Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: A Dallas firm, Austin firm and San Antonio firm will share a $503 million contract to replace the Fort Hood hospital.
Although the medical center was to have been completed in phases, Fort Hood received a boost last year as part of the nation’s stimulus package that will allow for the new hospital and upgrades to be completed as a single project.
The Fort Worth District has selected three contractors that will participate in the Fort Hood Replacement Hospital contract. The selected firms are Balfour Beatty-McCarthy of Dallas, Hensel Phelps & Robins Morton of Austin, and Turner-Zachry Fort Hood Healthcare of San Antonio who received a $503,832,293 contract.
The U.S. Army’s agent in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District handled the contract.
Presolicitation and solicitation of bids have been ongoing since September 9, 2009.
Prospective contractors and subcontractors are cautioned against contacting the US Army Corps of Engineers offices at Fort Hood for site visit requests.
Project number 74728, Phase 2 of the Medical Center Replacement includes construction of the second phase of a new Medical Center on an adjacent site to the existing hospital campus. Primary facilities include the hospital addition, ambulance garage and other structures. This project includes all inpatient functions, some ancillary functions, and the emergency department. Phase 1 and 2 will be solicited and awarded as a single discrete project.
The estimated magnitude of phase 1 and 2 is over $500 million. The contract award equals equals $351,760,660.00 Recovery Funds, and $152,071,633.00 Non-Recovery Funds.
The work will consist of the design and construction of a new medical center with approximately 947,000 square feet to replace the existing Fort Hood Hospital, including construction of a new central utility plant. Construction will be located on the athletic field site adjacent to the existing hospital campus. Primary facilities will include the complete hospital replacement, consisting of all inpatient services, the ambulatory and outpatient clinics, ancillary services, emergency department, ambulance garage, building information systems and special foundations, utilizing EBD. Supporting facilities will include site work, parking, and utilities.
In early 2006, it was announced that the new Fort Hood master plan contained a 40-acre site near Clear Creek for a new medical facility. A Fort Hood landmark has seen the end of its run after nearly 60 years as an entertainment venue for troops and their families.
Construction crews this summer already have engaged in the demolition of Prichard Stadium, more commonly known as Hood Stadium, to make room for the planned medical center, which is expected to total $927 million in costs. It is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
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