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Contract awarded for the fitting out of Asse II facilities: Waste & Recycling


January 11, 2022

The German Federal Society for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (BGE) awarded a contract for the design planning and licensing of a waste treatment plant and interim storage facility in the former mine of Asse II salt in the district of Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony. The winning consortium has until the end of 2023 to submit the plans.

The Asse II mining site (Image: BGE)

The contract provides that the overhead systems must be designed so that approximately 100,000 cubic meters of recovered low and intermediate level radioactive waste can be processed. As part of the anti-accident and transportable conditioning of radioactive waste, the total volume to be temporarily stored is estimated at around 200,000 cubic meters. The staging facility should be designed for these volumes.

BGE said the contract provides for the creation of the baseline assessment, preliminary planning, project and approval for the waste treatment plant and interim storage facility. This also includes interiors, outdoor facilities, engineering structures and circulation facilities, including structural planning and technical equipment for the buffering, characterization, conditioning and interim storage of radioactive waste at recover from the Asse II mine. Only the waste from the Asse II mine will be treated and temporarily stored on the site.

Under the contract, awarded on December 20, the winning consortium – comprising Uniper Anlagenservice GmbH, Uniper Technologies GmbH and Brenk Systemplanung GmbH – will develop “technically and economically professional planning” for the construction and operation of the necessary systems, “taking into account takes into account all legal and operational requirements. “

BGE said a large part of the planning services must be provided regardless of the planned location.

“BGE constantly drives planning forward without creating hard facts,” said Stefan Studt, President of BGE. “This is how we agreed at the end of last year in the so-called lighting process.”

The proposal for a site near Asse for a waste treatment plant and an intermediate storage facility has been the subject of intensive discussions in the region. In February 2021, the Asse-2 support group, the Federal Ministry of the Environment and the Lower Saxony Ministry of the Environment agreed to review the location decision. The Federal Ministry of the Environment commissioned four experts to carry out the review. On October 18, they released their report.

The report is currently under review by all parties concerned. BGE is currently reviewing the rationale for choosing the location of the waste treatment plant and storage facility. At the same time, it was agreed in February last year that current planning would not be interrupted so as not to risk delaying the start of the recovery planned for 2033.

Between 1967 and 1978, thousands of barrels of mainly low-level radioactive waste were placed at the Asse II mine on behalf of the federal government. However, the facility has proven to be unstable and waste collection has been legally mandatory since 2013.

BGE – a federal company under the Federal Ministry of the Environment – took over in April 2017 the responsibility of operator of the Asse II mine and of the Konrad and Morsleben depots from the Federal Office for Radiation Protection. disposal site to dispose of highly radioactive waste produced in Germany on the basis of the site selection law which entered into force in May 2017.

BGE presented its waste recovery plan for Asse II in April 2020.

Research and writing by World Nuclear News

Luxury Artist’s Dream Home in North Oaks on the Market for $ 3.275 Million


When Mahendra and Asha Nath were looking to build their home, they were drawn to the subway north of North Oaks, built on the former farm of railroad magnate James J. Hill.

“It’s a countryside environment and not too far from the city center,” Mahendra said. “The vision was that we wanted a big house, an open house, a contemporary house that at the same time has a warm atmosphere.”

The husband and wife team picked a property and brought in luxury home builder Smuckler Architectural Custom Homes, interior designer Jim Snustad, and landscape architecture firm Southview Design.

“It’s 1.6 acres, but it looks bigger. It’s all surrounded by trees,” Mahendra said. “All three of them worked together to coordinate the exterior and the interior. It was about inviting nature into these two spaces.”

To accomplish this, most rooms in the house have high ceilings, large windows, and skylights. The outdoor spaces, including three patios, have been designed to maximize views of nature from all angles.

“Sitting in our kitchen, sitting in our porch, sitting in our living room, sitting in the bedroom, the house has amazing views of the different seasons,” Mahendra said. “I can see the leaves on the trees. I can see the snow on the trees. I can see the flowers outside.”

Built in 1989, the house is an example of contemporary design that still resonates today, with clean lines, open concept, and high-end finishes enhanced with exquisite detailing.

The foyer features six Bellagio-style water fountains. Common areas are spacious, including a two-story living room, gourmet kitchen, and a bright atrium-shaped veranda with a domed glass ceiling. There is also a main level family room with a movie screen and wet bar with sink.

The lower level features a second kitchen, hobby / exercise room, and game / club room with a full bar, pool table, and nightclub-style dance floor with studio lighting and a DJ station.

The master bedroom has double height ceilings and all bedrooms have a seating area and an en suite bathroom. High-end mood lighting and technology have been installed throughout the house and all three levels are accessible by elevator.

“There is a fireplace in almost every room. We have a sauna. We have a steam shower. We have bars on every level,” Mahendra added. “There are a lot of modern conveniences. The idea and the goal was to have a large contemporary house that at the same time gave a feeling of warmth. We are very satisfied with all the work that has gone into it.”


