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General Electric (GE) has announced a strategic alliance agreement through its Consumer & Industrial business with the Nichia Corporation to support GELcore, LLC, based in Cleveland, OH. GELcore, formed in 1999, was previously a joint venture between GE and the Emcore Corporation of Somerset, NJ. GE purchased Emcore’s 49% interest in the joint venture for $100 million, to pursue its ongoing commitment to invest in LED technology and the future of lighting. A press release from GE states: This agreement combines GELcore’s LED system strengths in the Transportation, Signage, Specialty Illumination, and General Illumination segments with Nichia’s extensive phosphor and optoelectronics products, such as LEDs. Both companies expect to benefit significantly from each other’s expertise and penetrate the high-growth LED general illumination segment. “This agreement is a true win-win outcome for both parties and clearly demonstrates GE’s commitment to solid state lighting technology. GE and Nichia’s combined excellence creates a preeminent alliance that is ideally suited to support GELcore’s efforts to accelerate the growth and penetration of LED-based lighting solutions in the $12 billion global lighting segment,” said Michael B. Petras, Jr., vice president, Electrical Distribution & Lighting. Noboru Tazaki, executive vice president & COO of Nichia states “This is a historic agreement when you consider that GE, a world leader in traditional lighting technology and LED systems and Nichia, a world leader in phosphor and optoelectronics technology are joining forces to advance LED technology and accelerate the penetration of LEDs into the general lighting industry.” About GELcore, LLCGELcore, LLC, drives innovation, energy efficiency and cost savings for industries that use LED products, systems and solutions. Fitted with robust, low-voltage, long-life LED light engines, GELcore solutions deliver world-class, GE-grade performance. About GE Consumer & IndustrialGE Consumer & Industrial spans the globe as an industry leader in major appliance, lighting and integrated industrial equipment, systems and services. Providing solutions for commercial, industrial and residential use in more than 100 countries, GE Consumer & Industrial uses innovative technologies and “ecomagination,” a GE initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that help customers and consumers meet pressing environmental challenges, to deliver comfort, convenience and electrical protection and control. General Electric (NYSE: GE) brings imagination to work, selling products under the Monogram®, Profile(tm) GE®, Hotpoint®, SmartWater(tm) Reveal® and Edison(tm) consumer brands, and Entellisys(tm) industrial brand. About NichiaNichia is the leading company of GaN-based optoelectronics products, including UV, blue, green and white LED products and blue-violet laser diodes. The application of products includes cellular phones, digital cameras, traffic signals, full-color displays, electronics signboards, and... ...Read More...


General Electric (GE) has announced a strategic alliance agreement through its Consumer & Industrial business with the Nichia Corporation to support GELcore, LLC, based in Cleveland, OH. GELcore, formed in 1999, was previously a joint venture between GE and the Emcore Corporation of Somerset, NJ. GE purchased Emcore’s 49% interest in the joint venture for $100 million, to pursue its ongoing commitment to invest in LED technology and the future of lighting. A press release from GE states: This agreement combines GELcore’s LED system strengths in the Transportation, Signage, Specialty Illumination, and General Illumination segments with Nichia’s extensive phosphor and optoelectronics products, such as LEDs. Both companies expect to benefit significantly from each other’s expertise and penetrate the high-growth LED general illumination segment. “This agreement is a true win-win outcome for both parties and clearly demonstrates GE’s commitment to solid state lighting technology. GE and Nichia’s combined excellence creates a preeminent alliance that is ideally suited to support GELcore’s efforts to accelerate the growth and penetration of LED-based lighting solutions in the $12 billion global lighting segment,” said Michael B. Petras, Jr., vice president, Electrical Distribution & Lighting. Noboru Tazaki, executive vice president & COO of Nichia states “This is a historic agreement when you consider that GE, a world leader in traditional lighting technology and LED systems and Nichia, a world leader in phosphor and optoelectronics technology are joining forces to advance LED technology and accelerate the penetration of LEDs into the general lighting industry.” About GELcore, LLCGELcore, LLC, drives innovation, energy efficiency and cost savings for industries that use LED products, systems and solutions. Fitted with robust, low-voltage, long-life LED light engines, GELcore solutions deliver world-class, GE-grade performance. About GE Consumer & IndustrialGE Consumer & Industrial spans the globe as an industry leader in major appliance, lighting and integrated industrial equipment, systems and services. Providing solutions for commercial, industrial and residential use in more than 100 countries, GE Consumer & Industrial uses innovative technologies and “ecomagination,” a GE initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that help customers and consumers meet pressing environmental challenges, to deliver comfort, convenience and electrical protection and control. General Electric (NYSE: GE) brings imagination to work, selling products under the Monogram®, Profile(tm) GE®, Hotpoint®, SmartWater(tm) Reveal® and Edison(tm) consumer brands, and Entellisys(tm) industrial brand. About NichiaNichia is the leading company of GaN-based optoelectronics products, including UV, blue, green and white LED products and blue-violet laser diodes. The application of products includes cellular phones, digital cameras, traffic signals, full-color displays, electronics signboards, and... ...Read More...

