Scott + Partners Inc,Across Vermont, architects, builders and contractors are working to create more energy-efficient businesses and homes. Efficiency Vermont is proud to recognize a select number of those projects with its annual ‘Best of the Best’ Awards.Essex Junction firm Scott + Partners Architects was honored with a Merit Award and an Honor Award for its work for the East Montpelier Emergency Services Building and the State of Vermont Forensics Lab Building respectively.Award recipients were recognized at Efficiency Vermont’s Better Buildings by Design 2011 conference this month. The conference focused on energy-efficient building design, construction, and renovation, and was attended by more than 1,000 professionals.The work of Vermont builders and contractors was considered in three areas of energy efficiency: commercial new construction and major renovation, residential new construction and residential renovation. The ‘Best of the Best in Commercial Building Design & Construction’ recognizes innovative and integrated design approaches for energy efficiency in Vermont’s commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily buildings.For East Montpelier Emergency Services, Scott + Partners Architects created a new, energy-efficient building to house the town’s fire department and provide a training area for the town to utilize. The new facility includes efficient foundation, wall, and roof insulation as well as energy-efficient lighting and plumbing. All exterior windows are triple-glazed units that provide added insulation and comfort. Technology includes high efficiency ductless split air conditioners, demand-based ventilation, radiant floor heating and an air energy recovery unit.Estimated cost savings for the building are approximately $4,800 annually, with estimated energy savings of approximately 34,800kWh. Scott + Partners Architects was also honored for work for the State of Vermont Forensics Lab Building in Waterbury, VT, where the firm predicts a 50 percent reduction in annual HVAC costs and a 32 percent reduction in total building energy usage due to energy efficiency work.The building is a 34,000 square foot addition to the existing Vermont Public Safety Building. The space is used for ballistics testing, DNA processing, chemical matching and more. Scott + Partners Architects was charged with designing and building a structure that would serve the Vermont Department of Public Service for the next 50 years.The work displayed by all of the winners shows that Vermonters can save energy and money while also creating comfortable spaces for homeowners, businesses and schools for the long-term.For more information and a complete listing of all awards winners, please visit http://efficiencyvermont.com/pages/Business/BuildingEfficiently/BetterBu…(link is external)About Scott + Partners ArchitectsScott + Partners, Inc., is a full service architectural firm located in Essex Junction, Vermont providing planning and design services throughout Vermont and the Northeast. Architectural planning and design services include: Site Planning, Building Design, Interior Planning and Design, Building and Facility Programming, Building Code and Accessibility Reviews/ADA Compliance Assessment, Building Forensics and Project Specifications.About Efficiency VermontEfficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).
Although snow and freezing temperatures are not characteristic of Los Angeles, the warm climate presents no challenge for students who desire to ski.Airborne · USC Ski and Snowboard club member Abe Kislevitz, who graduated from USC in 2009, created the club’s website on which followers can watch club-produced videos and keep up with the team. – Photo courtesy of Nicole Kucera Every weekend about 30 to 40 members of the USC Ski and Snowboard club travel to Mammoth Mountain to hit the slopes.Club President and ski club coach senior Chris Nelson, heads a group of 107 members that has been making a name for itself. The USC freestyle ski team, which is a part of the club, competed in its first nationals last year and won the event. It then narrowly defeated University of Colorado at Boulder to defend its national championship title March 6.The USC freestyle ski team is composed of Nelson, along with juniors Ben Gunton, Chris Farro, Caleb Farro and freshman Matt Cook, who all traveled to Sunday River, Maine for the five-day competition.With more than 500 competitors at nationals, the USC freestyle ski team made its mark in the freestyle skiing competition — that includes slope style, half pipe and skier cross, by sweeping the event. Junior Caleb Farro, placed first overall in freestyle skiing, followed by Cook in second place and Gunton in third.Because he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and broke his wrist last year, Caleb Farro was only planning to support the team and have fun skiing at the competition. Without much preparation for nationals, he still claimed first place.