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Nebrasky collected supplies from employees and customers during July and August Nebrasky Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has donated 50 backpacks and countless school supplies to the Backpacks for Hope program in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club. The school supplies were donated from Nebrasky employees and customers. The Boys & Girls Club will distribute Read more

Nebrasky collected supplies from employees and customers during July and August

Nebrasky Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has donated 50 backpacks and countless school supplies to the Backpacks for Hope program in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club. The school supplies were donated from Nebrasky employees and customers. The Boys & Girls Club will distribute all items to children in need throughout Northern Orange & Sullivan counties.

The backpacks were stuffed with a variety of school supplies, including:

  • Pens/pencils
  • Erasers
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Composition notebooks
  • Glue/Glue Sticks
  • Children’s scissors
  • Lined notebook paper
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Notepads
  • 3 Ring binders
  • Folders

“Giving back to the community is an important part of our mission, and all of our employees participate,” said Paul Nebrasky. “We are proud to know that we can help 50 students return to school with dignity, and that we can provide them with some of the tools they need to be successful throughout the school year.”

The Lowe’s MVPs Pro Rewards and Partnership Program is a new approach that flips traditional loyalty programs on their heads to deliver real solutions and benefits Pros need to succeed. The new program comes at a time when 90% of Pros say it’s important that retailers have valuable loyalty programs, and according to new findings from Lowe’s, Pros also voiced Read more

The Lowe’s MVPs Pro Rewards and Partnership Program is a new approach that flips traditional loyalty programs on their heads to deliver real solutions and benefits Pros need to succeed. The new program comes at a time when 90% of Pros say it’s important that retailers have valuable loyalty programs, and according to new findings from Lowe’s, Pros also voiced the need for retailers to bring more than rewards to the table.

Lowe’s MVPs Pro Rewards, available in select regions and nationwide gives Pros a committed business partner in Lowe’s. Complementing Lowe’s strong credit offerings (5% off every day on eligible purchases, to 0% interest for 60 days for Lowe’s Business Advantage accounts), Lowe’s MVPs Pro Rewards offers new and existing loyalty members benefits including:

  • Lowe’s e-gift cards earned when Pros spend in-store and online on eligible purchases**
  • Access to business resources helping Pros tackle back-of-house operations
  • Exclusive offers for rewards on eligible paint purchases** and free select snacks or drinks** at Lowe’s stores
  • A chance to win incredible prizes like Ford F-Series trucks that serve as many Pros’ mobile offices and custom-built local advertising packages***
  • A simple mobile and online user experience allowing Pros to track and claim rewards even when sending a crew member into the store
  • And, coming soon, MVPs Bonus Points that can be used for additional exciting rewards helping Pros invest in their businesses and themselves

“We’re deepening our partnership with Pro customers because when they succeed, we succeed,” said Tony Hurst, Senior Vice President Pro, Services and International. “Lowe’s MVPs Pro Rewards is another big step in Lowe’s continued Total Home strategy when it comes to the important Pro customer. We are committed to a true business partnership mindset to help Pros as they grow their businesses and their futures.”

Nearly 90% of Pros say it’s important for retailers to have valuable loyalty programs as Pros also voiced the need for retailers to offer solutions to propel their business forward, according to Lowe’s first annual Lowe’s State of the Pro report, found online at Lowes.com/StateOfThePro.  An industry-leading study, the report contains insights from Pros and their customers, detailing the state of the home industry and trends in homeowner improvement plans, and priority projects in 2022.

For more information on the latest for Pros, please visit Lowes.com/Pro.

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), through its Build Your Future (BYF) initiative, is excited to announce the national expansion of its career exploration tool, CareerStarter. This new program provides direct connections between entry-level job seekers, local training programs and employers. When considering an opportunity in construction, many are unsure of where to Read more

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), through its Build Your Future (BYF) initiative, is excited to announce the national expansion of its career exploration tool, CareerStarter. This new program provides direct connections between entry-level job seekers, local training programs and employers.

When considering an opportunity in construction, many are unsure of where to begin. CareerStarter’s career exploration tools help bridge the gap between curiosity and a construction career. The advantage of CareerStarter comes through bringing together all members of the career path process into one place.

There are great reasons for people in any role to join the CareerStarter platform:

  • Students and Job Seekers can use the exploration resources to discover potential career paths, then find the right educational or work opportunities to help them take their next steps.
  • Employers can find talent for their company by building a business profile, posting free and unlimited entry-level job listings, and using the automatic candidate matching feature.
  • Educators can promote their training program while monitoring students’ activity on the tool and tracking the direct success stories of their program.

“NCCER is proud to provide a program supporting job seekers, employers and educators as we work to increase the construction workforce,” said NCCER President and CEO Boyd Worsham. “It takes all of us working together to make a real impact in the industry, and CareerStarter will help us all foster connections and come together to fill the skills gap.”

In the opening months of CareerStarter, the tool has already helped hundreds of future craft professionals take their first steps into the construction field.

“It’s been difficult to find a source for students to connect with employers and learn how to market themselves,” said Phil Vice with Connect For Success NC. “The process was very simple – in fact, the teachers just provided the QR code, and the students took to it easily. The feedback I received was great!  Students were able to look for opportunities and see what they might need to accomplish their career goals.”

