The ultimate sustainability award at I-4: Envision® Platinum

Our I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project has won the prestigious Envision® Platinum award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). I-4 Ultimate, the reconstruction of 21 miles of roadway in Central Florida, stands to be the largest project certified by Envision to date. I-4 Ultimate is one of Skanska’s three public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the United States in addition to LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal B in New York and the Elizabeth River Tunnels in Virginia. At Skanska, we are advocates for PPPs because they set the stage for successful sustainability planning by involving all parties – from the architects to the future operators – from day one.

“The entire I-4 Ultimate team is thrilled to receive this recognition for our efforts to protect the environment while creating a signature corridor for the entire region,” said Loreen Bobo, P.E. who is the I-4 Ultimate Construction Program Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation. “This award shows that sustainability goals are achievable alongside other primary missions of our agency to enhance the economic prosperity and preserve the quality of our environment and communities.”

Proposed rendering of the future SR 436 Interchange, which is currently one of the most congested intersections in Florida with more than 100,000 motorists traveling on it per day.

Our PPP team at I-4 Mobility Partners (I4MP) is doing more than building new infrastructure, it is also relocating protected wildlife such as tortoises and osprey, planting native trees such as elms and maples, and recycling 99 percent of the concrete and steel removed from roads and bridges.

Public spaces are being created to connect and engage the community through group sport activities, farmer’s markets, art fairs and parks. Residents will also be able to enjoy enhanced walkability, biking and public transportation options with connections to the SunRail commuter rail system and LYNX, Orlando’s local bus service. All in all, we are fully invested in improving the places where we work and live.

The proposed project design includes accent lighting, illuminated fountains, enhanced bridge architecture and architectural cladding.

“Since day one, our entire team has been committed to achieving the highest standards under Envision,” said Sal Taddeo, Chief Operating Officer East, Skanska USA Civil. “Our goal is to deliver one of the country’s most complex roadway projects while reaching a top level of sustainable infrastructure performance that can serve as a role model for other projects of its kind.”

The road to sustainable infrastructure

Created in 2012, Envision provides a framework for evaluating infrastructure projects similar to how the LEED® evaluation system works for building projects. The ranking consists of a broad range of criteria that address a project’s impact on the surrounding community and environment, technical considerations regarding materials and processes, and other critical choices spanning the project’s lifecycle. There are five categories measured: Quality of Life, Leadership, Natural World, Resource Allocation, and Climate and Risk.

I-4 Ultimate received high scores in three key categories:

Quality of Life: Central Florida’s local history and unique community character are being reflected in the design because there are hundreds of nearby buildings, districts and sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several of these places are within the project limits, including the town of Eatonville, Griffin Park and the Holden-Parramore Historic District.

Founded in 1887, the town of Eatonville was the first incorporated African-American town in the US. The main road — Kennedy Boulevard which passes under the new I-4 project — once served as a wagon trail. Key landscape and historic features will be integrated into the bridge design at Kennedy Boulevard to honor the city’s history.

Leadership: To meet FDOT’s sustainability goals, an agenda was created early in the program to provide the project’s foundation. This includes social priorities such as health and safety, community involvement and business ethics; environmental priorities, including energy, carbon, materials, water and local impacts; and economic priorities such as project selection criteria, supply chain management and value added to society.

Natural World: A comprehensive Contamination Management Plan and Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan was developed to prevent pollutants from contaminating soils, surface water and groundwater. Four underground storage tanks and 145 tons of petroleum that impacted soils and debris have been removed from the project site.

Invasive species are being controlled by removing existing Brazilian Pepper trees and Tropical Soda Apple shrubs along the project’s right-of-way while including non-invasive plants for landscaping and maintaining wetland functions.

The native landscaping proposed for this project includes up to 14,225 trees, 9,825 palms and 65,900 native shrubs and grasses.

Setting new sustainability records

In the fall of 2016, our Expo Line 2 Light Rail transit project in Los Angeles received Envision Platinum certification, making it the first transit project to receive the certification. Skanska has been involved in Envision since its inception and we are proud to see that momentum continues to grow. We are a charter member of ISI and we have supported more than 60 employees in achieving the Envision Sustainability Professional designation.

