Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tennessee turns to Motorola for P25 system

Three districts of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will replace its existing legacy radio network with a multiband P25 system from Motorola Solutions in the first phase of a communications upgrade that will cost $39.2 million, according to an announcement this week.
“We look forward to working with Motorola in replacing our aging and outdated radio system,” Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said in a prepared statement. “The implementation of this advanced, statewide interoperable communication system is a top priority in securing our state. It will ensure better communications among public safety agencies in Tennessee and with agencies in surrounding states.”
Under the terms of the contract, Motorola Solutions will build a P25 hybrid system, with 700/800 MHz spectrum being used in metropolitan areas and VHF frequencies being used in more rural areas, said Jay Malpass, strategic projects manager for Motorola Solutions. With this in mind, the state plans to purchase multiband APX portable and mobile radios for its personnel and vehicle fleet, he said.
The P25 deployment will replace the current low-band and VHF networks that are more than 30 years old, provide spotty coverage and are not able to hand-off calls between towers, Malpass said.
“There are so many places that the system doesn’t work — even mobile coverage,” Malpass said during an interview. “It creates a lot of stress on the trooper to be able to understand switching radio channels based on where he’s at [because of the lack of handoffs between towers]. It doesn’t sound that complicated, but when you see somebody try to do that when they’re in a high-speed chase, it’s virtually impossible.
“From the troopers’ perspective, they need continuity of operable communications.”
Phase I of the project will address upgrades in the Chattanooga, Fall Branch and Knoxville districts and is expected to be completed next year, Malpass said. State officials hope to solicit funding next year for the buildout of P25 technology in the other five districts in the state, he said.

Friday, February 15, 2013

ABAA-licensed Air Barrier Inspections

In addition to offering whole-building air tightness testing, HICAPS is licensed by the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) to perform field audits and inspections of air barrier system installation. The following photographs were taken by Phil Wilson during a recent ABAA Quality Assurance Program audit at a new elementary school in Chapel Hill, NC.

Chapel Hill Elementary 11 from Southeast


Chapel Hill Elementary 11 from Northeast


Pull Adhesion Test of Air Barrier Transition Membrane



Thursday, February 7, 2013

NC Entrepreneurship Center Monthly Series

NC Entrepreneurship Center Monthly Series

HICAPS – Greensboro, NC - Dan Hood, President and CEO of HICAPS Inc. will be guest speaker at the NC Entrepreneurship Center monthly Series on March 20, 2013. Dan will be discussing how HICAPS, a multifaceted project management and consulting company, was recently named the second fastest growing company in the Triad. The monthly series is a chance to hear from Triad entrepreneurs. For more information on the monthly series please visit http://entrepreneur.uncg.edu/speaker_series.html

Monday, February 4, 2013

AIC Constructor News –

Constructor Certification Commission Elections

The Commission is happy to announce the election of Tom Smithey, CPC to the AIC Constructor Certification Commission's Board of Governors.  Tom has served as the Co-Chair of the Commission's Exam Committee.  Tom will serve a 4-year term, which will begin in April 2013 with his installment taking place at the Commission's meeting during the AIC Annual Forum in Scottsdale.
Congratulations Tom!

Friday, February 1, 2013


HICAPS is pleased to announce that we are teaming with AMCASE®, to provide a total solutions package for the government’s modular millwork and casework needs. AMCASE® designs and manufactures CNC based millwork and casework in Winston-Salem, NC and has over 30 years of experience in the industry. AMCASE manufacturers American made products that help earn LEED Credits and provides documentation support through their use of sustainable materials for healthcare, government, educational, and retail applications. When design is needed we will be teaming with Gurlitz Architectural an architectural firm and small business, HICAPS can provide a turnkey solution.  Their scope of services and experience with government clients provides an impressive range of capabilities. HICAPS is excited about this new opportunity and look forward to providing our clients with a wide range of solutions.  Please contact HICAPS for more information at 336-665-1234 or email gabriele@hicaps.com . Please visit our website at www.hicaps.com  .


