Emotional Ceremony Live Streamed Across the Globe to Family and Friends

UNION, NJ, JUNE 22 — They always knew they would live at CENTURION UNION,
they never thought they would get married there too.

After eight years of dating, Gene Martinez proposed to Judy Los Banos and the couple spent the next two years planning their dream wedding.  With the June 13, 2020 date quickly approaching, they had everything in place, from a 256-person guest list to a booked reception hall, bridesmaids’ dresses to a honeymoon in Aruba.  They also had a new apartment lined up after leasing a home at CENTURION UNION, a new luxury rental building in Union, NJ which they watched being built for two years, knowing all along it would be their first home together.

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Photo Credit: Cat Lee

Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and the couple nervously watched as restrictions were put into place and extended over time. Waiting as long as they could, Judy and Gene finally made the very difficult decision to postpone their wedding.

“We put so much time and effort into the planning over the past two years, and we were so excited to be just a couple of months away,” said Gene. “Then came the pandemic and everything changed. We had no choice but to cancel. The bridal shower, the bachelor party, the ceremony, reception and honeymoon; everything was off.”

Distraught over the turn of events, made even sadder by the fact that Judy and Gene were waiting to be married before living together, the couple decided to move forward with their June 13 th date, albeit in a much more intimate fashion.

“We just couldn’t wait to be married,” said Judy, who had been living alone in their new apartment since May. “We obtained a marriage license and arranged to have our pastor come to our home to marry us. We then asked management if it were possible to have the ceremony in one of the building’s amenity spaces so we could invite a few family members and friends to celebrate with us.”

After hearing about their ordeal, American Landmark Development, the developer of CENTURION UNION, offered up the 5 th -floor Resident Lounge for the ceremony, complete with decorations and a bottle of celebratory champagne in the refrigerator. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, ten guests, including Gene’s parents and cousin who served as Best Man and Judy’s brother, sister-in-law, and Matron of Honor, watched as the couple tearfully exchanged wedding vows. The ceremony was also streamed via Facebook Live to their 256 guests, including Judy’s mother in the Philippines who was unable to secure a flight back to the United States and got up at 2:30 am with other family members to watch, as well as other family and friends in Asia, Europe, Canada, California, Arizona, Texas, Delaware, New York and New Jersey.


Photo Credit: Cat Lee

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds went back to their new apartment where Emily’s Portuguese Bakery, a neighborhood staple, provided complimentary pastries
for the couple and their guests to enjoy.

“It may not have been our dream wedding, and I never thought walking down the aisle would mean walking from my apartment to the elevator, but it was perfect and we’re so grateful that our family and friends around the world were still able to share it with us,” said Judy.

The bride and groom were then greeted with their first wedding present, a reservation at WAVE Resort, a new oceanfront resort in Long Branch, NJ, courtesy of CENTURION UNION’S developer, American Landmark Development.

“This is just such a wonderful place to start our lives together,” said Judy. “We feel
very blessed.”

Jersey’s Best Highlights Hoboken Hot Spots, Just a Stone’s Throw Away from Jersey City

Jersey’s Best recently published an article titled, “24 Hours in Hoboken: A hive of activity awaits you any time of year within the Mile Square City,” covering everything available to you in Hoboken, which is an ideal guide for Jersey City residents looking to expand their activities list!

To start, Jersey’s Best highlights the fascination Hoboken has with Frank Sinatra, as you can walk in his legendary footsteps through the Hoboken Historical Museum’s Frank Sinatra Walking Tour map. While you can pick up the tour at any point, they recommend starting at the iconic 415 Monroe St. It is also recommended that visitors double check online to see if any COVID-19 restrictions will halt their tour. The last stop on the tour is the Frank Sinatra Memorial Park, which was dedicated in his memory and overlooks the Hudson River with stunning views of Manhattan.