GE Invests In LED Lighting Technology

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GE Invests In LED Lighting Technology

GE Invests In LED Lighting Technology

General Electric (GE) has announced a strategic alliance agreement through its Consumer & Industrial business with the Nichia Corporation to support GELcore, LLC, based in Cleveland, OH. GELcore, formed in 1999, was previously a joint venture between GE and the Emcore Corporation of Somerset, NJ. GE purchased Emcore’s 49% interest in the joint venture for $100 million, to pursue its ongoing commitment to invest in LED technology and the future of lighting. A press release from GE states: This agreement combines GELcore’s LED system strengths in the Transportation, Signage, Specialty Illumination, and General Illumination segments with Nichia’s extensive phosphor and optoelectronics products, such as LEDs. Both companies expect to benefit significantly from each other’s expertise and penetrate the high-growth LED general illumination segment. “This agreement is a true win-win outcome for both parties and clearly demonstrates GE’s commitment to solid state lighting technology. GE and Nichia’s combined excellence creates a preeminent alliance that is ideally suited to support GELcore’s efforts to accelerate the growth and penetration of LED-based lighting solutions in the $12 billion global lighting segment,” said Michael B. Petras, Jr., vice president, Electrical Distribution & Lighting. Noboru Tazaki, executive vice president & COO of Nichia states “This is a historic agreement when you consider that GE, a world leader in traditional lighting technology and LED systems and Nichia, a world leader in phosphor and optoelectronics technology are joining forces to advance LED technology and accelerate the penetration of LEDs into the general lighting industry.” About GELcore, LLCGELcore, LLC, drives innovation, energy efficiency and cost savings for industries that use LED products, systems and solutions. Fitted with robust, low-voltage, long-life LED light engines, GELcore solutions deliver world-class, GE-grade performance. About GE Consumer & IndustrialGE Consumer & Industrial spans the globe as an industry leader in major appliance, lighting and integrated industrial equipment, systems and services. Providing solutions for commercial, industrial and residential use in more than 100 countries, GE Consumer & Industrial uses innovative technologies and “ecomagination,” a GE initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that help customers and consumers meet pressing environmental challenges, to deliver comfort, convenience and electrical protection and control. General Electric (NYSE: GE) brings imagination to work, selling products under the Monogram®, Profile(tm) GE®, Hotpoint®, SmartWater(tm) Reveal® and Edison(tm) consumer brands, and Entellisys(tm) industrial brand. About NichiaNichia is the leading company of GaN-based optoelectronics products, including UV, blue, green and white LED products and blue-violet laser diodes. The application of products includes cellular phones, digital cameras, traffic signals, full-color displays, electronics signboards, and… …Read More…


