Archive for Saturday, November 5, 2011

Around and about in local business

November 5, 2011


• EMR Inc.’s firm in Niceville, Fla., has been awarded a $6.6 million contract to repair a World War II-era hangar at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas. The company also will upgrade the building’s heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, fire protection and systems. EMR will hire 10 to 15 subcontractors to work on the renovation along with several staffers who will split their time between Corpus Christi and Niceville. EMR expects the work to begin in February. Construction will take one year to complete.

In addition to the Navy contract, EMR Inc. has been awarded a task order for $11 million for Performance-Based Remediation Services at five Air Force bases for the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment. The goal of the 9-year task order is to implement environmental remediation and associated construction activities, including investigation, design, remedial action, operation and maintenance, optimization of long-term monitoring and remedial process optimization. Work will be performed at the U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado), Buckley AFB (Colorado), Peterson AFB (Colorado), F.E. Warren AFB (Wyoming), and Malmstrom AFB (Montana). This project will be managed from EMR’s corporate headquarters in Lawrence.

• At its annual Reflections of Excellence awards ceremony on Oct. 1, the University of Connecticut’s School of Nursing honored seven of its alumni for their outstanding contributions to the future of human health through their accomplishments in the field of nursing.

Kristine Nordlie Williams, associate professor at Kansas University’s School of Nursing and associate scientist in the gerontology center at KU’s Life Span Institute, received the Marlene Kramer Outstanding Alumni Award for Research in Nursing. Williams recently completed an NIH study, “Elderspeak: Impact on Dementia Care,” that used behavioral and psycholinguistic analyses to evaluate the responses to nursing staff communication of nursing home residents with dementia. Williams’ two current clinical trial research studies are funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research.

• Rob Chestnut has accepted the position of chief financial officer for Nationwide Learning LLC. Chestnut, formerly with Allen Press, lives in Lawrence. He most recently served as a Lawrence city commissioner from 2007 until earlier this year, was the mayor from 2009 to 2010 and now serves on the board of trustees for Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

• Mike Everett with Life Success & Legacy, Baldwin City, held a seminar Oct. 25 at Stony Point Hall featuring R. Nelson Nash. Nash is the author of “Becoming Your Own Banker” and creator of The Infinite Banking Concept. There were 70 people in attendance from Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.

• The Kansas Board of Accountancy has announced 47 candidates who have successfully passed the computerized examination in the July/August 2011 exam window. Area candidates include Stephanie McNish, Baldwin City; and Catherine Woods, Andrew Spikes, Bonnie Toplikar, Richard Hickey and John Kihm, Lawrence.


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