Turner is the Number One Green Builder in the United States

August 17, 2016

Turner was recognized by Engineering News-Record as the leading green contractor in the United States, completing more than twice as much green work as the next ranked firm

Turner Construction Company is pleased to announce that Engineering News-Record has once again ranked the firm number one among the country’s green contractors – a position Turner has held since 2008.

 

With more than $5.7 billion of sustainable construction completed in 2015, Turner delivered more than twice as much green work as the second ranked firm. Additionally, Turner’s sustainability program emphasizes education and training, which has resulted in an impressive 1,400 staff achieving LEED accreditation, as well as diversion of more than two million tons of construction waste from landfills, the establishment of sustainability standards for our offices and jobsites, and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. The company also has a growing focus on greening our supply chain. Turner’s industry leadership in these areas reflects our dedication to environmental and social responsibility and the trust our clients place in us as we work to achieve sustainability goals on projects of all types and sizes.

 

Notable green projects underway through 2015 include California’s Golden 1 Center, the new home of the Sacramento Kings, which is designed to be a carbon- and grid- neutral arena; the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which features a 14,000 square foot therapeutic green roof garden; and the Watt Family Innovation Center at South Carolina’s Clemson University which includes high-efficiency building systems that support extensive IT infrastructure. Turner’s green portfolio in 2015 also included a wide variety of tenant fit-outs and interior renovations such as KPMG’s Denver Solutions Center in Colorado, which is seeking LEED Silver certification, and the redeveloped Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, which is LEED Gold certified

 

“With the significant changes to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system and the growth of additional rating systems, the role of the general contractor in the building process continues to expand and evolve,” said Michael Deane, Turner vice president and chief sustainability officer. He noted that the current version of LEED calls for and rewards greater collaboration between project stake-holders beginning in the design phase, as well as ongoing testing and monitoring of building systems post-construction. Additionally, LEED v4 includes points and standards more aligned with human health and wellbeing concerns. “Market expectations and more rigorous codes and regulations will mean that buildings will continue to be ever-more energy efficient, water efficient, and healthy for their occupants,” added Michael.

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