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REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT Residential GREEN MACHINE The Pacific Northwest is the source of a variety of green building materials. BY LONA RERICK uilding green often calls for the use of local construction materials. The Pacific Northwest is the source of a variety of building materials making it feasible to build a truly regional project from the ground up. But finding all that is available – and what is also costeffective – can be a challenge in the globalized marketplace. An important point to consider is that more complex products do require additional research to confirm that their components, not just their assemblies, are derived and manufactured regionally. This overview of the trove of materials found in the Pacific Northwest, along with the benefits that local materials offer, is provided as a reminder of why it makes sense to build with local materials. Buying locally supports an infrastructure of local businesses that serve our regional needs, and helps bolster the region’s economy by providing and/or sustaining jobs here. Further, selecting locally manufactured and extracted materials contributes to lowering your project’s carbon footprint; notably, by reducing the effects of long range transportation of materials. Portland cement mining. Area precasters offer a selection of exterior concrete panels, which can serve as a local alternative to stone cladding. Metal and Other Product Choices Metal building components of all descriptions can also be locally sourced, though truly local metals are 100 percent recycled content. Local factories for global corporations, headquartered elsewhere, and smaller fabricators scattered throughout the region, produce our local metal building materials. Products made with locally mined materials range from steel structural members and stud framing to metal siding and aluminum metal panels to roofing and flashing. Other available products include custom residential windows and world-class curtainwall systems. Gypsum board, ceiling systems, insulation and doors all have northwest factories and paints, including no-VOC and recycled content, and are readily available from area sources. Further, the Pacific Northwest’s emphasis on sustainability has spurred a number of innovative building product initiatives. For example, recycled glass tiles, some boasting up to 97 percent post consumer content, are now offered by homegrown companies. In Washington and Oregon, a builder can readily find a variety of solid surface products like terrazzo slabs, tiles made with recycled glass which can be used for countertops, shower enclosures, flooring and wall finishes, and natural clay paints and plasters. One innovative Portland company is providing an alternative to new consumer products by offering to retrofit existing light fixtures to accommodate modern lamping including fluorescents and LEDs. State and local officials, with increasing success, have been courting the renewable energy products industry to base factories in the Pacific Northwest. Wood Products Lona Rerick is a LEED-AP architect with Yost Grube Hall Architecture of Portland. Her firm, founded in 1964, provides planning, architecture and interior design services for commercial, educational and governmental clients in the Northwest and overseas. For more information, please call 503221-0150 or visit www.ygh.com. Wood is obviously abundant and suitable for a spectrum of end-products and applications. From Oregon’s and Washington’s nearly two dozen certified forests comes wood for everything from windows to exterior siding to flooring and roofing. On the manufacturing side, there is a reliable supply of wood framing and structural members, as well as board products including plywood, MDF (medium-density fiberboard) and particleboard, including innovative low VOC and recycled content varieties. Regionally produced casework, in solid or veneer varieties, can be easily obtained; so, too, can options like FSC-certified wood, low-VOC binders and finishes, and recycled content cores. Reclaimed lumber is also salvaged and refinished locally to give new life to deconstructed building components. Heavy Materials Masonry continues to be plentiful in the Pacific Northwest. Masonry building products made here include bricks, CMU (concrete masonry units) and pavers as well as the mortars and grouts to bring them together. Sand and gravel quarries serving the building industry still thrive in the region, and locally quarried stone choices include slates and basalts suitable for flooring, paving and site work. Concrete must be created locally due to its unique requirements for timely site delivery. With the notable exception of cement, concrete’s mix is typically designed from very local sources of sand and gravel. Washington State is one of the leaders in CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010
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Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
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