Moving onto the waterfront of Hoboken, these are some of the most anticipated spots to stop at according to Jersey’s Best:

Pier 13 

A short hop from the 14th Street Ferry is Pier 13, Hoboken’s seasonal open-air waterfront beer garden, which features food trucks, water sports and entertainment options ranging from live music to movie nights. Everything is outdoors, so keep weather in mind when planning a day here.

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Maxwell Place Park 

This compact green space on the Hudson River has a waterfront walkway, beach area and a small toddler playground. Unfortunately there is no swimming allowed, but fret not, if you want to hop in you just have to head next door to…

Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse 

Run by volunteers in cooperation with the City of Hoboken and offering free kayaking to the public, the boathouse is open weekends from late spring to early fall, weather permitting. Currently the season is paused due to COVID-19, but you can keep updated by following their social media @hobocobo on Instagram.

Hudson River Waterfront Walkway 

The New York City views from a bench, a bike or walking is perfect for any season. Viewfinders are spread across the walkway for visitors to get the best perspectives.

Pier C Park

This bean-shaped park on a pier jutting off the Waterfront Walkway has two playgrounds, grassy picnic and play areas, and a beach pit with bleachers what entice visitors to climb for an ultimate viewing experience.

Pier A Park

Bring a blanket, a picnic, a frisbee or ball and head to the great lawn at Pier A Park to enjoy a perfect sunny day with some friends. During summer, Pier A is the site of Movies Under the Stars, concerts as well as weekly evening fitness and yoga classes.

The Hoboken Historical Museum

The Hoboken Historical Museum is a must not only for history buffs, don’t walk past 1301 Hudson St. without taking a detour inside. 

As for the vast artistic community in Hoboken, Jersey’s Best recommends the following pit stops while hopping around Hoboken: 

Monroe Center for the Arts 

A hub for local artists and entrepreneurs, you can find talent from A to Z in all forms, including artisans of jewelry, cuisine, photography, architectural and interior design, dance, wellness and more at 720 Monroe St. 

Barsky Gallery 

You’ll want to plan ahead to visit the Barsky Gallery and check its site for public event dates and open hours to view the extensive works by contemporary artists.

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To finish off the list of hot spots in Hoboken, Jersey’s Best had to include the main  thoroughfare of Washington Street, where sidewalks leave room for folks to stroll, restaurants to offer outdoor seating and shops for everyone. Washington Street was even dubbed one of America’s Top 10 Great Streets by the American Planning Association.

Hoboken’s restaurant scene includes places that have been around forever along with those adventurous and new; from American to Italian and around the globe, every ethnic cuisine is represented. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served — find just the meal you need to keep you fueled for a day of shopping. Unique and trendy boutiques outnumber chain stores in Hoboken, and you’ll find chic, one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories at every turn. 

If that wasn’t enough, Hoboken also has plenty of bars with live music, DJs and dancing will keep you busy as long as you want. 

For more information visit Jersey’s Best.

Bank of America contributes $1M to Liberty Science Centers’s SciTech Scity


Liberty Science Center has announced that Bank of America will become a corporate partner in the SciTech Scity project, after committing $1 million to the effort.

SciTech Scity is a a 30-acre innovation campus that aims to develop dozens of world-changing science and technology companies, as well as revamp K-12 educational standards at Liberty Science Center.

The $280 million SciTech Scity project will feature a biotech lab, a coding lab, a technology business incubator, a K-12 STEM-focused school, as well as a village with residential housing and outdoor park space.

In addition to its monetary donation, Bank of America is also is providing SciTech Scity with its leadership expertise. Sumeet Chabria, the head of global business services at Bank of America, will join the project’s board of trustees. Bank of America joins EY and Verizon as founding corporate sponsors of SciTech Scity.

Other anchor sponsors include the city of Jersey City; Joseph and Millie Williams; LSC board co-Chair David Barry; and former U.S. Rep. Frank J. Guarini.

