Tuesday, June 21, 2011

HICAPS is certified by the State of Tennessee as a Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE) Small Business

Greensboro, NC – June 01, 2011 HICAPS, INC. (www.hicaps.com) has been certified as a State of Tennessee Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE) by the Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise. The purpose of this program is to foster growth of minority, woman, small, and Service-Disabled Veteran owned businesses who are seeking procurement opportunities in the State of Tennessee.

HICAPS is a VETBIZ Federally verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business, a North Carolina certified HUB firm and is a licensed general contractor in the State of Tennessee. HICAPS is presently the Prime Contractor for a $1.3M Pharmacy Renovation project for the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Murfreesboro, TN.

“HICAPS is extremely excited to announce this certification in the State of Tennessee. HICAPS strives to provide a level of service that exceeds our customer’s expectations. This certification will provide an additional value-add to our customers who wish to utilize State of Tennessee certified small business sub-contractors,” HICAPS Vice President and Co-Founder, Wayne McGee, stated.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Making Smart Choices for a Sustainable Project

Green or Sustainable construction is a hot button topic these days. In our blog discussion on making choices that make $ense, solar options seem to be a more and more popular choice today for a renewable energy source. As always we are a proponent of planning. In the planning stage you will determine if this is the right option for your project and budget. Doing your homework will save you time and money later in the project. Below are good steps to follow as a rule of thumb to ensure solar is right for your project.

·    Feasibility analysis – Be sure this will fit the OPR (Owners Project Requirements)
·    Preliminary proposal – Pricing is another key component
·    Available incentives (tax credits, accelerated depreciation, state and utility solar rebates)
·    Financing options, if needed (e.g. leases and power purchase agreements)
·   Non-tax based incentives: Incentives offered through local power companies.
·     System Design-Have a strategy in place
·     Project planning: Working with all parties involved in the project (perspective and feedback)
·     Analysis, scheduling and planning-tools
·     Procurement of materials-Do some investigating and pricing
·     Solar Panel Installation-Use reputable firms with the qualifications to do the project
·      Inspections
·     System commissioning and testing

·     Training of facilities personnel (system monitoring and maintenance)
·     Administration and execution of all warranty coverage
·     Field service and technical support, if required

Following these steps and knowing what the ROI (Return on Investment) will be, eliminates the unknown and unpleasant surprises. A significant portion of the commercial solar system's cost is paid for by taking advantage of state rebates, incentives and the 30 percent federal solar tax credit / grant and accelerated depreciation which makes this a good time to consider going solar if it fits.
Gabriele Medley-Harry, LEED AP BD&C
Director of Sustainable Construction