New Timber Bay Design Tool for A/E/C Sectors

Developed by Fast + Epp’s in-house parametric design team, the new Timber Bay Design Tool provides member sizes, volume outputs, and a 3D visualization of any mass timber grid you want to explore. Calculations are performed in a background script to size up the deck, purlins, girders, and columns, and displayed in 3D. The bay data output table displays all the results along with structural depth and material takeoffs.

If you are considering mass timber on your next project, exploring your options with this tool is a great place to start!

Learn more and try the new tool here.

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Engineering Firm Uses Tech Tools to Offset Virus Impact


With governors across the Southeast guiding the process of economic reengagement, the team at Paladin, Inc, has been receiving increased interest from commercial construction clients seeking the best way to get back to work while keeping their employees and tenants safe in the “age of COVID-19.”

“If there is one phrase to describe the way the construction business has always worked, it would be ‘shoulder to shoulder,’” said Candice Rogers, president of Paladin, Inc. “The threat of coronavirus is changing that dynamic, whether we’re talking about an architect and engineer standing side by side over a set of drawings or construction workers installing a rooftop chiller together. Months of teleworking have convinced leaders that technology can enhance business, so they’re very open to exploring the unforeseen benefits of 3-D and BIM tools.”

Rogers and the team at her company’s new subsidiary, Paladin DTS, believe the emerging potential for Building Information Management (BIM) tools and 3-D Coordination lies in their ability to protect the health of workers on the job site by reducing the amount of extended in-person contact.

“People have long, appropriately thought of these technology tools in terms of their power to improve quality and save money,” said Chad Riegle, Paladin’s Director of Virtual Design Services. “We’re showing clients that they can also help them deploy highly-coordinated installations as a way to limit on-site exposure for the hardworking people who are actually turning the wrenches.”

Technology tools are also impacting the day-to-day maintenance of buildings that have entered service, helping managers limit the exposure of valuable technicians and occupants. With their ability to pinpoint the source of problems, 3-D imaging and remote monitoring enable advance planning of a maintenance call as a way to limit time on site.

“Controls and Maintenance teams with a clear picture of the situation need not waste time hunting for the malfunctioning valves and equipment,” concluded Riegle. “With the right data and a clear plan, they can get into a building, fix the problem and get clear in a rapid fashion, saving time, money and, most importantly, limiting exposure for anyone in the building, themselves included. That’s a clear benefit of technology.”

For more information about utilizing 3-D tools and BIM resources in the era of COVID-19, visit or email

Paladin, Inc. is known across Kentucky as a game changer in building systems and the built environment, bringing a spirit of innovation to the design, testing, management and operation of top-quality buildings across the public and private sector. With expertise in building engineering and commissioning, Paladin is uniquely adept at creating collaborative solutions for building owners. For more information, visit

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Cintec North America announces its reinforcement anchors offer stability and support during the revitalization of Canada’s most renowned concert venue, Massey Hall. 

As Massey Hall marks its 125th anniversary, a century and a quarter of Canadian history has been stripped bare to be massively restored, not only to recapture the hall’s original sound, but to make sure it will serve audiences for generations to come. This restoration project is proudly supported by Cintec’s anchors.

Cintec™ reinforcement anchors can stabilize and strengthen an unreinforced masonry structure without the need for external and internal steel bracing, making them ideal for historical buildings, masonry bridges, monument repair, high rise buildings, retaining walls and harbor walls. Cintec™ reinforcement anchors also withstand freeze-thaw cycles without shrinkage or loss of strength, limiting the threat of Toronto, Ontario weather to the historic structure.

The Cintec™ system comprises a steel section in a mesh fabric sleeve, into which a specially developed cementitious grout is injected under low pressure to create both a mechanical and cementitious bond. A simple, easy-to-use system with fast installation and minimal cleanup, the specific reinforcement and anchoring system used for Massey Hall is custom-designed for the project, as are all Cintec projects.