Moving forward, all of our PPPs in the U.S. must be either Envision or LEED certified, and by 2020 all of our U.S. civil infrastructure projects will seek Envision certification.

This marks the first time a Florida project has been honored by the ISI and the second time a Skanska project has been honored.

Thank you to our teammates at I-4 Mobility Partners

Our I-4 Mobility Partners team is designing, building, financing, and operating the project through a 40-year P3 concession agreement with a total design and construction cost of $2.323 billion dollars. We have two roles: one as an equity member through our Infrastructure Development group and a second as part of the SGL Constructors (SGL), which is the Skanska-led joint venture with Granite Construction Company and the Lane Construction Company.

Other members of the I4MP team include John Laing Invesments Limited; Design Joint Venture – HDR Engineering and Jacobs Engineering Group; and Infrastructure Corporation of America.

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Sustainability and the Role of the Financial Professional

At Skanska, we pride ourselves on being a leader in green and sustainable building, from our offices to our job sites.

Helping clients to see “green” and “sustainable” as project elements that are not only attainable but essential is a core part of our values which drive us to be the best company we can.

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Being green and sustainable isn’t just for the designers, engineers and builders seeking certification for a project. A critical piece of the equation lies in the initial stages of development, with the finance professionals who oversee the budgetary implications of these choices.

Finance professionals need to play an active role in the conversation to help companies remain competitive, enhance future bid opportunities, and realize stronger margins.

Our Ed Johnston, Vice President in our Civil business unit, helps our customers see those realities. Check out his piece on  Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) for more on the subject.

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A Sustainable Journey Need Not Be the Road Less Traveled

To mark Earth Day 2016, we asked our Chief Sustainability Officer Beth Heider to capture the essence of a recent address she gave to the Women Build America conference earlier this month. In that address, Beth explored a new paradigm to create value driven leadership across diverse business units, cultures and profit structures. 

When a restaurant advertises “home cooking,” that isn’t enough information to make me head inside and order a meal.  For me, it really depends on whose home cooking we’re talking about. In the end, it’s a value proposition.

The same is true for corporations: when we choose to laud or emulate a company’s efforts, we need to ask, are we talking about Walt Disney or Bernie Madoff?

Values are meant to articulate our own high aspirations; a comprehensive culture that transcends profit.  To that end, values-driven leadership doesn’t happen overnight. Rather, it is a journey that a company and its employees take together.

I have a values journey of my own – one that articulates my deeply held beliefs about sustainable building practices and their importance to leaving a desirable legacy for future generations.

Like many journeys, I didn’t intentionally set out to get to where I am today.  My own values served as an internal compass. It brought me to intersect with Skanska, which followed a values compass of its own.

Let me rewind.

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Two decades and two employers and ago, my boss at a construction firm came storming into our open office area – this kind of a mosh pit of humanity – where we were sweating to get a bid together.   He yelled, “The problem with you, Heider, is that you need to learn how to lie better.”

One of our subs, who always came through with good prices and complete scopes had asked me a fair question and I answered him honestly – behavior that my boss found unacceptable.  Stunned and humiliated at his tongue lashing, and after a good cry in the ladies room and three months to think it over, I quit to take a job at a consulting firm. That experience made me unsure that I ever wanted to work at another construction company, doubting the industry would ever align with my values compass. Six years later, I found myself entertaining a job offer from Skanska, one of the biggest construction companies on the planet.

At the time, Skanska was pursuing two federal courthouse projects. Having spent three years building a cost tool to establish the more than $1 billion federal budget for new court construction, Skanska wanted me to bring that expertise to their shop.  But before I took what I thought would be a dream assignment, I needed to know that their values compass pointed in the same direction as mine.

I got my answer in the form of two events, one at Skanska and one in my own career.

In 1997, Skanska was building a rail tunnel in Hallandsås, Sweden. The tunnel ran through a particularly nasty piece of geology and the injectable grout used to manage water infiltration leached into a nearby aquifer.  An environmental disaster followed, and news reports of poisoned cows and sick workers had a devastating effect on Skanska’s reputation.

Rather than phoning in a fix, Skanska leadership chose to change how they did business: having a third-party certify all future operations globally under ISO 14001 Environmental Standards.  ISO requires an environmental management plan that addresses project-specific hazards, and further commits a company to incrementally raise the bar on its own environmental performance. It required a significant financial investment from Skanska, as well as thorough company-wide education. But it was the right thing to do, and Skanska emerged to successfully continue with the project.