The first phase of SciTech Scity, on a path to open in late 2022 or 2023, includes the following new construction projects:

  • Edge Works: the economic and creative hub for SciTech Scity, offering a variety of scalable workspaces, an advanced prototyping lab, custom labs, meeting spaces, and a state-of-the-art conference center
  • Scholars Village: a mixed use residential offering permanent housing (Studio-2BR) and student housing (for local university students in STEM), each equipped with the latest in smart home technology and sustainable living.
  • Public Commons: 5-acre outdoor park with activations that encourage exploration, creativity, collaboration and innovation. An events plaza for concerts, farmers markets, art exhibitions and food-truck festivals.

Subsequent phases of SciTech Scity will include expanded incubation space, a science-focused public school and other facilities to drive STEM innovation and job creation.

For more information, visit

League of Women Voters Urges Voters to Plan Ahead to Participate in the Primary Election


The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley reminds all citizens that New Jersey’s primary election has been postponed until July 7, 2020, as a result of COVID-19.  Between now and then, additional voter deadlines have moved to reflect the new election date.  During this critical time, voters should prepare now to participate in the primary safely and check pertinent dates from May through the end of June.

Drawing members from 29 municipalities in Bergen County, New Jersey, the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley encourages voters to vote safely from their homes using a Vote by Mail (VBM) ballot, commonly referred to as an “absentee” ballot.  Vote by Mail ballots are available to all registered voters after applying.  The deadline to apply through the mail for a Vote by Mail ballot is June 30, 2020.  Applications are available at

“Your voice is more important than ever before,” said Nike Prieston Bach, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley.  “Do not wait to apply for your Vote by Mail ballot.  We urge voters to act now to ensure they have adequate time to cast their ballots from the safety of home.”

New Voter Registration and Party Affiliation Deadlines

The new voter registration deadline for the July primary is June 16, 2020.  Registered voters, who are currently affiliated with a political party and want to change their party affiliation, now have until May 13 to file a political party affiliation declaration form.  Registered unaffiliated voters may declare at any time up to and including primary election day, and vote in that party’s primary.  Voter registration forms and party affiliation declaration forms are available at

Party affiliation declaration forms, voter registration forms, and vote-by-mail applications must be printed, signed, and mailed.  Voters, who do not have access to a printer, may contact the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at for assistance.

To obtain additional information about the July 7 primary, visit the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at and, a “one-stop-shop” for election related information, provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the election process. will publish voters guides electronically by the beginning of June.

For more information about the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley, contact

Like Your Favorite Artists in Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen Virtual ‘The Daily Arts Dose’

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Graphics from The Daily Arts Dose Campaign.  Image Credits: Northern New Jersey Community Foundation

Break up the monotony and the isolation by participating in the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) ArtsBergen virtual art social media campaign, ‘The Daily Arts Dose’.  From today, Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 20, the public can experience a different work of art, once a day for two week, and like their favorite artists in the campaign on the NNJCF’s ArtsBergen social media accounts.

The campaign features 14 Bergen County artists of all disciplines, who submitted their art and were selected to share a sample of their work to the community on social media.  The artists were asked to submit work reflecting the campaign’s tag line, ‘The Daily Arts Dose: Guaranteed to nourish your soul and boost immunity to boredom, isolation, and seeing those same four walls’, or that inspired, brought humor, or contemplation in the midst of the pandemic.

Each artist’s work will be posted daily starting May 4 on these social media accounts: Facebook at, Instagram at, and Twitter @nnjcf.  Everyone is encouraged to like, share and comment on the posts they enjoy.  The artist’s post receiving the highest number of likes will be awarded a cash prize.

“The arts can uplift and inspire hope and joy.  During this time of social distancing, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation engages local artists to help alleviate some of the disconnection and isolation community members are experiencing by injecting a healthy dose of creativity into their lives,” said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.