For more information about Cintec™ reinforcement anchors, visit For more information about the Massey Hall revitalization, which was recently featured on CBC’s The National program, visit


CINTEC North America is a world leader in the field of structural masonry retrofit strengthening, repair, and preservation. The principal activity of the company is the design and manufacture of the CINTEC Reinforcing and Anchoring Systems, a micro cement anchoring and reinforcing technique. CINTEC offers complete structural analysis and design services, turnkey solutions, as well as masonry repair and reinforcement anchors used for blast protection, seismic reinforcement, historic preservation and overall building strengthening. CINTEC has worked on projects around the world including the Egyptian Pyramids, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Statue of Liberty, the Library of Parliament in Canada and the White House complex.

CINTEC of Hunt Valley, MD and Ottawa Canada, have associated offices in Newport, Wales, UK ; Newcastle, Australia; and India.



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Kwame Building Group New Chief Estimator

Bill Smothers has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. as Chief Estimator. His responsibilities include compiling project estimates in support of KWAME’s role as an owner’s representative.

Smothers brings 30 years of industry experience, including with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and The United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He completed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Management Program and is a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE), Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the American Society of Cost Engineers (ASPCE). Smothers earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. An employee-owned company, KWAME provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. KWAME’s public and private sector projects include educational facilities, major airports nationwide, light-rail systems, hospitals, wastewater treatment facilities and government facilities. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle. For more information, visit or call (314) 862-5344.

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Circular Saw Safety Rules – An In-depth Guide

Whether you are a pro-user or a beginner, safety should be your number one priority when working with sharp and powerful tools like a circular saw. No matter how high-end circular saw you are using, the fact that they operate so close to the hands and body makes it a real threat to you and the people working near you. The most people use mini circular saw for light-duty work such as cutting through peg, drywall, and particleboard but still you can’t take them lightly when it comes to safety.

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According to many statistics, a circular saw is the most dangerous power tool in a woodworker’s workshop due to its debilitating injuries. So, to prevent any accidents and injuries, you must follow some safety tips while operating a circular saw.

How to Use Circular Saw- 5 Safety Rules

  1. Put on proper safety equipment before starting the saw.

As mentioned earlier, safety is paramount when working with tools like circular saws even if you are using a mini circular saw. Accidents can happen anytime, no matter how careful were you while using the tool.

So, you must follow the safety tips given below every time you use this saw.

  • Safety glasses: to prevent your eyes from sawdust and debris
  • Helmet: to prevent your head from accidentally falling off any material during cutting and flying debris
  • Ear protection: chainsaws are loud machines that can damage your hearing if used for longer periods of time.
  • leg chaps or long pants: to prevent your legs from accidental cuts and flying wood scraps
  • Long sleeve shirt: to prevent your arms from any injuries while cutting
  • Non-slip gloves: to get a good grip on the chainsaw and prevent any cuts from the blade and flying scraps.
  • Steel-toed shoes: wood is a hard and heavy material, and these shoes will protect your feet from getting crushed or injured.
  1. Set the depth of the cut

Before operating and start cutting, set the cut’s depth in such a way that the blade is close to 1/4-inch underneath the base edge of the board. Having a 2-inch blade exposed underneath a cut on a 1/2 inches broad piece of plywood makes no sense. Not exclusively can the additional blade underneath the cut catch on something different underneath the cutting board; however, the angle of the blade when it will cut the wood will provide a precise cut if the cutting edge reaches the board more sharply. Making adjustments in your blade from exposing it less from the beneath makes it safer and provides you with more precision.

  1. Blade guards

Blade guards can sometimes seem unnecessary as they come in the way while cutting anymaterial. It sometimes cannot be adequately retracted from the material after it gets caught. So if you want to withdraw the guards manually to make your saw keep moving forward, then use the off-hand for reaching and grabbing the blade guard. After holding the guard, lift the handle for moving the saw forward. Try not to use anything to prop the blade into an open situation, because this will expose the blade.

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  1. Saw blade

Before operating the circular saw, always make sure that the saw blade is sharp. A dull blade can be dangerous as it can lead to kickbacks and can bind to the material easily. A sharp blade will give you cleaner and fast cuts.

