Monday, October 24, 2011

HICAPS - Lighting the Way

 Creatures of habit are we.  The first one in the office flips the light switch, and we see well enough to avoid the furniture, and make our way to our desk.  At the end of the day, the last one to leave turns off the lights and locks the door.  What a difference a new light bulb or even new fixtures can make in our office!  HICAPS recently updated our office lights, replacing old fixtures with energy inefficient bulbs with new fixtures, bulbs and ballasts.  The results in the central portion of the office are striking.  Gone are the shadows on the ceiling, and dark areas on the work surfaces.  Individual offices had motion sensors that light the office as soon as the occupant arrives, and turn off 10 minutes after the occupant leaves (or falls asleep—image, we don’t even have to turn off the light switch when we fall asleep at our desk!)
In addition to providing a pleasing and more productive work environment, the new fixtures, bulbs, and automatic switches save energy every day which make them cost efficient and the upgrade will qualify for a federal tax deduction capped at between $0.30 and $0.60/sq ft on a sliding scale based on a 25-40% reduction below the maximum allowable lighting power density W/sq/ft. ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001. Duke Energy is offering rebates under their Prescriptive Incentive program making upgrading lights a smart idea.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Salisbury LTC Renovation and Addition

The Salisbury Long Term Care Renovation and Addition Project is progressing on schedule.  The new Hospice building is dried-in, sheet rock will be completely hung by the end of the first week in October.  All low voltage wiring, including fire alarm, nurse call, security, intercom and phone and data is being installed, and ceiling grid is scheduled to start November 1st.   Power to the Hospice Building is scheduled to be connected and turned on November 6th.  The masonry veneer is complete and the siding and exterior trim is progressing.
The interior renovation on the Second Floor  of the Long Term Care Building is complete and occupied by the VA.  The 1st Floor renovation is in progress and scheduled to be completed by December 1st.  The Ground Floor renovation will begin once the VA has relocated their offices from the Ground Floor to the newly renovated 1st Floor offices.