FEMA adopts AIA recommendations for Gulf Coast rebuilding

FEMA adopts AIA recommendations for Gulf Coast rebuilding

As the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina passes, there is movement at both the federal and local level that aims to assist displaced Gulf Coast residents. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced new guidelines to address transitional housing concerns. In addition, the New Orleans chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is organizing a Housing Summit to help educate homeowners on how to rebuild and restore their homes properly, as well as advise them on wise ways to spend the monies they became eligible for through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program. The summit is scheduled to take place at the New Orleans Convention Center on September 29th and 30th. To help residents who lost their homes entirely, the FEMA plan to create an alternative housing pilot program for the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast region is based on the requirements in H.R. 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act. The AIA lobbied heavily in support of the bill and the language mirrors several recommendations outlined in a letter from AIA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Christine McEntee to Michael Chertoff, Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in June 2006. FEMA will use the $400 million funding from the bill for projects that create transitional modular housing for hurricane victims with improved hurricane resistance and can be constructed quickly, using prefabricated panelized walls. The initial concept is based on “Katrina cottages,” designed by architects that can withstand 140-mph winds, resulting in a more comfortable, and affordable alternative to a trailer. “In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane devastation, the AIA warned of the problems associated with relying too heavily on temporary trailers to accommodate displaced residents,” said Tom Wolfe, AIA senior director, Federal Affairs. “A rebuilding effort of this magnitude demands that careful attention is paid to sound, long-term planning and design elements that emphasize the highest building codes to protect against future natural disasters, not merely supplying the easiest shelter option available.” Because temporary housing can end up lasting far longer than initially anticipated, community design elements must be used to guide the rebuilding program. Careful consideration should be made to ensure that public safety issues are addressed, strict building codes are adhered to, and access to public transportation, retail, recreation, and worship facilities are available in areas that will use transitional housing solutions. AIA 10 Principles of Livable CommunitiesWolfe continued, “We are encouraged that the federal government has supplied strong funding to support this undertaking and that FEMA is… …Read More…


OSI Security Devices and HID Global Participate In Donating Access Control To A Las Vegas Volunteer Organization

OSI Security Devices and HID Global Participate In Donating Access Control To A Las Vegas Volunteer Organization

For more than 20 years, Assistance League® of Las Vegas has promoted volunteerism, dedicated to meeting the needs of its community. Part of the National Assistance League®, the organization’s 292 volunteer members logged over 32,000 volunteer hours last year in support of philanthropic projects. Access control, in support of the large volunteer staff and on-site retail facilities, is a constant and vital requirement for the organization. The League’s headquarters in Las Vegas, the Donald W. Reynolds Chapter Facility, had existed since its completion in October 1998 with traditional mechanical locks. After experiencing several break-ins due to faulty locks at the facility, League management was desperate for a new access control solution. The organization went to a group organized by the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) to research the cost of new locks for their facility. In conjunction with the ALOA Convention in Las Vegas, a cooperative organization comprising representatives from three concerns (Associated Locksmiths of America, OSI Security Devices, and ACE Locksmiths) was able to respond by donating a state-of-the-art access control solution for the Assistance League. With a goal of providing greater security and access control to the Assistance League facility, 13 doors were installed with the high-tech Omnilock Wireless Access Management System. Donated by OSI Security Devices, Inc., the installed system replaced the League’s old lock system. The system uses HID Global’s proximity technology and incorporates programmed access cards, donated by HID Global. Additionally, several Von Duprin exit devices and associated installation time were donated by Security Lock Distributors and ACE Locksmiths of Las Vegas, providing additional resources for the installation. Hardware for the new system is valued between $15,000 to $18,000, with twice that amount given by locksmith installers in labor and installation costs. The Assistance League facility is one of the nation’s first non-government commercial installations with Omnilock door locks. The lock system includes a battery-operated mechanism that can be used with HID proximity cards, a touch pad system, or both together, customized for each volunteer for heightened access control. In addition, a log of entrants into the building, forced entries, outages, and battery power are recorded by the software component of the system, providing increased access control intelligence to the League’s management. The entire system enables end users to log on to the system and run their access control application remotely. “With a very worthy cause, and an opportunity to advance the training of ALOA members, it was not difficult to step up to the plate and donate the WAMS system for this project,” said… …Read More…


Global Green/Brad Pitt Green Design Competition Winners Announced TODAY!

Global Green/Brad Pitt Green Design Competition Winners Announced TODAY!

