Construction Today - February 2011 - (Page 126)

Institutional by Derrick Wallace Riding the Green Wave We live in an era of constant change where global events, rapid advancements in technology and societal trends continually modify the way we live, do business and relate to our fellow human beings. Businesses that survive over the long haul tend to adapt their products and services to use these changes to their advantage. Others refuse to accept it, continue to do what they’ve always done and eventually disappear. For general contractors, the phrase “adapt or perish” has more meaning today than ever before. Three modern-day “realities” are permanently changing the way structures are built and maintained: the world’s natural resources are dwindling; building technology is advancing at a rapid rate; and the U.S. economy continues to be mired in a recession. As a result, with budgets tight and clients calling for more eco-friendly building processes, contractors must ask themselves how they can keep construction projects at cost and in harmony with the environment at the same time. One answer is becoming a LEED construction company and using the LEED certification process on your projects. LEED BENEFITS Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED program came about in response to a growing awareness of the need for responsible building construction, as well as an independent evaluation and verification of the process. The objective of the program is to have a building whose construction is economically viable, ecologically benign DERRICK WALLACE is chairman and owner of Construct Two Group, a Central Florida-based construction firm that provides high-quality management and construction services. For more information, visit 126 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM FEBRUARY 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - February 2011

Construction Today - February 2011
Out of the Blues
Best Practices
Exploring BIM
Construction Law
Wall Works USA Inc.
Epoch Properties
Pacific Pile & Marine
Dufferin Construction – Highways 403 and 401 Projects
Natt McDougall Co.
Abhe & Svoboda Inc.
Malcolm Drilling
McKinney Drilling Co.
ODOT/Miller Cable Co. – Northeast Ohio ITS Project
Barnard Construction – Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Redevelopment Project
C.A. Barrs Contractor Inc.
Charles Blalock and Sons Inc.
Parsons Brinkerhoff, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Skanska USA, Dragados USA and Tutor Perini – Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement
William Charles Construction – I-39 Repaving
Wadman Corp.
CB Richard Ellis Canada
The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd./PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Fargo Pacific Inc.
Critchfield Pacific Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Culpepper Construction Co. Inc.
Golden State Framers
HRH Construction
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
Hyder Construction
IMC Construction Inc.
Jones Lang LaSalle – Empire State Building Renovation and Retrofit
Econo-Malls Management Corp.
Ruscio Studio
Turner Construction San Diego – New Central Library
Trotter & Morton – University of Calgary
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
Danis Building Construction Company – The Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center
F.J. Sciame Construction Co. – Abraham Joshua Heschel School
Eckman Construction – Pinkerton Academy Freshman Building
The Hagerman Group – Parkview Whitley Hospital
Scheck Industries
Whaler Industrial Contracting Inc.
Last Look

Construction Today - February 2011