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The Weitz Company Breaks Ground on The Estates Neighborhood Expansion at Sagewood

sagewood-team-estates-neighborhood-groundbreak-february-2017-4x6The Weitz Company proudly announces the groundbreaking of The Estates Neighborhood Expansion at Sagewood, a luxury senior living community in northeast Phoenix, Ariz. The expansion is one of many construction projects the company has built for Sagewood since Weitz built the original community in 2010.

The Estates neighborhood expansion project will include the construction of casitas and villas for independent living residents; a new assisted living building; and a multi-purpose event facility. All components of the expansion will be open by the first quarter of 2018.

Sagewood hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking on February 15 for its residents and project team.

Twenty-four luxury casitas, both single and duplex-style, will feature open floor plans with vaulted ceilings. Depending on the style of the casita, these homes may also include a covered patio with outdoor cooking areas; a private attached guest casita with kitchenette and bath for visitors; and a two-car garage with attached golf cart storage.

The villa homes are designed as a small community with eight, one-level villas in a two-story building. The building will have a large central lobby, community room and gathering spaces for friends and neighbors.

The new two-story, 45,000-square-foot assisted living building is designed to connect with the Acacia Health Center, which Weitz built in 2009 and completed an expansion of in 2016. The new 16,000-square-foot multi-purpose event facility will have a performing arts area and meeting rooms so residents can enjoy concerts, lectures and special events. All buildings in the Estates Neighborhood Expansion were designed to offer scenic views of the mountains and the Sonoran Desert.

Weitz looks forward to another year of building with the Sagewood team and working with Sagewood residents!

For more information on Sagewood, visit www.sagewoodlcs.com.

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Weitz Helps Deliver Another Student-Build Home to Habitat for Humanity

weitz-construction-academy-home-move-february-2017For the fifth year in a row, employees from The Weitz Company volunteered to help students at the Weitz Construction Academy – a vocational arts program at Seminole Ridge Community High School in Loxahatchee, Fla. – complete their annual mission to build a home and donate it to Habitat for Humanity.

Each year, the students build an entire three-bedroom, two-bath home in sections at their workshop. When complete, the prefabricated house sections are moved via flatbed truck from the school to a home site prepared by Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. Weitz personnel volunteer to load the trucks at the school and unload them at the home site, carefully guiding each section into place and securing them together to form a complete, water-tight dwelling.

This year’s move took place February 2-3. A deserving family selected by Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County will occupy the home in Belle Glade, Fla.

“It was another damage-free, injury-free operation,” said Weitz Project Manager Doug Strathie, who takes responsibility each year for lining up the trucking companies and coordinating Weitz volunteers.

In addition to orchestrating the annual house move, The Weitz Company’s office in West Palm Beach, Fla., has supplied volunteer mentors and donated supplies to the Seminole Ridge High School construction program for several years. The program was named the Weitz Construction Academy in early 2015 after Weitz made a commitment of financial support to the school.


Blog: Top Trends in the Grain Industry (with Infographic)

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Grain Industry Top Trends by Alex Westlind, Engineering Manager

With over 11 years of experience as an Engineer, Alex Westlind has successfully completed several grain handling, grain storage, and export terminal projects. Read more to learn about Alex’s insights on the top trends of the grain industry.

1. Higher Volume and Increase in Capacity. Customers are seeking more solutions to expand production and storage through their new or existing facilities. Many land locked facilities have limited space for growth adding significant capital investment for larger and faster equipment. From 80,000 BPH to 100,000 BPH or 60” belt conveyor to 72” belt conveyor, grain producers are continuously upgrading connector pieces so they can get more grains through their facility and into vessels for transportation for future processing and ultimately onto shelves in the grocery retail stores.

2. Attention to Sanitary. With the new FDA, FSMA requirements are important for facility cleanliness to protect the quality of grain products – including in the seed and feed industries. Many traditional export house facilities have conventional open top belt conveyors but now customers are installing more fully enclosed conveyors. Non-food grade, fully enclosed, Material Handling Equipment (MHE) helps with dust control and pollution, minimizing spillage, and shrinking product loss.

3. Traceability and Inventory Control. GMO and Non-GMO is a key factor to traceability. Well-informed consumers now have easier access to more information on products. We ask ourselves, “Is it organic?”, “Is it non-organic?”, “Is it farm-raised?” or “Is it processed food?” The main question is; how do you prove if it is organic without traceability? Tracking products from farmland, to truck to vessel and every location in between, customers are committed to inform consumers’ choice by maintaining an accurate list of risk ingredients.

4. Data and Documentation. Managing historic data and drawings on an existing facility is challenging. Most facilities have been in operation for many years causing documentation to dwindle over time, sometimes due to changes in facility ownership, leadership or societal progression. Having as much information on the existing facilities provides more accuracy and understanding for a professional service provider to execute engineering and construction plans. The best approach to organize and streamline future communications and studies is through document management by recording drawings and organizing equipment lists (i.e. product type, horsepower, and manufacturer) then converting to digital files.