After more than a month of community feedback, jury deliberations, and public voting, the winner of Global Green and Brad Pitt’s ‘Sustainable Design Competition for New Orleans’ will be announced Thursday, August 31st during a press conference. During the announcement, Brad Pitt, Matt Petersen, and the other jury members will answer questions about the winning design, how the decision was made, and the benefits of rebuilding New Orleans in a sustainable manner. The competition was conducted in two stages. In Stage 1, participants were asked to provide a sustainable urban design of a 1.25 acre site that focuses on a green, healthy multi family building with a community center and single family housing. Submissions were asked to achieve several sustainable design and green building goals, including net-zero energy goals (e.g., meeting all energy needs for buildings on the site through passive and active strategies). In Stage II, finalists identified from the first round drew on their submissions from Stage I, working with local architects and community groups, to create a plan for selected areas in different neighborhoods of the city. They designed single-family housing and a community facility in the neighborhood. Competitors were also challenged to develop innovative architectural and planning solutions that respect and draw from the rich design heritage of New Orleans while balancing sustainability and affordability. The six finalists are:Drew Lang Architects/Drew Lang – NYC, NY and New Orleans, LABrininstool and Lynch/Brad Lynch – Chicago, ILWorkshop APD/Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen – NYC, NYSchwartz Architecture/Frederic Schwartz – NYC, NYMetroStudio/Ken Gowland – New Orleans, LAEskew, Dumez and Ripple/Steve Dumez – New Orleans, LA To view the finalists, click this link. (Please note that voting is closed.) The competition is a central component of Global Green’s sustainable rebuilding initiative for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, which began 10 days after the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. This competition intends to help jump start that process by presenting the city – and the nation – with a series of exciting and achievable proposals for sustainable architecture, climate friendly buildings, and green urbanism. Given the worsened impact from the storm due to coastal erosion and global warming, Global Green USA hopes to evoke designs that represent restorative design and climate neutral strategies. Global Green USA – the American affiliate of President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International – was founded by Diane Meyer Simon in 1993. Its newly opened field office and green building resource center will serve as a focal point of green building expertise for New Orleans residents and is the… …Read More…


WEB EXCLUSIVE: Portable vs. Installed Public Address Systems

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Portable vs. Installed Public Address Systems

This Web Exclusive comes from Anchor Audio Inc.In an effort to squeeze maximum utility out of minimal equipment outlay, budget-conscious schools, hotels, churches, and other facilities are increasingly turning to the portable public address system as an answer to the high cost of installing a fixed system in every room where sound or music might be required. This trend toward opting for a mobile PA system that most anyone can quickly set up and use can yield savings over the limitations imposed by a fixed system. An outdoor amphitheater might require a sound system, another might be required in the auditorium, and yet another might be required in the gym. Further, classrooms and conference rooms have ever-increasing requirements for sound equipment. Permanent, installed sound systems for each of these locations would be cost prohibitive for most institutions; however, one or two shared portable systems could provide a solution at an affordable price. In recent years, portable sound system technology has evolved to provide a serious alternative to installed sound systems. In many cases, a portable system will actually deliver clearer sound than an installed system because all of the components are designed to work together as a package. The amplifier, mixer, microphones and speakers are factory engineered to work together without distortion. In a permanent installation, the professional sound contractor attempts to achieve this balance of components with varying degrees of success. “Today, sound systems are vital in the classroom,” says Summer Vyne, team supervisor with CCS Presentation Systems, of Scottsdale, AZ. “A great deal of content now is being delivered via CD from publishers, instead of books. A lot of the curriculum now has sound to it. Portable systems are the solution so teachers can share, as they may not have the funds for everybody to have one installed in the room.” Vyne says, “the portable solution in a classroom averages $120 – $150, depending on the options. It would average $1000 plus for an installed solution, because you have to pay for 5 – 6 speakers in the ceiling to have the coverage, all the wiring, the amplification system, maybe a wireless microphone. Then, whatever they want to plug into it — a mixer, a DVD/VCR, or other components.” Dave Johnson, acount executive with Troxell Communications, adds, “For a larger venue such as an auditorium, a portable system would run around $2,000 and a permanent system would be $13,000 and up,” he says. The high cost of permanent systems comes from the separate components that must be purchased,… …Read More…