The Naths, who own the Nath Cos restaurant, hotel and real estate company, are ready to relocate now that their adult children are involved in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the business.

“We are at a point where we want to be advisers,” Mahendra said. “And that next phase of life is six months in a Florida condo, six months in a Minnesota condo.”

After living there for nearly 33 years, they brought the five-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 11,000-square-foot home to market.

Mahendra said there are advantages to living in the private community of North Oaks. This includes easy access to the North Oaks Golf Club, tennis courts, a playground, and several lakes with walking trails. The house is one block from Pleasant Lake with a trail system that spans 5½ miles.

“It’s really unique from a amenities standpoint,” he said.

Listing agent Sonia Kohli said the house is one of North Oaks’ iconic homes in terms of architecture and size. She added that the location – 12 minutes from downtown St. Paul and 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America are also convenient.

“On the ground floor alone, it’s almost 6,500 square feet. It’s an artist’s dream with multiple seating and entertainment areas, which is quite unique,” ​​Kohli said. “The beauty is you can feel like you’re in the north with the terrain and the setting, but you’re just minutes away from all the main things you want to access. “

For Mahendra, being at one with nature, whether indoors or outdoors, is unbeatable.

“Sometimes we are sitting on the veranda and we see the full moon above our heads,” he said. “How many people can see a full moon inside their house? It is just beautiful.”

Sonia Kohli ([email protected]; 651-428-5105) and Sanjay Kohli ([email protected]; 651-428-5109) from Edina Realty have the $ 3.275 million SEO.

Wow House: $ 1.4 million Vestavia Hills house is an incredible retreat


VESTAVIA HILLS, AL —Do you dream of living in a house that artists will love? How would you like to have a swimming pool with a 9ft waterfall? This Vestavia Hills $ 1.4 million stunner may be perfect for you. Thanks to our friends at Redfin, Patch has all the details.

Welcome to 1151 Arden Pl.

This luxury two-story, four-bedroom, four-bathroom home has many stylish, upscale design touches.

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The exceptional outdoor living space includes the swimming pool, with a waterfall, and a covered porch.
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Of course, the house is located close to department stores, restaurants and schools, and close to major highways.

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  • Address: 1151 Arden Pl, VESTAVIA, AL
  • Price: $ 1,395,000
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Listing Description: Artist’s delight and modern living at its finest. This luxury 2-story, 4-bedroom, 4-bath home awaits you with stylish, upscale design touches galore. The open floor plan, chef’s kitchen, pantry, owner’s suite, guest bedroom, bonus room / media room / flexible room, 2 additional bedrooms / bathrooms, living space exceptional exterior, a swimming pool, a covered porch, a garage for 2 cars and a large driveway for the perfect home. You will be in awe as you walk through the front door and gaze at the incredible great room, kitchen and outdoor pool with a 9 foot waterfall and stunning landscaping. It truly is an amazing retreat close to shopping, restaurants, schools, and major highways. If you are looking to move, look no further, you have perfect vision. .. house completed in 2020! Come see for yourself. You will not believe your eyes. Schedule your private screening today. You’ll be glad you did!

Washington County Restaurant Inspections


Critical infractions are the factors leading to foodborne illness and must be corrected immediately. Non-critical violations relate to maintaining food operations and cleanliness.


December 27

Colton’s Steakhouse

642 chemin E. Millsap, Fayetteville

Critical Infractions: Unlabeled disinfectant spray bottle with contents.

Non-critical violations: Cardboard boxes containing food stored directly on the floor of the dry storage area and cold room. Missing and loose tiles on the main service line. Loose tile spaces retaining water. Light shields are not properly installed on the exhibition area.


1814 N. Crossover Road, Suite 1, Fayetteville

Critical violations: none

Non-Critical Violations: No CFM documentation available at time of inspection.

Lomok I

709 W. Emma Ave., Springdale

Critical Offenses: In the refrigerator, packaged raw beef items are stored above the packaged ready-to-eat foods.

Non-Critical Infractions: Food Manager certification through an accredited program was not obtained. There is no verifiable record of the employee who has been made aware of their responsibility for reporting health issues. Clean-up procedures for a bodily fluid event were not available at the time of inspection. Chicken frozen at room temperature. The refrigerator does not have a thermometer. At the time of inspection, the cooks fry on a stove, the ventilation system is not available. The food permit is not displayed in plain view of customers.

a hard time

3932 S. Thompson Street, Springdale

Critical Offenses: Small Steam Table holds 119 degree meatballs and 112 degree chili beans.

Non-Critical Violations: Cleaning procedures for bodily fluid events are not available at the time of inspection. Food Manager certification through an accredited program has not been achieved. Test strips not available.

December 28

Andy’s ice cream

1523 West, boulevard Martin Luther King, Fayetteville

Critical violations: none

Non-critical infractions: no certified food manager in the establishment. The facility did not have a bodily fluid cleaning procedure in place for employees. There is a buildup of a mold-like substance inside the ice maker. The facility washes and reuses strawberry containers to store other foods. The installation does not have an irreversible recording temperature indicator for the hot water disinfectant dishwasher. The permit is valid but is not displayed.

from Arby

1263 West, boulevard Martin Luther King, Fayetteville

Critical violations: the permit expired on 11/30/21.

