Monday, November 29, 2010

HICAPS Welcomes Kim Lemons


Kim recently joined HICAPS, Inc. as the Assistant Office Manager. For the past ten years she has worked as a Client Service Associate and Service Officer in Private Wealth Management. Prior to that she worked with Weaver Management Company providing accounting and administrative support to residential and commercial property managers, and Quaintance-Weaver, Inc. as a senior accountant.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her family.






Tammy Hanson joined HICAPS July 6th as Director, Sales and Marketing. Her career in Telecom spans 25 years with brands such as Cable & Wireless, MCI WorldCom, BT, and T-Mobile. Since joining HICAPS, Tammy has had 3 primary initiatives for Sales and Marketing; first and foremost – make a quick entry into the Federal world to introduce HICAPS capabilities and expertise; engaging the largest Federal Prime Contractors. The second initiative has been to create and stock a content library to prepare HICAPS to respond quickly and efficiently to upcoming RFP requirements. Last, but not least, the third primary objective has been to start the refresh of documents such as the corporate capabilities brochure and creation of the corporate presentation. These efforts will continue across all marketing pieces as well as the website.

Tammy is a magna summa laude graduate of Georgia State with a degree in Sociology and concentration in Ethnicity and Equality. Residing in Alpharetta, GA with her husband, Phillip and son, Ryan, Tammy enjoys practicing and playing golf during her free time.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Electrical Power Research Institute – Charlotte, NC



HICAPS, Inc. has been selected to provide Construction Management as Agent services for an upcoming renovation and expansion of the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) campus in Charlotte, North Carolina. These services will include a facility assessment, cost and constructability reviews, budget and schedule development, design team selection and management of the design process, as well as contractor selection and management. The project began on October 1, 2010 with a five month duration. Construction is projected for twelve months.

EPRI is a non-profit organization that conducts research and certifications for the power industry and is based out of Palo Alto, California. The Charlotte campus provides support for the nuclear power industry. All nuclear pipe inspectors in the U.S. are certified through the Charlotte facility. HICAPS is excited to be able to help EPRI determine their needs and develop a plan to meet their growth needs.



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Long Term Care Facility Renovation and Expansion




HICAPS, Inc. has been selected by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide construction services for the renovation and expansion of the Long Term Care / Hospice Facility at the Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina. The project has a value of $8.5 million and will include a new entrance to the facility with an adjoining corridor into the new Hospice facility. The HICAPS Team is partnering with New Atlantic Contracting to accomplish the extensive site work, general contracting, CPM scheduling, budget and quality control required for the project.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

HICAPS Sponsors USGBC Piedmont Triad Chapter Annual Event


Please Join Us for Our Annual Event
"No Nonsense Green: Real Advice for Real People and Businesses"

Speakers:
Pricey Harrison, NC State House of Representatives
Wanda Urbanska, Host of "Simple Living" TV show
Leigh Springer, Author of The Green Workplace

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
5:30-9:00pm

Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, NC
RSVP by October 24 at
Eventbrite event
Chapter Members: $20
Guests: $30

Networking at 5:30pm, Program starts at 6:15pm
Book signing and Networking at 8:15pm

Sponsors:
HICAPS, Inc.
Commissioning WorCx


Event Bright reservation link:

http://annualevent102010.eventbrite.com/?ref=eivte&invite=NDcyMDM5L21hbWllQHBhdHRvbmJyYW5kc3RyYXRlZ3kuY29tLzA%3D%0A&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=invite

The agenda is as follows:

5:00-5:30 Setup
5:30-6:20 Networking
6:20-6:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
6:30-6:45 Pricey Harrison House of Representatives
6:45-6:50 Introduction for Wanda Urbanska
6:50-7:20 Wanda Urbanska
7:20-7:25 Introduction for Leigh Springer
7:25-8:00 Leigh Springer
8:00-8:15 Q&A
8:15-9:00 Book Signing & Networking

Friday, September 17, 2010

Two CPN Members are Teaming


The Team of Davie Construction and HICAPS has recently been awarded a $1.3 million dollar US Army Corps of Engineers' project at Lakes Philpot and W. Kerr Scott Dam. The Project consists of the demolition and replacement of five lake shower houses and the renovation of one. The work also includes the construction of two new sanitary drip fields, filters and pump stations. Notice to proceed and completion dates have been staggered to perform most of the onsite work in the fall/winter/spring of 2010 through 2011. The general contracting experience and knowledge of the local subcontractor base of Davie Construction and the federal contracting and project management expertise of HICAPS have made this partnership a competitive and viable team in the federal market.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Ripley Armed Forces Reserve Center

