Saint Michael’s dedicates the Pomerleau Alumni Center, college’s first ‘green’ building

first_imgIn ceremonies including the Board of Trustees, Saint Michael’s College will dedicate the $2 million Antonio and Rita Pomerleau Alumni Center on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 12:30 p.m. in the new center, located on Route 15, but entered from Lime Kiln Road, in Colchester. The multi-use building is the first deliberately environmentally friendly, 21st Century structure on the Saint Michael’s campus. Made possible through the generosity of The Tony B. and Rita M. Pomerleau Foundation and over 1,000 alumni contributions, the Alumni Center is a multi-use facility housing alumni and development offices and public meeting spaces.“This building will be a tangible way to keep our alumni close to the college,” said President John J. Neuhauser.The building will house a reception room devoted to the former Trinity College, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, to provide a meeting place for alumnae of that college, and to symbolize the historic connection between the two colleges.Antonio PomerleauMr. Pomerleau, 91, a Burlington real estate developer well known for his generosity in Vermont, served on the Saint Michael’s College Board of Trustees in the 1970s, and was awarded an honorary Saint Michael’s doctoral degree in 1994. Two of his sons and a granddaughter graduated from the college, and his son Ernie Pomerleau, SMC class of 1969, currently serves on the college’s Board of Trustees. Tony Pomerleau expressed appreciation for what Saint Michael’s gave his children, and for the college’s commitment to higher education in the Catholic tradition.“St. Mike’s is a great college, and they’re doing a great job,” Mr. Pomerleau said to a student reporter for The Defender, Saint Michael’s student newspaper. “I figured I’ll help.”Building DesignCollege architect James P. Farrington, AIA, associate director of facilities/college architect, was the principal designer of the Pomerleau Center. “I’m very excited,” he said, about the energy efficiency of the building and the Greek Revival design for the structure.The brick building is connected to and has proportions and details similar to Prevel Hall. It is set back from Route 15, between the President’s Residence and the Holcomb Observatory. The 6,500-square-foot structure contains five first floor offices, The Trinity Conference Room, and six upstairs offices. A nicely proportioned function room provides space for dinners, socials, alumni board meetings, and other gatherings, and a handsome fireplace room provides a kind of living room for the building.The College’s First LEED “Green” BuildingThe major thrust of the building, as determined by President Neuhauser, is that it be environmentally friendly, as advanced as technology will allow, and certified as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ) building. The plan incorporates recycled lumber, water conservation structures, regionally available materials, and other features that can give LEED points.The building envelop is “super air tight with high R value,” Architect Farrington said. Every office has a large insulated glass window to provide good day-time lighting, less use of electric lighting, and little heat loss.Wiemann Lamphere Architects of Colchester, Vt., worked with Farrington to complete construction documents. Pizzagalli Construction of Vermont built the Pomerleau Alumni Center. The team is working on final details for securing LEED certification.“Making this building truly green, points the way to whatever else we might do in the 21st century,” President Neuhauser said.At Saint Michael’s College, www.smcvt.edu(link is external), Learn What Matters. Saint Michael’s is a distinctive Catholic liberal arts college that provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead a successful, purposeful life that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 371 Colleges. It is one of 270 colleges and universities nationwide, and one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Saint Michael’s is located just outside Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns.-30-last_img read more

Futurist Steve Sammartino explains why we’ll soon be talking to walls and printing houses

first_imgThe next generation will have different expectations from their houses and futurist Steve Sammartino will explain how homes will change to meet them at this week’s REIQ Summit in Brisbane.IMAGINE printing a 3D house that can put an at-risk family in emergency accommodation in as little as 24 hours for just $4000.It’s not science-fiction.Australian futurist Steve Sammartino, who is speaking at the upcoming REIQ Summit, is currently designing his own 3D printed smart house in Melbourne, and will talk about how he will integrate the latest technology in to the build.MORE REAL ESTATE STORIESHe said the design could help across Australia’s natural disaster zones as well as assisting with affordability issues.“With housing, you can set up a house really quickly, and not even for disaster zones, but even areas where they’re living in substandard housing, it will make things affordable,” he said.It is a technology already being explored in other parts of the world.An American manufacturer is working with the not-for-profit company, New Story, to set up 3D printed houses in developing countries as part of a humanitarian drive.The 3D printed house Texan company New Story has designed for use in developing countries. Picture: supplied.While in The Netherlands, a 3D printed housing community will go on the market this year in a partnership between Dutch developers and a local university.A workers in The Netherlands supervising the 3D printing of concrete walls as part of the Project Milestone 3D community.Mr Sammartino said technology had changed the way we work and live.“But houses haven’t changed much and houses are the number one indicator of where we are in life,” he said.“Two hundred thousand years ago we lived in caves, then stone houses, now those stone houses haven’t changed that much but the technology inside them reflects how life is going.”Queensland University of Technology 3D printing expert Melissa Johnston said the 3D printing technology was being used across health, construction, IT, and the arts, and the popularity of desktop 3D printers was helping consumers embrace the new technology.“I really do expect to see 3D houses in my lifetime, the technology is advancing so quickly now,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoRegardless of what house you live in, Mr Sammartino said it was time to renovate.“And that’s not putting plaster in places, I mean renovate so it matches the technology that’s all around us,” he said.He said housing had gone through the industrial age, where energy and artificial power was placed inside a house, and the next phase was for intelligence to be put inside houses.“Our houses will be commanded in the same way we interact with humans, commanded by voice and movement and body language and gesturing and thinking,” he said.“We have power in the walls, and now we will have intelligence.“It’s not even that expensive, we could automate a house to never have to put on a light switch again, to have it heat and cool itself based on sensing the outside environment, to only do the washing at a time when the electricity’s cheap.”Mr Sammartino is calling on government and industry groups to develop a basic standard for smart housing to encourage competition, and address consumer concerns over security and privacy.“We have a standard for wiring, plugs, plumbing; industry needs to come together to develop a basic standard that can be used in all houses, so instead of having Google or Amazon dominate, you can plug in different suppliers.“I think it’s the job of industry and government to regulate around this so it becomes a competitive marketplace.”The Real Estate Institute of Queensland Summit will be held from March 14 to 15 at the Royal International Convention Centre at Bowen Hills.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the conference was the most forward-thinking one so far.“The next generation of property consumer, whether that’s owner occupier or investor, will have different values to the generations that have gone before,” she said.“They will have different expectations and demand different results.”>>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

