Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Avanti group news article review, Designer Show Houses

The Avanti group news article review, Designer Show Houses
Dozens of designers, landscape architects and contractors transformed the 11,000-square-foot Tudor home's rooms into showpieces, all at little cost to the seller. The 1980s kitchen—likely to turn off potential buyers—was gutted and rebuilt with the sleek cabinets, intricate tiling and Sub-Zero refrigerator that shoppers were likely to look for. A modern limestone soaking tub replaced a dated, wood-paneled Jacuzzi tub, and tired landscaping was refreshed, said Ms. Pomphrey, an agent with Coldwell Banker Previews International in Rumson, N.J.
"Now, you could just move right in," she said.
Decorator show homes are a beloved tradition in many U.S. cities. The show-home season typically kicks off when the warm weather sets in, and the homes stay open to the public for three or four weeks. Visitors pay an admission fee of between $25 and $60 to tour the homes; the money is usually earmarked for a charity. After paying for things like insurance and electricity, most show homes raise between $100,000 and $200,000, organizers say.

But charities aren't the only beneficiaries. Show homes thrive on sponsors and donations: Few involved are paid for their work, though almost everyone aims to benefit. Designers put their best work forward to attract new clients. Furniture and equipment suppliers receive free publicity. And the homeowner is often looking for help improving—and ultimately selling—the home.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Avanti Group, ISH Kina & CIHE opnår et andet vellykket år

Kina International Handelmesse for Hygiene, Opvarming, Ventilation og Luftkonditionering Ny Kina International Udstillingsmidte
Beijing, Kina, 8 – 10 april 2013
ISH Kina & CIHE opnår et andet vellykket år med høj udstiller og besøgendedeltagelse
Leverandører og afgørelse-lavende køber roser udstillingens professionalisme
Kantbegivenheder forsynede mere anledninger for netværke og forretningsudvikling
Berømt som Asiens største begivenhed for HVAC & Hygieneindustri, ISH Kina & CIHE – Kina International Handelmesse for Hygiene, Opvarming, sluttede Ventilation & Luftkonditionering dets 2013 udgave med protokol-sættende besøgendebesøg og udstillerdeltagelse. Den 2013 udstillingen blev holdt fra 8 – 10 april på Beijings Nye Kina International Udstillingsmidte. Organiseret af Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd og B & D Tigerudstilling Co Ltd, taltrak messen 881 udstillere (2012: 816) fra 21 lande og regioner. En sum af seks haller blev udnyttet, dække 80.000 sqm af plads.

Read more: The Avanti Group

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Avanti Group - China's plan to set up FTZ in Shanghai may challenge Hong Kong

The plan encompasses an area of 28 square kilometers, including Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, Yangshan Free Trade Port Area and Pudong Airport Comprehensive Free Trade Zone. The area is almost the same size as Macao, and its trade volume topped USD 100 billion last year, the highest on the mainland.
In this area, a new economic order will be established with its own set of rules for commerce and finance.
Indeed, the Shanghai free trade zone, as it is temporarily called, is set to have even more of an impact than other such entities in Shenzhen or Tianjin, the report said.
The project, mapped out at the beginning of this year and approved this week, is the first of its kind in China.
Ready for submission to the State Council later this month for the official seal of approval, the project is expected to start operation in phases in the second half of this year at the earliest.
“It is a new national strategy that everything should be secured before the plan really gets started,” said Wan Zengwei, director of the Pudong Academy of Reform and Development in Shanghai.
Pudong’s attractiveness also include Disneyland project, which is set to be completed by 2015.
Much concern has been expressed that the establishment of the Shanghai free trade zone will pose a threat to Hong Kong.
Wan said Shanghai will not challenge Hong Kong’s status as a major global free port, as the latter promises and provides more open policies.
Hong Kong Trade Development Council has been closely monitoring the development of the free trade zone plan.
But Jacky Chung, the council’s regional director for eastern and central China, said it is probably not yet time to predict the impact of the plan.
Zheng Weimin, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said Shanghai and Hong Kong play different roles in the Chinese economy and their functions are complementary.
Hong Kong’s advantages lie in its sound legal system and market openness. Their relationship is more cooperative than competitive.
read more:  The Avanti Group News

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Avanti Hong Kong Engineering, School Improvement Projects Ready for Bid Process


At the their latest meeting, members of the Coventry School Building Committee met with Torrado Architects Owner Luis Torrado and Vice President Brian O’Connell to discuss the progress that has been made on the planning and engineering of five school improvement projects that the company was contracted for in March.
“We’re doing very well and staying with our schedule,” said Torrado.
During the meeting, O’Connell presented to the Committee design development and schematic designs for each of the schools where work will be performed. Among them was an asbestos abatement plan correlating with state health department requirements which illustrated asbestos-ridden areas of the schools, including various roof and floor tile locations at Western Coventry, floor tiles and area surrounding the air-conditioning chiller at Coventry High School, as well as outdated tiles and boiler room fittings at Hopkins Hill, among several other locations.
Improvements to parking lots and HVAC/air quality systems were also shown in the plans and supplemented with current photographs of the layout and mechanics of each workspace to illustrate the scope of labor that is required.
“You can seen the exhaustive effort we’ve gone through to document and understand the existing conditions so we can some up with the best solutions,” said O’Connell.