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Peachtree Corners, Paul Duke STEM High School Collaborate on Drone Program Grant



Paul Duke STEAM HS
Front row, left to right, Stephen Cochran, UAV Program Director, students, Noah Budnitz, Josh Taylor, Smith Patel, Therman the Infinite Energy mascot, students William Tomsik, Seysla Chann-Hong, and Lee Conger, School Technology Coordinator. Back row, left to right, school principal Dr. Jonathan Wetherington and Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason.

The school was awarded the 2019 Infinite Energy STEAM Education Grant

The City of Peachtree Corners, long associated with Technology Park Atlanta, a technology hub developed by Paul Duke, has partnered with a local STEM specialty high school to assist in advancing the school’s drone program.

Thanks to the school’s collaboration with the city and Prototype Prime, the city’s startup incubator, the new Paul Duke STEM High School was awarded a 2019 Infinite Energy STEAM Education Grant of $2,000. The monies will be used to launch an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program (UAV). The program is designed to engage students in the full life cycle of designing, building and operating drones for professional applications as well as racing.

It was the students’ practical application that was the deciding factor in awarding the grant to the Paul Duke STEM High School. With the city’s support, students will be working with its Public Works Department assisting with storm water inspections utilizing drones to photograph areas not easily assessable on foot.

The new Paul Duke STEM High School, the first STEM focused high school in Gwinnett County, opened its doors in August 2018. Located in the city of Norcross, its curriculum focuses on applied engineering concepts, artificial intelligence and technology in graphic design, television and film, animation and game design.

“The UAV Program is a natural extension of our STEM curriculum,” said Jonathan Wetherington, Paul Duke STEM School’s principal. “Students apply their knowledge from classes in math, physics, engineering, and the arts to specific real-world drone applications.  Thanks to the support of Peachtree Corners and Prototype Prime, our students have meaningful projects waiting for them.”

The award will allow the school to begin purchasing the specialty equipment for conducting aerial photography and videography for city planning and marketing projects and producing a live drone show, explained Stephen Cochran, the school’s program sponsor and engineering and computer science teacher.

Students will also have access to Prototype Prime’s intelligent mobility experts, 3D laboratory, and Sprint’s 5G capable Curiosity™ Lab at Peachtree Corners.

“The students at Paul Duke STEM High School have an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason. “They are our future technology leaders. The city of Peachtree Corners is thrilled to support their training and development, and we look forward to partnering on many exciting projects.”

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Peachtree Corners Firm to Manage Renovation of New ASHRAE HQs




Collins Project Management of Peachtree Corners was selected to manage the renovation of the former Recall building in Technology Park. The space will be the new world headquarters for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

ASHRAE intends the project to become a model for reducing carbon and environmental impacts from building operations, providing an exceptionally healthy working environment in a cost-effective manner. The ultimate goal is for the building to be “Net-Zero,” meaning it will produce as much energy as it consumes.

The team at Collins Project Management has completed 297 projects valued at $2.5 billion in the last 27 years. Recent projects include the Fox Theatre’s $10 million renovation in Midtown, the $125 million elevator Innovation and Qualification Center and a $35 million corporate headquarters for thyssenkrupp at The Battery Atlanta in the Cumberland area.

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Local Business Owner Launches Program – Assisting Single Moms To Jump Start Their Success



TJ Ware, is the founder of Single Mom Network (SMN) and has experienced first hand the challenges of growing a business while raising a child full time.  Generally as an entrepreneur it is non-stop and demands are high. As a mother the job is 24/7 and if you are a single mom resources are very limited. Due to this issue TJ started the Single Mom Network to provide the resources to help other single moms grow and prosper while facing adversities.

The Single Mom Network will host seminars on creating financial freedom, professional development, career building, entrepreneurship, counseling, coding and more. The upcoming Brunch & Learn event will be hosted on April 20th, 2019 at Atlanta Tech Park and will focus on the pros and cons as an entrepreneur. A couple of topics that will be covered at this event l will be transitioning from your job or career to entrepreneurship and credit building solutions.

“Single Mom Network will be a place where dreams meet opportunity for a lot of single moms. We are committed to growing and providing a network of resources to single moms from all backgrounds,” states TJ.

You can join TJ & her team at Atlanta Tech Park along with several single moms and amazing speakers to learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we  plan to make the changes we want to see in every single mom globally by attending this event.

Sponsors: Atlanta Tech Park, Xquisite Marketing, United Credit Solutions, Transitions D2D, Avani Jacob Consultants, Faith Not Fiction Ministries, Cornerstone Media

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ASHRAE Relocating its World Headquarters to Peachtree Corners




One of the nation’s top leaders in developing standards and guidelines for indoor-environment-control technology announced it is relocating its world headquarters to Peachtree Corners next year.

ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) announced it had purchased a 3-story building located at 180 Technology Parkway and will begin renovations to convert the 66,700 square-foot space into a modern high-performance facility. The nonprofit business has budgeted $15.7 million to retrofit the 1970’s-era building.

The company expects the new, renovated facility to become a showcase for the latest HVAC&R equipment and technology, providing a destination venue for industry visitors to experience state-of-the-art technology. The renovated world headquarters building will provide a technologically updated, cutting edge work space for ASHRAE members, staff and the public.

“We are pleased a company of ASHRAE’s distinction has selected Peachtree Corners as the site of its headquarters,” said Mayor Mike Mason. “Technology Park is a natural fit for a business whose work mirrors the city’s efforts in sustainability and green living.”

ASHRAE selected Technology Park in part because of the city’s work in renovating the 500-acre development into an innovation hub which includes multi-use trails, pocket parks, nearby millennial housing and other amenities. ASHRAE’s new headquarters overlooks a 15-acre lake which features a walking trail that surrounds the lake and connects with other points throughout Technology Park.

“We believe that renovating existing buildings represents the single best opportunity for making a significant impact on sustainability, resiliency and energy efficiency,” said ASHRAE President Sheila J. Hayter. “We want our new world headquarters to be an example of all that we stand for as a society and all that our industry has to offer.”

The renovation project for ASHRAE’s new headquarters includes: upgrading the existing building to operate at a higher sustainability level – anticipating net-zero operation to reduce energy consumption; and to be a model for reducing the carbon and environmental impacts of business operations in a cost-effective and replicable way.

Source: City of Peachtree Corners

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