Heritage Aviation achieves LEED Gold Certification from US Green Building Council

first_imgTruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design is pleased to announce that the Heritage Aviation facility at the Burlington International Airport has achieved LEED® Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This major renovation and building addition project for Heritage Aviation started with the complete reconstruction of a vacated 1954 hangar. The original structure was formerly occupied by the Vermont National Guard and has since been repurposed and transformed into a state-of-the-art aviation services facility totaling 75,800 sq.ft. Aviation is an energy-intensive industry, accounting for 3% of global carbon emissions. The Heritage Aviation facility has taken extraordinary measures to counteract this impact and promote a sustainable model for the industry. Some of the most notable environmental accomplishments of the building include these features: * Through the use of multiple on-site renewable energy sources, Heritage Aviation is generating 15% of their energy needs, saving 200 kW Hours per 10-hour daytime shift every day. The majority of this energy is produced by a 100 Kilowatt commercial wind turbine mounted at the southeast corner of the parking lot. This FAA-approved wind turbine was the first community-scaled wind turbine installed at a regional airport in the United States.* An additional 3.4% of the project’s energy needs are met with a roof-mounted, 10-panel 65.2 MBtu solar thermal domestic hot water system and an adjacent 120-panel 25.2 kW solar photovoltaic array.* The building features a 13,742 sq.ft. “green” roof, with several varieties of sedum planted in a waving pattern as seen from the air. The vegetated roof retains the first 1″ of rainfall that falls on it, with the excess directed toward underground irrigation tanks. When installed, this was the largest green roof in New England, and remains the largest in Vermont.* The south parking lot features a porous concrete surface that is designed to absorb all rainfall based on a 100 year storm, eliminating the erosion and polluting affects typically caused by excess stormwater runoff. At 87,117 sq. ft., this is the largest pervious parking lot in Vermont, and one of the largest in New England. A building energy model was used to compute the projected energy savings from the efficiency improvements to the building shell, the mechanical and electrical loads, and the power generated by on-site renewable energy sources. According to this model, the Heritage Aviation facility is realizing a 38% energy savings over a standard commercial building of the same size. Actual data from the first year of operation indicates even better energy performance. The facility has now been in operation since January 2010, and during this time, the building has seen a savings in gas and electricity consumption of 54% over a conventional office/warehouse building. About LEED:The LEED green building certification system is the preeminent program for rating the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED is a program of the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. About TruexCullins:TruexCullins is an architecture and interior design firm located in Burlington, Vermont. For over 40 years, TruexCullins has developed lasting relationships with many public and private clients, addressing critical issues related to planning, programming, growth and new technologies. Today, TruexCullins provides the expertise and creativity of five distinct design studios in the disciplines of education, workplace, home, resort and interiors.Photos by Jim Westphalen and Susan Teare February 21, 2011, Burlington, Vermont – TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design  www.truexcullins.com(link is external).last_img read more

When your office is the Great Outdoors: WVU Tech bets big on adventure tourism with Adventure Recreation Management degree program