Meanwhile, back in the US, GSA was beginning its own journey, exploring the cost commitment necessary to green the federal workplace.  Daunting to my colleagues but fascinating to me, I climbed aboard the green bus. It was the beginning of my own sustainability journey – making the business case for green – and unbeknownst to me, put me on an intercept course with Skanska, whose values compass that had been reset by the Hallandsås tunnel experience, and now aligned with my own.

Last year, Skanska cut the ribbon on the Hallandsås Tunnel, successfully completed under  ISO 14001 certification and without further environmental incident.

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Now, nearly 20 years later, Skanska is looking inward again and asking: do we really need to wait for the next crisis to change how we operate, or can we change to prevent the next crisis from happening? Further, why do we exist as a company?  What is our purpose?

As builders, Skanska creates projects that fulfill the needs of society – whether a tunnel, a hospital, a commercial building or an airport.

Equally important is how we create those critical projects. We aspire, not only to “do less bad,” but to accomplish good. Our corporate values – depicted as four connected arcs – form the foundation for our corporate purpose: to Build for a Better Society:

Care for Life:

    for the safety of our people and the health of our environment, and to be accountable for both;

Act Ethically and Transparently:

    to be honest, to do what’s right and to adhere to a clearly delineated Code of Conduct;

Be Better Together:

    we believe in collaboration that drives innovation and continuous improvement, while embracing and harnessing the power of diversity to foster an inclusive culture;

Commit to Customers:

    to listen, understand and add value to our customers so they are successful.

This rearticulation of our values compass is charting yet another new course for Skanska.

Former CEO of Alcoa and Secretary of the US Treasury Paul O’Neil has said, “The number one reason employees choose to stay in their current job isn’t because they work for a great company – it is because they felt they were enabled to contribute to achieve shared and ambitious goals.”

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Millennials will comprise 75% of the workforce by 2025.  Studies emphasize they prize values over compensation at all stages of their careers, including the employers they choose, the assignments they accept and the decisions they make as they take on more senior-level roles.  They want to work for organizations that have purpose beyond profit and that align with their own moral compass.

This is not just a new value – more senior employees can also be driven by that satisfaction of having contributed to something that defines the greater good and leaves a generational legacy worth inheriting.  That should give us all great hope for the future of our collective journey. With a values compass aligned with our peers, it is a path we can embrace, because walking it together will elevate our industry and our world.

Elizabeth Heider

Elizabeth Heider

Chief Sustainability Officer, Skanska USA

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The Greening Of Healthcare

As a growing number of hospitals continue to look for ways to decrease operating costs and increase efficiencies, we’re helping them analyze and build upon their own sustainability programs.

Facility-wide enhancements – including insulating walls and roofs, reduce waste from operations and using renewable power – can have immediate cost savings, with a return on investment in just a few years.

Some facilities are going a step further, leading the charge to “Net-Zero,” an approach that includes whole life cycle cost analysis.

Our infographic below spells it all out:

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We’re a little bit Country…

We love Building What Matters – whether that’s critical infrastructure, hospitals and schools or entertainment venues that enrich local communities.

We’re proud to have played a role in the construction of the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN, which the Academy of Country Music has honored with an ACM Industry Award for Venue of the Year, Medium Capacity, and cited as a “venue which contributes so much to the artistry, success and longevity of country music.” The ACM Awards will be broadcast this weekend.

As the only outdoor amphitheater in the United States to achieve a LEED Gold Certification, the venue is located inside of the redeveloped 11-acre Riverfront Park, a vibrant cultural space in the heart of downtown Nashville.

The park was conceived with sustainability in mind: diverting 88 percent of construction waste from landfill and using 30 percent less potable water than the LEED baseline. Renewable energy is generated on-site through a geothermal heating and cooling system, while a rainwater harvesting system helps recycle water for irrigation.

