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“We look forward to working with Motorola in replacing our aging and outdated radio system,” Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said in a prepared statement.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