This program is free of charge to individuals, schools, employers and training programs. This is thanks to the generosity and commitment to the construction industry by forward-thinking organizations like Bechtel Group Foundation, which aims to promote STEM education and use engineering and construction skills to improve the quality of life worldwide; Procore Technologies, a leading global provider of construction management software; and Stanley Black & Decker, a trusted distributor of high-quality industry tools.

To check out the CareerStarter platform, visit careerstarter.byf.org.

Watts will unveil solutions for a Safer, More Sustainable World at the American Society of Plumbing Engineers’ (ASPE) Convention & Expo, September 16-21, in Indianapolis, IN. Watts representatives will be on hand in Booth #1133 to discuss solutions supporting sustainability in the areas of heating and hot water, drainage, backflow & mixing, data centers, and Read more

Watts will unveil solutions for a Safer, More Sustainable World at the American Society of Plumbing Engineers’ (ASPE) Convention & Expo, September 16-21, in Indianapolis, IN.

Watts representatives will be on hand in Booth #1133 to discuss solutions supporting sustainability in the areas of heating and hot water, drainage, backflow & mixing, data centers, and water management. They will represent such brands as AERCO, BLÜCHER, Lync, ORION, POWERS, PVI, The Detection Group, and Watts.

Watts experts will also be featured speakers at two technical sessions:

  • David Desjardins, Business Development Manager-Mixing, Wholesale East, will present Smarter, Safer, Hot Water (Track: Codes and Standards/Water Quality) on September 20 from 8:30–9:45 am.
  • Laurie Conner, President, The Detection Group, will present Wireless Water Leak Detection Systems for Commercial Applications (Track: System Design) on September 21 from 10:00–11:15 am.

For more information and to register for the ASPE Convention & Expo, go to: 2022 ASPE Convention & Expo – September 16-21, 2022 .

Registration opens for Augmenta pilot program for electrical contractors and engineers to evaluate its automated design solution for the construction industry Augmenta, the company automating building design for the construction industry, today announced the Electrical Design Module, the first Generative Design solution for its Augmenta Construction Platform (ACP). The module addresses the needs of electrical Read more

Registration opens for Augmenta pilot program for electrical contractors and engineers to evaluate its automated design solution for the construction industry

Augmenta, the company automating building design for the construction industry, today announced the Electrical Design Module, the first Generative Design solution for its Augmenta Construction Platform (ACP). The module addresses the needs of electrical contractors and engineers, enabling them to accelerate the time it takes to estimate and create fully constructible, code-compliant electrical raceway designs by automating the entire process.

While today’s shop drawings typically only model the main runs of an electrical distribution system, the Augmenta Construction Platform can create fully detailed designs for entire projects in hours instead of weeks or months. Using Generative Design, the Electrical Design Module for the ACP delivers accurate, National Electrical Code® (NEC) compliant, fully detailed 3D raceway designs, complete with a bill of materials. This not only reduces design time by up to 70%, it also eliminates double entry, and provides the ability to evaluate multiple design options against cost, construction time, and maintainability. The generated designs are more efficient, requiring up to 20% less material and labor than traditional designs. The Electrical Design Module also cuts the time required to estimate projects by up to 50%. These benefits enable engineers and contractors to make better use of their teams, letting them focus on higher value activities.

“The Electrical Design Module for our Augmenta Construction Platform is the first of several solutions we are developing to automate building design,” said Francesco Iorio, CEO and co-founder of Augmenta. “We’re tackling the toughest design challenges in the construction industry, and plan to also provide solutions for plumbing, mechanical, and structural engineers and contractors. Our ultimate goal is to deliver an integrated solution that eliminates the time consuming and error prone processes of designing systems, and sharing and coordinating those designs across trades.”

Using Generative Design and AI to solve one of the biggest design problems in construction

Today, the building design process is constrained by tools that act as little more than a digital drafting board. These tools make creating designs for electrical systems complex and time-consuming, often requiring several rounds of review, interpretation, and refinement. Each iteration takes time and money, making it impractical to explore alternative design options.

Until now, computational design and design automation have been used in the construction industry primarily for conceptual exploration by architects. For the first time, Augmenta is bringing the power of these techniques to all aspects of the design process. Using a novel combination of mathematical optimization and artificial intelligence to ensure designs are constructible and compliant, the ACP also leverages machine learning to continuously speed up the design process. This transformative approach enables the automated design of constructible buildings at a high level of detail, based on the requirements identified for a building and the applicable building codes.

The Electrical Design Module was developed in collaboration with Interstates, an innovative electrical contractor based in the U.S. “In a very short period of time, we saw how dramatically Augmenta’s approach to automated design can reduce the cost of the design process,” said Josh Gillespie, BIM/VDC Director at Interstates. “It enables us to decrease the risk of inaccurately scoping time and cost estimates while drastically reducing the time it takes to complete estimates for bids. This gives us additional time to present fully considered design alternatives, thus positioning our company as a strategic partner to our clients, which include general contractors, engineering firms, developers, and owners.”

Pilot program for electrical contracting or engineering firms

Augmenta is launching a pilot program for a limited number of electrical contracting or engineering firms to trial and evaluate the Electrical Design Module. Those interested can sign up to receive details at www.augmenta.ai/electrical.