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In this issue:
Birmingham startup offers web development for small businesses
Brasfield & Gorrie Completes Construction of Auburn University's MRI Research Center
$15 million development set for downtown



Birmingham startup offers web development for small businesses

Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012, 4:18 PM    

By Martin Swant --- The Birmingham News 


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- PlaidJack, a new venture between a Birmingham web development company and an advertising agency, aims to give small businesses a website within their price range.


The startup, located in downtown Birmingham's Innovation Depot and co-owned by Chronicle Studio and Cayenne Creative, will use the former's web development expertise and the latter's creative guidance to provide websites that are attractive yet simply designed. Planning for the venture began around the beginning of the year.


Both companies saw many small businesses that wanted to work with them but didn't have the budgets of their usual clients. At the same time, there seemed to be a trend among consumers wanting to read less on websites.


With the new company, Chronicle and Cayenne can point them to PlaidJack.


"As a small business owner, they have a lot of other things on their plate other than telling their story, so we want to guide them through that," Jeremy Carter, PlaidJack's chief executive, said in an interview.







Brasfield & Gorrie Completes Construction of Auburn University's MRI Research Center


BIRMINGHAM, Al. (August 23, 2012) - Brasfield & Gorrie has completed construction management services for Auburn University's Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Research Center. The university, along with the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, recently dedicated the new center located in the campus' Research Park.


"Building a medical and research center with world-class technologies strongly aligns with our goal of advancing healthcare platforms across the construction industry," said Steve Haney, Vice President and Preconstruction Director. "We take pride in knowing that the new center will allow Auburn University to collaborate with neighboring universities as they collectively help health professionals become more familiar with equipment that could ultimately improve healthcare outcomes."


"The MRI Research Center brings together Auburn University's expertise in engineering, science, pharmaceutics, agriculture, veterinary medicine, and business with Siemens' expertise in magnetic resonance imaging as one of the world's largest suppliers to the health care industry," said Tom Denney, the center's director and the Ed and Peggy Reynolds Family Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, in a recent Auburn University College of Engineering article. "We're conducting research that focuses on cardiovascular and brain imaging as well as advancing MRI technology." 


The three-story, 45,000 sq ft facility houses two of the most powerful MRI scanners in the world, a 3T MRI scanner for clinical and research use as well as a whole-body 7T MRI scanner for research. Auburn University researchers and their collaborators began using the 7T scanner in July 2012 for research in areas such as brain function, metabolic imaging, pharmaceuticals, diabetes, and heart disease. The facility also features a wet laboratory, a coil design laboratory, and the MRI Educational Training Center.


For more information, contact Jacklyne Ramos (Jacklyne.Ramos@edelman.com). 


$15 million development set for downtown

Written by Brad Harper


The city of Montgomery took a leap of faith when it bought the crumbling Frank Leu Building in 1997 and paid about $500,000 to demolish it. Fifteen years later, that investment may be about to pay off.


Officials this week green-lit a Birmingham developer's plans to turn the site, now a parking lot, into an estimated $15 million, multistory development that will include restaurants and rental apartments.


"I think it's what the market wants," said Chad Emerson, the director of the city's Department of Development. "I suspect there'll be some food and beverage, some non-food and beverage. You could also see some professional office space or other non-retail but commercial activity."


The scope of the project "still has some moving parts," Emerson said, as the developer determines the final size of the structure, and that could affect the cost.


The Montgomery City Council unanimously approved the agreement at their Tuesday meeting. Emerson said developer JS Group already is "moving very aggressively" to start work at site at the corner of Bibb and Commerce streets, next to the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center, and hope to open within 14 months.




[Montgomery Advertiser

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