first_imgThe outdoor industry is exploding. In 2017, it grew faster than the national economy, picking up 3.9% in growth and accounting for more than $427 billion of the country’s GDP. It’s continuing that trend as more and more people take to the Great Outdoors in search of adventure, particularly in West Virginia. That’s why students in the program are also required to become instructor or guide certified in an area of focus during their studies at Tech – everything from ski instructing to hiking. The task requires them to familiarize themselves with an area of interest, local offerings and opportunities in that area and the process for obtaining the necessary licensures and certificates to work in the field. When it’s all said and done, graduates will walk into their careers with a full suite of essential adventure skills, industry connections and business acumen. The degree program offers graduates a shot at landing some incredible jobs in the adventure industry: They best way to learn is by doing. And what better way to learn the adventure recreation industry than by taking the plunge and landing a job while you’re learning the ropes? Two years ago, WVU Tech launched its Adventure Recreation Management degree program. The four-year program is designed to train students in managing organizations and enterprises that offer outdoor adventure activities and equipment. After all, the “Wild and Wonderful” earned it’s reputation as an outdoor adventure powerhouse thanks to a world-class whitewater rafting scene, caving and climbing opportunities, snowsports, 1.8 million acres of public land and more than 430 hiking, running and mountain biking trails. In a state where 67% of residents regularly participate in outdoor adventure activities, the need for skilled professionals in the industry is growing. The Outlook on Working Outdoors County/city adventure programmerChallenge course managerCommercial outfitter operation managerTherapeutic adventure counselorRafting river managerSki school directorClimbing guide service managerOutdoor retail store manager But there’s a lot more than tying proper knots and fitting life vests that goes into the successful management of an adventure program. There’s a business side to adventure, and the new program’s graduates will be ready to deal with it. Courses focused on business management, program design, risk management, budgeting, staffing, permitting and support operations ensure it. center_img The program takes experiential learning a step further. With a required field practicum built into the curriculum, students will undertake a comprehensive professional field experience in the adventure recreation industry or a related field. The experience will give them real-world, working knowledge of the ins and outs of their chosen field. As a new generation is embracing a “do what you love” mentality in how they select their jobs, spirited adventurers are looking at new ways to turn their love for the outdoors into a full-time career. They want to work outdoors. They want to give back to their communities and to the environment. They want to connect others to the joys of nature and to the thrill of adventure. Students will also study in the heart of activity of dozens of private tourism businesses, land management agencies, recreational service organizations and the 12,000-acre Boy Scouts of America high-adventure base, located at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve just 12 miles from campus. Learning in the Center of it All Paddling into a New Career Naturally, the curriculum is hands-on. Students balance classroom coursework with field-based learning. Working alongside field-trained, expert instructors, program students dig into outdoor recreation essentials. From aerial adventure basics (think ropewalks and ziplines) and camping preparation to field medicine and climbing equipment, students explore the methods of maintaining a safe outdoor adventure. Now there’s one more way to do just that. A small college in Southern West Virginia is doing something about it. WVU Tech’s location in Beckley puts adventure recreation management students in the heart of adventure. The region gives students access to the mighty New and Gauley rivers, extensive rock-climbing sites, hundreds of miles of recreational trails, lakes, aerial adventure sites and a number of national parks. It’s the perfect staging ground for adventures in the southern Appalachians and the Blue Ridge region. last_img read more

Inside Conditions…“Wandy” should be “Gone-dy”

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates pitcher Wandy Rodriguez arrives for the team’s first day of baseball spring training for pitchers and catchers, in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)It is the night before Easter and all through the “pad” a respectable outing by Wandy Rodriguez can’t be had. The game is now at the bottom of the 4th inning and the ERA of Wandy has risen from 7.31 to 8.05. It will eventually deflate to 7.65 by game’s end and Pirates reliever Jason Grilli will eventually absorb the 8-7 loss against the Milwaukee Brewers.Aubrey BruceIf I were Pirates manager Clint Hurdle I would be picking up the “red phone” in the dugout not to call a reliever in from the bullpen. I would be on the “horn” pronto calling Dean Treanor, the manager of the Indianapolis Indians, the Pirates AAA minor league affiliate.Maybe, just maybe, ‘Skip’ Hurdle should be inquiring about what pitcher could they send up immediately or at least be getting ready to promote to Pittsburgh to relieve Rodriguez of his spot in the Pirates starting rotation.The Pirates cannot, no should not allow Señor Rodriguez to remain as a starter much longer if he cannot provide more quality outings and lower his ERA to palatable 4.25 or less; because as I stated in a previous column; I don’t expect the Pirates to average more than 4 runs per game during this long and grueling 162 game season.Ya know what boys’ and girls’? Before the game on Easter Sunday when this column was written; the Pirates had played 18 games and scored 78 runs, which had averaged out to be 4.333333333333333 runs per game. Don’t forget they scored than 10 runs in 2 of those games; 11 runs in a game against the Brewers and 12 runs in another game against the Cardinals; jacking up their runs scored total. The Bucs’ were also 6th in fielding pct in the NL which means there were not many unearned runs scored against them causing the negative outings of Rodriguez stand out.I am concerned about his effectiveness early especially when he is competing against teams in the NL Central Division, Cincy, St. Louis, Milwaukee when all of those competitors are jockeying for a playoff spot because although it is early in the season, not one game, not one inning, not even one out can be taken for granted not in this offense strong, pitching rich division. Even with the bloated ERA of Rodriguez which is almost double the collective earned run average of the rest of the Pirate hurlers, the Pittsburgh pitching staff still sported a respectable 3.95 ERA.What you talkin bout? Now that’s what I’m talking about Willis. This is Easter Sunday and quite frankly the Pirates need to get better quickly. They seem to be incapable of putting together a 10 or 12 game streak where the pitching, hitting and fielding and relief pitching are clicking collectively.Although this is the day of the Easter Bunny, unlike 2013 the Pirates will not be pullin any rabbits out of hidden hats, sneaking up on people because folks are ready and now have studied, analyzed and figured out the trick. Pittsburgh now has to be ready to face another NL Central Division foe (Milwaukee) that was not really much of a factor in stopping the Pirates from securing a wild card berth in 2013.Oh, by the way if the Pirates sleep the Chicago Cubs; let’s put it like this, 2014 will not be another year of the “wild card” for the Pittsburgh. This might be premature to say this early in the season but the Pirates had better be cautious and mindful of not turning a wild card possibility into a “jokers’wild.”Last,  I have to take this opportunity to apologize to the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen and the NPC readers. Toward the end of last week I was writing two articles simultaneously. The first one was on the New York Giants HOF Linebacker Lawrence Taylor and the second was being penned about Pirates MVP Andrew McCutchen. As I navigated back and forth between both articles and I inadvertently referred to Andrew McCutchen as “Lawrence”McCutchen and no one, including me “noticed” the error?Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741last_img read more

