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GREEN BUILDING Firms should be aware of variables when setting new standards. BY PAUL J. HOFFMAN RAISING THE BAR I t takes a myriad of contributing factors to break a previously held record. Whether you’re breaking the NBA titles record, like the Lakers’ Phil Jackson, or attempting an unprecedented accomplishment as a design and construction professional, it’s important to be aware of the necessary variables to set a new standard. Last year, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Benedictine Women of Madison’s Holy Wisdom Monastery with a Platinum rating – the highest level of LEED certification ever achieved for new construction. The Wisconsin monastery achieved 63 out of a possible 69 points under LEED-New Construction Version 2.2 (NC v2.2) – setting a record as the highest-rated LEED-NC building in the United States. Achieving the record and accomplishing it at a cost comparable to traditional construction was not left to chance. Note these critical components when considering your opportunities to reach higher levels of sustainability. Integration is Key Increasingly, the construction industry sees value in using an integrated project delivery process that brings the planning, design and construction experts together as a coordinated team. This approach promotes brainstorming and collaboration, and improves communication, plan- ning and consensus-building throughout the entire project. Additionally, this allows team members to set the goals, achieve the benefits and positively impact the costs of sustainable choices made throughout the project’s planning, design and construction. The Holy Wisdom Monastery project was designed and constructed using a process called Total Project Management: Vision Taken to the Power of Green. This integrated project delivery process incorporates sustainability from concept through completion and provides a single source of responsibility for the project. It strengthens interaction, knowledge and continuity between the project’s planners, architects, construction managers, consultants, slope »Photovoltaic panels on the southwestpercentof the Assembly Room roof provide 13 of the Holy Wisdom Monastery’s energy needs. The system is designed to be expanded to eventually provide all energy requirements for the new facility from on-site renewable energy. PHOTOS: ©2010 FOTOGRAFIX, COURTESY OF HOFFMAN LLC 10 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - October/November 2011
Energy Efficiency
Green Building
Executive Perspective
Best Practices
Bernards Construction – El Capitan High School
Bogner Construction Co. – College of Wooster Scot Center
Jean McClung Middle School
Hellas Sports Construction
The Walsh Group – NOAA Pacific Regional Headquarters
Haskell Co. – Scripps Proton Therapy Center
Robert A. Bothman Inc. – Stockton Unified School District
JE Dunn – Energy Systems Integration Facility
Rosendin Electric – AVUHSD Solar Project
Ratcliff Construction Company – Crossroads Church
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Flintco Pacific – Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility
Lee Lewis Construction – Angelo State University’s Plaza Verde Student Housing
Manhattan Construction – First Baptist Church of Dallas
Market & Johnson – Eau Claire County Courthouse project
McTech Corp – 97th Military Police Battalion Headquarters
Parkland Health & Hospital System
RBC Construction
Central Building and Preservation – Randolph Tower City Apartments
Scaparotti Construction Group
Trinity Properties – Trinity Place
Advanced Real Estate Services
Lawrence B. Wohl Inc./Wohl Diversified Services
TN Ward and Commercial Interiors – Maryland Live
ASX Construction – Parc Lafayette
Bayland Buildings Inc.
Dependable Mechanical Systems
New Dawn Developments
DSLD Homes
Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.
Cobalt Construction – Meta Housing
Lifestyle Communities
Pratt and Associates LLC
Miramonte Homes
MP J.J. Duffy Joint Venture/Pathway Senior Living LLC – Victory Centre Vernon Hills
Woodland Homes
Aecom/Inima Joint Venture – Hialeah, Fla., Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – Austin Water Treatment Plant No. 4
Pepper-Lawson Construction – Missouri City Surface Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – AWT Improvements
Blount Contracting Inc.
Harbor Offshore Services
Cruz Construction Inc.
Humble Construction
Nova-Con Projects Ltd.
Trimen Electric
EllisDon Corp. – Atlantic Region
EllisDon Corp. – St. Joseph's Regional Mental Health Care
Focus Equities
Intercom Services Immobiliers
George Brown College – New Waterfront Campus
Seaside Transportation Services
Last Look

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