49ers reportedly open at Bucs before hosting Steelers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — First stop on Jimmy Garoppolo’s comeback tour apparently will be Tampa, Florida.The 49ers schedule will open at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and two weeks later, the Pittsburgh Steelers will make their first trip to Levi’s Stadium for the 49ers home opener, NBC Sports Bay Area reported Wednesday morning.The schedule with all dates and times officially will be unveiled at 5 p.m.News of a road opener at Tampa certainly fired up former Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander, who signed …last_img read more

AIA Recognizes Top 10 Green Buildings

first_imgA new New Deal houseThe “New Norris House” was designed to mark the 75th anniversary of a model community originally built in 1933 by the Tennessee Valley Authority as part of the Norris Dam construction project. The house is a team project of the University of Tennessee College of Architecture & Design.It’s small (just 1,008 sq. ft.) and relatively inexpensive ($180,000), and it sits on a tiny lot (one-third of an acre).According to its designers, the modeled energy use for the house is 7,123 kWh of electricity per year, less than half of the average energy use of homes in the region. It uses no fossil fuels and has a HERS rating of 49.The house is heated and cooled with a three-head ductless minisplit heat pump. Mechanicals also include an energy-recovery ventilator and a solar hot-water system that preheats water for a tankless electric water heater.The house was built off-site in two sections. The designers said that advanced framing techniques reduced lumber consumption by more than 17%, and that off-site prefabrication reduced construction waste by 70%.Other features of the New Norris House include:A ventilated rainscreen.Wall insulation that includes R-21 batts and 1 in. of rigid polyisocyanurate.Salvaged white oak flooring.Low- and no-VOC glues, paints, and finishes.A flexible first-floor design that can be configured as open space, a one-bedroom space, or a two-bedroom space.Universal design that includes a ramped entry.Versatile pieces of furniture that can be deployed in more than one way.There were 500 Norris houses built between 1932 and 1934, most of which are still standing, according to designers of the New Norris House. “The scale, character and durability of the houses and town’s walkability (especially for seniors and schoolchildren) provide enduring lessons. The New Norris House leverages and enhances these characteristics.” In California, a home for a familyThe other residential project that was honored this year is entirely different. It’s nearly four times the size, at 3,800-sq. ft., and cost almost ten times as much to build ($1.7 million). And it’s in the affluent California beachfront community of Venice.Brooks + Scarpa submitted the design, which is called Yin Yang House. “Part private home and part business, the house is meant to serve as a place to entertain and a welcoming space for clients and teenagers,” the designers said. The owners remain anonymous.The project was described as a “nearly net-zero” project with a very tight building envelope and a 12-kW photovoltaic array.Designers said the house is organized around a series of courtyards. The building is one room deep to make the most of natural light and ventilation. The living room, designed for entertaining, includes — wait for it — a 50-ft. long sliding glass door.The designers said that a variety of features contribute to the home’s low energy consumption. The house exceeds the requirements of California’s Title 24 energy code by 42%, while its energy use intensity (EUI) was 94% lower than that of a typical single-family home. The house has a HERS rating of 62.Other building features include:Interior materials selected for high recycled content and low chemical emissions.FSC-certified wood for cabinets and flooring.Blown-in cellulose insulation.Low-flow water fixtures and dual-flush toilets, plus a system to capture and filter rainwater before it’s returned to the ground.Incorporation of an existing 1,200-sq.-ft. “tear down” in the renovated and enlarged structure, more than tripling the size of the original house with a net increase in lot coverage of less than 800 sq. ft.Drought-tolerant plantings and permeable ground coverings, along with a green roof and an artificial lawn that requires no water. This year’s top 10 sustainable designs selected by the American Institute of Architects include two houses and several commercial and institutional buildings: a student apartment complex, a school expansion, and 67,000-sq. ft. inner-city warehouse redevelopment project.The AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) recognized this year’s winners at the organization’s annual convention, which was held from June 20 to 22 in Denver. (The winners were originally announced on Earth Day in April.)The AIA declared that the competition “recognizes projects that successfully integrate exemplary aesthetics, advanced performance, community connection, social responsibility and stewardship of the natural environment.”Most of the projects are large public buildings. The Federal Center South Building 1202, for example, is a $65 million, 209,000-sq. ft. regional headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle. But the list also includes two residential projects: a private home in Venice, California, and a new version of a house originally designed as part of a model community in Norris, Tennessee in the 1930s.last_img read more

Poorly-organised felicitation function at National Stadium in Delhi mars Olympic celebrations

first_imgAn event meant to honour India’s Olympic heroes turned out to be chaotic. It was an eventful day for London medal winners who hopped from one function to the other, but the felicitation by the Sports Ministry at the National Stadium left a lot to be desired.It had all the makings of a hastily arranged programme without much thought going into it. One wondered why the stadium was not used for the venue, and instead a makeshift dais was put up near the gate. Hundreds of people strolled in without any security checks, making it a nightmare for police officials. Youngsters enrolled in the “Come and play scheme” of the Sports Authority of India and schoolchildren were called to attend the function. Besides, fans got too close to the dais, giving security officials a headache.Many of the athletes who were part of the India’s Olympic contingent had no place to sit and even the coaches were left to rue the mismanagement. Boxers Vijender Kumar and Manoj Kumar left in a huff while the hockey team quietly moved to a corner.”This isn’t the way to organise an event of this scale. We were felicitated after the Commonwealth Games at the same venue but that happened inside the stadium not in an open area like this,” said one of the athletes, part of India’s contingent in London.”It was a completely chaotic function. This could have been a security issue for everyone present here,” he added.Silver medallists Sushil Kumar and Vijay Kumar, bronze medal winners Yogeshwar, Saina Nehwal, MC Mary Kom and Gagan Narang all wore broad smiles as they were greeted by ministry officials. They were later taken in open jeeps to the Amar Jawan Jyoti at Indian Gate where they paid floral tributes to the martyrs. All the while the crowd followed them along with a strong media contingent.advertisementAt the stadium, Maken handed cheques of Rs30 lakh each to the silver medallists while the bronze medalists received Rs20 lakh each. Maken said that the government would continue its support to the athletes under the ‘Operation Excellence’ 2010 scheme.”We aim to win 25 medals at the 2020 Olympics. We will provide all assistance,” he said.A faux pax during the event spelled embarrassment for the medallists. Eyebrows were raised, jokes did the rounds when the master of ceremonies called Saina Nehwal ‘Sania Nehwal’.That was not all. Yogeshwar Dutt was welcomed as ‘Yogendra Dutt’, shooter Joydeep Karmakar was identified as an ‘archer’ and Gagan Narang’s bronze medal changed colour to ‘silver’. The athletes somehow maintained their poise.Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh slammed the ministry. “This is not the way to treat the national heroes and their family,” he told Mail Today. “There was no place to sit. There were four disciplines that earned us medals, but the names of federations were not mentioned,” he said.last_img read more