Non-critical violations: There is a build-up of dust on the air vents around the brew line. There is a buildup of grease on the wall and the hood fixings around the fryers.


1891 Reed Ave, Springdale

Critical violations: none

Non-Critical Infractions: Food Manager certification through an accredited program was not obtained. Food permit expired in 2019.

EZ Market

1417 West, boulevard Martin Luther King, Fayetteville

Critical Offenses: There are no handwashing panels for the bathrooms or the front sink. There were egg cartons stored above the drinks. The creamer cold holding unit measured 59 degrees. The open packages of hot dogs weren’t dated.

Non-Critical Violations: There is a build-up of dark, mold-like substance inside the fountain nozzles. The single-use cup boxes were stored on the floor in the rear storage room. The facility is running out of disinfectant test strips.

Fog horns

1545 W. 15th St., Suite 1, Fayetteville

Critical Infractions: A pineapple date storage container marked 9/10/21 in the walk-in refrigerator has molded itself.

Non-Critical Violations: Handwash sink drain hose is leaking in the food preparation area. One of the bar’s hand sinks and the hand washing sink for food preparation did not display an employee handwashing notice. The rear door to the food preparation area is kept open. The storage container for the wrapped bread is cracked in the corner and taped up. The circular floor fan lacks cleaning.

Green Sub Shop

1641 W. 15th St., Suite 1-3, Fayetteville

Critical violations: none

Non-Critical Violations: The employee manager does not have Food Manager certification. The food retail license expired on 11/30/2021.

Northern Mong Dynasty

3101 N. College Ave., Fayetteville

Critical Infractions: Packaged raw eggs are stored on top of the packaged tofu, the container with raw chicken is stored on top of the packaged carrots. The surfaces of the shelves are not clean.

Non-Critical Infractions: Food Manager certification through an accredited program was not obtained. Cleaning procedures for bodily fluid events are not available.

Ohana Poke

1135 West, boulevard Martin Luther King, Fayetteville

Critical Infractions: The paper towel dispenser in the men’s restroom was empty.

Non-critical infractions: there is no certified food manager in the establishment. The facility lacks procedures for cleaning up bodily fluids. Rice spatulas are stored in a bowl of water at room temperature and are only changed every 24 hours. Boxes of single-use items are stored on the floor.

Staybridge Inn and Suites

1577 W. 15th St.,

Critical Infractions: Food Fayetteville employee donning disposable gloves handled a personal drink bottle and half-eaten cookie, then handled ready-to-eat leaf lettuce.

Non-Critical Violations: Three personal drinks in plastic bottles are stored in the bulk ice maker used for the drinks. The food worker wears a wristwatch.


1473 West, boulevard Martin Luther King, Fayetteville

Critical Infractions: There were no handwashing signs posted in the bathrooms. There were no paper towels for the back hand washing sink.

Non-Critical Violations: There is a build-up of dark, mold-like substance inside the ice maker and around the opening of the soda dispenser. The property lacks a refrigerator thermometer for the under-counter refrigerator, and the drive-thru refrigerator thermometer is broken. The disinfectant test strips have discolored and are no longer accurate. The permit is valid but is not displayed.

December 29

Alumni Hotel

70, avenue N. Est, Fayetteville

Critical violations: the mechanical dishwasher is not residual chlorine is at 0 ppm.

Non-Critical Violations: One of the two hand washing sinks in the food preparation area did not display an employee handwashing notice.

Small bread business

116 Bloc N., Fayetteville

Critical violations: none

Non-Critical Violations: Unable to verify Certified Food Manager employee. The hand washing sink at the back of the food preparation area. The handle of the cold water tap is exposed. The food worker wears a bracelet. The east side wall finish is damaged and lack of repairs in the food preparation / mechanical dishwashing areas. The published food retail license expired on 10/31/2020.

To the mark

2588 N. Gregg, Fayetteville

Critical infractions: tomatoes at 52 degrees and sliced ​​cheese at 53 degrees in the preparation table. 46 degree blue cheese dressing in the prep table refrigerator.

Non-Critical Offenses: At least one employee who has supervisory and managerial responsibilities and the authority to direct and control the preparation and service of food must be a certified food protection officer. One of the kitchen sinks does not have hot water. The toilets lack signage on hand washing. Multiple items in both freezers are not covered. The slicer has a buildup of debris from the day before. The cleaning bottles were not labeled. The property lacks a refrigerator thermometer and a prep table refrigerator thermometer. Ice scoop stored on top of the ice maker. A bowl was stored in the seasoning and a cup was stored in the breadcrumbs. The lids of the dumpsters were open upon arrival at the facility.