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About Northern New Jersey Community Foundation

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, the environment, public health, philanthropy and the arts.  NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life.  The Foundation’s partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other, by sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.  For more information, visit, send an email to, or call 201-568-5608.

About ArtsBergen

ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, is an emerging arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey that supports and encourages creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy.  The initiative’s mission is to energize and unify artists and arts organizations and connect the Bergen County community to the arts.  For more information, visit, send an email to, or call 201-568-5608.

Development Team at Hoboken’s 7 Seventy House Supports Charities Assisting Coronavirus Relief

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HOBOKEN, N.J.  —  The development team behind 7 Seventy House in Hoboken, N.J. is answering a call to raise funds for charitable organizations providing critical community support and relief during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bijou Properties and its partner Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation have rolled out a new program that will donate $7.70 to one of two non-profit organizations on behalf of every prospect and broker that participates in a digital leasing presentation at the 424-home rental building.  What’s more, the building’s ownership will commit to matching every donation, making the total raised even greater.

The process is simple and will generate meaningful funds for either the Front Line Appreciation Group (FLAG) of HBKN and JC, a local grassroots organization that provides meals and more to doctors, nurses and medical professionals, or Feeding America, a national organization with a specific fund to help feed those throughout the country affected by COVID-19.

Under the initiative — called “Win-Win” — prospects and the brokerage community can visit the building’s website at or call 201-795-0770 to schedule a virtual tour.  At the start of a digital presentation with a live leasing agent, they can choose the charity they wish to support.  The developers, along with The Marketing Directors, the exclusive marketing and leasing agent for 7 Seventy House, will make donations for all tours conducted.  The program will run until May 31, 2020.  There is no requirement to sign a lease to generate a contribution.

“These are unprecedented times and we believe strongly that it’s important for the entire community to provide relief and support to our frontline,” says Larry Bijou, managing partner of Hoboken-based Bijou Properties.   “We’ve seen it with the large number of individuals who applaud our healthcare workers nightly and have been supporting restaurants and shops.   As a local business, we wanted to do our part by creating a program that would contribute financially to these two organizations, show frontline workers how appreciative we are and provide some level of respite to those afflicted by the disease.”

“The 7 Seventy House community of residents has such amazing civic pride — renters who have lived locally prior as well as renters who have moved here from out of the area,” adds Peter Palandjian, Chairman and CEO of Intercontinental.  “This program provides a fantastic way to create awareness of these two vital organizations for those as-yet unfamiliar with the mission as well as for prospective renters who may want to take advantage of another avenue to help in this desperate time of need. Those interested can tour a potential new home and at the same time provide much needed funds to a most worthy cause.”

7 Seventy House launched its newly produced virtual tour program to remotely accommodate prospective residents moving forward with apartment searches in today’s COVID-19 environment.   The digital presentation was introduced as soon as the City of Hoboken issued a shelter in place policy with travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines.  The creative new leasing tool provides a complete look at the building’s fully furnished model apartments and approximately 90,000 square feet of world class amenities.  The tour is part of one-on-one interactive presentations now being conducted by leasing agents through personal Zoom meetings.

The fast-leasing 7 Seventy House features a collection of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences with open floor plans of red oak engineered wood floors and expansive windows that bathe the homes in natural light.  Kitchens feature Quartz countertops, white ceramic tile backsplashes, custom cabinetry, and a premium GE stainless-steel appliance package, with in-residence Bosch washer and dryers.  Luxury baths are outfitted with grey mineral stone tile and Moen & Kohler fixtures.

Monthly rents start in the $2,600s, with limited-time incentives that include six weeks free on a 13-month lease.  Immediate occupancy is available.

