts that you can’t miss it, no matter how many hours without light you may suffer.

Everyone knows we are confronted with an even tougher summer than the one last year: less power, more to pay to Wapda. For the PPP government the more worrying aspect should be that it cannot carry on with an innocent face, blaming the lack of an adequate system, or even a future plan, to deal with the electricity shortages on the Musharraf regime.

The PPP’s shortcomings are all the more pronounced in the energy sector given the high promises it had begun its latest stint with. There has been news of some motley units added to the national grid but these do not show in the supply.

Gov’t Will Allow Mainland Chinese Investments in LED and Solar Cell

Středa, Březen 21st, 2012

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) will announce today (March 20) third-wave opening for mainland Chinese investments in Taiwan, which will include 115 manufacturing items, notably LED (light emitting diode) and solar cell, and 23 items for the service sector and infrastructure each.

At the Legislative Yuan, Economics Minister Shih Yen-shiang pointed out yesterday that for buying into domestic firms in key hi-tech industries, Chinese investors cannot become the controlling shareholder or the largest shareholder. In addition, the investment projects must contain industrial cooperation and must be subject to the inspection of an ad hoc panel.

Shih noted that the requirement will be more flexible than the existing ceiling of 10% stake owned by Chinese investors in existing enterprises and stricter than the 50% ceiling in new joint ventures.

The third-wave opening for mainland Chinese investments has been approved by the Executive Yuan (the Cabinet) and is scheduled to take effect by the end of March. Thanks to the three waves of opening, mainland Chinese investors will be able to invest in 97% manufacturing items, with the forbidden items including high polluting and nuclear safety businesses. Meanwhile, shares of service industry and infrastructure opened to Chinese investors will both reach 51%. In the third-wave opening, the government, for instance, allows mainland Chinese investments in mass rapid transit system and light-rail system.

Shih stressed that the restrictions on mainland Chinese investments are still much higher than other foreign investors but the difference cannot be too high, since mainland China is also a member of the World Trade Organization.

Since the government opened mainland Chinese investments in Taiwan in June 2009, mainlanders have invested US$272 million, creating some 5,000 job vacancies.

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Girl Scouts celebrate 100th birthday

Středa, Březen 14th, 2012

Living up to their motto of “be prepared,” when rain threatened to dampen the celebration and extinguish the candles at the Girl Scouts’ 100th birthday, brightly colored umbrellas were withdrawn from purses and tote bags and snapped open in a rainbow array of nylon covering.

When the bagpiper failed to show, two violinists — Kandyy Lower and Jadelyn Morningstar, both 13, — rose to the occasion and played “My Country ‘Tis’ of Thee” for the opening ceremony.

The rain-spattered crowd to whom they played consisted of dozens of past, present and even future Girl Scouts who were gathered on the steps of the Old Courthouse on the Square in Carlisle Monday night to celebrate the official 100th birthday of the organization.

Gordon Low, who herself was childless, envisioned an organization that would empower girls and help teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence and citizenship.

Originally chartered with 18 members in Savannah, Ga., the movement has grown in the last 100 years to include more than 2,303,388 Girl Scouts and 880,000 adult volunteers in 92 countries.

At Monday’s event, Jane Ransom, president and CEO of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, was the guest speaker.

“Today’s girls are tomorrow’s leaders,” she said.

As she concluded her brief remarks, she asked the girls present — who represented a small fraction of the 26,000 girls in 30 counties that the Heart of PA council encompasses — to make her two promises.

“Before you go to bed tonight, I want to you make two promises. I want you to promise to use everything you learned in Girl Scouts to make the world a better place. And I want you to promise to give back to the girls of the future,” she said, pointing out all the work the adult volunteers standing in the crowd did for the girls.

As part of the celebration, Lois Siemer portrayed Gordon Low, dressed in the original uniform of the organization — dark green, mid-calf-length skirt, matching jacket with black patent leather belt, white shirt, black tie.

After her speech, Siemer lit the first candle, from which all other candles were then lit.

“The spirit in which Juliette started has spread to all girls,” Siemer said.