Seafood and Grills Powerhouse

112, avenue N. University, Fayetteville

Critical violations: none

Non-Critical Infractions: No documentation from a certified food protection officer. The tea station counter is missing the protective cover around the sink. The wood is peeling. Permit posted expired on 09/30/2021.


522 W. Dickson Street, Fayetteville

Critical violations: none

Non-critical violations: Rice dispensing utensils are stored in unheated containers between uses. A cleaning procedure for bodily fluid events is not available. A three-compartment sink for manual dishwashing, rinsing and sanitizing is not installed.

The Event Group Inc.

2418 N. Gregg, suite 5, Fayetteville

Critical violations: none

Non-Critical Infractions: Food Manager certification through an accredited program was not obtained. Cleaning procedures for bodily fluid occurrences were not available at the time of inspection. The floor around the dishwasher lacks repair, it is not smooth and easy to clean. The walls and the floor around the dishwasher are not clean.

December 30

Taqueria Mi Hacienda

1501 W. Sunset Ave., Suite B, Springdale

Critical Infractions: The hand washing sink drain is broken and a bucket is used to collect the water. No hand soap is available for washing hands in the hand washing sink. Foods within easy reach in the cooler lack lids.

Non-Critical Violations: At least one employee who has supervisory and managerial responsibilities and the authority to direct and control the preparation and service of food must be a certified food protection officer. A retail food establishment should have procedures that employees should follow when responding to bodily fluid release events. The back of the house has a buildup of food residue on the surfaces.

The following establishments did not commit any infringements during the reference period:

December 27 – Chili’s, 772 E. Millsap Road, Fayetteville

December 29 – Crisis Brewing, LLC, 210 S. Archibald Yell Blvd., Fayetteville; Harp’s Deli-Bakery, 1308 N. Thompson St., Springdale; Onyx Coffee Lab, 2418 N. Gregg, Fayetteville; Pearl’s Books-Retail, 28 E. Center St., Suite 120, Fayetteville; Sunset Grill and BBQ, 3418 W. Sunset, Suite A, Springdale; Taqueria Bien Salsa, 1902 W. Huntsville Ave., Suite A, Springdale

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Is a price tag of 45,000 rupees for an air purifier justified?


Air purifiers have unfortunately become a thing. Being from Delhi, I have tested or used my fair share of air purifiers over the past few years, since the smog situation in the National Capital Region became a cause for concern. Now, air purifiers are necessary if you live in Delhi because the pollution level especially during winters is dangerous to even reach, let alone live. As the situation has not improved over the past few years, the people of Delhi have made air purifiers a key device to have in their home or office. While this is not a happy situation, it forces users to make an informed decision on which air purifier to buy based on their needs and budget.

Today, Dyson air purifiers are highly sought after products, given the fascinating design and functionality they offer. While being much more expensive than an average air purifier user can afford, Dyson air purifiers justify the cost in their own way – whether it’s original features, premium design. , futuristic technology or just basic powerful capabilities. Now, considering the market and the competitive brand that Dyson has proven to be over the past few years, the company updates its air purifiers every year, and for this year, the company launched the air purifier. Dyson TP07 air supplied with cooling technology. I am using Dyson TP07 purifier with cooling technology and I will tell you if this product is worth your Rs 45 900:

The Dyson TP07 air purifier comes with cooling technology and is priced at Rs 45,900 in India. (Image credit: News18 / Darab Mansoor Ali)


First of all, the design. In my opinion, this is by far the best air purifier on the market. All Dyson air purifiers, in fact. The TP07 has a tower-shaped air purifier that is approximately 3.5 feet in height. There is the oval shaped hollow tower which contains the fans or “Air Blades” as Dyson calls them. The tower that contains the air blades has a matte finish, while the base has an aluminum finish to give it a more premium look. There is a small circular screen on the base which shows you all the necessary information like AQI rating, fan speed etc.

The Dyson TP07 features air multiplier technology that projects clean air in multiple directions to separate the pollution, which is sucked in by the base of the purifier. (Image credit: News18 / Darab Mansoor Ali)

It is this oval shaped hollow fan that is the most interesting design element on the Dyson TP07 air purifier. The fans of the air purifier can provide you with air flow in several directions. They are placed inside the bezel of the matte finished oval and can project air in several directions. The bezels on this oval tower project air forward and if the user wants air to circulate, the Dyson TP07 also projects air from the middle of the bezel or tower. The Dyson TP07 features “Air Multiplier” technology that blows clean air in multiple directions with force to disperse the polluted air, which is then drawn into the purifier base. Fairly neat. Another neat design element is that the a small remote control sticks to the top of the tower, in order to prevent users from losing it.The air purifier is also lightweight and can be carried easily when traveling and its areas contact with the ground also help the air purifier to stay in place, to prevent users from knocking over the large air purifier from time to time.

