FK Architecture Designs Adult Housing Projects in FL

FK Architecture, a Fugleberg Koch Company, is excited to announce its design work on three resort-style active adult housing communities along Florida’s West Coast. The developments aim to provide active 55+ residents with modern home designs and amenities. The three sites designed by FK Architecture are Solea Wellen Park in Venice, Amberlin Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, and Amberlin South Naples in Collier County. Sparrow Partners is the developer.

“We’re extremely proud of our designs for these three developments,” said Kimberly Hellekson, Managing Principal at FK Architecture. “There is a strong interest in active adult housing, especially in Florida, and we are proud to design modern housing with a variety of amenities, community clubhouses, and gardens.”

Solea Wellen Park is a multi-unit apartment complex, four stories high. It is located on West Villages Parkway. The buildings include 204 units comprised of one and two-bedroom apartments. Amenities include an 11,000-square-foot clubhouse, a pool with cabanas, one large amenity-filled courtyard, a fitness center, and a dog park.

Amberlin Wiregrass Ranch is a multi-unit apartment complex consisting of one large residential building, four stories high, designed around a central amenity courtyard. It is located on Bruce B Downs Boulevard, just east of Interstate 75 and south of State Road 54. The complex includes 204 one and two-bedroom apartments with balconies and ground floor units with private yards. Amenities include a clubhouse, resort-style pool, community garden, and firepits.

Amberlin South Naples, one large four-story multi-unit building, includes 12 direct-entry single bay garages tucked into the ground floor. It is located near the corner of Collier Boulevard and Rattlesnake Hammock Road. The building includes 188 apartments, with 12 being studios and the remainder consisting of one or two-bedroom units. Amenities include a two-story clubhouse, pool, pickleball court, and an event lawn for community activities.

Sparrow Partners provides carport parking adjacent to all residential buildings for resident convenience and single bay garages for rent.

FK Architecture holds licenses in 30 states and has a long history of working on active adult developments throughout Florida, nationally, and internationally.

Sparrow Partners is an Austin-based real estate developer who strives to create thriving communities through thoughtful design, state-of-the-art construction practices, and engaging management to build meaningful connections with community residents and establish a sense of belonging.

About FK Architecture

FK Architecture, a Fugleberg Koch Company, is a full-service, multi-disciplined firm of architects, designers, and planners providing architectural design services nationwide. Established in 1963, the firm’s diverse experience includes hospitality, multi-family, student housing, senior housing, mixed-use, and commercial sectors. For more information, visit

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2022 construction & aerial equipment Market Report

With its July Market Trends Report, Ritchie Bros. digs into construction and aerial equipment sales through the first half of 2022. In the United States, Ritchie Bros. mix-adjusted price indexes (for April to June) show prices for used large and medium earthmoving categories are up 15% and 20% year over year respectively, while aerial equipment is up 18%.

Price indexes in Canada show similar trends, with large and medium earthmoving equipment up 14% and 19% respectively, while aerial is up 10%. Meanwhile, truck tractor prices in the U.S. and Canada continue to lead, with the highest year-over-year price inflation—up 39% in the U.S. and 31% in Canada. As mentioned in the June report, while Ritchie Bros. indexes show pricing above last year’s level, across the board they are down by single digit percentages relative to earlier in 2022.

The free July report, which is available at, provides detailed charts outlining U.S. and Canadian sales of excavators, dozers, wheel loaders, articulated dump trucks, motor graders, loader backhoes, multi-terrain loaders, skid steers, telehandlers, boom lifts, scissor lifts, and forklifts throughout the first half of 2022. The monthly report also includes data and insights from Rouse Services, who track hundreds of auction and retail companies. As of July 1, 2022, Rouse’s Retail and Auction Value Indexes are currently +30% and +32% in relation to pricing from January 2016.

“Used equipment sales volumes continue to run behind prior year levels across all sales channels,” said Doug Rusch, Managing Director of Rouse Sales. “Retail values for most categories of equipment continued to rise in June, albeit at a slower pace than we’ve seen in recent months. After rising 18 straight months, auction values have stabilized. In some cases—aerial, telehandlers, and medium-sized earthmoving equipment—auction values decreased slightly last month in contrast to record highs experienced in recent months.”