To learn more about the park’s sustainable redevelopment, check out our Riverfront Park infographic:

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Living Buildings take Sustainability to the Next Level

Photogrpahy of the Bertschi School Living Science Building. Seattle, Washington. Clients: KMD Architects, The Bertschi School, Skanska USA Building, Quantum Consulting Engineers, LLC, Hermanson Company, LLC, GGLO, Rushing and O'Brien & Company. © Benjamin Benschneider All rights Reserved. Usage rights may be arranged by contacting Benjamin Benschneider Photography. Email: bbenschneider@comcast.net or phone 206-789-5973

The Bertschi School Living Science Building in Seattle, Washington. Built by Skanska as one of our first living building projects.

For years, sustainability has been more than just a buzzword in the construction industry – and with good reason.  As stewards of a planet with limited natural resources, it’s in our own interest to build projects that consume less.

The concept of Net-Zero construction has pushed the boundaries of sustainable green building further. This movement saw projects designed and constructed to offset the energy and water operations consumer through a variety of strategies ranging from on-site energy generation to rainwater harvesting.

We are entering the era of the Living Building, the industry’s most rigorous performance standard to date.  According to the International Living Future Institute, Living Buildings operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s architecture.

Skanksa has become a vocal champion of green, sustainable and living building. In a recent interview with Construction DiveStacy Smedley, director of sustainability at Skanska USA, shared her experiences with ILFI and how it is a new area worthy of exploration.

Read the full story, with more from Stacy Smedley, here.

And for more on “How a Living Building Comes to Life,” check out our previous blog post here.

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Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, life science, education, sports & entertainment, data centers, government, aviation and commercial industries.

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Year in review: Our 10 most popular blog posts of 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, we’ve compiled the most popular blog posts of the year according to you – our readers. Whether we’re explaining important issues or offering an inside look at some of our most complicated projects, you have followed along – and helped us celebrate some major milestones too. From our Florida Polytechnic University project being named Engineering News-Record’s Global Project of the Year to  testing exciting new technology that will advance project safety, 2015 has been a year of  Building What Matters.

We’re proving that even heavy civil construction can be sustainable at our Elizabeth River Tunnels project, a public-private partnership project in Virginia.

Below are our 10 most popular blog posts of 2015, ranked in order:

1. What will it take to rebuild and upgrade our country’s crumbling infrastructure? Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are an innovative solution to help governments deliver much-needed U.S. infrastructure projects, from bridges and roads to hospitals and airports. We break down how design-build-finance-operate-maintain PPPs work in our infographic: Rebuilding (and financing) America’s infrastructure through public private partnerships.

2.  We’re exploring how virtual reality, real-time location systems, drones and other technologies can be used to improve project safety and provide higher levels of customer service. Tony Colonna, senior vice president of our Innovative Construction Solutions group, examines how these three emerging technologies may help improve jobsite safety.

3.  On September 11, General Superintendent Mark Irvin wrote a heartfelt tribute to the victims of 9/11, and shared the immense pride, passion and commitment that he and many others have from helping reconstruct the World Trade Center. Read his inspiring essay: From atop the Empire State Building on 9/11, pride in our work rebuilding the World Trade Center.

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Skanska cranes in action as we worked to build the Oculus entrance portal to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub last year, part of the ongoing rebuilding effort.

4.  Houston’s 35-story Capitol Tower office project – for which Skanska is both developer and builder – involved a complicated 19-hour and 20-minute concrete pour to establish the structure’s nine-and-a-half-foot thick mat foundation. Our planning was so precise that we finished the pour within three minutes of our estimate. Check out the time-lapse video here: A 20-hour concrete pour, planned to the minute.

5.  In Washington, D.C., we’re creating ice walls of up to nearly 10 feet thick to help us safely construct vertical shafts as part of our project to alleviate flooding in two densely populated neighborhoods. Learn more about how we’re freezing the ground in D.C.

6.  At Miami’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science , we assembled 32 concave orange peel-like pieces to form a full dome planetarium. Each panel weighed about 50,000 pounds and required 24-hour-a-day/seven-day-a-week work over two-and-a-half weeks to place and connect each panel. Here’s how we did it: In Miami, successfully assembling an “orange.”

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In the foreground, 32 concave pieces make up the planetarium at Miami’s iconic Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

7.  Regional Environmental Manager Carissa Agnese challenged our joint venture team at Virginia’s Elizabeth River Tunnels project to take sustainable construction of a civil infrastructure project to a higher level. See how we rose to the challenge: If you don’t think heavy civil construction projects can be green, think again.