  1. How to safely cut with a saw

The safety tips of the circular saw also include how to cut safely with it. Many of the circular saws come with the blade placed on the right-hand side of the motor. Due to this feature, the right-handed user gets less visibility of the cut line, and to see it; the user has to lean over the saw.

In a worm drive saw, the blade is present at the left side of the saw’s body due to which you get clear visibility of the cut line as compared to the blade present at the right side. Before starting to cut, place the plywood board on a stable surface so that it gets secure in one place, and it does not bind with the blade while cutting. It is suggested to use larger sheets or boards to give proper support to the workpiece.

Also, circular saws are lightweight saws and can cut easily quickly through more than just wood material. Because of this feature, many users attempt to operate their circular saw to cut a board while holding it in the off-hand instead of supporting it on a lumber stack or sawhorse. This habit is hazardous as if the blade gets bind to the material, then the saw can be pushed back at you with a high speed rotating blade, and the board being cut may get flung, which can hit the operator or any onlookers.

Additionally, make sure to not use your circular saw for the tasks it is not designed for. Using your saw on unintended materials can be very harmful and can also damage your saw.



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Contractors Insurance: Don’t let risk hinder business

As a contractor, you are exposed to dangerous risks every day on the job. You might face a lot of misfortune and accidents in the workplace.

Whether you are an arborist, a masonry, or an HVAC contractor, accidents can happen in a split second.

Contractor insurance provides commercial insurance solutions to protect the business from bearing substantial financial debt.

Therefore, you should consider having a contractor business insurance to protect your contractor business and the employees.

For more information, please visit

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, all nonessential businesses were shut down in an effort

to “flatten the curve” of infection.

Our communities became panic-stricken, desperately needing someone

to lead a stable response in the uncertainty of the times ahead.

Kingsmen Projects US quickly turned to their manufacturing partners and,

together, proactively, they began producing sneeze guards, shields, hand sanitizer

stands and other personal protective equipment (PPE) products for all retail clients to

implement when they would eventually re-open.

Kingsmen was soon approached by AAA, a federation of motor clubs established in

1902 with over 60 million members all throughout North America, in Costa Mesa to

undertake a seemingly impossible manufacturing task – producing and shipping over

5,500 sneeze guard shields to nearly 300 branch locations nationwide in less than three


While this was already an accelerated timeline, it was fast-tracked even more

when the dates for states reopening moved up. With the help of our manufacturing

partner, our team’s dedication and clear-eyed expertise Kingsmen Projects US met

every deadline and every employee and public health condition for AAA’s office to

reopen, above all else, safely.

For press/media inquiries or interview opportunities, please contact Director of

Marketing, Elyzabeth Hoy, 949.642.2555 ext 17 or



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IFMA Foundation Launches SFP Scholarship Program

IFMA Fellow Eric Teicholz and the IFMA Foundation have established the Eric Teicholz Sustainability Facility Professional® (SFP®) Scholarship. The scholarship is open to young professionals with a demonstrated financial need who are currently practicing facility management (FM) or a related field and are interested in earning a specialty credential in sustainability.

IFMA’s SFP is an assessment-based certificate program that teaches facility managers to take a comprehensive approach to sustainability, focusing on data-driven analytics in managing the built environment. Those who earn the SFP gain recognition for expertise in sustainable FM practices, while impacting their organization’s economic, environmental and social bottom lines.

“In recent years, many of us have been feeling an increasing sense of urgency about the environmental impact of the built environment. In particular, we are concerned about the amount of energy consumption and the degree of pollution production involved in its construction, management and maintenance,” said Eric Teicholz. “I wanted to establish a legacy to support a future generation of facility managers in their study and mastery of climate science as related to the built environment.”

“In these early months of 2020, we have been living through a still-growing pandemic as it enforces profound changes in how we live and work — even perhaps slowing for a moment the steady march of climate change and its recent spate of destructive fires, droughts and floods,” said Teicholz. “Whenever we are able to return to our pre-pandemic levels of energy consumption and pollutant-creating building usage, the consequences of that return to normal will no doubt take us right back to our old habits of slowing the sustainability initiatives of our planet, at the same time that we destroy the future well-being of its human inhabitants. I look forward to seeing these scholarships create a new generation of facility managers with competencies in this vital and evolving field.”

