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VOL. 115 | NO. 29 | Tuesday, February 13, 2001

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Five Memphis engineering firms are among the 18 Tennessee firms entered in the annual competition for the Engineering Excellen Five Memphis engineering firms are among the 18 Tennessee firms entered in the annual competition for the Engineering Excellence Awards sponsored by the Consulting Engineers of America. Winners will be named tonight in Nashville. Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates submitted an entry for its work at a credit card processing center. Ellers Oakley Chester & Rike Inc. entered its work performed for a treatment facility in Memphis. Ensafe Inc. entered its project on a production and information tracking facility for Kellogg Co. Fisher & Arnold Inc. entered a project for Williams Refinery. The Pickering Firm submitted an entry for a runway project at Memphis International Airport. Crye-Leike has signed a contract with OnePipeline Inc., a producer of automated loan compliance technology for the real estate and mortgage finance industry. First Trust Bank for Savings also entered an agreement with OnePipeline to act as a processing center for loans originated by OnePipeline. Through this arrangement, OnePipeline will work with First Trust as a processing center and Crye-Leike to offer homebuyers point-of-sale financing. Crye-Leike hit nearly $3 billion in sales volume for 2000, the second best year in company history. Crye-Leikes 2,200 sales associates in a four-state area handled 20,564 closings for the year, a 4.5 percent decrease from the 21,537 closings in 1999. The sales figures include new and existing family homes, condos and duplexes, as well as commercial properties. The American Institute of Architects Memphis Chapter will host Celebration of Architecture 2001 at the Plaza Club Feb. 24. The event will honor the recipients of the 2000 Design Awards and the Francis Gassner Award with a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. For information, call AIA Memphis, 525-3818. Don P. Smith, recently retired chairman of Pickering Inc., will focus on the development and management of communities for those 55 or older. QualityLife LLC was founded in 1999. The firm develops and sells single-family homes, town homes and condominiums. QualityLife communities include a clubhouse, swimming pool and tennis court and will be gated. Its first project, QualityLife at Morning Chase on U.S. Highway 64 in Cordova, will add 187 homes to the market. The first houses will be completed in the fall.
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 140 207 19,653
MORTGAGES 128 196 22,629
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 13 2,935
BUILDING PERMITS 166 367 40,371
BANKRUPTCIES 40 102 12,588
BUSINESS LICENSES 16 33 6,407
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 31 81 7,476
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 47 4,500