Access to business capital luncheon set for Wednesday
A lunch seminar that will discuss how small businesses can get access to business capital will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the ExxonMobil Community Center, 5955 Scenic Highway, in Baton Rouge.
Will Campbell, of the b1Foundation, will be the guest speaker. The event is sponsored by the Baton Rouge North Economic Development District and the Capital Region Planning Commission.
To register for the event, go to brnedd.com.
LSU professor develops superwood for infrastructure
Hai “Thomas” Lin, an assistant professor in the LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is developing superwood, timber with high stiffness and strength that is durable, cost-effective and can be used in place of steel and concrete piles in civil infrastructure.
Timber piles are a renewable and low-cost foundation system, but they have low stiffness and strength, limiting their use to light structures.
Superwood is a densified wood material produced through hot pressing. Lin said the strength and elasticity of superwood could exceed that of concrete.
Lin is researching how to optimize processing superwood piles, investigate the interaction between the piles and the soil, develop models to predict the responses of superwood under different soil and weight conditions and assess the cost and environmental impacts of superwood.
Baton Rouge fitness studio Pilates Plus acquires TreadBR, plans to rebrand
Lauren Temple, owner and operator of Pilates Plus, has acquired TreadBR, a fitness studio in the Southdowns Shopping Center on Perkins Road.
Temple plans to expand services provided at Pilates Plus’ Southdowns location. Before the deal, only Lagree pilates classes were offered at the location. Now, she will offer treadmill classes, resistance training, yoga and cardio classes in the former TreadBR space.
Before the acquisition, Pilates Plus members had to go to the location at 18303 Perkins Road for the full range of services.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome TreadBR members into the Pilates Plus family,” said Temple. “As Pilates Plus has grown over the years, we’ve also expanded our breadth of services, so this acquisition creates a perfect opportunity to grow the brand itself, too.”
To learn about Pilates Plus or to inquire about a membership, visit www.pilatesplusbatonrouge.com or either of their two locations.
Woman’s Hospital earns research accreditation
Woman’s Hospital has been awarded full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs for its dedication to improving the health of patients and the community through research.
Research at Woman’s helps doctors learn new ways to promote healthy living, improve health during pregnancy, prevent and treat illnesses. A few recent studies include: looking at ways to prevent women who developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy from becoming pre-diabetic; a pandemic pregnancy study that looks at how COVID-19 affected pregnancy outcomes for women and babies; and a study that aims to find a blood test that can predict pregnancy complications.
Baton Rouge-based small business to serve as subcontractor on $2.5 billion NASA contract
Baton Rouge-based EMCO Technologies has joined Leidos as a strategic small-business subcontracting partner on a 10-year, $2.5 billion IT and telecommunications services contract supporting NASA.
EMCO Technologies will provide technology services to multiple NASA Space Flight Centers throughout the U.S., including Johnson Space Center in Texas and Langley Research Center in Virginia.
The contract is part of an ongoing mission to increase productivity, improve operations security and modernize NASA’s network infrastructure.
Senior living facility rebranded, renovated
The Blake at The Grove has been been purchased and rebranded as to The Claiborne at Baton Rouge.
In addition to the name change, The Claiborne has undergone a $2 million renovation including enhancements to dementia care and other physical plant amenities.
The Claiborne offers independent, assisted living and dementia care services. It is part of Claiborne Senior Living, which is headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and serves older adults throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Georgia.
Leasing underway at 120-unit Denham Springs senior housing development
The leasing offices are open at Morningside at Juban Lakes, a new apartment development in Denham Springs for seniors.
The 120-unit affordable housing development at 26989 Village Lane is partially open. It contains one- and two-bedroom apartments that lease for between $817 to $974. The maximum allowed income restrictions range from $33,360 up to $47,580, depending on household size.
CST Land Developers developed the $20 million complex. It’s near four other apartment complexes CST has developed since it acquired the 70-acre site in 2006: The Palms at Juban Lakes, The Crossing Apartments, The Village at Juban Lakes and The Reserve at Juban Lakes.
Guice Offshore adds three support vessels to fleet
Guice Offshore, which operates mini supply and medium-sized multipurpose vessels, has added three ships to its fleet.
The GO Crusader and GO Adventurer are 205-fool long platform supply vessels, while the GO Explorer is a 170-foot multipurpose vessel.
All three vessels are fitted to address clients in the growing U.S. offshore wind energy industry, along with those in aerospace, renewable energy, oil and gas, government and military, environmental, disaster response and recovery, inspection, maintenance and repair, science research, salvage, geotechnical surveying and documentary and film markets.
Madisonville-based Guice Offshore has 10 vessels in its fleet.