8.  Wendy (Li) MacLeod-Roemer isn’t just a senior project manager: this past year she also finished her doctorate in organization management at Stanford University. In her thesis, she explored how lean manufacturing-inspired performance management can transform construction projects. For key takeaways on performance management and her research – including what leads to happier customers – check out her post: This thesis shows how performance management can improve client satisfaction.

9.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the single greatest safety risk on a construction site is falling. Aerial work platforms are safer than ladders for working at heights, but even AWPs have risks. In this post by Chief EHS Officer Paul Haining, learn how we’re taking aerial work platform safety to new heights.

10.  Last but definitely not least: in 2015 our Innovation, Science and Technology Building project at Florida Polytechnic University won Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine’s highest honor: Global Project of the Year. In this blog post, we explore what it took to bring to life this intricate design from world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava: The path to ENR magazine’s highest honor.

 

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Creating one of the world’s greenest buildings

Solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal wells, rain cisterns and composting toilets – you don’t often see those all in one building, if you see them at all. But these are central to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, which was recently dedicated in Virginia Beach, Va.

After three years spent planning, designing and building this facility, it was great to see local residents exploring what is possible with green building during the open house.  The Brock center is targeting not only LEED Platinum certification, but also the even more stringent Living Building Challenge that requires net zero environmental impact. Some of those residents seemed to be in awe of what was accomplished by this team, which includes not only CBF and Skanska (as CBF’s representative) as key team members, but also SmithGroupJJR, Hourigan Construction and WPL Site Design.

I’m still a bit in awe myself as to what this great team achieved: an international model for energy and water efficiency and climate change resiliency, and Virginia’s greenest building.  The team reached these tough goals because of open minds and much collaboration amongst team members. (This video of the eco-charette shows us all engaging in early discussions about this project – this session was at the beginning of a great adventure!)

The challenges were many, as this team was a green pioneer. Take, for example, that the 10,000-square-foot building collects rainwater, then filters and re-uses it as drinking water to help achieve net-zero water use. As far as we know, that’s a first for a commercial-scale building in the U.S., and it required the facility to be certified as a water treatment plant. Early in design, the project team engaged both the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Department of Health to make certain that they could legally re-use water in this way. After much constructive back and forth, that system is running today – and that water tastes great!

Ensuring that only proper materials were used on this project was another considerable challenge. With the Living Building Challenge, materials must be locally sourced and must not contain any of the 22 potentially harmful materials or chemicals on the Challenge’s Red List. The Brock center is Skanska’s second Living Building Challenge project, following Seattle’s Bertschi School Science Classroom that we completed in 2011. (The Bertschi classroom was awarded Living Building certification in 2013, becoming the world’s fourth Living Building.) Being able to tap the resources of our Bertschi School team was a great starting point and ongoing resource for the Brock center team. However, Brock involved different materials and a later Living Building Challenge version, so the Brock team still had to do substantial legwork to ensure that all products met requirements. You can never start early enough on materials research, but thankfully for this project our committed partners of SmithGroupJJR and Hourigan did great work in this regard.

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As with all Living Building Challenge projects, though construction is complete the project team will keep close watch over the building. Living Building certification requires the building to be monitored over the next year to ensure it operates as intended, including meeting net zero energy and water goals. You’ll be able to see for yourself how this building’s green features make it independent of outside energy and water sources: starting in February, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is opening the Brock center for regular tours. As the building is home to CBF’s local staff and environmental education programs, it has the potential to inspire thousands of students to expect and aspire to a future populated by living buildings. Imagine how such a world would help protect the magnificent Chesapeake Bay.

I live in the neighboring city of Norfolk, so I definitely plan to come back and see this important resource in use. I hope to see you there.

Megan O’Connell

Megan O’Connell

Senior project engineer

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How our Stone34 project demonstrates sustainable leadership

When Brooks Sports, the running shoe and apparel company, needed a new global headquarters and a Seattle-area home for its growing staff of shoe designers, marketing experts and product managers, it turned to Skanska USA. They wanted their new home to reflect the company’s commitment to wellness and sustainability and our team worked with Brooks to develop an incredibly compelling vision for its new home. That vision has come to life at Stone34, a 129,000-square-foot building along one of Seattle’s most popular multi-use trails, enabling Brooks to craft a new trailhead and stronger relationship with those who engage on many levels with the company.