Designed by Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects), the 14-story high-rise building boasts resort-style amenities that include a penthouse pool and roof deck with lounge seating, expansive amenity deck with BBQ stations, multiple outdoor gardens, bocce ball court, state-of-the-art multi-level gym, play room, game room, indoor bike storage, on-site dog park, dog grooming room, alcove with co-working lounge and coffee station and a conference room with access to an outdoor lounge with a fire pit.  The amenity spaces are strategically located on multiple floors with views including the Manhattan skyline. Brooklyn-based interior designer Factioned has merchandised the amenities with chic and fashionable furnishings and appointments that blend an industrial flair with a modern lifestyle environment.

Beyond the private amenities, 7 Seventy House offers services that include a 24-hour attended lobby, Hello Alfred concierge service and covered parking.   There’s also approximately 25,000 square feet of ground floor retail space that will serve residents and the Hoboken community.

Located at 770 Jackson Street, the building is just steps from Hoboken’s 9th Street Light Rail Station and blends an upscale living experience with the convenience of quick access throughout New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast,” including Hoboken’s PATH, New Jersey Transit and Ferry terminals with service to Manhattan.  Closer to home, there’s a wide range of services and cultural attractions available in the Monroe Center, the premier arts and business community in Hoboken, which boasts artist studios, children’s activities, fitness facilities, eateries and much more.

7 Seventy House is a multi-faceted mix-use project that was developed in conjunction with a two-acre resiliency park donated to the City of Hoboken by Bijou Properties and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation.  The initial installation of the park included a children’s playground, a one-acre green space designed for active and passive recreation uses, a state-of-the-art 6,835 square-foot community gymnasium and infrastructure to capture over 450,000 gallons of rainwater to reduce flooding.  A second phase will include a one-acre public plaza with step seating and tilted lawn panel, play sculpture and a large plaza to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets.   The project is part of the larger redevelopment of Hoboken‘s once-industrial western edge into a vibrant and active pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.

7 Seventy House recently received a 2019 Excellence Award in Sustainable Development from  The Urban Land Institute-Northern New Jersey (ULI-NNJ) in recognition of the responsible development tactics and smart growth practices utilized to conceptualize and complete the upscale rental building.

About Bijou Properties

Founded in 1999 in Hoboken, N.J., Bijou Properties is an award-winning owner, operator, and developer of the highest quality green development along the Hudson waterfront. A recognized leader in sustainable development, Bijou Properties created New Jersey’s first LEED gold residential high-rise, first LEED platinum mid-rise, and first Passive House multi-family building. A developer that prides itself on building livable neighborhoods, projects have included new parks and pedestrian plazas, a public gymnasium, charter school, non-profit theater space, and unique commercial tenants including a rock-climbing gym, independent bookstore and culinary studio.

About Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation

Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation is an SEC Registered Investment Adviser with decades long experience in real estate investment, finance, development, construction management and asset management. Since 1959, Intercontinental and its affiliates have managed, developed, or owned collectively over $10 billion in real estate property. Today, Intercontinental manages a real estate portfolio of approximately $9.5 billion for its clients. The Intercontinental portfolio is diversified both by robust property mix and by geography. Fund strategies actively seek opportunities to invest in both Core and Core-Plus properties, as well as in Value-Add operating properties and development projects.

About The Marketing Directors

With over 35 years of experience, The Marketing Directors is the preeminent development advisory that works exclusively on behalf of residential owners and builders to develop, market, and lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors are industry leaders, respected partners, and market innovators.

Hoboken Girl hosts virtual dance party


On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Hoboken Girl will be hosting their weekly Instagram live dance party in order to raise money for the Front Line Appreciation Group (FLAG) of Hoboken and Jersey City.

FLAG of HBKN and JC serves to support all of the heroes that are helping treat, rescue and keep the community safe while putting themselves and their families at risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donations can be made via Venmo or PayPal. For more information visit:


Cure Breast Cancer Foundation Supports The Memorial Sloan Kettering Employee Relief Fund

CBCF LogoIn these challenging times, the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) acknowledges that the excellent care Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) patients receive each day depends upon the availability of trained and skilled support staff to assist, care for and comfort patients. The same holds true for the research support staff. Care and research are intertwined, and the MSK Employee Relief Fund will help research staff too, some involved in CBCF research.