The TP07 has a tower-shaped air purifier that is approximately 3.5 feet in height. There is the oval shaped hollow tower which contains the fans or “air knives” as Dyson calls them. The TP07 has a tower-shaped air purifier that is approximately 3.5 feet in height. There is the oval shaped hollow tower which contains the fans or “Air Blades” as Dyson calls them. (Image credit: News18 / Darab Mansoor Ali)


When it comes to performance and features, the Dyson TP07 does a lot of things your standard air purifier can’t. The feature most highlighted here is the ability to cool the room in which it has been placed. The purifier does this by projecting cool air from its fans. Dyson says it uses smart heat control technology to aid in cooling – this essentially determines whether fans or air blades should project cool air or not.

To clean the polluted air in your rooms, the Dyson TP07 uses a technique called Air Projection Loop which multiplies the airflow to generate the circulating power to send even distant pollution back to the sealed filters to purify the entire room. While the TP07 captures these distant pollutants, the HEPA 13 filter filters all dust particles and particulates, further absorbing gases and odors to generate clean air which is sent through the air knives. The Dyson TP07 uses a HEPA H13 grade filter compared to the H12 grade air filters we see on most air purifiers. The sheer size of these air filters (he uses two – later) is also much larger than any other air filter on a standard air purifier Rs 10,000 – Rs 15,000.

The Dyson TP07 uses a HEPA H13 grade filter compared to the H12 grade air filters we see on most air purifiers. (Image credit: News18 / Darab Mansoor Ali)

The Dyson TP07 is supposed to capture both PM2.5 and PM10 pollutants from this air and filter them into clean, cold air which is sent through the oval shaped tower that contains the fans. The HEPA H13 grade filter is believed to remove 99.95% of allergens and air pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. Dyson TP07 also removes volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are gases emitted by certain solids or liquids.

In my use the Dyson TP07 air purifier gave pretty solid results. I have used it in my bedroom and in my living room for a while. Both times the air purifier performed well in terms of cleaning the air and reduced the AQI in both settings quite quickly. In the bedroom, I tried to fill the room with smoke to see how quickly it was cleaning the air and to my surprise it didn’t take more than 15 minutes to get rid of all the smoke. The cooling function also works quite well. While there’s no setting to adjust how cold you want the air to be, the smart heat control feature does a decent job of determining how cold the air should be. Sometimes I found myself lowering the fan speed because I used it during the winter without the ability to adjust the air temperature. Works better than most air purifiers.

There is a small circular screen on the base which shows you all the necessary information like AQI rating, fan speed etc. (Image credit: News18 / Darab Mansoor Ali)

The AQI indicator also does a good job of indicating how polluted the air you live in is. There is a graph that goes from green (pure) to red (polluted) in order to show you the level at a glance. If you want the reading to be more accurate, it also displays the AQI in numbers.

The Dyson TP07 comes with two large semi-circular air filters that go inside the cylindrical base of the air purifier. Air filters attach to either side of the base, front and back, as the purifier sucks in polluted air from all sides. Filters are said to last up to two years. I have been using the Dyson TP07 for over a month during the height of pollution in Delhi, and the filter health is still at 97%. Dyson says the filter was designed using a dense layer of carbon crystals and treated with oxygen to make it more porous. This increases the surface area of ​​the charcoal, further helping to trap household gases, odors and fumes – much like a sponge absorbs water.

The Dyson TP07 spins to purify the air around you. (Image credit: News18 / Darab Mansoor Ali)

The Dyson TP07 spins to purify the air around you. You can of course turn that off and adjust the rotation angles to – 45 degrees, 90 degrees, 180 degrees, and 350 degrees. Dyson uses something called “Ball Technology” which helps with precise rotations. It also helps the air purifier to stop spinning in the exact same spot (facing forward) when you close the spin function.

There is also the Dyson Link app that users can use to get the most out of their Dyson TP07 air purifier. The app gives you all the controls you need – from ignition, spin adjustment, AQI rating, fan speed – basically anything you can do. The app also allows users to turn their air purifier on and off when they are not around, and also tells you the health of air filters, among other vital items around the device. The app is well designed and is easy to use with no issues or bugs.

The remote control magnetically sticks to the top of the air purifier. (Image credit: News18 / Darab Mansoor Ali)


Overall, the Dyson TP07 Air Purifier is a product that has been given a lot of thought to make it the best option for users. However, with the amount of technology and finesse required to manufacture it, Dyson has no choice but to keep the price at Rs 45,900. Now that doesn’t mean this air purifier isn’t worth the money. money – it most definitely is, if it falls under your budget. Yes, you might want to include this if you are building your dream home in Delhi, but if not, usability is not something every user demands. For bedrooms, that seemed a bit of a stretch and it does everything a standard and much cheaper air purifier does, just more completely and faster, with some quirky features and a premium design that make the Dyson TP07 a completely different product in itself. All in all, this is an easy product to recommend to someone on an unlimited budget, but if you think you would have to stretch about 4 times to get this experience, I would recommend the opposite as a purifier of Basic air suffices for pollution in Delhi.

