Major LEED achievements for two projects


The Brock Environmental Center captures rainwater to use as drinking water – a first for a U.S. commercial-scale building.

In Virginia Beach, Va., the Brock Environmental Center has achieved Platinum status under LEED v3, and is on its way to being a Living Building. And in Springfield, Mass., our Springfield Data Center project has achieved Gold under LEED v2.2.

The 10,000-square-foot Brock Environmental Center incorporates such deep green features as wind turbines, geothermal wells, composting toilets and even an on-site water treatment plant that purifies rainwater to be used as drinking water. In all, it is intended to have net-zero environmental impact. In our role as program manager, we supported a regional construction manager – Hourigan Construction – as they navigated their first Living Building Challenge project. Brock’s year-long Living Building performance period comes to a close in April 2016, after which point we’ll know if this will be Skanska’s second certified Living Building project, following Seattle’s Bertschi School Science Classroom Addition.

The Springfield Data Center is a 147,000-square-foot data center that includes the facade of a historic high school. Beyond an energy-efficient design, our construction management team helped enable the Gold certification by including three LEED Accredited Professionals on the team who early in the project created a solid LEED action plan and then followed through on that. Furthermore, the team worked hard to achieve a 96 percent waste diversion rate, diverting 6,359 tons. The owner’s project target was LEED Silver.

It’s tough for an energy-hungry data center to achieve LEED certification, but the Springfield Data Center did it!

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