Fincantieri Marinette Marine hires contractor to build state-of-the-art ship lift

MARINETTE, Wis. (WBAY) – Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) says it’s signed with a company to build a state-of-the-art shiplift system for its naval yard and have it ready in the next two years.

a view of a city: Photo illustration of Fincantieri Marinette Marine featuring the soon-to-be-built USS Constellation

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Photo illustration of Fincantieri Marinette Marine featuring the soon-to-be-built USS Constellation

Fincantieri says the new system will allow for launching and retrieving ships of nearly 10,000 tons in the Menominee River. It also allows Marinette Marine to build the ships more completely and test them in climate-controlled facilities before launching them.

Fincantieri specifically identifies the Constellation Class Frigates and Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) benefiting from the new shiplift. Marinette Marine was awarded a Navy contract for the frigates earlier this year which is potentially worth $5.5 billion. The MMSC is based on the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) built in Marinette.

The shipbuilder doesn’t say how much the contract with Pearlson Shiplift Corp. is worth but says this is part of a multi-million dollar infrastructure project.

“This strategic investment by FMM will mean that current and future generations, both in Wisconsin and the U.S., will benefit from a world-class facility which is capable of handling the next generation of U.S. Navy ships,” a statement from Pearlson vice president/COO Bryan Fraind reads.

“We are impressed with Pearlson’s capabilities and record of performance. They are an innovative American company who has pioneered the shiplift,” Fincantieri Marine Group president/CEO Dario Deste wrote.

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Buffalo defense contractor CUBRC gets $16 million in federal funds to build testing facility | Buffalo Politics News

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Sen. Charles Schumer stands next to a segment of a wind tunnel used in weapons development at CUBRC in a 2019 visit to the facility. 

WASHINGTON – CUBRC, a Buffalo-based defense contractor, has received $16 million in federal funding to construct a new hypersonic testing facility, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced Thursday.

“CUBRC is the only facility in the nation with the ability to test hypersonic weapons systems at flight conditions at full scale, and it is a critical part of both Western New York’s innovation economy and our national security,” Schumer said. “That’s why I’m proud to have secured this funding that will fund CUBRC’s groundbreaking improvement to its testing and evaluation complex, allowing us to win the global race on innovation in hypersonic technologies and weapons.”

The project will also boost local jobs, Schumer said.

Formed in 1983, CUBRC has long been a key test site for military hypersonic projects.

“This award from DOD will enable CUBRC to further upgrade our capabilities here in Buffalo thus providing our incredible scientific talent the tools necessary to keep the United States in our leadership position on hypervelocity,” said Tom McMahon, CUBRC’s CEO. “This cannot be understated about how important this is to CUBRC, to Western New York and to the nation.”

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Nova Scotia company uses millions of plastic bottles to build homes, decks

Nova Scotia company uses millions of plastic bottles to build homes, decks
Nova Scotia company uses millions of plastic bottles to build homes, decks

Nova Scotia is no stranger to gale-force winds, intense storms and even the occasional hurricane. Newly constructed homes in this province must be able to withstand harsh conditions, and the sustainable buildings constructed by JD Composites are proving that they can stand formidable against these harsh local conditions.

The company, which was founded in the Sainte-Marie’s Bay area by Joel German and David Saulnier, builds homes, decks, sheds and other structures using their patented technology made from recycled plastic bottles. Their structural insulated panels (SIPs) consist of Armacell ArmaForm, which is 100 per cent made of recycled plastic bottles that are sourced from an Armacell facility in Brampton, Ontario.

Armacell’s polyethylene terephthalate (PET) technology creates foam products from recycled plastic bottles by crushing them into flakes that then undergo inhouse granulation and extrusion foaming processes. In addition to being used in JC Composites’ SIPs, Armacell ArmaForm is used in 100,000 wind turbine blades, the CRH3A high-speed train in Western China, and in five gilded domes of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Paris, France.

Between 15,000 to 45,000 plastic bottles are used to create small sheds and decks, while homes can use 500,000 to 750,000. The variety of uses is impressive, but naturally many wonder how material made of recycled plastic bottles compares to conventional materials.

eco-house credit: JD Composites
eco-house credit: JD Composites

JD Composites used over 600,000 plastic bottles to build this Eco-House in Nova Scotia with their patented panels. Credit: JD Composites

JC Composites states that typical Canadian homes use insulation with an R-20 rating, but this value is often reduced to R-13 because wooden studs create a thermal break in the insulation. The PET plastic in SIPs do not have any thermal breaks, which result in a continuous R-30

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Students Build Studio 804’s Latest House in Challenging Times

Many schools of architecture were shut down last spring because of Covid-19, but the Studio 804 program at the University of Kansas Department of Architecture is no ordinary architecture program. It does something very unusual for an architecture school: it actually teaches students how to build a sophisticated building from the ground up. “This includes everything from initial design including all systems, construction documents, estimates, working with zoning and code officials, site layout, placing concrete, framing, roofing, siding, setting solar panels, landscape and more — there isn’t anything we don’t do ourselves.”

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The houses are always interesting modern designs that cannot be too unconventional or expensive as they are then sold on the open market. The 2020 version is 1550 square feet, plus a 520 square foot accessory dwelling unit.

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The main house has the entry facing a living wall, a great room with kitchen to one side and two bedrooms to the other.

“The design was inspired by the Midwestern farmstead vernacular of the region. These timeless vernacular qualities house all the accommodations necessary for modern, sustainable living. A unique feature of this house is the Accessory Dwelling Unit permitted in the zoning district. It is a small separate residence on the same lot that can be used for income property or for extended family members. It also supports the city of Lawrence’s goals of increased density close to downtown rather than continued sprawl into the countryside.”

Given that Covid-19 has disrupted the construction industry as well as the school year, it’s impressive that Studio 804 was able to complete this project on schedule. Studio 804 founder Dan Rockhill tells Treehugger how they coped: “We had to isolate for two months, March April. All the students came back and actually graduated as we pushed hard

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Gracemark Homes to build in Serenity at Meridiana


Gracemark Homes, a builder dedicated to new homes that fulfill the needs of active adult buyers, has been named the exclusive builder in Serenity at Meridiana, the community’s new 55-plus neighborhood.

From thoughtfully designed floor plans to the flexibility to customize structural and design options, Gracemark delivers a quality-built home and a top-quality home buying experience for those who have worked hard to earn this hassle-free, comfort-rich living experience.

Serenity at Meridiana represents an active-adult enclave of single-family homes along the Texas 288 corridor, as the award-winning community south of Pearland continues to add new homes for all stages of life.

Located off Meridiana Parkway less than 2 miles from Texas 6, the gated neighborhood will feature its own clubhouse, pool and other fitness and recreation features. Maintenance items included in the section’s HOA fees are front yard grass mowing and edging, termite treatment and exterior pest control, lawn fertilization, weed control and front yard flowers and shrubs in select areas.

The new section also will be staffed with its own dedicated lifestyle director to plan events for residents in the neighborhood. Additionally, Serenity at Meridiana residents will have access to the master-planned community’s waterfront Oasis Village featuring Café Sol, family pool and cabanas, lap pool and central lawn.

New homes in Serenity at Meridiana will range from the mid- $200,000s to the upper $400,000s with its first

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