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Judges meet to review CASF Craftsmanship Awards nominations

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The Construction Association of South Florida (CASF) gathered 18 judges on Sept. 7 to begin the process of selecting this year’s Craftsmanship Awards winners. Over the next month, the judges will donate their time and expertise to individually evaluate the 119 nominations submitted.

This year’s judges are August Pujols, A.R.P. Engineering & Design Corp.; Adolfo Cotilla, Acai Associates; Pete Ebersole, Architectural Alliance; Kelly Mejia, Balfour Beatty Construction; Murray Bryntesen, Bryntesen & Associates; Kona Gray, EDSA, Inc.; Larry Martineau, FSMY Architects; Jim Moselund, Gulf Building, LLC; Art Kamm, KAMM Consulting, Inc.; Michael Miles, Kimley-Horn, P.E.; Bob Loucks, Loucks Engineering; Brian Sudduth, Miller Construction Company; Brett Atkinson, Moss & Associates; Dan Nolan, Nolan Construction Company; Norberto Rosenstein, Norberto Rosenstein Architect; Jeff Peal, Stiles Architectural Group; Andrew Youngross, Thompson & Youngross Engineering; and Henry Shawah, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

The Craftsmanship Awards started in 1958 with the goal of publicly recognizing and applauding South Florida region’s most skilled craftsmen. By recognizing outstanding work, CASF members show their appreciation for skill and quality workmanship.

This year’s winners will be recognized at the 58th Annual Craftsmanship Awards Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 10 at The Signature Grand in Davie. For information about attending the banquet please contact Jo at jmontenegro@casf.org.

The “union safety effect”: Canadians present message at Florida conference

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The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) is sharing its union safety message in Florida this week.

Attending the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) Annual National Health and Safety Conference in Kissimmee, Florida, OCS Director of Research Katherine Jacobs is part of a workshop presentation entitled Why Do Unions Matter in Construction?

During the session, basic data is being presented that proves a “union safety effect” does exist and the effect it has on the industrial and commercial construction sectors. In addition, best practices to sustain such results will also be discussed.

Joining the OCS in the presentation is Cindy Lewis from College of the Mainland in Texas and Dr. Ben Amick from Florida International University (FIU) and senior researcher with the Institute for Work & Health (IWH).

Research conducted in 2014 by IWH and funded by the OCS, the study examined data from the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for the seven years between 2006 and 2012, encompassing 45,000 construction firms. Among the findings, the study showed that unionized workers reported 23 per cent fewer injuries requiring time off work than non-union workers. It also showed 29 per cent were less likely to suffer critical injuries – described as injuries with the potential to place workers’ lives in jeopardy. Furthermore, workers at unionized firms were 17 per cent less likely to experience musculoskeletal injuries (injuries or disorders affecting mobility, especially muscles, tendons and nerves).

“Creating safe and healthy workplaces is a core deliverable of the unionized construction industry in Ontario,” says OCS chief executive officer Sean Strickland. “We’ve recognized the need to move beyond simply saying unionized construction workplaces are safer, to actually proving that they’re safer.”

IWH has already started to investigate safety practices and procedures on actual construction sites to further unravel the union safety effect and to ultimately translate those findings into improved safety outcomes for all.

“Clearly the unionized industry has an effective model when it comes to safety training,” Strickland said in a statement. Practices and procedures and this second phase of research will shed light on those behaviours”.

The VPPPA is a non-profit charitable, member-based organization providing a network of more than 2,300 companies and worksites who have achieved or are striving for occupational safety and health excellence. The conference is bringing together safety and health experts from more than 400 different industries in their mission to create safer environments for their peers and colleagues.

The OCS was formed in 1993 as a joint labour/management organization representing 25 unionized construction trades and their contractor partners in Ontario’s industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) construction sector. Its mandate is to enhance Ontario’s ICI construction industry by developing relationships, facilitating dialogue, providing value-added research, disseminating important information to client groups and promoting the value of ICI unionized construction.

The IWH is an independent, not-for-profit research organization. It has been described as one of the top five occupational health and safety research centres in the world. Its goal is to protect and improve the health of working people by providing useful, relevant research. Research is conducted and shared with policy-makers, workers and workplaces, clinicians and health and safety professionals.