Nelson Minor Hockey concludes season with award ceremony

first_imgMike Hurley won the Ted Hargreaves coaching award while Vince Vulcano took the Robert Jeffs participation and dedication in advancing minor hockey in Nelson honour.Max Spielman won the Profile Photographic award while Dylan Mowery, Alex Laing, Jaden Bennett, Spencer Szabo and Denomie Fisher were recipients of the Jackson Hole Three “A” award.Medal of Achievement awards went to Joe Davidson, Matthew Erickson and Kaleb Percivalin Atom A; Dylan Ewen, Arjun Bhabra and Levi Mint in Atom B1; and Ravi Agmon, Dylan Moynes and Nikko Lazier in Atom B2.In Peewee, Charles Curiston, Cody Barnes and Shayla Elias won in the Peewee Reps and Jack Centrone, Blair Sookro and Josh Marsden in Peewee House.In Bantam Division, Kyle Patton, Ryan MacDonald and Jackson Herridge won medals in Bantam Rep and Josh Schacher, Blake Markin-Hellekson and Keanu Tromans in Bantam House.In Midget Division, Lincoln Rosenblood, Ben Kelsch and Greg Markholm in Midget Rep and Lucas Raugust, Breanna Tate and Will Tucker in Midget House.Keegan Paterson, Morgan Flynn and Lindsay Swanson received medals in Kootenay Wildcats team.The evening also saluted the Nelson Atom A for winning the Atom A won the West Kootenay Banner. Nelson Minor Hockey wrapped up another successful campaign on the ice with the annual awards banquet Wednesday at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus.The evening was led by former NHLer Mike Laughton.The Nelson product saluted the award winners along with giving the banquet goers a history lesson on the greats from Nelson Minor Hockey past.Some of the award winners included Noah Quinn winning the Barry Pearce Memorial and Amran Bhabra taking home the John Reichardt Memorial, both awards for Atom Player who displays team dedication, good sportsmanship, desire and love of the game.Other awards included, Ava Young winning the Todd Matheson Memorial; Tyler Bayoff the Walter Clarkson memorial, Jaden Dyck the Alf Baker award; Matthew Jones the Marc Severyn memorial; Kobe Nishida the Mike Laughton Sr. Award, Brandon Jmayoff the R.C. Wright memorial; Brodie Herridge the Barry Geist trophy; Morgan Flynn of the Kootenay Wildcats taking home the Brian Naka memorial; and Matthew Brind’Amour; Daniella Hanson, the Baker Street Esso Award and Kylie Thielker the top officials and the Sarge Sammartino award.last_img read more