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NetApp Invests $10 Million in Housing Trust’s TECH Fund

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Housing Trust’s TECH Fund
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Housing Trust Silicon Valley, a nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) focused on affordable housing in the greater Bay Area, is announcing a significant new investment in its TECH Fund, which was created to enable philanthropists and Bay Area employers to be a part of the affordable housing solution. Today’s new investment consists of $10 million from NetApp – bringing the total in the fund to $62 million.

 

Information on TECH Fund can be found at https://housingtrustsv.org/tech-fund/

TECH Fund was launched in March 2017 to address a key barrier to building affordable housing. It provides flexible financing to allow affordable housing developers to compete for sites on the open market that may otherwise go to market-rate homes or offices. These funds have been used to purchase land next to transit in downtown San Jose, close to jobs in Mountain View, preserve and rehab existing properties occupied by low-income residents in Redwood City, and other endeavors.

TECH Fund by the numbers: https://housingtrustsv.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/TECH-Fund-Summary-Sheet-190329.pdf

Built initially to create 10,000 affordable housing opportunities in the first ten years, TECH Fund has already started up 2,040 homes across 18 developments in Silicon Valley – with more than half for families, a third for the homeless and/or permanent supportive housing, and one-in-five for seniors. Most homes are aimed at those earning 60 percent of the area median income (AMI) or less.

“It is going to take all of us – elected officials, philanthropists, and business leaders – working together to solve our housing crisis,” said Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco). “It is heartening to see some of our largest companies stepping up to help address our region’s greatest challenge. This investment will make it possible for more people to find an affordable home in the Bay Area.”

“NetApp believes in helping the communities where we live and work. Our investment in the TECH Fund is an important way for us to give back to the community that has been our home for 25 years,” said George Kurian, Chief Executive Officer and President, NetApp. “We are proud to be able to contribute to the TECH Fund to address the affordable housing challenge and make a meaningful impact in a key area of basic human needs.”

“Since 2000, Housing Trust Silicon Valley has partnered with investors to create affordable homes and preserve the vibrancy of our region,” said Kevin Zwick, CEO of Housing Trust Silicon Valley. “We are grateful for companies like NetApp who are devoted not only to providing more opportunities to the current workforce, but also empowering future growth of the greater Bay Area.”

SOURCE Housing Trust Silicon Valley

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Elegant Metsä Pavilion – Finnish Wooden Architecture in Tokyo

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Metsä Group and Business Finland are joining forces in building a wooden Metsä pavilion to be used in Tokyo during the Olympic games. The pavilion will be built on the grounds of the Finnish Embassy in the centre of Tokyo, Japan.
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The wooden Metsä Pavilion is to be used by Finnish athletes and companies during the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. The building will be made entirely from Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) elements. This pavilion is an example of innovative architecture based on industrially manufactured wooden elements. The pavilion has been designed by world-renowned Finnish architect Pekka Helin from Helin & Co Architects. The pavilion will be built by Metsä Group in collaboration with Business Finland.

Pekka Helin describes the design process as an interesting and challenging project. The stylish pavilion will be made from industrially manufactured Kerto LVL elements. It must also be easy to dismantle to be relocated for assembly and use elsewhere. This affected the design of the connections between the elements, as well as their size and transport.

“The pavilion needed to be based on industrial products, instead of being a complicated, fancy structure,” Helin explains. “We needed to figure out how to create an elegant building from industrial elements.”

Japan has long traditions in timber construction, which served as an inspiration during the design process. The Metsä Pavilion is an example of unique, beautiful architecture based on industrial wooden elements.

“In Japan, the construction of buildings makes use of the natural flexibility of wood in case of earthquakes. This is combined with ancient Japanese aesthetics and minimalist sophistication. These qualities can also be found here in the north. This was my inspiration as I began to design the Metsä Pavilion,” says Helin.

The environmentally friendly Kerto LVL brings the benefits of wood to construction

Made from Metsä Wood’s lightweight and dimensionally stable Kerto LVL products, the wooden elements make it possible to build quickly in an environmentally friendly manner.

“It’s valuable in itself to design something permanent. Here this is combined with a new type of opportunity when wooden element buildings are made movable to meet a wider demand through reuse,” says Helin.

Engineered wood products, as construction materials, are durable and environmentally friendly. Kerto LVL is manufactured from a renewable raw material grown in sustainably managed Northern forests. In addition, wood as a building material is a long-term carbon store.

“The key benefits of wood construction include ecological aspects and sustainable development, which are critical these days,” Helin points out. “A large amount of carbon dioxide is stored quite permanently and is not released for a long time. In addition, wooden structures or timber construction do not cause any harmful emissions in residential or working environments.”

Fast, light and green construction with Kerto LVL

The Metsä Pavilion highlights the opportunities of wooden element construction on challenging urban sites. The challenge in the design of the pavilion was its location in the area of the Finnish Embassy in Tokyo. The building needed to be designed on top and around an existing garage on the embassy site.  In practice, prefabricated wooden elements were the only option.