FGBC announces 2016 directors

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The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) has announced announced the results of its 2016 Board of Directors elections. The board is comprised of 25 directors, three representatives from each of eight affiliations, plus one representative from the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA). One seat in each category is elected annually by the FGBC general membership to serve a three-year term. Board members include:

Jeremy Nelson, owner, GreenGov, LLC, Orlando (At-large category)

Nelson is a consultant for local government sustainability programs, who has worked with and guided over 50 cities and counties.

Nate Ritter, director of sustainability, GreenBuilt Solutions, Orlando (Design and analysis category)

Ritter is a principal and founder of GreenBuilt Solutions established in 2012 to help builders, developers, and owners incorporate green building practices into their projects.

Gregory M. Hardwick, president, Hardwick General Contracting, Maitland (Development and construction category)

FGBC says Hardwick has more 22 years of experience in the construction business.

James (Jim) E. Barnes, assistant village manager, Village of Wellington (Governmental category)

Barnes joined the village in 2003 and previously served in several posts including director of operations, deputy director of operations, parks and recreation director, deputy director of environmental and engineering services, and assistant director of community services. He leads many of Wellington’s sustainability efforts.

Cindy Hall, president, EcoSolutions Marketing, Jensen Beach (Products category)

Hall currently serves as chair of the FGBC Programs and Promotions Committee and is a past FGBC president and board member. She is an independent consultant and account manager for small businesses as well as in independent sales representative for several hardscape material manufacturers.

Mike Bonts, president, Mike Bonts Public Relations (MBPR Group), Jacksonville (Public advocate category)

Bonts specializes in public relations, brand development and marketing communications to include media relations, special events and social media.

Board members will take their oaths and be inducted on Oct. 21 during the FGBC annual GreenTrends Conference at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. Green building professionals from across the state come to learn about the latest best practices and stakeholders help develop the next level of green building standards.

Sustainable Florida announces 2016 Best Practice Award nominees and finalists

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Sustainable Florida has announced the 2016 Best Practice Award nominees and finalists, including a couple new categories this year, including recognition for health care and universities and colleges. There are also awards for green building partnership and leadership.

Finalists are in bold.

Large Business

Waste Management Inc. of Florida
Gator Dining – Aramark / Pepsi
Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
The Hertz Corporation
West Kendall Baptist Hospital

Small Business

MGBBuilt
Tembo Education
First GREEN Bank Ormond Beach
Nuovo Salon Group

Government

City of Coconut Creek
Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Conservation Crew
Pasco County Utilities
City of Orlando
Tampa International Airport
Florida Gulf Coast University
City of West Palm Beach
Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Leadership

Waste Management Inc. of Florida
UF Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability (YELS) Program
Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Conservation Crew
City of Orlando
Tampa International Airport
Florida Gulf Coast University
Jason Bell
Central Florida Regional Planning Council
Brevard’s Green Team

Partnership

Gator Dining – Aramark / Pepsi
Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Conservation Crew
Pasco County Utilities
City of Orlando
Tropical Ridge Fitness Park
Sustainable Tallahassee and LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival
Tampa International Airport
Florida Gulf Coast University
Central Florida Regional Planning Council
How Low Can You Go Challenge(Energy Reduction)
West Kendall Baptist Hospital

Non-Profit

UF Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability (YELS) Program
Sustainable Tallahassee and LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival
Sustainable Tallahassee
Florida Gulf Coast University
How Low Can You Go Challenge(Energy Reduction)
Fleet Farming by IDEAS For Us
Brevard’s Green Team Org
West Kendall Baptist Hospital

Green Building

MGBBuilt
Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
First GREEN Bank Ormond Beach
Castle Creek Elementary School
Tampa International Airport
Florida Gulf Coast University
Green Dwellings,LLC, Karen Adams, CEO
Brevard’s Green Team Solar Shack

Universities and Colleges

Gator Dining – Aramark/Pepsi
UF Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability (YELS) Program
Pasco County Utilities
Florida Gulf Coast University

Health Care

Jason Bell
West Kendall Baptist Hospital

The awards will be presented at the 2016 Working on the Green Sustainability Summit on Sept. 15 in Fort Lauderdale.