 Used Commercial Assets – Pricing HighlightsPrice change (±1.5%) year-over-year for the 3 months ending June 30, 2022
Categories USA CANADA
Large Earthmoving Δ Increased ~ 15 % Δ  Increased ~ 14 %
Medium Earthmoving Δ  Increased ~ 20 % Δ  Increased ~ 19 %
Aerial Δ  Increased ~ 18 % Δ  Increased ~ 10 %
Truck Tractors Δ  Increased ~ 39 % Δ  Increased ~ 31 %
Vocational Trucks Δ  Increased ~ 25 % Δ  Increased ~ 14 %
Source: Ritchie Bros. transactional data.

About Ritchie Bros.:Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is a global asset management and disposition company, offering customers end-to-end solutions for buying and selling used heavy equipment, trucks and other assets. Operating in a number of sectors, including construction, transportation, agriculture, energy, mining, and forestry, the company’s selling channels include: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world’s largest industrial auctioneer offering live auction events with online bidding; IronPlanet, an online marketplace with weekly featured auctions and providing the exclusive IronClad Assurance® equipment condition certification; Marketplace-E, a controlled marketplace offering multiple price and timing options; Ritchie List, a self-serve listing service for North America; Mascusa leading European online equipment listing service; Ritchie Bros. Private Treaty, offering privately negotiated sales; and sector-specific solutions GovPlanetTruckPlanet, and Ritchie Bros. Energy. The Company’s suite of solutions also includes Ritchie Bros. Asset Solutions and Rouse Services LLC, which together provides a complete end-to-end asset management, data-driven intelligence and performance benchmarking system; SmartEquip, an innovative technology platform that supports customers’ management of the equipment lifecycle and integrates parts procurement with both OEMs and dealers; plus equipment financing and leasing through Ritchie Bros. Financial Services. For more information about Ritchie Bros., visit

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Mannik & Smith Group Partnership with Trilon Group

The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG), a nationally ranked engineering firm, is excited to announce a strategic partnership with Trilon Group, a family of infrastructure consulting businesses. The partnership will allow MSG to expand its offerings and better serve its clients by providing additional capital and resources.

Founded in 1955, MSG has a proud 65+ year history of delivering consulting solutions to governmental agencies, municipalities, and private entities across North America. MSG’s long-term strategic vision for growth includes expansion in its existing markets and broadening into complementary markets and geographies. MSG’s leadership constantly searches for opportunities to innovate and collaborate in order to benefit its clients and create opportunities for its staff to grow their careers.

“This partnership will accelerate the execution of our strategic plan by investing in our people, growing through M&A, and collaborating on new approaches to better serve our clients. We foresee substantial benefits to our employees and clients as we expand our capabilities and service offerings,” MSG’s CEO Dean Niese said. “Over the past year, our leadership team carefully considered many options and partners that could help us accelerate our Strategic Plan. Most important, we looked for a partner that fits with our culture and values and provides access to capital resources. We are extremely happy to have found that partner in Trilon.”

MSG selected the Trilon Group, which is backed by Alpine Investors, a people-driven private equity firm. Alpine plans to invest more than $200 million of equity capital to fund the organic and inorganic growth of Trilon. Trilon was formed with the vision of building the next top 20 design firm in North America by partnering with a comprehensive family of consulting businesses focused on delivering practical and sustainable infrastructure solutions. Trilon partners with like-minded Infrastructure Consulting firms across the nation and aims to accelerate their growth through investment in talent, technology, and targeted M&A. Key focus areas include transportation, water, utilities, environment, and community infrastructure.

Within Trilon, MSG will lead the Midwest Platform with a focus on Environment, Transportation, Water, and Community Infrastructure markets. Under the leadership of its current management team, MSG will continue operating as an independent brand within Trilon.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Mannik & Smith Group and support their continued growth and vibrant culture. MSG’s leadership team has built a phenomenal company of individuals who share a passion for serving their communities and clients,” said Trilon Group CEO Michael (Mick) Renshaw. “MSG brings a wealth of specialty disciplines and long-standing client relationships to the Trilon family. We are excited to support MSG with growth investment in talent, technology, and targeted M&A to help them realize their growth ambitions.”

Morrissey Goodale served as strategic advisor to The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.

About The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.