Skill sets taught in the SFP program lead to a better understanding of climate change and how buildings can be managed to reduce negative environmental impact. Sustainability skills will remain essential for facility managers in the foreseeable future and will increase the leadership potential for those with demonstrated expertise in maximizing efficiencies, streamlining building operations, and implementing projects that save money and positively impact the community.

Facility management is a US$1 trillion global industry. More than 25-million facility professionals worldwide are on the frontline of efforts to reduce fuel and resource use, minimize waste and site impact and improve indoor environmental quality. These responsibilities constitute a special challenge in the context of an expanding urbanization that is currently expected to double the world’s building stock over the next 30 years.

Those interested in applying for the Eric Teicholz Sustainability Facility Professional Scholarship can learn more at

About the IFMA Foundation

Established in 1990 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and a separate entity from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the IFMA Foundation works for the public good to promote leading research and educational opportunities for the advancement of facility management. The IFMA Foundation is supported by the generosity of the FM community including IFMA members, chapters, councils, corporate sponsors and private contributors who share the belief that education and research improve the FM profession. To learn more about the IFMA Foundation, visit

About IFMA

IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 23,000 members in more than 100 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (142 chapters), industry (16 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management; conducts research; provides educational programs, content and resources; and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets, visit the association’s LinkedInTwitter, FacebookYouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit

About Eric Teicholz

Eric Teicholz, IFMA Fellow graduated with a master’s degree in architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he later became an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the university’s largest R+D facility, the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis. He also is the author/editor of 17 books related to FM, CAFM/IWMS and GIS technology. Teicholz was awarded the U.S. Navy’s Superior Public Service Award by the Secretary of the Navy under President George W. Bush for his participation on a blue-ribbon FM panel defining the future strategy for naval shore facilities.



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The 5 Best Things About Investing in Real Estate

Andrew Carnegie once said that 90% of millionaires in America made their fortune from investing in real estate. That may have been true nearly a century ago, but how much does real estate play a role in the creation of wealth in the 21st century? In this article we take a look at real estate as a viable investment channel, and we mention 5 unique benefits that any modern investor will appreciate.

Why Invest in Real Estate?

By putting money in real estate, and selecting your assets wisely, you stand to enjoy a number of benefits including stable cash flow, above-average returns, tax advantages, and of course, a chance to diversify your investment portfolio. Over a period of time, you can expand your wealth by leveraging your real estate assets to raise cash. So why invest in real estate? Because it’s one proven method of getting rich.

Here are Five Benefits of Investing in Real Estate

  1. Cash Flow

In real estate, Cash Flow is described as the net income from your investment after all the usual expenses and payments have been deducted. Things like operating expenses and mortgage payments take up a significant chunk of your money, but not to the extent that you won’t have cash flow. Real estate makes it possible to generate and increase cash flow over time because the longer you pay your mortgage, the more your equity grows.

  1. Tax Breaks

As a real estate investor, you most likely will be eligible for tax breaks and discounts, and this will allow you to save a lot of money over time. Generally speaking, this means you may be able to deduct some of the costs of owning, maintaining and managing your property. Remember, the cost of purchasing property is normally depreciated as its useful life expires, (39 years for commercial real estate and 27 years for residential real estate). This can make it possible to reduce your tax obligations by reducing your registered tax income.

Another way to reduce your tax obligations in real estate is by taking advantage of a 1031 exchange.

  1. Increasing Property Value

There are a few different ways that real estate investors make money. These include rental units, business activity, and appreciation. Keep in mind that the value of your property is likely to increase over time, and if you pick a really good investment, you may be able to get a huge profit when the market turns, and it comes time to sell. For rental units, the increase in rent over time also creates significant gains, but this is not comparable to “flipping” property, which usually gives you a better chance of making a big profit.

  1. Build Your Equity “Net Worth”

As you go on making payments on your mortgage, it allows you to build equity, which will go toward increasing your net worth. The more you build this equity, the more power you have to take out loans, and make other investments. The important thing is to know how to use your real estate investment as leverage to borrow capital, because this is what will allow you to increase the potential returns to your investments. Most financiers see property as a secure asset that can serve as collateral, which means that under normal circumstances they will be ready to offer financing.