HICAPS has developed and is maintaining a cost loaded CPM schedule for Neighborgall Construction Company, for the West Virginia National Guard. The project is a 21.5 million dollar Armed Forces Reserve Center outside of Ripley West Virginia involving Local, State, and Federal funding. The project contract period is 18 months, from April 21, 2010 to October 18, 2011, however the project has been scheduled and is on track to complete early in order to meet the September 15, 2011 Congressional Completion Mandate.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Our Team Continues To Grow

We would like to welcome our newest employees:



Mark Koenig has joined HICAPS as a Senior Project Manager and brings more than 21 years of experience to the company in Construction Management, Design/Bid/Build, and Design /Build project delivery methods. Some of Mark’s signature projects include a Non-profit TV station, a Florida Amusement Park, a General Tire production facility, the prototype Processing & Distribution facility for USPS, a 3,000 seat church sanctuary, and the Mid-Atlantic Hub for FedEx at PTIA.
Mark is currently working on the Pharmacy Upgrade project for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Murfreesboro, TN, as well as business development. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis and distance running.





Chip Calhoun has recently joined HICAPS as a Project Manager. Chip previously worked with Moses Cone Health System, for over 8 years, as a Project Manager with Construction Management. Chip was involved in many projects with Moses Cone such as the recent ED Expansion at Moses Cone Hospital, The new Psychiatric ED at Wesley Long Hospital, The new Hemodialysis Unit at Cone, The Urgent Care Center and The Staff Parking Deck. Chip graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a degree in Geography, with a concentration in Urban Planning and Cartography. In his spare time, Chip coaches his daughter’s soccer team, and enjoys whitewater kayaking, mountain biking and backpacking with his two children, Adam 13 and Kate 11.



We are pleased to have Mark and Chip as part of the HICAPS team.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Jack Miller Network “Outstanding Networker” Award

Every year the national organization of the Jack Miller Network awards and recognizes its “Outstanding Networker” and we are pleased to announce that Dan Hood, CEO/President of HICAPS, Inc. was chosen for this award. Dan is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, on the Board of Governors for Operation Smile Central Carolinas, a Board Member for the War Memorial Foundation North Carolina, a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, a member of Crescent Rotary.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Air Barrier Testing Training







Setting up fan for Air Barrier Testing


























HICAPS recently participated in Air Barrier Testing training. Air Barrier is part of the Building Envelope Testing package that also includes Thermography. H/FACT, which is HICAPS collaborative partners are happy to be able to provide this service to our clients. Although it is not required to be certified in Air Barrier, HICAPS feels it is important to be up to date on all procedures and equipment to provide the best service to our clients. Please contact us for more information on Building Envelope Testing and Air Barrier Testing.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Building Diagnostics

Our Building Diagnostics group (HFACT Collaborative) has recently posted a website. Below is the link:

http://hfact.vpweb.com/default.html


Please visit this website to see more about our collaborative group. We are often asked "who is H/FACT"? H/FACT is comprised of a team of four partners. HICAPS, Inc., FCG (Facility Consulting Group), West & Stem Architects and Stalling Engineering.
We have partnered with FCG Roofing Consultants of Asheboro, NC, Stallings Engineering of Winston-Salem, NC and West & Stem Architects of Winston-Salem, NC to provide a One Stop Shop approach to building assessments.

Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have and visit www.hicaps.com to learn more about building diagnostics!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Scheduling Services




















HICAPS has teamed with R E Daffan to provide scheduling for the new Navy Fed. Credit Union Branch Located on Rte. 17 Chesapeake, VA. The new credit union is scheduled to open in July.

R-E Daffan Inc. (Branch Group) Supt. Chuck Johnston.


PM Mike Donohue

HICAPS, Inc. - Scheduling - Tom Smithey

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ida Lee Pool in Leesburg, VA






Contractor: R E Daffan
Scheduling Engineer: Tom Smithey, HICAPS Inc.