After the candles were lit, the girls recited the Girl Scout oath, sang traditional songs and then retired the colors.

“I went to a meeting to see what was going on and I came out an assistant leader. I went in an assistant leader and came out a leader,” she joked. She led troops until 1991. In 1982, she took her troop on a trip to Savannah to see the birthplace of the group.

“I took all these pictures and I came back and had them made into slides. I did a kind of tourist-guide kind of thing, but I thought that some of what I was telling was kind of gossip and I thought it would be more fun to be her and tell her stories from her point of view. She had a very fulfilling life. She started the Girl Scouts when she was 52,” Siemer said.

A patient survival guide, from a mother who learned too late

Pátek, Březen 9th, 2012

A picture of a smiling boy filled the screen behind Helen Haskell.

“This is my son Lewis, who died basically from what’s called failure to rescue in the hospital,” she told the audience at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Wednesday.

Eleven years ago, Lewis Blackman, then 15, went to a South Carolina hospital for elective surgery to correct a congenital heart condition. A medication he was given caused a perforated ulcer and internal bleeding. But the medical staff didn’t recognize it.

“Nobody can believe that a young healthy boy would be in so much trouble, and so they simply didn’t do anything for 30 hours until he had a cardiac arrest,” Haskell said. “At which point they sprang into action, but it was too late. He had already lost too much blood to be revived.”

Lewis’ death led Haskell to advocate for patient safety. She founded the group Mothers Against Medical Error and got patient safety legislation passed in South Carolina in her son’s name. She spoke at St. Francis as part of the hospital’s Patient Safety Awareness Day, along with state Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri, Connecticut Center for Patient Safety Executive Director Jean Rexford and Dr. Scott Ellner, director of surgical quality and a trauma surgeon at St. Francis.

Together, they offered a survival guide of sorts for patients navigating a health care system that, for all its advances, is still riddled with errors and preventable dire outcomes.

Some of Haskell’s advice stemmed from things that hamstrung her family as her son’s health deteriorated in the hospital.

“We did not know who to call,” she said. “It was a weekend, and weekend care can be problematic because the staff is very low. We didn’t know how to climb the hierarchy. We didn’t know how to get past the intern and the nurse, the intern being the first-year resident. They were basically the staff that was on duty that Sunday that my son was dying. And we couldn’t get around them. If we had known who was who, we would’ve been able to ask more intelligently.”

Haskell urged patients to know the chain of command among physicians and nurses when they’re in the hospital, and to know that they can speak to those higher up it if a nurse or physician isn’t available or doesn’t recognize a problem.

Always check the badges of people who come into you room, she said, and if they’re not wearing one, ask who they are and what their role is.

And patients should have an advocate, a trusted person who can come with them to the hospital and, if necessary, read their medical records and discuss their care with the providers.

Haskell urged patients to look at their medical record while in the hospital, or have a friend or relative do so. The records can show if doctors disagree about the patient’s care, or indicate potential errors. Because doctors and nurses don’t always look at each other’s notes, the patient or advocate can be the one to bridge the information. Nurses aren’t used to having patients ask to view their records, Haskell noted, and suggested setting up a time in advance to do so each day.

Rexford and Haskell said patients should bring a journal with them that includes a list of medications they take, their doctors, phone numbers of friends, a list of relatives and questions to ask the health care providers. During a hospital stay, patients should record the tests and procedures they receive, the nursing staff and visits by doctors, as well as their vital signs.

“People tend to go into procedures not knowing what they’re letting themselves in for,” Haskell said. She has heard from patients who say that if they knew what the recovery would be like for an elective procedure, they never would have had it.

She advised patients to learn about the procedure, whether a surgeon will do it all or, if it’s a teaching hospital, whether and how much a resident will participate. What is the complication rate? The infection rate? What will recovery be like? What are the risks and benefits, short- and long-term?

The G450 Elite Cabin Experience

Středa, Únor 15th, 2012

Gulfstream Aerospace comes to Singapore with, among other things, a G450 demonstrator aircraft fitted with its new Elite interior. The all-new optional package features elements from the company’s flagship G650, and is also available for G550 aircraft as well. AIN got a taste of the new cabin during a pre-show demo flight, courtesy of the U.S. manufacturer.