Post-Katrina New Orleans Welcoming High-Rises

Post-Katrina New Orleans Welcoming High-Rises

Things are looking up in New Orleans these days. Literally. With housing in short supply and federal rebuilding money pouring into the city, developers increasingly are proposing high-rise residential complexes in downtown New Orleans. Building up, they say, is efficient and makes it possible to open a large number of units quickly. And in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, high-rise proposals don’t seem to be meeting the same scrutiny and resistance they faced before the storm. “Pre-Katrina, density was a dirty word around here,” said Yolanda Rodriguez, executive director of the City Planning Commission. “Post-Katrina, people are looking a lot different at density and where they want to go.” About 2,200 new condo and apartment units in nine different projects have been proposed in downtown New Orleans. With the exception of the 400 that are part of the Trump International Hotel & Tower announced just days before Katrina hit, all the new units have been proposed since the hurricane. The wave of new high-rise proposals, developers say, could become one of the biggest housing trends in post-Katrina New Orleans. The projects promise to more than double the number of downtown high-rise residential units from 2,100 now to 4,300. A number of the projects involve the conversion of existing office buildings into residential complexes. The 925 Common St. office building, for example, is being converted into 107 furnished corporate apartments. The long-dormant American Bank building on Carondelet Street will become 202 affordable apartments. And the former Plaza Tower office building on Howard Avenue is being converted into 197 condominiums. Other projects call for completely new construction, such as the 270-foot residential tower proposed for the corner of Girod and O’Keefe, a 316-foot residential tower slated for the site of the old Woolworth’s building on Canal Street, and the massive new residential tower proposed by New York real estate magnate Donald Trump. Doris Koo, senior executive vice president of Enterprise Community Investment Partners, a group that finds development opportunities that could qualify for low-income housing tax credits, said that under the right circumstances, high-rises are a smart — and quick — way to grow. “Density with the right design respectful of the neighborhood character and the right income mix is a good and efficient way of restoring housing as quickly as possible in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast,” Koo said. “But I stress the three: the right income mix, the right social services (and) open areas. “Particularly for the elderly, the groundswell in high-rises can provide opportunities for amenities that they will… …Read More…


EPA Arsenic Rule Changes for 2006

EPA Arsenic Rule Changes for 2006

Public water systems providing water to more than 25 people on a daily basis will be required to meet the updated and more stringent rule which reduces acceptable arsenic levels from 50 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 ppb.


WEB EXCLUSIVE: SPRI and Sustainable Roof Systems–A Good Fit

WEB EXCLUSIVE: SPRI and Sustainable Roof Systems–A Good Fit

The roofing industry has played an active role in developing interest in sustainable building design and construction. Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI) members support this initiative and have adopted a proactive approach to sustainable roof systems. Although the industry has for nearly a decade embraced certain green design features, such as energy saving reflective surfaces and HCFC-free manufacturing techniques, the current level of interest has grown largely because of the formation of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its popular Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Municipalities, trade groups, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are adopting similar green design guidelines. The USGBC attempts to focus on the whole building and its systems—energy consumption, water usage, occupant comfort and health, and building and component reuse. Similarly, SPRI members define a sustainable roof system as one that provides a long service life, saves energy, uses natural resources efficiently, and preserves the quality of the global environment. Although energy efficiency and the attendant reduction in fossil fuel consumption are perhaps the most recognized and easily measured traits of sustainable buildings, life cycle performance is an equally important characteristic of a sustainable roof system. Sustainable Roof SystemsA roof system consists of three and sometimes four basic components: structural roof deck, vapor/air retarder, thermal insulation, and waterproofing membrane. A sustainable roof system also consists of these basic components but additionally includes the environmental aspects of the design that affect the choice of components and their manufacturing processes, the installation procedures, evaluation of roof life expectancy factors, in-service performance and maintenance of the roof, and the reuse, recycle, or disposal of the components. Since roofing materials, according to Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL), represent a significant percentage of the total solid waste discarded in landfills, reduced roof replacement, material recycling, and extended life cycles contribute to sustainable building goals. In addition, research indicates a direct correlation between premature roof failures and “lowest first cost” design criteria, often the driving force behind the roof system selected for installation. Unfortunately, sustainable roof design strategies often run head-on into these “lowest first cost” design criteria. Many roofing professionals can show that the adoption of sustainable principles will result in longer lasting roof systems and, in turn, yield equal or greater savings than those promised by “lowest first cost” construction. SPRI members have consistently focused on improving roof system performance characteristics, including durability, moisture control, and wind resistance. In addition to these sustainable attributes, some roof systems are reported to help reduce heat island effects… …Read More…