  1. Inflation Hedge

Real estate value tends to have a close link with GDP, and in cases where the economy shows signs of growth, the demand for real estate increases as well. This demand leads to higher rent, an increase in the number of people buying property (which means home prices shoot up), and with higher capital value, your investment will generate more revenue. Therefore, you can expect your investment to pass the pressures of inflation to your tenants and buyers, should you choose to sell property. Ultimately, you will have better capital appreciation if the economy moves in the right direction, and consumers remain optimistic about the future.


There are many benefits to real estate; however, for those looking to make long-term investments, take your time to understand how the market operates, and which factors influence the capital value. Also take a look at some of the drawbacks, such as the lack of liquidity. Stocks and bonds can be turned into quick cash relatively easy, but it’s rather different with real estate. It takes weeks and months of paperwork and help from a real estate agent to find a serious buyer, so it’s worth doing some homework to make sure you understand this type of asset and the risks it may present.

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Harrison Contracting Celebrates 25 Years/New Website

Harrison Contracting Company, LLC celebrates 25 years in business and launches an updated company website dedicated to sharing the company’s heart, expertise and philosophy.

In February 1995, Deryl Harrison started Harrison Contracting Company with a very simple idea — doing what he said he would do! That principle has been the cornerstone of everything Harrison Contracting Company (HCC) stands for. In fact, it’s the basis of its “Measures of Success”, reputation, customer loyalty, employee satisfaction, teamwork, achieving goals, quality growth and profitability.

“Reputation is at the top of that list for a reason,” current President and third-generation painter Bill Harrison said. “It’s real simple; we get up every day and focus on doing what we say we’ll do for our customers. There’s nothing fancy about that, but our customers rely on us to deliver. We’re very intentional about how we represent ourselves. My dad would always say, ‘We may be a bunch of painters, but we don’t have to look like it.'”

As a commercial painting contractor, HCC’s business is divided into new construction painting, repainting and reimage and facility maintenance. From a new construction perspective, the company is focused on the southeastern U.S. Repainting is a significant part of the company’s portfolio and includes both localized direct-to-owner projects and national painting programs with retailers including, The Home Depot, Walmart, Sam’s, Kohl’s, Advance Auto Parts, Publix, Lowe’s, Auto Zone, O’Reilly Auto Parts and more.

Lastly, HCC has a facility maintenance division that is solely dedicated to supporting the reactive maintenance needs of firms with multiple sites nationwide.

Within the industry, HCC is known for the color red. Its vehicles and equipment are bright red, clothing is bright red, even its parking lot is striped bright red at their corporate offices in Villa Rica, Ga. But more than just the color, HCC is relentless about presenting a clean, professional image in a trade where the perception can be the exact opposite.

Crews are required to show up to job sites with clean red HCC shirts, white painters pants, work boots and proper PPE for the day. Additionally, all HCC equipment is red and cleaned weekly to ensure a professional appearance. This is how the company distinguishes itself. For HCC, red is more than just the company color — it’s the company culture. At HCC, “RED” stands for Reliable, Experienced and Diligent, and it permeates every aspect of the company.

As part of the company’s 25th-year celebration, HCC has updated its corporate website ( to reflect its capability and intentionality. The new website emphasizes RED, includes a short video that speaks to HCC’s past 25 years, features information about company history, services, logistics to work as a national provider, details about its work and information about its close ties to auto racing.

For 25 years, HCC has focused on building lasting relationships by relentlessly delivering value. In many cases, this leads to a more consultative relationship, where customers see HCC as more than just their painter, but as their partner!

About HCC
Harrison Contracting Company (HCC) is a commercial painting and facility maintenance contracting company headquartered just outside of Atlanta. HCC provides repainting and reimaging, as well as facility maintenance services nationwide, and new construction painting across the southeastern U.S. At HCC, red is more than the company color — its the company culture. RED stands for Reliable, Experienced and Diligent. We are more than just your painter, we are your partner.



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