1 Jan

The McKernon Group wins ICF Award for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

first_imgThe McKernon Group wins ICF Award for Extreme Makeover: Home EditionBrandon, Vermont:At the recent national distributor conference for BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms held in Oklahoma City, OK, The McKernon Group of Brandon, VT and Crown Point, NY was recognized for the Special Project of the Year. Kevin Birchmore, Vice President of The McKernon Group, attended the conference to accept the award.In September 2007 The McKernon Group coordinated hundreds of volunteers to complete the construction of a new Insulated Concrete Form home for the Vitale family of Athens, VT and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The Vitale family was selected as the recipient of a new home for the television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. A requirement of the program is that the builder completes construction of the project in less than 1 week. BuildBlocks Jason Fisher says, As far as we know this was the fastest ICF installation ever. We started stacking forms just after nightfall and completed pouring the concrete within the wall shortly after sunrise. This is far less than the usual installation time frame, but we accomplished it!Insulating concrete forms replace traditional wood framing and fiberglass insulation with concrete and expanded polystyrene to form a stronger, more durable and more energy efficient wall assembly. The McKernon Group has been distributing and installing Insulation Concrete Forms in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York since 1998, and instructing other contractors in its use for the past eight years.About The McKernon Group, Inc.The McKernon Group is a leader in design/build, green construction and restoration throughout Vermont and upstate New York. Established in 1987, the company experience provides clients with first class workmanship and fast-track capabilities from design to completion through efficient construction management. Jack McKernon is the president, and Kevin Birchmore is executive vice president.About BuildBlock Building Systems LLCBuildBlock Building Systems LLC is the manufacturer of BuildBlock® Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). Headquartered in Oklahoma City, BuildBlock serves North America through its manufacturing facilities in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Utah, and Wisconsin.About Extreme Makeover: Home EditionExtreme Makeover: Home Edition, which has won back to back Emmy awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), is entering its 5th season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Denise Cramsey is the executive producer; David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.last_img read more

18 Dec

Credit unions and data lakes – The next wave

first_imgIn two previous OnApproach blogs, the concept of a data lake was defined and differentiated from a traditional data warehouse. Yet, a key point was a data lake and a data warehouse are not mutually exclusive. In fact, a structured data warehouse could be a subset of an overall data lake architecture.Simply stated, a data lake is an effective way to store and access very large quantities of data.What does this mean for credit union decision makers?Delving into these questions, OnApproach Senior Engagement Manager, Pete Keers recently discussed the world of data lakes and other cutting-edge ideas with Bill Preachuk, Solutions Engineer with Hortonworks. With a mission, “to manage the world’s data”, Hortonworks describes itself as an innovator in creating, distributing and supporting enterprise-ready open data platforms and modern data applications. Among “Big Data” players, Hortonworks ranks in the top tier. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

12 Aug

Golf festival set to inspire hundreds of new players

first_img The Get into golf website offers great value coaching from PGA professionals for beginners and improvers at clubs and centres across the country. In the year to the end of March over 40,000 people took part in Get into golf activities. A festival of golf, to be held next week at six centres across the country, is set to inspire hundreds of new players to try the game.  The festival, from 7-13 August, is the third annual event to be organised by Glendale Golf and last year it attracted over 700 new players.  Glendale’s festival activities include sending staff and PGA coaches to local community events and local parks to give people the chance to try golf for the first time without even visiting a golf centre Glendale’s initiatives to encourage more people to play the sport, particularly families, are supported by England Golf’s successful Get into golf campaign. Festival activities are listed on getintogolf.org in addition to glendalegolf.co.uk/Festival-of-Golf Glendale is also offering free group golf lessons for children, women and beginners; discounted offers to play FootGolf at Castle Point, Essex; Tilgate Forest, Sussex; and Edwalton, Nottingham and family tickets for the Fun Courses at Tilgate Forest, Edwalton and Duxbury Park, Lancashire. There will also be family fun days when golf is combined with bouncy castles, live music and family entertainment. Managing director Tom Brooke commented: “During last year’s event, we were delighted to welcome over 700 new participants to our centres. This year we’re aiming to do the same but also to do more to encourage our new participants to keep coming back to our centres after the event and to continue playing golf for the longer term.  England Golf has also been providing support to Glendale Golf to help them understand their market and to create offers which will appeal to existing and new customers. Resources include mapping tools, which show where to find potential customers, together with insight on their wants and needs from a golf club. 4 Aug 2017 Golf festival set to inspire hundreds of new players “We’re aiming to do this by offering more for the new golfer and for families. We want our golf centres to be the most welcoming and family friendly in our local areas, offering more opportunity to play golf in an accessible, enjoyable and relaxed environment.”  Claire Hodgson, England Golf Head of Participation, commented: “This is a great way to introduce people to golf and to show them that it’s a fun game which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.”  Glendale’s festival follows England Golf’s ‘Family Golf Month’ which highlighted golfing activities that all the generations can enjoy together. Clubs offered – and continue to offer – family golf opportunities on getintogolf.org, supported by social media activity and digital advertising.last_img read more