5. Challenges and Considerations. Farmers would prefer to drive to the nearest co-op or country elevator, stage their trailer over the receiving pit once, and unload the grain as quickly as possible to minimize wait times at the elevator. New and existing country elevators are building automated, unattended truck receiving pits with wider and longer hoppers to accommodate one-time truck staging coupled to higher capacity material handling equipment, to facilitate fast turnarounds.

6. Transportation and Export Terminals. Today, grain vessels and ships are larger, yet many facilities lack the space to accommodate the larger vessels. Customers are now spending capital to upgrade dock infrastructure and shipload out equipment to handle higher capacity and reach a wider and longer vessel.

7. Safety Beyond. Maintaining a focus on safety has been an essential factor for customers, employees and plant operators. Furthermore, increasing safety awareness and requirements have extended to contractors and engineers on job sites. Many owners are staying current on safety requirements and have become involved in the development of protocols. From OSHA training to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – see Sections 61; 654; 69 ; 68 – these regulations are intended to ensure employees can get back home safely to their families.

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Read more about OSHA and NFPA safety requirements and regulations here:

OSHA Law & Regulations –

https://www.osha.gov/law-regs.html

NFPA Codes & Standards –

http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards

Alex Westlind, Weitz Engineering Manager

Alex Westlind, Engineering Manager


Grand Opening: The TOMSCOT Luxury Community Apartments in Arizona

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Connell Real Estate and Development is pleased to announce the grand opening of The TOMSCOT Apartments in Scottsdale, Arizona. The new 278-unit apartment community is located at 3015 Scottsdale Road just north of Thomas Road. The grand opening will be celebrated at the community clubhouse on February 9, 2017 with a ribbon cutting event hosted by the City of Scottsdale at 11:30am and an evening reception hosted by The Connell Company at 4:30pm. Evening reception will include entertainment, refreshments and appetizers.

“We’re excited to celebrate the grand opening of The TOMSCOT and to offer a new luxury apartment community to Scottsdale,” said Corey Crossfield, Vice President of Asset Management for Connell Real Estate and Development. “The TOMSCOT is designed with modern architecture and offers residents contemporary floor plans with ultra-modern interiors and unsurpassed amenities.”

The new community is managed by Greystar and includes studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartment homes that include live-work units ranging in size from 532 to 1,457 square feet of living space. Designer interior finishes include quartz countertops, stainless steel energy efficient appliances, two-tone custom cabinetry and wall-to-wall luxury wood grain flooring. Well-appointed floor plans feature gourmet kitchens with large islands and French door refrigerators, spa-style master baths, ten foot ceilings, walk-in closets, full-size washers and dryers, private balconies or patios, and an additional half-bath in most floor plans.

The TOMSCOT is designed with a two-story fitness center that includes a yoga/CrossFit studio, kickboxing room, rock climbing wall, ten-bike spin room and a protein shake machine. The community includes two resort-style swimming pools, a sundeck with cabanas, outdoor movie projector, grilling stations, dining areas, a bike shop and an indoor golf simulator. The pet-friendly community offers a dog park and dog wash station. Residents can also enjoy outdoor games such as bocce ball, foosball and ping pong.

“The TOMSCOT is conveniently located in the center of downtown Scottsdale with quick access to Loop 101 and 202,” said Stacey Hogue, Senior Regional Property Manager for Greystar. “The community is close to Old Town, Fashion Square Mall, Scottsdale Stadium and Camelback Mountain as well as variety of shopping and dining establishments.”

The Weitz Company was the project’s general contractor and the architect was K&I Homes LLC located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

For more information on The TOMSCOT, visit www.thetomscot.com.


eBook: What You Need To Know About Food Safety

INTRODUCTION

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Food safety has always been a major area of focus for processors and distributors of food and beverage products. Major recalls and outbreaks that occurred during the 90’s and the 2000’s brought another perspective to the impact of not having a cohesive food safety and product recall program.

News about foodborne illness outbreaks caused by poor sanitation and food safety disseminated very rapidly and the public became very aware of the connotations and consequences of food safety issues.

Based on this, food processors and distributors have been developing and implementing their own corporate food safety programs, to not only become a good citizen by protecting the consumers, but also looking to protect their brands and companies.

Even before January 4, 2011, when President Obama signed the bill that brought the Food Safety  Modernization Act (FSMA), several worldwide organizations focused on improving and promoting food safety throughout the supply chain, but lacked the ability to enforce the application of well-known food safety initiatives and guidelines. Processors usually teamed up with companies to develop joint programs, promote research and enhance the quality and integrity of the supply chain.

There are numerous organizations worldwide that focus on implementing and enforcing good manufacturing practices applicable to food and beverage and each one targets specifics markets, products, and geographical areas. Some have been developed by countries or multi-national organizations, some by the processors themselves either jointly or as peer groups and some by universities and governments.

As a result, there is a very comprehensive list of regulations, standards and codes that apply to all aspects of the food and beverage supply chain. Becoming knowledgeable and complying with regulations is paramount for all processors and distributors. With a lack of compliance and follow up, this will prevent them from reaching their consumers and distributors both domestically and internationally. Furthermore, it can expose them to severe situations that can harm the consumers and affect their business.

This has become not just a matter of complying with codes and regulations but also a matter surviving in a very competitive market with a very sophisticated, informed and demanding consumer base.

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