Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tolaris Built Home in Lake Forest: 3,614 SF of Living Space, July Electric Bill: $88.14 including taxes

LAKE FOREST, Fla. – When the owners of a 3,614 square foot luxury home Tolaris Homes built in Lake Forest early this year, got their July electric bill they couldn’t help but chuckle. Despite record temperatures that kept most air conditioners in the neighborhood working overtime, their electric bill — including taxes — was just $88.14.

And while that’s not unusual, says Rick Bavec, president of Tolaris Homes, it’s no accident either.

“We spent several weeks to determine the optimum placement of the house on the home site to minimize direct sunlight into the home and maximize exposure to the solar systems we installed,” Bavec said.

Those systems — including 10 photovoltaic panels to generate electrical power and passive panels to heat the home owner’s swimming pool and hot water — were part of an energy efficiency package Bavec designed to work in conjunction with Icynene®  insulation, PGT Low-e windows, and eight inch concrete block walls.

Bavec said he installed a renewable energy system that sells electrical power back to Florida Power and Light whenever the solar panels generate excess current.

Bavec also adapted an old Florida trick, designing and building almost 1,000 square feet of roof overhangs and screened patio to cool the air surrounding the home and provide extensive “outdoor living” areas.

“Altogether, the home has 5,545 square feet under roof,” Bavec said.

Too, the home owners had a little help. For 10 days they flipped the switch on their electric hot water heater to “vacation mode”, turned up the thermostat on the Carrier Infinity® Control heat pump digital air conditioning controls and took a vacation.

“Measured against their neighbors’ electric bills they saved about $400,” Bavec said. “That’s not quite enough to pay for their vacation, but it sure helped,” Bavec added.

For more information, contact:

Richard Bavec, President, Tolaris Homes, 407-402-9866 rbavec@tolarishomes.com;

 Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142 (fax: 644-4410) lvershelco@aol.com

McCarthy Begins Construction on New Transportation Center at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, CA

Burbank, CA (Aug. 21, 2012) – McCarthy Building Companies recently began construction on the new $72.7 million Bob Hope Airport Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC).

The facility, which broke ground on July 6, 2012, is being built to provide seamless connectivity for airport, train and bus passengers, as well as rental car customers and bicyclists. It is scheduled for completion in 2014

The 520,000-square-foot project includes construction of a three-level consolidated rental car parking structure with a car wash and fueling system; a rental car customer service building; and a ground level bus transit station for MTA, Burbank Bus, Amtrak and charter/shuttle buses.

The bus station features an open air design complemented by 16 art panels adorning all three levels of the structure.

Work also entails construction of an elevated, 1,100 foot-long moving walkway which will transport rental car customers and rail and bus passengers between the RITC and airport terminal.

 “For the Airport Authority, this project represents our ongoing commitment to improving convenience for our passengers and Southern California, while at the same time improving quality of life for our neighbors,” said Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority President Chris Holden (lower left photo).

“This project will reduce traffic and promote use of alternative public transportation while providing a state-of-the-art rental car facility for our airport patrons.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Laura Mickelson (LM Communications)                                                 
(949) 453-0851                            

Susan Garritano (McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.)    
(314) 968-3300          

Marcus & Millichap Names Ryan Nee Sales Manager in Manhattan


 NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2012 – Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the nation’s largest real estate investment services firm, has named Ryan Nee (top right photo) as sales manager of the firm’s Manhattan office, according to J.D. Parker (lower left photo), vice president and regional manager of Marcus & Millichap’s Manhattan, New Haven and White Plains offices. Prior to joining the Manhattan office, Nee was the sales manager of the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office.

“Ryan’s extensive commercial real estate knowledge and management experience make him a strong asset for our clients and for our investment sales professionals,” says Parker. “He will be instrumental in expanding our national market-making capabilities to clients in Manhattan and throughout the Tri-State Area.”

Nee began his career with Marcus & Millichap as a sales intern in February 2007. He became an agent in October 2007 and was awarded the firm’s “Rookie of the Year” honor in 2008. He became sales manager of the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office in October 2011. Nee’s product specialty is office and industrial investment properties.

He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Florida.


Stacey Corso
Public Relations Manager
(925) 953-1716