The sleek design features clean lines and white leather seats, offset by black high-gloss woods and matte silver finishes. Each element–up to the tiniest detail, such as the brushed chrome window shade controls–is a credit to its designers.

However, it is the aircraft’s invisible features that will make most difference to passengers. The company’s new cabin management system (CMS) includes digital control through Apple devices. Passengers can download an application that allows them to manipulate lighting, temperature, speakers, monitors, entertainment, window shades, and even call the flight attendant.

They’ll also be able to set and save their preferences. For example, if they like to work using the reading light, a closed window shade and a certain color for the indirect lighting, they’ll be able to save these preferences under their “work” label, which will automatically fire up their chosen settings when selected.

All the cabin systems (waste, water, communication, lighting, power, cabin control and entertainment) are designed to ensure that no single point failure will result in the loss of cabin functionality. Should a failure occur, maintenance staff on the ground will receive a message on the ground while the jet is still in the air.

There is an option for motorized seats. To ensure total comfort throughout all phases of flight, they sport heated back and seat cushions, a massager, single-position memory preset and press-and-hold controls for full upright and full-flat positions.

Lovers of gourmet cooking will appreciate the spacious galley, which houses a stainless-steel appliance stack with two coffee makers, a microwave and a convection oven, plus a refrigerator with freezer and removable shelves. There are touch controls built into the walls and the hinged doors on the crystal storage unit can double as an added work surface.

With such luxury on board, the flight seemed all too short. Should you want to experience the G450 interior for yourself, head to the Gulfstream stand where the aircraft is on display, alongside a G150 and G550.

Astronics profits rise 16 percent

Středa, Únor 8th, 2012

Astronics Corp.’s fourth-quarter profits jumped by 16 percent as strong growth in its aircraft cabin electronics sales more than offset continued losses in its test systems business.

The East Aurora aircraft lighting and electronics products maker’s profits easily topped analyst forecasts, although the company predicted that its sales this year would rise by about 6 percent, below analyst predictions.

“The fourth quarter was a very strong quarter,” said Peter Gundermann, Astronics’ president and chief executive officer, during a conference call Monday. “We are enthusiastic about our prospects going forward.”

Astronics said its profits strengthened to $5.2 million, or 40 cents per share, from $4.5 million, or 35 cents per share, a year ago.

The earnings included a$2.5 million write-down, equaling 12 cents per share, of good will and other intangible assets at its long-struggling test systems business in Florida, which learned during the quarter that a key military program is being canceled. Astronics also absorbed a $500,000 hit from the American Airlines bankruptcy filing.

Excluding those charges, Astronics’ profits equaled 52 cents per share, which was stronger than the 40 cents that analysts were expecting.

The company’s sales grew to $61.2 million from $51.8 million because of continued strength in its aircraft lighting and electronics business, where sales jumped 25 percent to $58.2 million, from $46.8 million.

Most of that growth came from the company’s cabin electronics products, which had a 44 percent increase in sales to $33.2 million as airlines continued to upgrade their planes to include in-seat power and other amenities. Airframe power product sales also grew by 16 percent to $5.3 million.

At the same time, the company’s test systems business lost $3.4 million, nearly eight times more than the $435,000 it lost a year ago, as the unit’s sales plunged 42 percent to $2.9 million.

Even more disappointing for Astronics executives, the U.S. Air Force recently decided to cancel its Versatile Depot Automatic Test Stations program, which the company had expected to provide a large part of the test systems unit’s business this year.

“Eventually, the U.S. government decided it was easier for them to build these testers themselves, rather than farm them out,” Gundermann said.

Astronics executives, however, said they still see value in the test systems business, despite its struggles and its difficulties in winning key government orders. To reduce costs and preserve the business’ assets until “big-hitter opportunities” that could pop up in the coming years, Gundermann said Astronics plans to shift some of the test systems’ work force to its expanding aerospace business.