"We envision our joint initiative with building industry vendorswill allow safety solutions to be implemented in the workplace aswell as residences," Hilario Candela, president, Spillis CandelaDMJM, says in a prepared statement. "Many of the recommendationsthat we are reviewing can be made right now at extremely modestcosts when factoring in the benefit of preserving lives."

In the first session, representatives from York InternationalCorp. of York, PA joined Spillis Candela DMJM for a discussion onthe technology and know-how to make buildings safer in anenvironment potentially threatened by chemical and biologicalhazards. Both companies contend this technology already exists.

"We decided to start with heating and ventilation systemsbecause they're the lungs of the building, and the easiest targetfor biological or chemical terrorists," Richard Gibbs, corporatecommunications director for Spillis Candela tells GlobeSt.com.Gibbs says dates and topics for future forums have yet to bedetermined.

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