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brenac & gonzalez restores the cafeteria of a French company influenced by Gallo-Roman villas


brenac & gonzalez & associates redesigns the 1983 cafeteria in France

brenac & gonzalez & associates (BGA) rethought a shared company cafeteria built by architect and designer Marc held in 1983 as part of the old IBM office complex pompignane, in a small crown of Montpellier, France. the site, which now houses around ten office buildings scattered around this Mediterranean landscape of 28 hectares, was acquired by the company covivio in 2004 and 2007 with the aim of attracting new technology companies and promote the ‘silicone valley’ of Montpellier. The intervention of BGA in the existing cafeteria has two main components: the rehabilitation of the beautiful heritage on the site, which includes the preservation and restoration of key architectural elements; and the extension of the program with a new building.

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brenac & gonzalez & associates was commissioned to redesign the 1983 building by marc held, whose architecture was heavily influenced by Gallo-Roman villas. the existing construction is organized around two interior patios, the principal being surrounded by a portico of wooden columns and surrounded by walls made up of alternating layers of stone blocks and cobblestones. BGA has preserved the architectural heritage of the site, including the cantilevered frames, Roman tiled roofs, composite perimeter walls, columns, wood carpentry, sandstone paved floor and raw concrete of the original interior structure. Large interstices have also been dug in the peripheral wall to further open up the “bastide” onto the magnificent landscape of the surrounding campus. meanwhile, a hollow dug in part of the central courtyard brings light to the ground floor.

the demolition of the old kitchens, in exposed concrete blocks, made it possible to an extension of the program. BGA built the new volume with a similar system of patios and placed inside a business center, amphitheater, collaborative workspace, offices for local start-ups and fitness and well-being areas. an ‘agora’ – a sunny and linear area – serves as a link between the existing building and the new building, bringing together the different programs. the new building is topped by a series of open-air theaters and green terraces, connected by various ramps. scents of pine, lavender, fig trees and jasmine envelop users in a relaxing atmosphere, bringing them closer to the wider landscape of the region.

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the existing construction is organized around two interior patios

brenac & gonzalez restores the cafeteria of a French company influenced by Gallo-Roman villas
outdoor terrace

brenac & gonzalez restores the cafeteria of a French company influenced by Gallo-Roman villasimage © vincent boutin

brenac & gonzalez restores the cafeteria of a French company influenced by Gallo-Roman villas
the new building is topped by a series of open-air theaters and green terraces

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The capital complex is the center of state government. It is also an aging infrastructure.


ALBANY – On a quiet Sunday this fall, a few large marble tiles fell from the ninth floor of the New York State Museum and landed in pieces on the sidewalk of Madison Avenue. Be glad you’re not nearby: each panel weighs hundreds of pounds.

Fortunately, no one was hurt – although the story might have been different if the tiles had fallen on a weekday, when state officials and tourists flocked to the streets. The site was barricaded and Albany firefighters rated the incident as “isolated.” The State General Service Office conducted an emergency inspection to determine if there were more widespread structural issues with the building – the southernmost outpost of an Empire State Plaza which celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Formerly known as the Cultural Education Center, the museum building will spend the winter – and possibly beyond – covered in scaffolding. “As a precaution,” the state is replacing every horizontal marble panel in the building, according to OGS spokesperson Joseph A. Brill.

As of mid-December, the project had no completion schedule or price, but the state is urgently working with contractors to address known issues. While the state regularly inspects the building, the metal fasteners that hold the panels in place “cannot be visually inspected without first removing the marble,” Brill said in a statement. The state then decided to remove all tiles due to “the amount of corrosion observed on the failed marble panel fasteners.”

In a year when Democrats in New York and across the country are focusing on infrastructure, Gov. Kathy Hochul and state officials will face questions about how much to invest in the Capitol and the aging Empire State. Plaza after years of deferred maintenance during the periodic economic downturns the state has faced over the past two decades.

The question of how much to spend on maintaining the seat of state government – from the colonnaded state education building (110 years) and the Capitol (122 years) to the modernist place the governor envisioned Nelson Rockefeller at the height of the Cold War – will be reconsidered as Democrats face a midterm election, Hochul is running for a full term, and voters across the state are still looking to get out of the other side of a pandemic that has left physical, mental and economic damage.

In other words: when roads, bridges, dams, and sewage systems require billions of dollars in upgrades, how much can New York City afford to spend on the center of its bureaucracy and democracy? ?

“Governor Hochul looks forward to a productive legislative session on Capitol Hill, and we will consider how best to ensure that the (State Museum) is safe for all,” spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays said in a statement.

At the other end of the complex, the challenge isn’t with the danger above the head, but the issues below: a few brief periods of full use.

The last signs “Danger” and “Do not enter” placed on the barricades explain: “Staircase closed due to structural instability. Entry is strictly prohibited ”.

The stairs present a potential safety risk when large groups congregate on the steps, Brill said, due to “years of water, salt and environmental wear and tear on the stairs.” They might look good, he admitted, but “the problems are underlying, including water leaks, cracks in the masonry, loose stones and deterioration of the mortar.”