HICAPS provided scheduling for the Ida Lee Pool project. The pool had a ribbon cutting ceremony in May 2009 and has numerous exciting features. The pool has just opened for its 2010 season on May 29th. This is one of many projects that HICAPS has provided scheduling services for R E Daffan.

Features include:

o 600’ Lazy River

o Large slide Tower with Two Body Flumes

o Drop Slides

o Crossing Feature

o Two Gang Slides

o Little Squirt Whale

o Large “Beach” Area with Bubblers and Water Fountains

o 25 yard Lap Lanes

o Dumping Buckets

o Water Pipe Fall

o Shade Structures

o Concession Stand
o Grass Picnic Area

o Floating Snake and Alligator

Friday, June 4, 2010

HICAPS Inc. Scheduling Project Updates

Branch & Associates
Montgomery County Public Schools
Montgomery County, Virginia
Construction Update
Project Manager: Greg Polcha
Superintendent: Steve Nicely



Shawsville Elliston Elementary School is Scheduled to open in the fall. We will be substantially complete by the end of June.

Branch and Associates of Roanoke is the project contractor.
Project Manager: Heather Bowman
Supertintendents: Dale Sherburne and Pat Benton
HICAPS Inc. is provding scheduling



The concourse level, footings and columns are poured. We are at the 31 ft level and will be starting the precast seating.

Vist the Branch and Associates link for more project information and view the real time camera of the stadium progress.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

GOOD NEWS!!!! VISN 9 AWARDED!!!

HICAPS has just been awarded our first negotiated procurement for the design and installation of utiilty meters at VA facilities throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and parts of West Virginia. This is a 6.5M contract. Congratulations to the team!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

USGBC Piedmont Traid Chapter Education Event June 10th

Please join us for the Piedmont Triad Chapter of USGBC June Event on June 10th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm: “Innovation in Green Building Materials & Energy Saving Building Applications" Come hear about the science of these ground-breaking materials and how they will transform perceptions of traditional building materials.
Speaker: Dixon Johnston, Quartek Corporation.
Quartek , a nanotechnology company, provides bio based phase change materials for energy saving building product applications.

Location: Volvo - Communications Building7900 National Service Road Greensboro, NC 27409

Bayview Office Building


R. E. Daffan, Inc. has started construction for the Bayview Office Building. Daffan will be the contractor and HICAPS, Inc. will provide scheduling services. The project is a 2-story, 25,000 sf building and is located in Woodbridge, VA near the Prince William County Government Center.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Energy Incentives

As part of our desire to provide added value to our projects, HICAPS is designing a process that will keep our clients on top of the tax credits/deductions and incentives that are available. These cost savings are not just limited to new construction. They can add huge cost savings to renovations and upgrading of energy systems. One very good resource is the Duke Energy website: http://www.duke-energy.com/north-carolina-business/energy-management/hvac-incentive.asp. This link will provide you with Smart Saver Incentives. Application Process & Contact Information are readily accessible. Our H/FACT group which provides Building Diagnostics and Assessments can provide information on energy audits and services that will help you determine your energy needs. Please call with any questions you may have. Our office number is 336-665-1234.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Mapping It Out




In a recent discussion on Marketing strategy it came to our attention that a good way to introduce our clients to the coverage area of HICAPS was to literally map it out. Since maps are a visual form of communication it brought to mind the old adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. With this in mind we felt it would give our clients a better understanding of what our coverage capabilities are.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Liberty University Stadium Construction


Branch and Associates of Roanoke is the project contractor.
Project Manager: Heather Bowman
Supertintendents: Dale Sherburne and Pat Benton
HICAPS Inc. is provding scheduling. Tom Smithey is the scheduling engineer.
Branch and Associates is working multiple shifts, 7 days a week. Projected completion date is September '10.
The demolition of the 21-year old facility is the first step toward construction of the new five-story suite and press tower that will overlook an expanded Williams Stadium for the 2010 football season.

The following is from a press release detailing the stadium construction:

The first of a three-phase plan calls for the addition of 6,600 seats added to the west side of the stadium, plus a 34,000-square foot press box. The brick and glass encased, Jeffersonian-style four-story tower will house club-level seating for qualified Flames Club donors, 16 permanent luxury suites, a banquet room which can hold up to 500 people, a 1000-seat classroom and a state-of-the-art press area. “The expansion of Williams Stadium will have a monumental effect on Liberty University and its football program,” stated Jeff Barber, Liberty’s Director of Athletics. “Above all else, this shows a great commitment from the University, and when you have a commitment, a lot of wonderful things can happen.”