The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) is a premier multi-disciplined consulting firm, with its 400+ employees serving an exclusive collection of the some of the best and fastest growing private entities, municipalities, and governmental agencies across the Americas. MSG ranks annually among Engineering News-Record’s “Top 500 Design Firms”. For more information, visit

About Trilon Group

Trilon group was formed with a vision to build the next Top 20 design firm in North America by bringing together some of the nation’s best infrastructure consulting firms. Key focus areas include Transportation, Water, Utilities, Environment and Community Infrastructure. Trilon Group has previously announced similar partnerships with CPH, DRMP, Ramey Kemp, ESI Consultants and Waggoner, and with MSG will have more than 1,500 employees. For more information, visit

About Alpine Investors

Alpine Investors is a people-driven private equity firm that is committed to building enduring companies by working with, learning from, and developing exceptional people. Alpine specializes in investments in companies in the software and services industries. Its PeopleFirst strategy includes a talent program which allows Alpine to bring leadership to situations where additional or new management is needed post-transaction. Alpine is currently investing out of its over $2.25 billion eighth fund. For more information, visit

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Luxury apartment complex makes ‘green’ history

Eco Terra, a seven-story, 348-unit luxury mixed-use apartment complex has just become the largest project in the country to earn key passive house and net zero certifications.

The development, just outside of Chicago, also showcases the ability to combine green building with an upscale living environment including amenities such as a fitness center, swimming pool, theater, dog park, dog grooming station, and We Workspaces on each floor.

The project – being built by Burr Ridge-based Hawthorne Development Corporation – will use 40-60% less energy than conventional buildings through an array of other sustainability features. It:

·       Is being built to PHIUS (Passive House Institute US) Standards for energy efficiency, the most difficult to achieve in new construction

·       Will meet the requirements for Net Zero Energy Use and Net Zero Carbon certifications, with all energy to be produced on site and Lithium-ion batteries to replace gas

·       Will also reduce energy use through features such as solar energy, water-saving plumbing fixtures, triple pane windows, LEDs throughout, variable refrigerant flow that is 30% more efficient than conventional HVAC systems, heat recovery ventilation that reduces heating and cooling demands, and more

Hawthorne has been at the forefront of sustainable development since the early 1980s, adopting many of the National Green Building Standards long before they were initiated by the U.S. government in 2008.

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FMI Study: Traffic Road Marking Coatings Market

Rising Demand for Epoxy Coatings Leading to a Sharp Rise in the Traffic Road Marking Coatings Market Share

The global traffic road marking coatings market is expected to reach a market valuation of US$ 5.22 Billion by the year 2022, accelerating with a moderate CAGR of 6% by 2022-2032. Traffic Road Marking Coatings market size is anticipated to be valued at about US$ 9.34 Billion by 2032 end.

Road markings are designs, lines, or phrases painted on the ground to direct and regulate traffic on highways and to properly direct pedestrians. One of the materials used to indicate the delineation of traffic channels and act as a psychological barrier to guarantee smooth and orderly traffic flow is solvent-based and thermoplastic road marking paint.

One of the factors driving the traffic road marking coatings market size through the forecast period is the quick deployment of road and highway projects to relieve traffic congestion. For instance, the I-405 widening project in California, U.S., will involve a variety of construction projects throughout its 16-mile length from Long Beach to Costa Mesa. The adoption of traffic road marking coatings is anticipated to increase in the coming years as a result of these advances and the increased number of fatalities from traffic accidents.

One of the coating types that is expanding the fastest is epoxy. Epoxy coatings are frequently utilized in high traffic areas because they are affordable and dependable. As a result of their resistance to oil, transmission fluids, and gasoline, these coatings are chosen over plastics. The traffic road marking coatings market is anticipated to increase rapidly due to the rising demand for such tough coatings.

Due to the strict code of conduct mandated by governments, demand in the polymer and coating industries also decreased. The supply of raw materials for the traffic road marking coatings market was slightly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic and lockdown conditions severely disrupted the coatings industry’s whole production and supply chain, which also had an impact on the traffic road marking coatings market.

As per the traffic road marking coatings traffic road marking coatings market analysis, several road maintenance and construction projects expanded as a result of the decreased traffic, despite significant supply chain instability during the early months of the COVID-19.

In addition to allowing for road construction, the crisis and aircraft cancellations gave time to assess the best times to build a runway. For instance, Auckland Airport announced plans to advance its runway pavement replacement project by taking use of the opportunity presented by the traffic limitations during the pandemic in May 2020.

