Chuck McGee gets CDP Certification

Chuck McGee, CGC received the Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional (CDP) designation. Chuck was a part of the 2007 Inaugural Class that was launched by ICSC. This is a new global professional designation for individuals in the development, design, and construction fields.

“A recipient of ICSC’s prestigious CDP designation is recognized as someone who possesses in-depth experience, skills, knowledge and understanding of development, design, construction and operations of shopping centers and other retail-related facilities. The CDP Certification Program identifies a person who has taken the time and made the effort to gain a very high level of expertise in the entire retail development process. The CDP designation is a distinction over and above the specialty professional designations commonly held by architects, engineers and contractors. Those specialty professional designations indicate an ability to design and construct, while the CDP designation signifies that a person’s knowledge and abilities specifically pertain to retail development, design and construction. When working with a CDP, clients and employers will know that certified individuals have pledged to abide by a Code of Professional Ethics and moral standards in their business relationships, and that those individuals are knowledgeable and highly trained professionals who specialize in retail development, design and construction. Those with the prestigious CDP designation are recognized as professionals who have demonstrated their experience and knowledge in retail development, design and construction, and are held in the highest esteem within the retail industry and business world."

Computerworld Names AVID Group®For The “Best Practices In Storage” Awards

AVID Group® today announced that it has been selected by Computerworld as a finalist of its “Best Practices in Storage” Awards Program. The award identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of storage IT solutions and approaches. Honorees will be announced Nov. 2 the Gala Evening at Storage Networking World (SNW) at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Fla. SNW, which concluded yesterday at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida, is co-owned by IDG’s Computerworld, the “Voice of IT Management,” and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).

A wide range of IT end-user companies and organizations responded to an initial “call for nominations,” which was originally announced to multiple industry audiences, including Computerworld subscribers responsible for storage IT management. Finalists were evaluated by a panel of judges based on case study submissions that profiled the company, its IT department and infrastructure project management challenges, as well as application deployment details, summaries of the key technology used and measurable solution outcomes.
Sponsored by EMC, Computerworld’s “Best Practices in Storage” Awards Program identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of storage technology in the following categories:

  • Planning, Designing and Building a Strategic Storage Infrastructure
  • Storage Reliability and Data Recovery
  • Securing the Storage portress
  • Systems Implementation
  • Innovation and Promise

“IT storage is one of the fastest growing sectors in the technology industry, and these finalists have shown they are leading the innovation and unique use of the evolving technologies,” said Ron Milton, Executive Vice President of Computerworld. “The organizations and professionals judged to be finalists in Computerworld’s Fall 2006 ‘Best Practices in Storage’ Awards Program have demonstrated to be at the forefront of managing today’s storage technology.”

AVID Group® Awarded Two Residential Development Projects in Pasco County

AVID Group® has recently been awarded contracts for the design of amenities for two new Pasco County residential developments. AVID Group® will provide landscape architecture and civil engineering services for the Stonebridge residential community for Chapel Creek Community Development District. The 900-home development will feature a 12-acre amenity that includes an aquatic facility and other recreational services. AVID Group® will also design the entry feature for this new development.
AVID Group® will provide landscape architecture services at the 7,000-acre Bexley Park residential community for Newland Communities. AVID Group® will design community center amenities for the 12-acre facility as well as a lagoon pool, lap and volleyball pool, and a unique water slide.

AVID’s New “Green” Corporate Headquarters

For those of you that haven’t heard, AVID Group® is building a new corporate office on Race Track Road in Oldsmar, Florida. The building will be single story, approximately 30,000 SF in size and will be a “Green” building. That is the term applied to environmentally friendly building design. We are working with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consultant to help us get our building certified-green. This is very cutting edge and will ultimately lead to a new market for AVID Group® as a “green” engineering group. The Class ‘A’ office space will also have state-of-the-art IT infrastructure. Our goal is to have permits and start construction by mid-June, and move in the first quarter of 2008. Bob Pierro is our Project Manager for the project. Keep checking the website for periodic updates.

AVID Group® Names Southeast Florida Regional Manager

AVID Group® is pleased to announce that David Mevers, PE has joined the firm as Southeast Florida Regional Manager. He will initially oversee the firm’s Orlando office which currently has 30 professional staff members who focus on civil engineering, planning, environmental, and surveying services. Mevers will also be responsible for spearheading the firm’s plan to expand into the South Florida market in late 2007.