Gabriele Medley Harry
Director of Sustainable Construction

Thursday, January 31, 2013

VISN 11 MATOC Update

This is a follow up to our January 24th post to provide progress photos of the Upgrade Cooling Tower Effeciency Project located in Indianapolis, IN .


 HICAPS Project Manager David Yates provided photos of the recent progress of the project.


    Concrete basin lid pour complete

Structural steel to support cooling tower being installed on lid


Structural steel to support cooling tower being installed on lid


CW piping being assembled on site

Monday, January 28, 2013

GSA Buildings – HICAPS just completed three GSA building projects providing LEED Construction Phase services. Blue Ridge Enterprises was the GC on the projects.

GSA US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Greer, SC - HICAPS provided LEED administration and management services for the construction of an 11,360 sf building under LEED CI v2009 Certified level.

GSA SSA Hickory, NC - HICAPS provided LEED administration and management services for the construction of a GSA Social Security Administration Office consisting of a 15,775 sf building under LEED NC v 2009Silver level.

GSA SSA Goldsboro, NC - HICAPS provided LEED administration and management services for the construction of a GSA Social Security Administration Office consisting of an 11,656 sf building under LEED NC v 2009 Silver level.
For more information on LEED Construction Phase administration and management services email gabriele@hicaps.com or call 336-665-1234.

Friday, January 25, 2013


January 24, 2013 - HICAPS is currently executing two task order projects within our VA VISN 11 MATOC with our teaming partner Shiel Sexton. One of the projects entitled “Upgrade Cooling Tower Efficiency” consists of removing and replacing a cooling tower at the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN. The project value is $2.4M and is slated to complete mid-March 2013.  This facility has a total of two towers with a total of 5 cells. This project entails removing one of the towers having two cells and replacing with a new efficient tower. The three cell tower is to remain and was left in operation until late Dec. 2012 when temperatures consistently remained below 50 degrees. Along with demolition of the two cell tower and associated concrete basin, an existing screen wall with foundations was demolished and will be replaced at the end of the project. Once demolition of the tower and basin was complete, excavation began to allow for the new concrete basin and lid. The concrete basin and lid have been poured with structural steel installation to support the tower mounted on the lid occurring during the end of Jan. 2013. The extreme cold temperatures in Indianapolis during concrete pours added an extra challenge to ensure consistent cure times and temperatures and the avoidance of thermal shock. The cooling tower delivery and erection is scheduled to begin Jan. 28 and will have a 2 week duration. During erection of the new cooling tower, the existing tower will be connected to the new CW piping and pumps. It is scheduled to be back in operation early Feb. 2013. Once the erection of the new tower is complete it will be connected to the CW piping/pumps and will be well on the way to commissioning and turnover to the VA.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bridgestone Project Aiken SC

Aiken, SC - HICAPS was chosen by Brasfield and Gorrie as the “General Trades” contractor for Area 100 of the new 1.5 million square foot Bridgestone ORR plant in Aiken, SC.  HICAPS’ work will consist of rough carpentry, casework, metal stud framing/drywall, painting, flooring, hollow metal, overhead doors, and equipment lifts for approximately 350,000 square feet of the new tire manufacturing facility.  The work package is currently valued at $3,005,000 and is scheduled to be completed by July of 2013. Mark Koenig with HICAPS is the Senior Project Manager for this project.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Greensboro, NC January 18, 2013 – HICAPS Open House Event

HICAPS would like to thank all our wonderful guests who came out and attended our Open House Event on Friday January 18th.  The weather certainly brought some surprises. However that did not stop the good times. Wow, what a great open house event! We enjoyed steamed oysters and other goodies while enjoying the great experience of spending time with our guests. We look forward to a very successful 2013.

Monday, January 14, 2013

HICAPS Open House and Customer Appreciation

Please RSVP by January 14, 2013

  • Friday, January 18, 2013 • 3:00PM
  • Hosted by HICAPS
  • 336-665-1234
  • 600 N Regional Rd
  • Greensboro, NC 27310

  • HICAPS would like to show our appreciation for our 
  • clients, partners and colleagues. Come enjoy oysters 
  • and snacks while meeting professionals in our industry 
  • and building new relationships.