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Sustainability

By / February 18, 2022

We are dedicated to creating spaces that are environmentally responsible, affordable, healthy, and efficient. In the last 10 years, 70% of our projects have been LEED Certified or designed and built to those standards. Our job is to collaborate with owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors, and the rest of the team to develop sustainable, green options that deliver high performance facilities while minimizing the impact on project costs. Our extensive, varied experience will be coupled with the real-world knowledge of our LEED Accredited Professionals. We achieve LEED Certification goals through on-site leadership, detailed tracking procedures, proper management, and collaborative decision-making between the entire project team. Often times during the preconstruction/bidding process, our estimating team works with architects and subcontractors to identify alternative materials that are produced from rapidly renewable or recycled materials so we can offer those alternatives, often at a cost savings.

Below are a few unique methods used on three of our projects:

UW-Madison School of Human Ecology | LEED GOLD
While we renovated and expanded the 100-year-old School of Human Ecology building we hired 32 goats to help clear the overgrown slope that sat behind the School of Human Ecology building. Once the goats took down the dense vegetation it was replaced with terraces of native canopy trees and a mix of native wildflowers and grasses. The project also included a single-level underground parking structure with a green roof. To establish the LEED Gold Certification the project met their 95% recycling goal.

UW Union Corners Clinic Reception Area

UW Health Union Corners Clinic | LEED SILVER
Union Corners is the most energy efficient building of all of UW Health clinics and hospitals, attaining LEED Silver Certification. Key factors that helped Union Corners achieve LEED Silver included being built on the old Rayovac battery factory site, which earned points for land redevelopment on brownfield sites. The use of permeable pavers were used in strategic locations in the parking lot to minimize site water run-off, and help with water absorption. More than 75 percent of construction waste was recycled. More than 30 percent of the materials used for the building were regional, within 500 miles of Madison. More than 50 percent of the wood used in the building was certified wood.

Madison Municipal Building | Targeted LEED GOLD 
The recently renovated Madison Municipal Building meets LEED requirements and is targeted for a Gold rating. One energy efficient feature of the project is the green roof for plants and future solar panels. In addition, dozens of historic wood doors, thousands of sqft of marble and tile, and thousands of linear feet of woodwork were either preserved in place, sent away to specialized restoration experts or reinstalled. Madison Municipal Building achieved its recycling and reuse goals by donating any reusable building elements to Sector 67 and Habitat for Humanity received a significant amount of fixtures, equipment and building materials for re-use and re-purposing.

Have an upcoming project where sustainability is important? Send me an email at george.cullen@jpcullen.com and I would be happy to discuss your project with you and your team!