Key Takeaways from Market Study

·         While the Asia Pacific region is anticipated to experience the maximum growth during the projection period, Europe has emerged as the largest traffic road marking coatings market.

·         The traffic road marking coatings market is anticipated to reach a valuation of US$ 9.34 Billion by 2032.

·         Road marking lines were the most popular application category in 2021, accounting for a traffic road marking coatings market share of 55.1 percent.

·         Thermoplastic coating is anticipated to increase at the quickest rate of any product category during the forecast period, accounting for 23.3 percent of traffic road marking coatings market revenue.

Competitive Landscape

Companies like US Specialty Coatings, Swarco AG, Monarch Industrial Product (I) Pvt. Ltd., Geveko Markings (Sollix Group), Ennis-Flint (PPG Industries), and Crown Technologies are among those that compete in the traffic road marking coatings market. These companies use a variety of techniques to diversify their product offerings across the global market, including strategic product releases, acquisitions, and corporate expansions.

These insights are based on a report Traffic Road Marking Coatings Market by Future Market Insights

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Small Business Statistics & Trends 2022

Despite having fewer employees and customers than the average large business, small businesses have a significant presence in our economy, promoting innovation, expanding opportunities and driving job creation. Following pandemic-related large shutdowns, changes in operations, and even entire overhauls of small enterprises, these businesses will confront new problems in the coming years.

Lawnstarter put up a list of significant facts and trends that small business owners should be aware of in 2022. To extract relevant and helpful recommendations that may be applied to nearly any sort of business, information was gathered from economy specialists, government papers, market research, and financial news.

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Posted in Vendor News | Video Inspection & Permitting Platform, a video inspection and permit document technology company, has launched a major software update to help contractors and builders complete permitting and inspections faster than ever before. To optimize the platform’s performance,’s V3 Software unveiled new functionalities including easy-to-use-workflow solutions and automated document generation that accelerate the permitting, inspection, and paperwork process.

“ has constantly revolutionized the way inspections are completed since launching in 2020. Our new software makes it easier for contractors to finish the job in minutes,” said Anthony Perera, Founder of “What sets apart from our competitors is our commitment to improving the user experience for contractors. We listen to what our customers say about the challenges they encounter to get their inspections completed and our team has created new proprietary solutions to support their efficiency and growth.”’s V3 Software launched with a user-friendly interface design that allows contractors in the generator, pool, solar, and roofing industries to easily perform virtual inspections in real-time. Other new features include:

  • A new library of over 1,000 built in inspection codes
  • Generate document templates and customized reports for each municipality
  • Improved scheduling and rescheduling functions
  • Secure video feeds and cloud storage

“Contractors and builders have a tough schedule that is heavily burdened by traditional permitting and inspection process requirements.’s team and platform provide contractors with the tools they need to schedule and complete an inspection on the same day,” said Ryan Schaffer, COO of

Contractors using have been able to decrease project times from start to finish by cutting inspection wait time frames from hours to minutes. Customers across industries have reported reducing time and labor spent on driving by 35%, inspections being completed 50-70% faster, and completing their installation and renovation projects for customers in half the time.

Visit for more information and to book a demo of the company’s V3 software.


Inspected is a patent-pending remote video inspections mobile application that allows Inspectors to perform inspection right from office/home, saving travel time, increasing efficiency, and ultimately saving money. The Inspected app also enables geo-locating of homes to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the inspection. For more information, visit:


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New labor-saving densifies cures concrete in one step

The latest new offering from PROSOCO’s concrete flooring products is a time-saver on newly placed, smooth, steel-trowel-finished concrete floors.

PROSOCO DensiKure combines the chemistries that densify and harden concrete with ones that cure concrete, eliminating the normal wait times between the two steps while the concrete hardens, dries and cures.

By forming a membrane on the surface of new concrete, DensiKure locks in moisture to enable a complete cure. Treated concrete floors are typically dry in 60 minutes.

While the new product will be available via traditional distribution outlets, it’s designed primarily for large square footage projects like new warehouses and distribution centers.

According to Nick Savage, head of PROSOCO’s Concrete Flooring Group, the biggest advantage of DensiKure in the field is labor and time savings.

“Typically, when an early application of a densifier is allowed, you go in, clean the slab, apply a densifier, wait for it to dry and then come back and apply a cure,” he says. “Or you put a cure down, wait 28 days for the concrete to cure, then you remove the cure and apply a densifier.”