State vehicles and other VIP vehicles continue to park under the steps in a restricted area; the route offers easy access to the Capitol’s ground floor, making it a preferred entry point for Executive Chamber staff members.

Theodore Roosevelt tied them together during his brief career as a state legislator, said former member of the state assembly and capital region historian Jack McEneny. The future governor and president would grant interviews to journalists who could climb the 77 steps with him.

“These steps have a story, which is legendary for what goes on and what goes up these steps,” McEneny said. “It must be preserved for the next generation.

OGS does not have a timeline on when the stages could open and cannot say whether the incoming windfall of federal infrastructure dollars will be available to repair the Capitol. The agency “continues to find the best way to resolve these issues,” Brill said.

This story appears in the Times Union’s new quarterly magazine devoted to the main trends driving the economy of the Capital Region.

McEneny was involved in the previous large-scale effort to modernize the Capitol, an effort that began under Governor George Pataki and ended during the first few years of Andrew Cuomo’s tenure. This effort saw extensive work on the famous Western Staircase and its skylight – which had been repainted since WWII, when it was feared that German bombers would use it as a beacon to target Watervliet’s arsenal. The final phase of the Capitol building opened up the upper portions of the east side of the Capitol, creating elegant spaces from what had been a maze of ugly hallways.

Much of the multi-phased project was organized by a commission, which met quarterly until the GSO stopped calling meetings. McEneny was a member.

Members of the Commission recall an estimate for the cost of repairs to the eastern access staircase that was developed about three years ago, but no one recalled the dollar amount. (The Times Union filed a FOIL request for any document.)

Former commission chair Julia Stokes of Saratoga County said she was not aware of anyone taking the job.

Stokes noted that in addition to the structural work needed on the exterior steps, there were larger issues related to the need for a safe exit to the east side of the building in an emergency, and substantial work that needed to be performed on the windows.

Despite the challenges, lawmakers working on Capitol Hill remain ambitious. Assembly member John McDonald, D-Cohoes, would like the building to become one of the first government centers in the country to run 100% on renewable energy.

He would like to see the former Albany New York solid waste energy recovery plant on Sheridan Avenue become the source of that energy. Accomplishing this would be a significant turnaround in the history of the plant – particularly the much-maligned period throughout Governor Mario Cuomo’s administration when an adjacent incinerator called the Albany New York Solid Waste Energy Recovery System (ANSWERS) was brought down. burned around 350 tonnes of trash each day, sending plumes of soot into what was then one of Albany’s most economically struggling neighborhoods.

Cuomo closed the plant in 1994 over community outrage. Its towering chimney fell in 2020, though the building remains – another aging infrastructure in a state complex teeming with it.

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The Green House / AC ARQUITETURA


The Green House / AC ARQUITETURA

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  • Zoned Area of ​​this architecture project Zoned:
    454 m²

  • Year Year of completion of this architecture project



  • Photographs Photographs: Matheus Moura

  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, ALUC, Brasilite, Carbon Design, Cerâmica Portinari, Cream design, Elettromec, Estúdiobola, Gauss Revestimentos, Gustavo Bittencourt, HUGO MADEIRAS NATURAIS, Lurca Azulejos, MAC Moveis, BUT 55 DESIGN, MARBRÁS MARMORARIA, Mula Preta, MÁRIO TOMÉ MARCENARIA, Réjane Carvalho Leite, Tintas Coral, Trimble

  • Principal architects:

    Adson Jenner and Carolina Farias

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The GreenHouse was a project entrusted to us by a young couple, who provided a stimulating needs program with very specific characteristics. By aligning the wishes with the constraints of the project, we realized that the architectural answer would be the integration between the interior and the exterior, while, thanks to the establishment of green spaces with a lot of foliage, privacy could be preserved. The integration between interior and exterior made it possible to obtain full natural lighting, sometimes filtered by hollow elements, sometimes by dense vegetation, bringing to the project a very cozy architecture integrated into nature.

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A contemporary concept of experience of spaces has been adopted, as well as contemporary architecture, which mixes current elements and modernist concepts expressed in cobogós and tile panels.

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The architectural approach adopted was the hierarchical organization of the accesses (main, garage and services), in order to seek a better location of the building on the ground, which is located on a corner of the condominium. The main and service accesses were on the widest track and the garage on a secondary track, so we were able to better define the sectorization of activities and environments.

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Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan
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Therefore, by defining the accesses in opposite positions, we also defined that the sectors, social and services, would be opposed to the intimate and that a large bay with a butterfly cover, where the barbecue area is located, would connect sectors.


One of the strong points of this project, without a doubt, was the blanket in the shape of a “butterfly”. Despite the plastic involved in this roof solution, it was designed with the aim of solving the problem of the project, where we would have to connect the two blocks, the first being the ground floor (social and service) and the other with two floors (intimate area) and this solution landed on the architecture.

