Boxcar Development LLC is planning a $300 million mixed use development including a luxury hotel with retail space and a concert venue on the property of the former CSX Warehouse at Georgia and Pennsylvania streets near Gainbridge Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The hotel would be branded by Sinola and the 4000 person capacity music venue would be operated by Live Nation. In between those two uses would be an area for additional retail and event and gathering space. Sage Hospitality Group would operate the hotel.  

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Construction sites are busy, hazardous places. Fences and security cameras help deter trespassers, but a method of jobsite access management is necessary to ensure that only authorized workers and visitors pass through entry points, and to generate a record of entrants. On large jobsites in particular, paper sign-in sheets at guard stations are simply inadequate. Worker ID badge scanning is a more rigorous method and provides a digital record of who entered the site and when. It leverages badges that are issued by workforce management companies and enabled with radio frequency identification (RFID), near-field communications (NFC) or Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology. Scanning badges with handheld scan guns is manual and repetitive, however, and it ties up security personnel who could otherwise be allocated to other tasks, such as searching bags or patrolling the site. What’s more, guard stations on their own aren’t physical barriers; especially during peak periods, as it is possible that entrants bypass the guard station(s).
Smart turnstiles provide a physical barrier to entry and automate jobsite access management. Modular units from some manufacturers come with one to 10 lanes and integrate with perimeter fencing. Some come with guard stations. A card reader authenticates entrants based on worker profiles stored in the workforce management software system. The profiles contain basic data such as name, company and trade as well as records of safety training that may be legally required for site entry.  Turnstile units and other access management solutions can be installed not only at site entry points but also at entrances to sensitive buildings or areas. They create a searchable digital log of who is currently on site and who is in specific areas, which can be critical in the event of an emergency. Operators who lack appropriate training are more likely to injure themselves or nearby workers and damage equipment or structures.

Managing equipment access
All construction equipment is potentially dangerous. Limiting its use to properly trained and certified operators is the best way to mitigate risk. Most construction companies strive to meet this goal, with varying degrees of success.
Keypad ignition locks are a smart solution, particularly when PINs are assigned on an individual basis. (Sharing the same PIN with every operator frequently leads to PIN sharing, and it fails to create personal accountability.) For large jobsites with large fleets, however, assigning hundreds or thousands of unique PINs can be prohibitively time consuming.
By leveraging the on-boarding process related to worker ID badges for equipment access management we are able to generate accurate real-time and historical insights into equipment utilization. Adding a card reader to keypad ignition locks enables this approach.
In the event of a safety incident or damage to the equipment, managers can easily review which worker used a machine and when. Authorized workers who operate equipment in inappropriate ways can be assigned incremental operator safety training.

The role of a worksite management platform
Central to the desired outcome of a connected job site is the digital worker profile associated with the company-issued badge. For companies that want to seamlessly optimize and manage jobsite and equipment access management, these profiles should be imported into a cloud-based worksite management platform that enables both.
When it comes to equipment access management, we should evolve towards an operational environment that grants access to specific trades, groups or individuals, either for specific pieces of equipment or entire equipment category classes. This capability provides not only an unprecedented level of safety and productivity enhancements, but also, provides “game-changing” levels of control and insight. The same platform may also enable the monitoring of worker location and wellness via wearable devices.
Creating a safe and secure construction site means controlling access to both the jobsite and equipment. As jobsites become larger and more complex, scalable access management solutions are a must. Modern badge-based technologies provide an efficient and effective option. www.ur.com


Developers have proposed to build a Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Hotel off Route 113 in Berlin, Maryland. Proposed by Thomas Zambetis and designed by Modes Architecture the four-story, 78 guestroom, Microtel Inn and Suites would be on the east side of Route 113 near Franklin Avenue. The project architecture would match the historic charm of Berlin’s downtown including: brick at the facility’s entrance, an enclosure for the pool, cornices, Victorian-style lights, and mature trees. 

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Casino operator Bally’s Corporation plans to build a 500 guestroom hotel tower as part of its $1.7 billion casino project that is currently under construction in the River West area of Chicago, Illinois.  The 34-story hotel will be located on the southern end of the property and is being reviewed by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development. HKS Architects is designing the project. Christopher Jewett is VP of Development for Bally’s Corporation. The casino portion currently under construction will be complete in late 2026 with a planned 2030 completion for the hotel.

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Developer HCW Nall, LLC is proposing to build an AC Marriott Hotel at the Aspiria campus in Overland Park, Kansas. The project would be located on the SW corner of 115th St & Nall Ave and would rise four stories and contain 125 guestrooms with an outdoor swimming pool and waterfall feature on the north side of the hotel. The hotel will be constructed with a combination of EIFS, metal panels and glazing. There is a small amount of tile/stone shown at the entrance of the building. Restaurants and retail are also proposed as part of the project.    