“DensiKure saves you a trip around the building. You apply it once with a pump-up sprayer and micro-fiber pad or soft-bristle broom, let it dry, and you’ve got a densified and cured concrete surface.”

A single-source densifier and cure, DensiKure helps a new concrete slab retain the moisture it needs to properly cure, and prevents water getting out of the concrete too quickly via vapor transmission.

“If there’s too much transmission too quickly, that’s where you get cracking and weakened slabs,” Savage says.

DensiKure also leaves several options open for building owners who wish to do something different on the floor in the future.

“If they want to come back and do something later, such as polish the floor, DensiKure is easy to remove,” Savage adds.

For more information, contact your local PROSOCO rep, visit or call PROSOCO Customer Care at 800-255-4255.

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Studio TK New Sante Side Chairs & Stools

Studio TK announced the introduction of Santé, a series of light and agile side chairs and stools to support movement in today’s modern, flexible work environment.

As the French celebrate by saying, “Àvotre santé” or “to your health,” award-winning designer Patrick Norguet incorporated this mentality by creating a level of elegance and comfort with his latest project, Santé.

“The origins of the Santé chair come from chairs of the 1960s era and their ability to add a level of dimension to any room,” says Patrick Norguet.

“I have always found this era of furniture attractive and tried to infuse this design with a simple and livable chair. For me, comfort is always the priority, but a visually beautiful piece of furniture is just as important and can create a unique atmosphere.”

Santé brings an assortment of seating possibilities that will work in various settings across the office. Simple yet smart, Santé is light and agile for movement and is comfortable for hours of work, meetings, or just relaxing. The collection is adaptable for an extensive range of customization, eliminating the “institutional” feel of café style seating. Santé projects a lifestyle-oriented sensibility that softens the office landscape and expresses a more casual work culture. Santé’s frame is available in 16 powder coat finishes as well as chrome. The seats and backs have five wood veneer finish options or can be upholstered in a variety of textile combinations.

StudioTKisacontractfurniturecompanyfocusedondevelopingsocialapplications.Launchedin2013, StudioTK is committed to helping architects and designers harness the power of social spaces to build a culture of choice, connection and community in the workplace–all in service of improved well-being and greater productivity. For more information, visit:

For more information in the U.S.: Oona Walsh, Director of Marketing, 877-835-6466,

For more information in theU.S.: OonaWalsh, Director of Marketing 877-835-6466

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Poettker Builds Distribution & Warehouse Complex

Poettker Construction, an award-winning family-owned construction company, recently broke ground on Buildings 4 and 7 for the Gateway 85 development initiative in Gastonia, NC. NorthPoint Development selected Poettker Construction as the general contractor for Phase II of the project, which includes the construction of two distribution center and warehouse buildings totaling over 945,000 square feet.

Phase II of the campus includes Building 4, a 241,114 SF single rear load warehouse, and Building 7, a 705,234 square foot cross dock warehouse. Building 4, located on 15 acres at 3145 Aberdeen Blvd, will consist of 22 dock doors that can be expanded to 45. Building 7, located on 40 acres at 3301 Lineberger Rd, will feature 70 dock doors that can be expanded to 140. Both projects will be constructed with tilt-up panels and include ADA accessible parking.

“Poettker is continuously expanding in the Southeast market and the Gateway Building 4 and 7 projects is a testament to our growth and expertise in the distribution and warehouse sectors,” said Keith Poettker, CEO of Poettker Construction Company. “We are excited to continue our partnership with NorthPoint Development and have the opportunity to support the region by delivering high-quality distribution and warehouse space to the Charlotte area.”

Preparation of the 55-acre development will entail the relocation of an existing road that goes through the site and reworking the intersection, as well as site clearing and grubbing, and hauling away excess dirt.

Poettker is nearing the completion of a similar project for NorthPoint Development in Salisbury, NC. The 676,730 square foot concrete tilt-up I-85 Commerce Center Building 1 project includes a capacity for 150 dock doors.

About Poettker Construction Company

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations.  Poettker Construction is dedicated to providing safe, quality, sustainable, and technology solutions to clients in the Education, Distribution, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Municipal, Recreation, and Retail industries.  The company prides itself on building long-lasting relationships with their clients, business partners and the communities in which they work. For more information, visit


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