“Limitations of this type really challenge your imagination,” Helin says with a laugh. “Metsä Wood has excellent expertise. They know which dimensions make sense with various elements and which parts can be connected or further processed. In addition, the components are optimised with production dimensions to ensure that the process is as ecological as possible, with no waste.”

Elements made from Kerto LVL products are lightweight and environmentally friendly, as well as speeding up construction. The industrially manufactured elements are shipped in containers to Japan, where the pavilion can be put together quickly on-site.

“You can create anything with Kerto LVL!” says Helin. “I have always emphasised that simple wooden structures are ideal for small-scale residential construction and, at the other end of the continuum, for large sports halls, office buildings, airports, day-care centres and schools.”

Element  designs are available at Open Source Wood

Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood is a collaboration platform for architects and construction design professionals to share their wood construction innovations. The purpose of the initiative is to promote the sharing of knowledge and cooperation between professionals in wood construction. All of the elements used in the design of the Metsä Pavilion are free for download at Opensourcewood.com.

Watch a Talking Wood video with Pekka Helin on the design of the Metsä Pavilion.

 

SOURCE: Metsä Wood

 

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Hurricane Electric Adds New Points of Presence at LDeX’s London and Manchester Data Centres

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Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6 native backbone and LDeX, a leader in mission critical solutions throughout the UK, announced today that Hurricane Electric has established Points of Presence at LDeX’s London (LDeX1) and Manchester (LDeX2) data centres. LDeX1 is located at located at Oxgate Centre, Oxgate Ln, London NW2 7JA, UK, and LDeX2 is located at Unit 6, Waterside, Stretford, Manchester M17 1WD, UK. The partnership will enable customers in LDeX’s data centres to benefit from Hurricane Electric’s connectivity solutions.

Both LDeX1 and 2 are carrier neutral facilities and boast 24x7x365 remote hands, a multi-tiered network and physical security, as well as 99.999% uptime. Additionally, both facilities provide N+N UPS configuration giving A & B rack power as a standard.

“Hurricane Electric is committed to highly competitive, quality IP transit services and is a perfect fit for LDeX’s strategy of offering continued adaptability, reliability and a strong array of connectivity options for our clients,” said Mark Sedgley, Group Sales Manager at LDeX. “The addition of a Tier1 provider like Hurricane Electric is a great addition to our carrier portfolio, enabling new and existing clients in LDeX Data Centres to benefit from a provider with a strong global presence.”

Customers of LDeX as well as other organizations in the area will now have a variety of new connectivity options and access to Hurricane Electric’s rich global network through 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet) and GigE (1 gigabit Ethernet) ports. Additionally, customers at these two facilities will now be able to exchange IP traffic with Hurricane Electric’s vast global network, which offers 20,000 BGP sessions with over 7,300 different networks via 200 major exchange points and thousands of customer and private peering ports.

“Hurricane Electric is delighted to partner with LDeX as we continue to expand our network throughout the globe, ensuring we connect as many people as possible in as many locations as possible,” said Mike Leber, President, Hurricane Electric. “We look forward to providing LDeX’s customers with access to global network, ensuring reduced latency and greater throughput.”

 

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Schindler Strengthens its Presence in Indonesia’s Central Java Area

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Gong ceremony with PT BSL representatives and one of its longest partner, PT Putera Mataram Mitra Sejahtera -- to mark the opening of Schindler’s Yogyakarta Branch. From left to right: Thibaut Le Chatelier -- President Director of BSL, Ricky Aditya -- Yogyakarta Branch Manager, Surya Ananta - General Manager PT Putera Mataram Mitra Sejahtera, Joseph Hasnan -- New Installation of Large Project and Business Director of BSL
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On 26 March 2019, PT Berca Schindler Lifts (BSL) officially announced the strengthening of its position by expanding its footprint into the Central Java area. Located at Yogyakarta, a fourth branch has been opened and reaffirms almost 20 years of commitment to providing Indonesian customers with vertical transportation solutions. Moreover, this further supports BSL’s ambition of being the region’s leading elevator and escalator provider.

During the launch, Thibaut Le Chatelier, President Director of BSL, described Schindler’s pivotal role in Indonesia’s fast-growing infrastructure and property development. From commercial to home lifts, Schindler offers a wide range of vertical mobility solutions. As one of the key markets in Indonesia, Yogyakarta is well known as a destination for tourists and home to a large student population. With the many new developments coming, it is essential that people have a safe and efficient solution to move conveniently throughout these buildings.

The Yogyakarta branch is a mark of the long-term commitment of Schindler in Indonesia.  BSL will bring the same excellent standard of service to this branch as it has with its other three. To ensure Schindler’s products and maintenance services are safe and reliable — BSL is dedicated to people development through their comprehensive training centre, The Knowledge Center. Created in 2017, The Knowledge Center is equipped with 3 training shafts, 9 training rooms and several training simulators. Furthering its maintenance service capabilities, Schindler is at the forefront of digital and innovative technology solutions that connect our products, users, technicians and call centres for an improved passenger experience.

We are absolutely sure we have chosen the right partner. Schindler not only delivers highly advanced products, but also reliable service for our projects, said Surya Ananta, General ManagerPT Putera Mataram Mitra Sejahtera.

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