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A LivAway Suites extended stay hotel is planned in Tolleson, Arizona west of Phoenix on a couple of acres at the southeast corner of Interstate 10 and 91st Avenue. The four-story, $15 million hotel will include 126 guest rooms across 60,884 square feet and sit adjacent to a McDonalds, Starbucks and QuikTrip. It’s being developed by West77 Partners and designed by BRR Architecture Inc. LivAway Suites is a sensible extended stay brand, where long-term guests are invited to relax, work, and live in the simple comfort of sleek, spacious accommodations.   

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Developer Fariborz Moshfegh is planning to demo and existing apartment building and build a 10-story hotel in its place in Hollywood, California. Plans has been resubmitted to build the 156 guest room hotel at 1719 North Whitley Avenue. It would replace a two-story, 40-unit rent-controlled apartment complex, built in 1920 on a half-acre. The hotel, designed by Daryoush Safai, would include a series of iron balconies and include a rooftop pool deck.

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Developer Fariborz Moshfegh is planning to demo and existing apartment building and build a 10-story hotel in its place in Hollywood, California. Plans has been resubmitted to build the 156 guest room hotel at 1719 North Whitley Avenue. It would replace a two-story, 40-unit rent-controlled apartment complex, built in 1920 on a half-acre. The hotel, designed by Daryoush Safai, would include a series of iron balconies and include a rooftop pool deck.     

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They say that lightning never strikes in the same place twice, but for insurers, it strikes over 250,000 times per year, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. In fact, the cost of homeowners’ claims for damage due to lightning strikes has increased dramatically — up 20 percent over the last three years. According to a new Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) analysis of homeowners’ insurance data, there were 256,000 lightning claims in 2006, causing about $882 million in insured losses. The I.I.I. puts the average claim for lightning at $3,446. By comparison, in 2004, there were about 278,000 lighting claims, which caused about $735 million in insured losses with the average claim totaling $2,646. The average cost per claim rose 30 percent between 2004 and 2006, even as the actual number of such claims fell by nearly 8 percent. “The paid losses are likely to increase to nearly $1 billion in 2007, despite the declining number of claims, in part, because of the explosion in the number and value of consumer electronics in homes,” said Loretta Worters, vice president of the I.I.I. “Wide-screen TVs, home entertainment centers, multiple computer households, gaming systems and other expensive devices are having a significant impact on claims losses.” Damage caused by lightning, such as fire, is covered by standard homeowners’ insurance policies. Some policies provide coverage for power surges — the direct result of lightning striking a home. There is also coverage for lightning damage under the comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy. Preventing losses In conjunction with Lightning Safety Week (June 24-30), the I.I.I. offers the following tips to protect homes and businesses against power surges and lightning strikes: Install a lightning protection system to supply structural protection by providing a specified path on which lightning can travel. When a building is equipped with a lightning protection system, the destructive power of the lightning strike is directed safely into the ground, leaving the structure and its contents undamaged. The system includes a lightning rod or air terminals at the top of the house that can be disguised to look like a weather vane and wires to carry the current down to grounding rods at the bottom of the house. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), the lightning protection system needs to be securely anchored to the roof. Otherwise, it may whip around in a storm and damage the building. So make sure to have a licensed electrician install your lightning rod and protection system. Use surge protectors. Today’s sensitive electronic equipment is particularly vulnerable to lightning. To assure the highest level of protection, UL-listed surge arrestors should be installed on electrical service panels. Installations typically include surge arrestors for the main electric panel, as well as incoming phone, cable, satellite and data lines. Surge arrestors protect against damaging electrical surges that can enter a structure via power transmission lines. By filtering and dissipating the harmful surges, arrestors prevent electrical fires and protect against electrical discharges that can damage a home’s electrical system, computers and appliances. UL-listed transient voltage surge suppressors can also be installed to protect specific pieces of electronic equipment. Keep in mind that power strips offer little protection from electrical power surges. Unplug expensive electronic equipment, such as TVs and computers, as an added precaution if you know a storm is approaching. For more information on insurance and home safety, go to the I.I.I.’s Web site at www.iii.org. The I.I.I. is a nonprofit communications organization supported by the insurance industry. (c) 2007 Cincinnati Post. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved. www.theprotectionsource.com President: Robert W Rapp, PH 303-295-1695


The Auburn, Alabama City Council has approved the construction of a new AC Marriott Hotel in downtown Auburn. Proposed by RAM Hotels the new AC Hotels by Marriott will be located on 0.86 acres next door to Auburn Bank along North Gay Street. The hotel would contain 129 guestrooms, two bars and a restaurant. Rinkesh Patel is the CEO of RAM Hotels. Webb Construction is the general contractor.      

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