Many of these caring people are facing tremendous personal and unprecedented challenges of their own:

*Lack of public transportation to get to and from the hospital

*Children who are home from school and have no other care options

*Sick and elderly family members who are in need of care

*Unplanned family expenses

The support staff, doctors and nurses are working around the clock to uphold the excellent MSKCC standard of patient care. MSKCC realizes and understands these unprecedented challenges its support staff faces and is making a commitment to help them to get through this difficult time.

CBCF is asking for your support of these critical care staff members and researchers at this time by donating now to The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation to help cover these costs and allow their staff to be at work and continue to save lives. CBCF has already donated $50,000 to the Fund. All additional funds raised through this special effort will be forwarded to the MSK Employee Relief Fund as well. To donate and support the MSK Employee Relief Fund, please

Jersey City to match state grants in an effort to aid small businesses


Jersey City has announced they will match state-funded small business grants for city businesses facing financial hardships due to the coronavirus crisis.

According to Mayor Steve Fulop, the grant program will comprise of Jersey City matching 100% of any state grants awarded to Jersey City applicants of the NJ Economic Development Authority Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. The program is currently live and runs through April 10th. Financial aid will be used to help with payroll and provide working capital with the goal of retaining employees.

The local program will be administered through the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC), a 501c3 nonprofit.

The application for the NJEDA Small Business Grant program is available at

KRE Group launches new virtual activities initiative to entertain/educate residents and support local businesses

KRE Live Features a Curated Offering of At-Home Activities Free to the Public


KRE Group, a leading real estate development and management company, announced today the launch of KRE Live, a virtual space that provides a robust calendar of online social, fitness, entertainment and educational options to aid the public in practicing social distancing throughout the current COVID-19 crisis.

The website will be updated regularly to provide a full schedule of classes, demonstrations, talks and other livestreams offered in real time and at no cost.  KRE has engaged the local business community to bring their services and expertise to residents who can no longer visit in person.

Powered by Zoom, the livestreams are carefully curated to provide a variety of activities and discussions for all household makeups. Family-friendly options include a comedy show, Spanish Class for Kids with Fasttrack Languages and The Unicorn NYC Presents Babies N’ Beats. Other adult-oriented classes consist of a WFH PT Stretch Class with Lisbeth Hoyt, Brizz’s Bootcamp hosted by Hudson River Fitness, a cooking class led by Hoboken favorite Hudson Table, How to Golf from Home with PGA Professional Jeff Wibben, Spicy Margarita Making Cocktail Class and many more.

On Friday, March 27, KRE Live will host a discussion with Jersey City Medical Center President and CEO Michael Prilutsky and Chief Medical Officer Michael Loftus to update the community on COVID-19.

“These are unchartered waters for all of us,” said Jonathan Kushner, president of KRE Group.  “Once we put all of the necessary measures in place to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible, we began thinking of ways that would improve their quality of life during this restrictive period.  KRE Live will allow them to enjoy many of the activities they’ve been missing, while also increasing exposure and building new audiences for so many local businesses and individuals who are dealing with temporary shutdowns.”

While initially conceived to exclusively service KRE Group’s entire multi-family portfolio,  KRE Live is open to the public at large.

“We’re all in this together,” said Mr. Kushner.  “When we can’t control a situation, we have a company approach of doing our best to control our reaction to that situation.”

To view and register for activities on KRE Live, visit

Local businesses interested in being considered for KRE Live can email

About Kushner Real Estate Group

Headquartered in Jersey City, NJ, KRE Group is one of the largest privately held diversified real estate companies in New Jersey. It owns and manages more than 6,000,000 square feet of office, warehouse and retail space. It also has a multi-family portfolio which exceeds 9,000 existing apartments, with an additional 7,000 in various stages of approval and construction. For more information, visit the company’s website at