Phase One of the plan is part of a multiphase effort to boost the stadium’s seating from its current capacity of 12,000 to 30,000 over the next five years. Phases Two and Three will add a new 4,000-seat middeck for the east side of the stadium and 6,400 seats in a horseshoe-shape area surrounding the end zone in the south end of the stadium. When all three phases are complete, the stadium will have undergone an estimated $22 million in improvements. The renovated facility will also ready the stadium for the future construction of upper desks on the west and east sides of the stadium that will bring the capacity to 60,000.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Merz Renovation Update Status




Project Manager: Greg Cook
Superintendent: Jim Green
Below is the work status of Merz:

Phase One

Interior store front glazing nearing completion
Final Painting in progress
Ceiling tile install nearing completion
Flooring install in progress
Installing toilet fixtures
Fabricating casework
Coordinating Board Room Table / Credenza fabrication
IT Area structural modifications nearing completion
IT Area wall framing in progress
Coordinating IT switch-over
Fire protection trim out in progress
Fire alarm system upgrades in progress
HVAC trim out in progress
Electrical trim out in progress

Phase Three

Wall framing complete
Wall rough-ins complete- awaiting inspections

Existing Office Area

Coordinating AV / Data improvements at existing conference rooms

Exterior

Coordinating Patio / Landscape design




















VA Pharmacy Project, Murfreesboro, TN

HICAPS, Inc. and Brindley Construction, LLC of Pulaski, TN, working together as “Teaming Partners”, have been awarded the Pharmacy Renovation project at the Department of Veterans Affairs Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN. This project is a SDVOSB set aside using “Recovery Act” funding. Brindley Construction provided the estimating for the competitively bid project and will serve as the general contractor for the work. HICAPS will provide overall project management for the project and be the main point of contact with the Veterans Administration.

The $1.3 million project consists of renovation work in the existing pharmacy including finishes, mechanical, electrical, and security upgrades as well as the relocation of the Bio-Med Department. The Pharmacy must remain in operation 24/7, which will require extensive scheduling and phasing of the work by the construction team. Other unique aspects of the project requiring attention include infectious control measures and patient safety concerns. The Brindley team consists of Charlie Helton, Tim Rohling, and Robbie Masucci working closely with Mark Koenig of HICAPS to deliver another successful project to a satisfied owner.

Brindley and HICAPS are both members of the Jack Miller Builders Network. As a result of this relationship, HICAPS previously provided assistance with the scheduling of Brindley’s Southern Energy Projects in Addison, Alabama. This successful “Teaming Partnership” is another example of the value the Jack Miller Network has brought not only to HICAPS and Brindley, but to other members across the United States. We are pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Brindley Construction again and look forward to many more opportunities in the future.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Verification of SDVOSB status


We decided about eight months ago to pursue Vertification of our Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business status. We just received our official notification that we are vertified through VetBiz and have been added to the verified Veteran business database at VetBiz.gov. To learn more about us or see a list of SDVOSB companies, you can visit http://www.vetbiz.gov/ and look under the vendor page.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Merz Update Virtual Tour


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Here is an update on the Merz Project. This video is a view of the interior offices.

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This video gives a view of the boardroom area.

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This video gives us a view of the area connecting the existing office spaces to the new construction.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Building Diagnostics gets new look, new logo and new partner

Building Diagnostics recently adopted a new logo to fit the partnership that comprises the the group. Our new logo is:


The logo represents HICAPS/Facility Assessment Cooperative Team.



Our New Partner:
Jeff Stallings is a Mechanical Engineer based in Winston-Salem, NC and is registered in NC and SC. Jeff is the principal of Stallings Engineering, P.C. He brings thirty years of various engineering and consulting expertise to the partnership, including projects encompassing energy efficient HVAC design, Indoor Air Quality testing and problem solving, Commercial Building Energy Modeling, Commissioning, and DDC control upgrades. In addition he is an Instructor for Industrial Ventilation and Facility Energy Management courses and a LEED AP. Jeff is a great addition to the team.