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Cannon To Design Student Recreation Center

Cannon Design has been commissioned to design the University of Louisville’s new student recreation center. The new facility will provide indoor and outdoor activity space for residential and commuter students at the university’s Belknap Campus.

Building components include a three-court gymnasium stacked on top of a three-court recreational gym, a weight/fitness areas, a multi-use activity court, four raquetball courts, a fitness lab, three classrooms, two group exercise rooms, a spinning room, jogging track, sports club area, gaming area, locker rooms and administrator space. The free zone contains a juice bar and lounge space. Outside, there will be a plaza and an all-season recreational turf field.

Since the free-standing building must be independent of the university’s central utilities infrastructure, a geo-thermal deep-well system will provide heating and cooling. The building is targeted to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Brock Launches Playground Safety System

Safety and sustainability on children’s playgrounds will increase with the launch of Brock PlayBase, the first 100-percent closed-loop, recyclable base system engineered for playground surfaces. The company claims it is the only C2C system designed to provide shock absorption and drainage in playgrounds under both artificial turf and rubber mulch surfacing.

Reflecting their mutual commitment to sustainability, Brock has forged a distribution relationship with Shaw Industries’ Turf Division, which is comprised of Southwest Greens, Shaw Sportexe and TerraSoft.

Launched for the first time in North America, Brock PlayBase is currently used in more than 500 playgrounds at schools, parks and other outdoor recreational areas throughout Europe.Visit to learn more.

ValleyCrest Wins Training Award

For the second year in a row, integrated landscape service company ValleyCrest has been named one of the Top 125 training companies by Training magazine. The Training Top 125 ranking honors organizations around the world that offer outstanding employer-sponsored workforce training and development.

Parke Kallenberg, Vice President of Training for ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance, said, “We would like to dedicate this year’s award to Burt Sperber who was so proud of the company winning this award the first year and always believed in the importance of training our employees.”

Sperber died in September 2011 after founding and for more than six decades leading a company that today employs more than 10,000 who take care of the landscape needs of thousands of commercial customers across the United States.

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Cooper Products Earn Innovation Awards

Six Cooper lighting products have been recognized for ingenuity in Architectural Products 2011 Product Innovation Awards (PIA). Honored with the most company awards in the interior, exterior and controls lighting categories, Cooper Lighting received four product awards and Cooper Controls, a business unit of Cooper Lighting, was honored with two awards.

The inaugural Architectural Products PIA competition was designed to give recognition of product ingenuity in the built environment. By identifying the most innovative products in 18 major categories, the competition hopes to bring awareness to specifiers dealing with diverse components when designing a building. The judges included 42 top industry experts in their fields.

The winning products include:

• Cooper Lighting’s Ametrix Arrowlinear LED Luminaires provide a smooth gradient of asymmetric illumination, free from striations and hot spots, for vertical and horizontal architectural surfaces.

• Cooper Lighting’s Neo-Ray Straight and Narrow Series 22 LED Luminaires create slender lines of continuous, uniform illumination for recessed, suspended, surface- and wall-mounted applications.

• Cooper Lighting’s RSA Continuous Channel system creates a single, streamlined channel for all ceiling-based lighting and utilities, including the integration of fire suppression, HVAC events, sensors and securities.

• Cooper Lighting’s io Koi Series integrates a variety of different io luminaires to create elegant wood bollards available in a variety of styles, sizes and finishes.

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