Deborah A. Cross Grubbs

first_imgDeborah A. Cross Grubbs 53, of Aurora, Indiana,passed away Saturday April 14, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, IN.She was born April 30, 1964 in Dearborn County, IN, daughter of the late Earl Cross and Sharon CrossDebby graduated from South Dearborn High School , Class of 1982. She worked for Proctor & Gamble in the Accounts Payable Department for over 30 years. She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, enjoyed crocheting, collecting Longaberger baskets, and was an avid reader. Time spent with family and friends was her greatest joy. Debby’s strength and courage, during her lengthy ill health, was an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed .Surviving are her loving family, mother, Sharon Cross of Aurora, IN; daughters, Chelsey Grubbs (Zach Dressman) of Aurora, IN and Cassandra “Cassie” Grubbs (Jordan Busse) of Aurora, IN; brother, Randy (Meg) Cross of Lawrenceburg, IN; niece & nephew, Savannah Cross and Nathan Cross. She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Cross.Friends will be received Friday, April 20, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, Aurora, INMass of Christian Burial will be Friday at Noon, also at the church Fr. Stephen Donahue with officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic School or Slam Dunk a Cure for Cancer (Relay for Life-American Cancer Society). If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Reddan blow for Ireland

first_imgIreland’s substitute scrum-half Eoin Reddan has been ruled out for three months after suffering a broken leg in the 13-13 RBS 6 Nations draw with France. Reddan fell awkwardly beneath a tackle in the final minute of a compelling match at the Aviva Stadium and was administered oxygen before being carried off. Ireland’s injury-depleted ranks were swelled even further by a number of other casualties with lock Donnacha Ryan damaging his shoulder and centre Luke Marshall sustaining concussion. Both are doubts to face Italy next Saturday, while flanker Peter O’Mahony, scrum-half Conor Murray, centre Brian O’Driscoll and wing Fergus McFadden also picked up a variety of knocks. Already missing were lock Paul O’Connell, wings Tommy Bowe and Craig Gilroy, centre Gordon D’Arcy, flanker Stephen Ferris and fly-half Jonathan Sexton. Head coach Declan Kidney, however, refused to complain about Ireland’s misfortune. “We took a conscious decision that we wouldn’t complain about things. Other people are worse off than we are, plus it’s such an insult to the lads coming on and having a huge go,” Kidney said. “We’re frustrated, but there are lads coming in who have no experience at this level under their belts and are doing such a good job for us. “On any given day Paul O’Connell, Tommy Bowe, Stephen Ferris and Jonathan Sexton would be in the running for a Lions spot. “I’ve never experienced an injury run like this, but you work your way through and I spoke to (captain) Jamie Heaslip about it and we agreed not complain.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Akutu defends Ostec Ghana Golf Tourney

first_imgDavid Arkutu grossed 153 over two days to defend his title in the men’s Group ‘A’ of the 24th Ostec Ghana Amateur Seniors Open at the Bok Nam Kim Golf Course, Burma Camp, Accra.He beat Tema’s Alex Fiagome by just a stroke (154) in the event which recorded a low turn out but attracted high profile personalities like Okyenhene Amoatia Ofori Panin, Sam Jonah, Dr Felix Frempong, president of Ghana Golf Association (GGA), among others.Joe Danso, SO, Odame and Dr Frempong followed in that order with scores of 163,164 and 166 respectively in the 36-hole event.The winners received a beautifully designed trophies as well as souvenirs for their brilliance.It was Eric Asare, who finished first in the men’s handicap event after recording 132 gross, while Okyenhene followed closely in second position after recording 138 gross.Tema’s ET Mensah grabbed the men’s Group B event, while Esther Antwi won the females version. Achimota’s Beatrice Vetch-Bempong 165 gross beat Esther Amedzro by a stroke to emerge tops in the women’s Group ‘A’ category, while Royal Club’s Margaret Ivy Oppong picked the second runners-up prize after a gross score of 172.Esther Antwi from the Tema Country Golf Club won the ladies handicap event with a gross of 138 with Suzie Abaloo-Kumasah, Achimota finishing second after recording 145 gross.Golf ace Florence Etwi-Barimah reigned supreme in the ladies 65 and above category, while Ann Brown went home with a special event award.The GGA boss commended the sponsors for supporting the event, which he described as a way of developing the sport, as well as the golfers for participating.The competition was put together by OSTEC, a Ghanaian IT Solutions and Network Company, experts at providing IT managed services, Enterprise Connectivity Solutions and Disaster Recovery Services. OSTEC is a sub regional giant in Technology Consulting.last_img read more