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Today, Stone34 has been nominated in the category of “Transforming Spaces” in Sustainable Seattle’s Sustainable Leadership People’s Choice Awards. The Sustainability Leadership Awards celebrate inspiring sustainability efforts accomplished in the Puget Sound Region and winners and nominees are nominated and voted on by the community.

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So what makes Stone34 an example of sustainable leadership and a transformative space? Being environmentally and socially responsible is important to Brooks, and Skanska responded with a building that creates brand value for Brooks while helping the company manage energy risk in the future.  Stone34 is the first-market rate project and second building overall to participate in the City of Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program, a partnership between Skanska, tenants and the surrounding community to grow a smarter neighborhood through green, sustainable design. Stone34, on track to receive LEED Platinum certification, is situated and designed to reduce heat gain and energy use, this includes operable windows to enable natural breeze to help cool the building.

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The building captures and reuses at least 50 percent of storm water on the site and using 75 percent less energy than a typical Seattle commercial building. This is in part thanks to an innovative hydronic heating and cooling system, which uses circulated water to control temperature. The centerpiece of the building’s facade is a glass-enclosed staircase to encourage walking between the five floors, rather than riding elevators, reinforcing the activity and movement inherent in the Brooks’ brand. Activity is further encouraged through the building’s connection to Seattle’s Burke Gillman trail, encouraging employees and visitors to commute and exercise on foot or bike.

For more information on Brook’s new home, check out this New York Times feature.

In addition to conceiving, financing and developing Stone34, Skanska also built it. We relied on our in-house craft workers and expertise with lean construction processes to ensure the highest quality construction on a very aggressive schedule. Skanska is also guaranteeing the building’s energy performance for ten years.

 

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This year at Greenbuild, we’re championing green

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Are you a green champion? That’s the question we’ll be asking this year at Greenbuild. It’s not enough to build green, but it’s our responsibility as an industry to stand up for sustainability.

We’ve seen firsthand how important advocacy is to advancing green building. In 2013, our CEO Mike McNally led Skanska in resigning as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to protest the organization’s backing of a chemical industry-led initiative to effectively ban the future use of LEED for government buildings. The initiative threatened to halt years of progress in energy-efficient and environmentally responsible construction. As a result of this effort, in 2013 the U.S. Green Building Council recognized Mike McNally “for being an unwavering and bold champion for USGBC and LEED in the face of continued attacks by special interest groups.”

Advocacy brings about change. In August of this year, the USGBC and the American Chemistry Council announced that they will work together to use ACC’s materials expertise to better ensure the use of sustainable and environmentally friendly products in buildings. This was a huge win for green building advocates, and a reminder that doing what’s good for a sustainable future is good for business.

This year, we’ve continued to champion green building by helping advance research that helps make the case for sustainability. Recently, the District of Columbia’s Department of Environment wanted to understand the costs and benefits associated with buildings featuring net zero energy and net zero water consumption, as well as those pursuing Living Building challenge certification. To help, Skanska joined the New Buildings Institute and the International Living Future Institute to conceptually transform three LEED v3 Platinum-designed buildings in the District to conform to those criteria.  Our findings, published in Net Zero and Living Building Challenge Financial Study: A Cost Comparison Report for Buildings in the District of Columbia, revealed that after factoring current tax and renewable energy credits, the return on investment in net zero building is approximately 30 percent!

This year we’ve also partnered with the World Green Building Council on a major global research effort to understand the impact of green building in offices on staff health and productivity. The report, Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building, found that that design features in green buildings can enable healthy and productive environments for their occupants, which in turn improves the bottom line. New standards, like WELL Building, which take into account the holistic impacts of the built environment on human wellness, build on this understanding that what is good for the environment is ultimately good for people and for business.

These are just a few of the ways we’re working to champion sustainability. If you want to join us, stop by the Skanska USA booth at Greenbuild – #2023 –  pick up your “Champion” badge and found out how you too can be an advocate for green building and energy efficiency.

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Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, life science, education, sports & entertainment, data centers, government, aviation and commercial industries.

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