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Helen of Troy donates $ 1 million to El Paso Museum and Science Center


Helen of Troy, designer, developer and global distributor of consumer branded household goods, health, home and beauty products headquartered in the US in El Paso, donates $ 1 million to the museum and center of Sciences of El Paso to finance its first coffee on the ground.

In addition to all the exciting things to see, hear and do, the Little Stars Café at the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center, funded by Helen of Troy, will be a gathering place where children and visiting families will be able to recharge their batteries while exploring the museum. It will also serve as a refuge where community members who live and work downtown can have lunch, a snack or a drink.

“We are very grateful for this important donation from Helen of Troy. As the only publicly traded company in El Paso, Helen of Troy has always been at the forefront of giving for great causes in our city, and their sponsorship of the Little Stars Café further demonstrates the continued commitment of the company to El Paso. The Café will be a great addition to the site and downtown in general, ”said Josh Hunt, chairman of the board of directors of the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center.

“Over the 53 year history of Helen of Troy, we have a long tradition of supporting the communities in which our associates live and work. We have always believed in community involvement and good corporate citizenship. This donation to the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center is intended to help build an even stronger community and further strengthen Helen of Troy’s bond with El Paso, ”said Julien Mininberg, CEO of Helen of Troy. “We are excited about the fun new experiences and educational resources that will be available to the community, our associates and their families when the museum opens its doors. “

Helen of Troy Limited is a leading global consumer products company delivering creative products and solutions through a diverse portfolio of recognized and widely recognized, owned and licensed brands and leading brands including OXO®, Hydro Flask ®, Vicks®, Braun ®, Honeywell®, PUR®, Hot Tools® and Drybar®. Helen of Troy recognizes that a successful company is the key to the long-term success of any business. The company’s goal is that through its work, it continually earns the commitment, loyalty and pride of its consumers, associates, clients, shareholders and the communities in which it operates.

The El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center is a public-private partnership of the El Paso Community Foundation and the City of El Paso. It is slated to open in 2022. For more information on the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center, please Click here | For our full coverage, click here

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Step inside this $ 1.4 million motorhome and taste the luxury


Foretravel’s story begins in 1967, with the introduction of its first motorhome: a 29ft (8.8 meter) RV called Speedy Marie that was assembled in the backyard of its founders, the late CM and Marie Fore.

From there, the company continued to produce luxury recreational vehicles for tasteful travelers. The model we are talking about today is the 2022 Foretravel Realm Presidential. Recently, Matt from Matt’s RV Reviews checked out this new home on wheels, giving us an exclusive tour of the LV3 floor plan.

Based on a Spartan K4 chassis, it features a Cummins X15 engine that delivers 605 hp and peak torque of 1,950 lb-ft (2,644 Nm). It rides on Michelin tires wrapped around wheels with pneumatic disc brakes, and it has an impressive towing capacity of 20,000 lbs (9,072 kg).

On the outside, the motorhome has some pretty interesting features. It comes with up to seven cameras, including a 360-degree camera system, two mirror-mounted cameras, and a backup. Travelers will also enjoy a refrigerator, pull-out trays that pop out at the push of a button where you can drop anything from luggage to useful tools, an electric wet bay, and a TV with system. audio.

As you would expect from a mansion on wheels, it has plenty of room to store its toys, measuring 13.7 meters in length. At first glance, it might seem like things are a bit cramped when you walk in, but the keyword here is “seem”. This bad boy has a sliding floor system that almost doubles the interior space.

The cockpit features two comfortable seats with options including cell phone mounts, heating, air conditioning and a massage function. Above there is plenty of storage space, and right next to it you will find the “living room”, which comes with a sofa that can be stretched out.

From there, occupants can watch television or enjoy a beautiful evening in front of the electric fireplace. The warmth of the fireplace can also be enjoyed from the dinette since it is placed next to it. Here you will find a small table and a few cupboards for storing kitchen utensils.

But if that’s not enough, the kitchen also has plenty of storage space. Apart from that, owners will get a spacious counter and pull-out counter, a large microwave, an induction hob, a smart fridge, and two pantries.

Then there is the bathroom and a very generous bedroom. Of course, the great TV could not be missed from this area. However, this time it is a smart system on the elevator, which makes it possible to use more space when no one is watching TV.

Huge wardrobes are fitted to the opposite side of the double bed, which, wait for it, have rods that light up. A wall mounted control panel and other controls located above the bed come in handy when playing with lighting, temperature and other options.

From the bedroom you will walk through the master bathroom, which features his and hers sinks, huge closet, vanity, stackable washer and dryer, and shower with built-in massage.

Other features included in this luxury mansion are air conditioning, heating system, built-in vacuum cleaner and heated tile floors. In addition, the motorhome comes with not one but two 3000 watt inverters and 260 watt solar panels on the roof.

For all this and more, the 2022 Foretravel Realm Presidential LV 3 is priced at $ 1.4 million – a price suitable for those with deep pockets. If you want to know more about this toy, the manufacturer website is a good place to start. You can also check out Matt’s video, where he explains in detail this specific floor plan and what it can offer.

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