New HVAC Filtration Information From Kimberly-Clark

New HVAC Filtration Information From Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark Filtration Products has added to its Filtering Out Confusion series of educational pamphlets. The series is designed to help HVAC and facilities management professionals better understand how to get the most out of their HVAC air filtration systems. There are four new educational pieces in the series, which are available for free download at www.kcfiltration.com. The four new pamphlets cover a variety of aspects. “IAQ and Employee Productivity: A Guide to Understanding the Real Costs of Poor Indoor Air Quality” discusses the health effects of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) and the role of HVAC air filtration in achieving good IAQ. It provides statistics on the cost to businesses of the absenteeism that can result from poor IAQ and suggests ways to market the advantages of a building with superior IAQ.“Energy Efficiency: A Guide to Reducing HVAC Energy Costs” explains the role that air filters play in the energy used by HVAC systems and offers recommendations for reducing HVAC energy costs by applying filter lifecycle costs to the filter selection process. The Guide notes that switching to a lower pressure drop HVAC filter is one of the easiest changes for facilities to make in an effort to reduce energy costs.“Green Buildings: A Guide to Understanding the Role of HVAC in LEED® Certification” focuses on two main tenets of Green Building programs such as LEED – IAQ and energy efficiency – and describes how an HVAC air filtration system affects both. It provides recommendations for selecting air filters to meet Green Building criteria and offers a checklist of LEED-EB prerequisites and credits that may be obtained by following the proper HVAC air filtration strategy.“Panels to Pleats: A Guide to Upgrading Your Filtration System” reviews problems associated with panel filters (often called “throw-away” filters) – a pre-WWII filter technology still being used today by many commercial and institutional buildings. It details the IAQ and operational shortcomings of panel filters and explains how these problems can be overcome by upgrading to pleated filters. The four new pieces join two earlier pieces in the Filtering Out Confusion series:A Guide to Understanding HVAC Filter Selection and A Guide to Understanding HVAC Filter Maintenance. To receive free copies of any pamphlet in the Kimberly-Clark Filtration Products Filtering Out Confusion series, facility professionals can send an email with name, title, company/affiliation, and mailing address to filtration_media@kcc.com. To download copies of the pamphlets, visit the Resource Center at www.kcfiltration.com, and click on Educational Resources.


Biloxi, Mississippi Air Force Base After Katrina: One Year Later

Biloxi, Mississippi Air Force Base After Katrina: One Year Later

One year ago, Keesler Air Force Base, located in Biloxi, MS, and home of the 81st Training Wing, sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina. The base’s industrial and housing areas sustained drastic damage. Due to a storm surge, roughly 50% of the base was submerged under water. The commissary, base exchange, and some of the housing units were flooded with more than six feet of water. By August 31st, however, relief flights were landing at the base. And today, it is once again fully operational. The damage to the base cost an astounding $950 million. Most of this covers physical assets. The most costly areas include military family housing, costing $313 million, and medical facilities, which ran $66.3 million for restoration with an additional $25 million for a central energy plant. Operation Dragon Comeback, named for the military outfit’s mascot, is the recovery effort that encompassed community outreach, people, and assets. When Katrina destroyed 1,067 of 1,820 military family housing units, the largest military housing project in history was launched. Both the base exchange and commissary were flooded by the storm surge. Both will be rebuilt on higher ground. A temporary commisary has been open in the former Keesler Community Center since September 29, 2005. A new, 106,000 square foot permanent facility will eventually replace it. A new post office and recreational facilities are also being planned. Incredibly, training, the main mission of the area, never fully ceased. By September 12, 2005, the dormitories were habitable, and on August 21, 2006, the last student whose initial skill training was interrupted by the storm returned to Biloxi.Keesler has also raised nearly $500,000 to assist 3.115 of its military and civilian victims through the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. The base’s military, civilian employees, and family members have performed more than 600 humanitarian missions along the coast and have put in almost 56,000 hours. This time has been spent on rescue missions, cleanup, home repairs, and construction.