“I was stoked to be back. But my doctor doesn’t even know I’m skiing right now. I’m definitely not cleared,” he said.Along with Caleb Farro, Cook was able to set the stage for the USC ski team when he won the half pipe during the opening ceremony.“[Cook] was the only kid from USC to make the finals, and he went against five kids from Colorado,” Chris Farro said. “When he won, we all went nuts.”According to Nelson, Cook’s win was crucial to prove that, despite being from sunny Los Angeles, the USC ski team was legitimate competition.“A lot of people don’t associate SoCal with skiing, and this entire competition was a way to show more people what we’re all about,” Gunton said.Not only did the USC ski team prove that it belongs among the top ski teams in the nation, but it also did so funding.“Most schools like University of California at Santa Barbara sent their teams to Maine, but we had to pay $4,400 out of pocket,” Caleb Farro said.The Recreation Club Council at USC provided the ski club with $3,000, and clubs can also earn up to an additional $1,000 if they present the RCC with a valid reason for why they need the funds.“After winning nationals in Boulder last year, we thought we could get some more funding, but [RCC] only gave us an extra $375, which was kind of like a slap in the face,” Nelson said.According to Chris Farro, not many students even know that the ski team competed at nationals, let alone won nationals two years in a row.Chris Farro and Cook, however, chose to attend USC over schools like University of Colorado at Boulder specifically because of the ski club’s website.Abe Kislevitz, a fall 2009 graduate, created the team website, USCSnowSports.org, four years ago to highlight the club’s activities.“I wanted to get people to realize what we’re doing in Los Angeles and get the word out about our ski team winning,” Kislevitz said.The highly interactive website has videos of the team, including a recently created 3-D video. Last year, these videos had 250,000 views on YouTube and 187,000 views since January 2010 alone.“A lot of kids from the East Coast even follow our videos,” Kislevitz said. “I’ve had people come up to me and tell me that they’ve seen the videos and want to come to USC to ski on our team.”For the ski club, it’s not the weather that presents the obstacle; it’s demonstrating to the public that Southern California schools can shred.
The WNBA’s L.A. Sparks hired former Laker Derek Fisher as head coach, the team announced Wednesday. Fisher will be introduced at a news conference on Friday.“I’m excited to be the new head coach of the L.A. Sparks,” Fisher said in a news release from the team. “There is no finer organization in the WNBA and I can’t wait to work with our ownership group, front office, talented players and staff to cement a culture of sustained excellence, which is what LA basketball fans demand – and deserve.”Fisher played in the NBA for 18 seasons, the majority of which was with the Lakers, whom he helped win five NBA titles. He holds the NBA record for playoff game appearances (259).The former point guard also coached the New York Knicks from 2014-16, when they went a combined 40-96. He was 17-65 in 2014-15 as a rookie head coach before being fired the next season when the Knicks were 23-31. Fisher inherits a Sparks team that includes 2008 and 2013 WNBA MVP Candace Parker as well as 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike, who currently is president of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association. Fisher served as president of the National Basketball Players Association.“Derek is a great basketball mind who brings a ton of high-level experience to our team,” Parker said in a statement. “I look forward to working with someone with championship pedigree and who has a track record of strong leadership. Derek has been a strong supporter of women’s basketball for quite some time, so it’s nice to officially welcome him.”Fisher will be the third former Laker to coach the Sparks, following Michael Cooper (who won consecutive WNBA Championships in 2001 and 2002 with the team) and Orlando Woolridge. Joe Bryant – Kobe’s father – also coached the Sparks from 2006–2007 and again in 2011.Fisher will be the 12th head coach in Sparks history, replacing Brian Agler, whose resignation was announced Nov. 30 following four seasons at the helm.Under Agler, the Sparks were 85-51 and won the 2016 WNBA championship. Last season, the Sparks went 19-15 and placed third in the West before losing in the conference semifinals. “I am thrilled to name Derek Fisher our next head coach,” Sparks Executive Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler said in the release. “Derek is a champion and proven leader on and off the court. With his wealth of experience as a former player and head coach, I can’t think of a better steward for our basketball team moving forward.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers