Swinerton Renewable Energy - 01/22/13
Swinerton Renewable Energy Will Now Operate and Maintain Any Solar Facility in North America
Swinerton's Robust Operations and Maintenance Division, Focused on Long-Term Operations of Solar Facilities, Expands Service Market by Offering Management of Facilities Not Built by Swinerton
San Diego, CA, January 22, 2013 – Swinerton Renewable Energy, a leading builder and service provider in the solar utility industry, has expanded their services to include comprehensive operations and maintenance (O&M) services for any North American solar facility.
Swinerton Renewable Energy has a strong track record of photovoltaic (PV) facilities management, with O&M services comprising performance monitoring and alerting, parts management, service ticketing, reporting, preventive and corrective maintenance, warranty administration, and site maintenance, including vegetation mitigation and module washing. Historically, Swinerton has only offered service contracts on PV sites they constructed. Repeated client requests for such value-add services on sites that Swinerton did not construct led to the company's decision to expand into the broader solar market.
Strong Demand for Solar Facility Services
Swinerton already commands a significant solar O&M portfolio, with service contracts on more than 600MWdc. Most contracts include availability and performance guarantees, which offer customers significant financial security. Such guarantees were a significant advantage cited by K Road Power in their recent decision to award Swinerton a 10-year O&M contract for the future 340MWdc Moapa Solar Plant in Nevada, which Swinerton will also construct.
Performance Optimization Is Critical
Throughout its 125-year history, Swinerton has established strong partnerships with clients across a wide range of industries, including a robust presence in the renewable energy market. Clients are welcoming this expansion of service offerings as an added benefit to manage their diverse solar facility portfolios.
Swinerton Renewable Energy has traditionally offered turn-key solar power solutions for utility scale and has distributed projects totaling over 3GW of power generation and solar expertise. In addition to standard engineering, procurement, and construction services, Swinerton provides unique value by offering warranty wraps, performance monitoring, and production generation guarantees to benefit their customers' financial security. Swinerton's unique, industry-leading SOLV™ technology allows for the effective and efficient operation and management of solar power installations. Swinerton has built over 200MWdc of PV projects since 2008 and is currently contracted to construct projects totaling more than 400MWdc and to operate an additional 600MWdc.
For additional information, contact:
Elaine Wood, Business Development and Marketing
Swinerton Renewable Energy
© 2007-2013 Swinerton Incorporated
Swinerton Renewable Energy - 01/10/13
Swinerton Renewable Energy Awarded Contract to Construct and Operate 250 MWac K Road Moapa Solar Plant
Amongst the largest solar plants to be constructed, Swinerton was selected to build and manage the first major utility-scale solar project on Tribal land
San Diego, CA, January 10, 2013 – Swinerton Renewable Energy, a leading builder in the solar utility industry, has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by K Road Moapa Solar for the 250MWac solar plant. It will be the first large scale solar project on Tribal property.
K Road Moapa Solar awarded two contracts to Swinerton for the Plant, the values of which have not been disclosed. Under the first contract, Swinerton will serve as the design-build contractor undertaking the engineering, construction and equipment procurement for the project. In addition, a second contract was executed for Swinerton to operate and maintain the solar plant for ten years with a performance generation guarantee.
The K Road Moapa Solar Project is located on the Moapa Paiutes’ Tribal land 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. It will supply power to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) under a 25-year supply contract that will provide clean power to more than 118,000 homes.
Long History of Tribal Partnerships
"We are honored to partner with K Road Power on this ground breaking project," said George Hershman, Vice President and Division Manager for Swinerton Renewable Energy. "We have immense respect for K Road Power and a long history of partnering with Tribal Reservations on construction projects. We believe that we share common values and goals and look forward to providing direct and indirect employment opportunities for tribal members, and to producing clean power to benefit the Moapa Tribe as soon as possible."
K Road awarded the contracts to Swinerton after a thorough and highly competitive selection process. "We are very pleased to collaborate with Swinerton on the K Road Moapa Solar Project," said K Road President Gerrit Nicholas. "Their proven capabilities will ensure that the Project is expeditiously completed to the highest standard, while carefully considering the interests of all our partners and stakeholders."
Guarantee of Energy Generation
Swinerton, which will be celebrating 125 years in the construction industry this year, has built over a dozen solar utility plants in the United States and Canada totaling over 185MWdc. In addition to building the solar plants, Swinerton’s Service Division, led by Joe Brotherton, offers comprehensive service offerings including operating and maintaining (O&M) and monitoring solutions via their proprietary software platform, SOLV. "Due to our unique service offerings and monitoring solutions, we were able to offer K Road strong performance guarantees to provide the energy generation assurance they needed to fulfill their power purchase agreement (PPA) contract and necessary financial security," says Brotherton.
Work to Commence Immediately
Swinerton Renewable Energy will begin engineering design and access roads for the project immediately, and expects to break ground in June 2013. Dave Grubb, Jr., Director of Strategic Procurement, says, "The site design and key technology components will be finalized soon and long-lead time equipment orders will be placed to ensure an on-time delivery."
The plant is expected to be commissioned in multiple phases, with the ability to produce and deliver energy as early as May 2014. Although it is an aggressive schedule, Swinerton has a history of completing solar plants on-time and looks forward to working with K Road Moapa Solar and the Moapa Tribe on this historic project.
For additional information, contact:
Elaine Wood, Business Development and Marketing
Swinerton Renewable Energy
© 2007-2013 Swinerton Incorporated
Swinerton Builders Los Angeles - 12/05/12
Swinerton Builders in Partnership with IDG Parkitects Selected for Award of JPL's West Arroyo Parking Structure Project
Swinerton Builders in partnership with IDG Parkitects have been selected for award of subcontract as the design-build team for Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s West Arroyo Parking Structure in Pasadena, California.
The $17.5 million project consists of a 4.5-story, 1,436-stall, cast-in-place concrete parking structure. It also includes significant ancillary roadway and surrounding hardscape improvements, as well as the demolition of existing buildings and the City of Pasadena-owned East Arroyo Parking Lot. The project also provides the structural capability for a future support grid for photovoltaic panels over the upper parking level.
Swinerton has worked on past projects at NASA sites, including JPL’s Flight Project Center and the NASA Ames Research Center’s Sustainability Base. Swinerton and JPL have a shared commitment to minimizing impact to the surrounding community, which will be evident through the innovative design of the new parking structure.
Groundbreaking occurred on November 7th, and construction on the parking structure will begin in March 2013; estimated completion is set for March 2014. Additional design-build members include: Structural Engineer Jessen-Wright, Civil Engineer Land Design Consultants, Inc., and Traffic Consultant LSA Associates.
About Swinerton: The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton’s local, on-the-ground teams, backed with the resources and capacity of a nationally-ranked corporation provide the highest level of service and expertise to clients. For more information on Swinerton, visit their blog SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.
Swinerton Builders Sacramento - 10/09/12
HMH Builders to Strengthen Competitive Edge with Brand Renovation
HMH Builders has been a fixture in the Sacramento construction industry for 55 years. Its local and passionate team has deep roots in Sacramento and prides itself on delivering value to their clients via innovative solutions and exemplary service.
While the people and reputation of providing a high level of customer service will not change, HMH Builders has decided to fully assimilate itself with Swinerton Builders, who it merged with more than 12 years ago. As the construction industry continues to evolve, HMH Builders and Swinerton realize the strength of a fully integrated brand. The company will see competitive advantages, allowing its customers to experience the difference through an increase in internal collaboration to drive innovation, achieve better utilization of staffing resources, and the creation of more opportunities to pursue work in a wider geographic range.
“We are excited to be in the final stages of fully integrating both HMH Builders and Swinerton Builders,” said David Higgins, Jr., Swinerton Builders Sacramento General Manager. “We have been working closely together for the last 12 years and this will allow us to pass a variety of competitive advantages onto our customers, including better utilization of our expertise, improved depth and diversity of our resources and a stronger knowledge base to draw from. It is a natural evolution in the growth and history of HMH Builders to keep us competitive and strong so we can continue to do what we do best – work safely every day, do a great job for our clients and have some fun while doing it.”
The integration is expected to be fully complete by October 19, 2012, as HMH Builders renovates its brand into Swinerton Builders Sacramento. To those that know HMH Builders now and have worked with the company in the past, the only change will be the logo seen on the hardhats of their project teams, trucks and awards. The company’s commitment to the community will remain, as will their support of numerous local non-profits and community organizations including local food banks, the Salvation Army and Sacramento Tree Foundation. The local roots of HMH Builders will continue to grow even deeper and stronger as the company transforms into Swinerton Builders Sacramento and spreads its reach deeper into the San Francisco Bay Area and other areas of Northern California. These stronger ties will bring more relationships and work opportunities to the Sacramento region, benefitting the local business community.
Swinerton Builders also has a rich history of building in Sacramento, from the construction of the American Can Company (32nd and C Streets) in 1926, to the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Switch Building at 1411 J Street in 1935, and the extensive remodel of the California State Capitol building in 1975. Swinerton Builders completed the Gregory Bateson Building for the State of California in 1979, which is the flagship of the State’s Energy Efficient Office Building Program, and pioneered innovative heating, cooling and day lighting strategies which have become the standard for energy efficient buildings.
The partnership between HMH Builders and Swinerton was formed with a simple handshake and the companies have been trusted partners ever since. HMH Builders is proud to be transitioning its brand to Swinerton Builders and will continue to build a lasting future throughout the Sacramento region and beyond.
Current regional projects being built by HMH Builders/Swinerton Builders Sacramento in Northern California include: renovation of the Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, construction of the John Muir Health Ambulatory Care Center in Walnut Creek, and 40MW of utility scale photovoltaic solar energy generation for Recurrent Energy in Galt. They recently completed the renovation of the Riverbank Elementary School in West Sacramento, the Sutter Elk Grove Ambulatory Surgery Center, and the expansion of the Kaiser South Sacramento Medical Center.
About HMH Builders: HMH Builders is a Sacramento-based commercial general building contractor that has served the Northern California region since 1957. An affiliate company of Swinerton Incorporated since July 1, 2000, HMH Builders has deep roots in the Sacramento community, a passion for building and a solid reputation as the trusted partner in every market they serve – proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on HMH Builders, visit their website www.HMH.com
About Swinerton Incorporated: The Swinerton Family of Companies holds California Contracting License No. 92 and is 100 percent employee-owned company. They are the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market served, proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. They have been building in San Francisco since 1906 from landmark projects such as the Fairmont Hotel and Ghirardelli Square to current innovative interiors and specialty projects all over the city. For more information on Swinerton, visit their blog SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn. www.Swinerton.com
Swinerton Builders San Francisco - 10/02/12
Swinerton Builders and WRT Unite Community Through New Townsend Street Parklet
In a collaborative display of their commitment to the local community, Swinerton Builders San Francisco and Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) recently partnered to transform metered parking spaces in front of D’Urso Café Italian Delicatessen into the Townsend Street Parklet. On September 28th, Swinerton Builders and WRT joined community partners, sponsors and the local neighborhood for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this new unique public space the entire community can enjoy.
At its heart, the Parklet design is a reflection of the neighborhood that it serves and its history. The Parklet itself is three parking spaces in length and was constructed largely from reclaimed materials from buildings in the vicinity. The primary structural components are 12x6 Douglas Fir timbers, 14 feet in length, that were salvaged from the recent interior renovation of the Ogden Meatpacking building, now occupied by Twenty Five Lusk, and held by the owners of ArcWood and Timber. Both of these businesses are located on the alleys that frame the Parklet on Townsend – Lusk and Clyde Streets. These timbers are arranged both vertically – to create structure and create a modular rhythm, and horizontally – to provide seating, a bar, and an area for bike parking.
The flooring of the Parklet was constructed of reclaimed 2x6 tongue-and-groove decking, also donated from ArcWood and Timber. The decking is laid perpendicular to the sidewalk, reminiscent of the shipping docks that once lined the shoreline of MissionBay. This location also marks the point at which the City of San Francisco met the waterfront, prior to the filling of MissionBay in the nineteenth century. The angled “masts” formed by the vertical timbers in the Parklet allude to the maritime and industrial character of the neighborhood during that era.
The unifying aesthetic of the Parklet is informed by the vocabulary of SOMA’s industrial heritage and that of the railroads that characterized its development. In addition to the structural timbers, cast iron tension rods, anchor plates, brackets, and reinforcement straps mimic those found in industrial buildings throughout the neighborhood.
As an addition to the bustling SOMA neighborhood, the Parklet will mark a crossroads, uniting people from nearby businesses and adjoining neighborhoods in a common public space. Its close proximity to multiple transportation modes, including a well-traveled bicycle lane, the CalTrain station, and multiple bus routes, brings people together from throughout the city and the region. This too is a tie to the history of the place, where the Santa Fe Depot once stood, industry soared, and the community converged.
Community partners, donating time and materials and support, include Swinerton Builders, WRT, ArcWood and Timbers, Ian Glidden, and Ahlborn Fence and Steel, Inc., and D’Urso Delicatessen. Sponsors, contributing financial and advisory support, include ArtHaus, Bloomspot, Gluten Free Grocer, Cherry.com, Fiore Real Estate, and Double D Engineering, many of which are located within the neighborhood.
Swinerton Builders: Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton Builders has a record of outstanding performance built on its reputation of high quality services, fine workmanship, excellent performance, and ethical business. Working in an environment of collaboration, Swinerton successfully delivers sustainable, complex design and construction projects as well as professional services to a diversified base of agencies. To learn more about Swinerton, check out their Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Blog, and LinkedIn.
WRT: Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) is an interdisciplinary planning and design firm recognized for its innovative ideas and environmental ethos. Its practice of architecture, planning, urban design, and landscape architecture is known for designing unique spaces and structures including parks and open spaces, transit spaces, affordable housing, retirement communities, waterfronts, university campuses and mixed-use developments. Committed to sustainability, interdisciplinary design, and collaboration since its founding in 1963, WRT operates in five locations from coast to coast. To find out more about WRT, please visit wrtdesign.com, or visit us at Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
Swinerton Builders San Francisco - 09/21/12
Media Alert: Swinerton Builders and Joe DUrso of DUrso Cafe Celebrate New Soma Parklet With Ribbon Cutting
Swinerton Builders: Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton Builders has a record of outstanding performance built on its reputation of high quality services, fine workmanship, excellent performance, and ethical business. Working in an environment of collaboration, Swinerton successfully delivers sustainable, complex design and construction projects as well as professional services to a diversified base of agencies. To learn more about Swinerton, check out their Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Blog, and LinkedIn.
Swinerton Builders Colorado - 09/14/12
Swinerton Tops Out Design-Build Construction on West Rail Line Parking Structure
Swinerton Builders is thrilled to announce the topping out of the design-build RTD FasTracks Lakewood - Wadsworth Parking Structure. Located in Lakewood, this 1026-space, four-story parking structure will serve bus and light rail riders when the West Rail Line opens April 26, 2013. Swinerton Builders leads the design-build team which also includes Structural Engineer S.A. Miro; Architect Gensler; M/E/P/F Engineer BCER Engineering; and Parking Design Parking Consultants, LLC.
Swinerton’s commitment to diversity begins with an unwavering dedication to partnering with small and historically under-utilized businesses. For this project, the firm has teamed with several local Small Business Enterprise/Disadvantage Business Enterprise firms, including: Civil Technology, Inc; Three Sixty Design; GeoCal; HCL Engineering & Surveying, LLC; Interactive Elements Incorporated; Pinyon Environment Engineering Resources, Inc; Sky-to-Ground, LLC and JA Group. More than 30 percent of the subcontracting firms on the project are small business enterprises.
The parking structure is designed to maximize sustainable features such as low water-use landscaping, stormwater quality, bicycle parking, and provisions for future solar panels and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Swinerton is recycling material during construction and has implemented a site management plan for erosion control and to contain all construction debris.
The project broke ground mid-March and will be complete in April 2013. Swinerton is proud to be involved with this project and part of building a better Colorado.
About Swinerton: The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is a 100 percent employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton has been building Colorado since 1942 and is devoted to the region with a passion for delivering the highest quality product through integrity, leadership, passion and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit the company’s blog at SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.
Swinerton Incorporated - 09/11/12
Swinerton Utilizes HelpSTAR 2012 to Track Warranty Status, Assets and Technical Support Issues
HelpSTAR, a leading pioneer of help desk software, today announced that Swinerton Incorporated, a commercial construction services organization, utilizes HelpSTAR 2012 to expand its service desk to assist in tracking warranty status and asset management for 14 offices across the western United States.
As one of the nation’s top general contractors, Swinerton provides commercial construction and construction management services across a wide range of markets throughout the United States. Established in 1888, the company delivers innovative construction solutions and prides itself on outstanding customer service to a diverse range of business clients that demand exacting performance. With more than 1,000 employees, asset management and technical support is a critical part of sustaining the daily activities of the company.
“I have been with the company for nearly 12 years and prior to HelpSTAR each office was inundated with ongoing requests,” said Mikki Witter, applications administrator for Swinerton. “We are now able to perform more efficiently with less down time, ensuring customer satisfaction, both inside and outside of our company. We couldn’t be more pleased with the service and support we receive from the team at HelpSTAR.”
Witter sees HelpSTAR 2012 as a valuable tool as the company began re-structuring its support division. Each office now reports through a web portal that is a key component of the HelpSTAR software. All requests, whether they are warranty or IT support, are logged, prioritized and tracked, effectively providing the company with an organized maintenance and response system.
“We provide our customers with the tools they need to get their work done faster and more efficiently,” said Igal Hauer, CEO of HelpSTAR. “By providing superior client consultants and customizable templates, we have seen an increase in the adoption of our software into a wide variety of corporate applications. We applaud the efforts of support teams, such as Swinerton’s, as they develop new and exciting ways to utilize HelpSTAR 2012.”
HelpSTAR help desk software is an easy-to-use service desk collaborative suite that provides rapid issue, problem resolution and change management capabilities out of the box without the need for lengthy deployment and staff training. Designed for organizations with 10 to 500 support reps servicing 100 to 50,000 employees, HelpSTAR expedites problem handling through features such as intelligent queuing, various self-help tools, and prompts such as alarms, follow-up reminders, and automatic priority escalation. It offers both a built-in library of standard reports and custom query capabilities. HelpSTAR is available in both client/server and web-based versions running on Microsoft or Microsoft SQL. For more information, visit www.helpstar.com.
About Swinerton: The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market they serve – proudly leading with integrity, passion and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit www.swinerton.com.
Swinerton Renewable Energy - 09/06/12
Swinerton Renewable Energy Launches SOLV?, the Complete Solar Monitoring Solution
Swinerton Launches an Innovative Monitoring Platform Which Provides Comprehensive Management of Utility-Scale Solar Plants to Maximize Generation and Minimize Operating Costs
Swinerton Renewable Energy, a leading builder in the solar utility industry, announced today that it has officially launched SOLV™, an innovative monitoring platform to manage all the operational needs of solar utility plants. Swinerton created SOLV™ to support their commitment to building the highest quality, most efficient solar plants possible for their customers. SOLV™ provides critical automation of service management, plant controls, advanced diagnostics, trend analysis, and custom reporting functions which are not available in traditional industry monitoring offerings.
Last year Swinerton Renewable Energy created a new division focused on operating and maintaining (O&M) solar utility plants being lead by industry-veteran, Joe Brotherton. "The key to running a successful solar utility site is to maximize income and minimize expense for our clients. To do that, we needed to streamline our service processes and remove expensive and error-prone manual intervention whenever possible," says Brotherton.
Swinerton is in a unique position to create such a platform and has already commissioned more than 40MW of utility solar plants. By the end of 2012, Swinerton will have built a dozen utility solar plants in the US and Canada, generating more than 160MW of solar energy, and has been contracted to run SOLV™ on all sites. After performing extensive evaluations of monitoring software products, Swinerton made the strategic decision to invest in a comprehensive O&M solution that would allow them to drive operational efficiency and provide competitive advantages for their customers.
Leveraging Best Industry Practices
Managing Enterprise Needs of Solar Operations
Although Swinerton originally intended to deploy SOLV™ on sites that it built, they are already being pushed to implement it into sites Swinerton did not construct. "We view that as a good problem to have," says Brotherton. "We will do whatever we can to make our clients successful."
Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley - 09/04/12
Swinerton Builds Triumph Out of Tragedy at Merritt Trace Elementary
After the previous classroom building burned down, Trace Elementary School was in serious need of a replacement classroom building on their campus. Together with Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley, Trace Elementary School built triumph out of tragedy with a new learning environment to start off the school year.
On August 31st, General Contractor Swinerton joined faculty, students, and district representatives for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new two-story, 26,618-square-foot building that includes 18 classrooms, a media center/library, and support spaces. Swinerton’s design-build partner on the project was BFGC-IBI Group, whose sustainable design thoughtfully melded with the existing adjacent administration wing, built in 2009.
“Today is a joyous day as we celebrate our new building grand opening!” said Trace Elementary School Principal Anacelia Rocho. “For Trace school, today marks the beginning of a new era. We are united, stronger, excited, and looking forward to our future.”
The unique “single-loaded” new building has circulation on one side only, toward the interior of the campus, with exit stairs located at each end of the building and an elevator centrally located for convenient access. This linear solution provides north light on the street side of the building and south light on the circulation side of the building with overhangs for rain and sun protection, an ideal orientation for sustainable design. Additional building features include handmade ceramic tiles, a metal roof system, an elevator, and custom casework.
As one of the nation’s top education builders, Swinerton understands that just as every child is different, so is each school and community. They are committed to seamlessly and safely enhancing the functionality of learning environments while staying true to the unique values and core functions of each school. Swinerton is proud to have partnered with the San Jose Unified School District and Trace Elementary School on this special project, building a legacy in education together.
About Swinerton: The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton has been building in the Silicon Valley and surrounding communities since 1948. As one of the top ten general contractors in the area for nearly 60 years, Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley is devoted to the region with a passion for delivering the highest quality product through integrity, leadership, passion, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit their blog SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.
Swinerton Builders Orange County - 08/30/12
Swinerton Builders Named 2012 Best Places to Work in Orange County
The Fourth Annual Orange County Business Journal and Best Companies Group Best Places to Work Competition has announced Swinerton Builders a winner!
To be eligible, companies had to fulfill the following requirements:
- Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity
- Be a publicly or privately held business
- Have a facility in Orange County
- Have at least 15 employees in Orange County
- Be in business a minimum of 1 year
Companies from across the county entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Orange County. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Orange County, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.
The actual rankings will be published in the Orange County Business Journal’s special report on the Best Places to Work in the October 29, 2012, issue of the Orange County Business Journal.
For more information on the Best Places to Work in Orange County program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkOC.com.
About Swinerton Builders - Established in 1888 and holding California Contracting License No. 92, Swinerton Incorporated is a 100% employee-owned company. Today, Swinerton Builders Orange County and Inland Empire division is achieving remarkable success in the industry across a wide range of markets with a focus on strong and newly emerging markets, including Healthcare, Hospitality, Education, Tenant Improvements, Mission Critical/Data Centers, and Renewable Energy.
Currently ranked a top healthcare builder in the West, Swinerton continues to build medical projects successfully. Their success is based on a solid foundation of experienced staff, technical knowledge, and a thorough understanding of regulatory requirements. From simple changes to broad strategic thinking, Swinerton teams are charged with looking for innovative solutions that produce improved results – lower costs, higher value, and shorter durations.
Swinerton Builders Sacramento - 08/27/12
West Sacramento's Riverbank Elementary School Gets Makeover
Washington Unified School District and HMH Builders Team Up to Enhance School
Riverbank Elementary was opened more than 50 years ago as a high school. Since that time it has morphed and changed to better serve the community. During the 2011-2012 school year the 12-acre campus was home to third through eighth graders but after a 10-week, $8-million overhaul the campus reopened on August 22, 2012 greeting students’ kindergarten through eighth grade.
While minor work started in May while school was still in session, the majority of the work began in June when school was out, giving HMH Builders just 10 short weeks to complete this unique transformation that not only allows for more students but will improve the students’ learning environment and safety.
Starting on the outside, the parking lot was redesigned with safety in mind, providing much needed space to drop students off, and separating the entrances for kindergarten through fifth grade from those for sixth through eighth grade. The walkway leading to the entrance was also redesigned and made ADA compliant with new landscaping and decorative fencing. The school even received a new marquee, complete with an LED sign that can be used for posting announcements. Other improvements to the outside of the campus including adding a new section of asphalt for recess and PE activities, which doubles as a way to improve the fire departments access to the campus.
On the interior, each of the 42 classrooms on the campus received a technology makeover. All are now equipped with smart boards that allow a teacher to project his or her computer screen or other video directly onto a whiteboard and then write over it or to show educational videos. A new fiber optic network and fire alarm system was installed across the campus along with a new intercom system to improve campus-wide communication, security and fire safety. Many rooms have new windows to let in more natural light, fresh paint, cabinets, tack boards and carpeting.
Additionally, some rooms were also completely remodeled such as what was once a dark building with no windows transforming into the campus’ kindergarten wing complete with three classrooms, smart boards, windows, and a separate play area with shade structure. A building that housed outdated gym equipment has been turned into five new classrooms for second graders. Two old locker rooms that were being used as storage areas are now places for learning. The girls’ locker room is now a fitness studio with climbing wall and will also be used for indoor sports and yoga. The boys’ locker room was gutted and renovated into two wet science labs.
“We are impressed and relieved by the ability of the HMH Team to complete this major renovation to Riverbank, both on time and on budget,” said Dr. Dayton Gilleland, Ed.D., Washington Unified School District’s Superintendent. “The efficiency of this project, coupled with the hard work of teachers and district staff, has resulted in a beautiful school setting that stands ready to meet our students and families on the first day of school.”
In the coming months the campus will continue to see limited construction including a completely remodeled commercial kitchen to prepare school meals. During this construction, meals for students will be made at other district facilities and brought to the school for students.
“We were delighted to be chosen to work on this project with the Washington Unified School District,” said Tim Spence, project executive with HMH Builders. “We worked closely with the Washington Unified School District and Stafford King Wiese Architects on every aspect of the project, finding ways to save money. The improvements that were made to Riverbank over the last 10 weeks will improve the learning environment for students, teachers, and staff for many years to come!”
About HMH Builders: HMH Builders is a Sacramento-based commercial general building contractor that has served the Northern California region since 1957. An affiliate company of Swinerton Incorporated, HMH Builders has deep roots in the Sacramento community, a passion for building and a solid reputation as the trusted partner in every market they serve – proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on HMH Builders, visit their website www.HMH.com
Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley - 08/27/12
Swinerton Names Kelly Smith As Division Manager of Silicon Valley Office
Continuing their growth in the Silicon Valley region, Swinerton Builders recently enhanced the group’s leadership with the addition of Kelly Smith as Division Manager. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for the overall success and management of the division and strengthening Swinerton’s position within the booming construction and real estate market in the region.
Leadership in construction is inherent in Smith, cultivated during his 20 years with Skanska and most recently as Vice President at Webcor Builders. This leadership experience, combined with his passion for operational excellence and history of project success, has Smith poised to take Swinerton to new heights in Silicon Valley.
About Swinerton: A 100% employee-owned company recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton has been building in the Silicon Valley and surrounding communities since 1948. As one of the top ten general contractors in the area for nearly 60 years, Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley is a preferred builder and trusted partner for the region – proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit their blog SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.
Swinerton Builders San Diego - 08/22/12
Swinerton and First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego Create Warm Inviting Space for Local Community
Swinerton Builders San Diego and the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego are proud to unveil the newly completed Welcome Center and Campus Site Improvement project, providing a much needed facility that will serve the Hillcrest neighborhood and surrounding community for years to come. The project consisted of ground-up construction of the new tri-level Welcome Center, which is comprised of 8,707 square feet of space for church functions, community events, study classes, and business meetings. Architectural design services were provided by Platt/Whitelaw Architects, Inc., and Construction Management Services by Southern Cross Property Consultants.
Situated on 7.5 acres of land, the 26,201-square-foot campus of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego is comprised of a preschool, an administration building, a meeting house and chapel, and a religious education building. The Welcome Center adds to the mix with two staff offices, a full-service commercial kitchen used for special events, meeting rooms, a library, and storage. What makes the Welcome Center truly unique is the 23 different ceiling heights found throughout the building, including eight different heights in the main assembly hall alone. Swinerton also performed utility upgrades, landscaping/irrigation, habitat mitigation, and hardscapes. Landscaping included planting native trees and eco-friendly shrubs in the courtyard, as well as a rainwater filtration system.
Used by children and adults alike, Swinerton is honored to have been a part of the Welcome Center and trusts it will foster peace and hope for everyone who visits.
About Swinerton: The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized since 1888, the San Diego office was established in 1993 and is devoted to building a better San Diego for the surrounding community. Swinerton is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market they serve – proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit their blog SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.
About Southern Cross: Southern Cross Property Consultants is a construction management and facilities management consulting firm serving clients throughout Southern California since 2002. Working exclusively with property owners, Southern Cross specializes in three distinct client types: religious & non-profit, homeowner association/common interest development, and multi-family housing. More information about Southern Cross Property Consultants can be found at www.southerncrosspc.com and LinkedIn.
Swinerton Builders Government - 08/20/12
Swinerton Builders and "TheBrickCentral" to Assemble Micro-Scale Replica of Washington National Monument out of Legos at the Design Build Institute of America 2012 Federal Sector Conference
August 21-23, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia
About Swinerton Builders Government: Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton Builders Government has a record of outstanding performance built on its reputation of high quality services, fine workmanship, excellent performance, and ethical business. Working in an environment of collaboration, whereby they succeed, Swinerton successfully delivers sustainable, complex design and construction projects as well as professional services to a diversified base of government agencies. To learn more about Swinerton, check out their Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Blog, and LinkedIn.
About DBIA 2012 Federal Sector Conference: Aimed at enhancing professionalism in federal agency project procurement and delivery programs, DBIA's Federal Sector Conference will explore best practices and lessons learned through case studies and discussion, providing perspectives from both agency insiders and successful project team members.
Swinerton Builders Washington - 08/07/12
Dan Mundle to Lead Business Development for Swinerton Builders Washington
After an extensive search, Dan Mundle has been chosen by Swinerton Builders Washington to expand their Special Projects portfolio, focusing on new opportunities within the Medical, Interiors, and High-Tech markets. As Business Development Manager, Mundle will work closely with architects, facilities managers, construction managers, and clients to build relationships and create stronger brand identity in the Northwest.
Prior to joining Swinerton, Mundle spent 22 years in Seattle honing his construction experience, knowledge, and skills and was co-owner of a general contracting business for 10 years. This unique expertise, combined with his attention to detail and reputation, has him poised to bring much success to the region.
Passionate about giving back to the community, Mundle looks forward to continuing his involvement in NAIOP, BOMA, and IFMA. Mundle holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Western Washington University and a Certificate in Construction Management from the University of Washington. He will be based out of Swinerton’s Bellevue, Washington office.
Swinerton Builders San Francisco - 08/02/12
Swinerton Interiors Best Kept Business Development Secret is Kim Pipkin
In a strategic move to advance in the red hot San Francisco Interiors market, Swinerton Builders has hired Kim Pipkin as Interiors Business Development Manager. In her new role Pipkin will work closely with Senior Vice President & Division Manager Andy Holden to cultivate new and strengthen existing relationships, enhancing business development efforts to build their position in the region.
Before joining Swinerton, Pipkin was a Partner at Marsh Marketing and most recently Director of Business Development for Kwan Henmi Architects. With an MBA in Executive Management and Marketing from St. Mary’s college and more than 20 years in the industry, Pipkin brings to Swinerton proven expertise and unmatched enthusiasm for building tomorrow…today.
About Swinerton: The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market we serve – proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit their blog SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.
Swinerton Renewable Energy - 07/11/12
Swinerton Renewable Energy to Construct and Manage Operations for over 120MW Solar Utility Generation in 2012
Swinerton Renewable Energy, a leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) builder in the solar utility industry, announced today that it has been selected to design and build over 120MW generation capacity at multiple solar utility plants in 2012. The plants, ranging from 5MW to 30MW, will be constructed both domestically and internationally.
In addition to designing and building the solar utility plants, Swinerton Renewable Energy has launched a new division focused on operating and maintaining solar utility plants. George Hershman, VP for Swinerton Renewable Energy, says, “We have proven success in designing and building solar utility plants and, based on customer demand, we now offer comprehensive operations and maintenance (O&M) for solar plants after they are built. Our key customers requested that we provide O&M services based on our industry knowledge and expertise.”
Swinerton Renewable Energy recruited Joe Brotherton, an industry leader in Solar Utility Operations and Maintenance Services, to lead the new O&M Division as Technical Services Manager. Based on Brotherton’s experience and background, he quickly implemented an aggressive strategy. Brotherton says, “Automating solar plant service processes is the key to driving down the cost to serve. Inverters are the brains of a utility site and are capable of sophisticated diagnostics. We needed to leverage remote diagnostics to minimize truck rolls. The custom site technology that we needed did not exist at the integrated site and device level we needed, so we built it.”
As part of the O&M Division launch and strategy, Swinerton Renewable Energy invested significant funds in creating a leading-edge monitoring platform to efficiently and effectively manage the operations of solar plants. This will be achieved by leveraging advanced technology to monitor performance, measure production, escalate issues, report financials, and identify proactive service needs; these will all be custom-designed to the design and devices of a particular site. Launched as a new product offered by Swinerton, this complete solar monitoring solution has already proven great success. Contracted to manage over 150MW of utility-scale solar generation by the end of 2012, it will be one of the largest, independent monitoring platforms in the nation.
“We wanted the best monitoring solution in the industry, so we recruited top talent from the high-tech industry. Elaine Wood, former Director of Internet Solutions for Sun Microsystems, joined Swinerton in February to lead the monitoring platform development,” said Brotherton. “She was a perfect fit and hit the ground running due to her software engineering background and significant renewable energy industry experience, with prior strategic project management positions at the National Renewable Energy Lab and Advanced Energy.”
Delivering Solar Success
Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley - 07/03/12
Thomas Malloy to Lead Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley's Interiors Team
Continuing their growth in the region, Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley has enhanced their leadership with the addition of Thomas Malloy as Operations Manager for their expanding Interiors Team. In his new role, Malloy will manage and deliver top-class construction projects with a focus on Interiors, Special Projects, and Corporate Clients. Working closely with Division Manager John Elwood, Malloy will strengthen Swinerton’s position within the construction and real estate community, building upon existing client relationships and fostering new connections within the local and surrounding building community.
Before joining Swinerton, Malloy served as Project Executive for GCI General Contractors, supporting business development and project management efforts throughout Silicon Valley, with a total of $47 million in construction projects bid in 2011. With more than 24 years of building experience in a range of positions including engineer, project manager, general superintendent, project executive, and business development, Malloy brings Swinerton a diverse depth of knowledge and proven leadership.
With a deep belief in sustainable construction initiatives and passion for involvement in his local business community, Malloy is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of IFMA, CORENET, BOMA, and AIA, and serves as a Steering Committee Member of the Urban Land Institute. He holds a Master’s of Science in Finance from Golden Gate University and is based out of the Silicon Valley office.
About Swinerton: The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton has been building in the Silicon Valley and surrounding communities since 1948. As one of the top ten general contractors in the area for nearly 60 years, Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley is the preferred builder and trusted partner, proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit their blog SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.
Swinerton Builders Colorado - 07/03/12
RTD Breaks Ground on Final Phase of West Rail Line
RTD is breaking ground on the final structure on the West Rail Line that will serve Denver, Lakewood, Golden and Jefferson County. The groundbreaking on the five-story, 800-space parking garage at Sheridan Boulevard and 10th Avenue places RTD one step closer to opening the 12.1-mile line in April 2013—eight months ahead of schedule. The structure, which is expected to serve more than 3,700 each weekday, will open with the rest of the line—next April.
“As the build-out of the West Rail Line nears completion, this groundbreaking marks a milestone for the entire Denver metro region. The prospects of greater connectivity to boost our region-wide efforts towards economic development, job creation and rapid transit are what spurs this development effort forward,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
The West Rail Line, the first of RTD’s FasTracks rail lines, has also served as an economic engine for the metro area. It is estimated that 200 people will be needed to construct this latest parking garage.
“The Sheridan contract requires 51% small business participation, which is an unprecedented level of commitment to the small business community in the Denver metro area,” said Phil Washington, RTD general manager.
The structure is being designed by Gensler and built by Swinerton Builders Colorado, which is also building the RTD parking garage at Wadsworth Boulevard and 14th Avenue in Lakewood. The parking structure is designed to maximize sustainable features such as low water-use landscaping, storm water quality, bicycle parking, and provisions for future solar panels and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Swinerton will recycle material during construction and implement a site management plan for erosion control and to contain all construction debris.
“We’re proud to be partnering with RTD to develop a key component in such a crucial transit system,” said Scott Conrad, Swinerton Builders vice president and Colorado division manager.
The West Rail Line is a 12.1-mile light rail line that will serve Denver, Lakewood, Golden and Jefferson County, connecting Denver Union Station to the Jefferson County Government Center. It is scheduled to open with an expected daily ridership of 19,300.
FasTracks will build 122 miles of commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit service, add 21,000 new parking spaces, redevelop Denver Union Station and redirect bus service to better connect the eight-county District. FasTracks is projected to create thousands of construction and related jobs during the height of construction and will pump billions of dollars into the regional economy over the next 20 years.
For more information about FasTracks, visit www.rtd-fastracks.com.
For more information on Swinerton, visit the company’s website.
Swinerton Builders Orange County - 06/20/12
Swinerton Builders Seeing Early Success on High Desert Health System Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center
Five months after breaking ground, Swinerton Builders is experiencing early success on the High Desert Health System Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (MACC) for the County of Los Angeles. Located in the City of Lancaster, Swinerton is providing design-build services for this new two-story ambulatory care facility, a separate one-story service building, an on-site central plant, and all related site and infrastructure improvements. Totaling approximately 142,000 square feet, this new $98-million, design-build, OSHPD-compliant project includes photovoltaic panels to generate solar power. The new two-story ambulatory care facility will house a large ambulatory surgical center, adult and pediatric primary care clinics, an urgent care clinic, a women’s clinic, medical and surgical subspecialty clinics, and ancillary diagnostic and treatment services. The complex also includes a one-story facility that will house administrative and support services, while site improvements will be made to the property to support the new complex.
As of late June of 2012, the electrical underground has been completed for all three High Desert MACC buildings. In addition, site wet utilities have been completed on site and are currently connecting at the street. Steel erection is also progressing rapidly, and has been completed on the West Wing of the main two-story ambulatory care facility. Swinerton is utilizing an electro-slag welding process on structural steel, much like the process currently being employed on the new San Francisco Bay Bridge; this method saves significant fabrication time, and is one of many value-engineering practices being used on the High Desert MACC project. The concrete masonry unit has begun work on Building M, while the installation of footings has started for the parking lot light poles and photovoltaic panel bases. By projecting a LEED® Gold status for the project, it is exceeding the LEED® Silver certification required by the County of Los Angeles. Many green features will also be integrated into the buildings as work progresses, including the minimization of heat gain and the optimization of glare-free natural lighting of occupied spaces. Swinerton is proud of the work done thus far, and is excited at the opportunity to provide a state-of-the-art healthcare center for the High Desert community.
Client—County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works for the High Desert Health System
About Swinerton Builders—Established in 1888 and holding California Contracting License No. 92, Swinerton Incorporated is 100% employee-owned and managed. Today, the Swinerton Builders Orange County and Inland Empire division is achieving remarkable success in the industry across a wide range of markets with a focus on strong and newly emerging markets, including: Healthcare, Hospitality, Education, Tenant Improvements, Mission Critical/Data Centers, and Renewable Energy. Ranked as one of the top healthcare builders in the West, Swinerton continues to build successful medical projects. Success is based on a solid foundation of experienced staff, technical knowledge, and a thorough understanding of regulatory requirements. From simple changes to broad strategic thinking, teams are charged with looking for innovative solutions that produce improved results—with lower costs, higher value, and shorter durations. For more information on Swinerton, visit their blog SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.
Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley - 06/11/12
Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley Builds Hope and Lasting Environments
As passionate about building better communities as they are building excellent structures, Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley and partners recently donated a total of 442 man hours towards their local Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley “Rebuilding Day.” Joining Swinerton was a unique crew that included students from the AGC Student Chapter of San Jose State University’s Civil Engineering Program and the Rotary Club of Santa Clara, who were all eager to donate their community service time to help the effort.
Together the team, lead by Swinerton Business Development Manager and House Captain Nick Sandersfeld, all pitched in to upgrade a beautiful old Victorian home owned by InnVision The Way Home, an organization dedicated to empowering homeless and at-risk families and individuals in finding the way home. This effort is accomplished by offering various levels of housing and day programs in a safe and supportive environment. Swinerton was proud that in addition to monetary donations to Rebuilding Together from The Swinerton Foundation they were able to support InnVision The Way Home by giving back with what they do best – building!
About Swinerton Builders: The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton has been building in the Silicon Valley and surrounding communities since 1948, proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit their blog SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.
About The Swinerton Foundation: The Swinerton Foundation was created by the Swinerton Family of Companies, to unify our philanthropic efforts, to promote community benefit, and to encourage employees to donate time and money to local charitable organizations. The Foundation is a reflection of our employees and their values and exists because of them and as a direct result of our shared commitment to the communities in which we do business. In our own small ways, we seek to make a difference in the world.
Swinerton Builders Portland - 06/04/12
Jason Chupp Joins Swinerton to Head Up Their Oregon Office
Jason Chupp has been brought onboard by Swinerton Builders to help expand their Oregon operations and seek out new opportunities. In his role as Operations Manager, Chupp will work closely with architects and clients to develop relationships and manage projects from beginning to end.
Prior to joining Swinerton, Chupp spent 15 years in Portland honing his construction experience, knowledge, and skills. This expertise, combined with his attention to detail and engaging personality, has him poised to bring much success to the local group, including cultivating them to be a prominent builder within the greater Portland area.
A Portland Native, Chupp holds a Bachelors of Science in Construction Engineering Management with a minor in Business from Oregon State University (OSU). When he isn’t on a jobsite or out in the community building relationships, Chupp can often be found spending time with his wife and four kids enjoying kayaking, camping, fishing, and OSU football.
About Swinerton: The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton has been building in the city of roses and surrounding communities since 1973. Swinerton Builders Oregon is devoted to the Pacific Northwest region with a passion for delivering the highest quality product through integrity, leadership, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit their blog SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.
SMC - 04/30/12
Swinerton Management & Consulting Re-entergizes Sacramento Office
Swinerton Management & Consulting (SMC) is proud to announce that trusted Sacramento consulting firm JJG Consulting, Inc. has merged with Swinerton Management & Consulting. Our Sacramento Division will offer added value to our clients' projects including: Construction Management Services, Inspection, Constructability Review, Cost Estimating, and CASP Reporting Services.
Founded in 1999, JJG Consulting, Inc. offered quality management services for construction firms in California. Owner Jeffrey Gilchrist handled Construction Management, Architectural Consulting and Inspection Services in the Sacramento Area for over 20 years. Jeffrey will bring that valued expertise to SMC as he oversees our Sacramento Division.
About Swinerton: Swinerton Management & Consulting is part of the Swinerton Family of Companies and provides program, project, and construction management services, along with strategic consulting services. Established in 1888, Swinerton consistently ranks amongst the top construction service providers in the nation and is the trusted partner to clients across every market served.
Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley - 04/23/12
William McDonough + Partners Celebrate Dedication of NASA Sustainability Base
Silicon Valley, Ca - William McDonough + Partners, a leading design firm, is proud to announce that the official dedication day and ceremony for the NASA Sustainability Base, which has been called NASA's first space station on Earth, took place today at Moffett Field. As the design architect for the project, William McDonough + Partners' innovative design created a facility that embodies NASA's spirit, fosters collaboration, supports health and well-being, and goes beyond LEED® Platinum in its pursuit of Cradle to Cradle®-inspired solutions.
The NASA Sustainability Base is a highly intelligent and intuitive facility designed to anticipate and react to changes in sunlight, temperature, wind and occupancy. The building will optimize its performance automatically in response to internal and external changes in real time. The building received its LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council earlier this month.
"Our firm is proud to celebrate the dedication day at NASA Sustainability Base today," said William McDonough. "We have had the honor to work with NASA and a number of firms to make this a reality. We are humbled by the opportunity and inspired by the possibility. This building could be the first to truly demonstrate what 'continuous improvement' means in the build environment, which truly embodies the spirit and purpose of Cradle to Cradle."
NASA executives and California Congressional Representatives attended the dedication today and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom arranged for a tour the day before the ceremony as well to see the building and learn about its design and innovation. Representatives from the full design and construction team were also on hand for the ceremony, including Swinerton (contractor), AECOM (architect of record/landscape architect of record/structural and mechanical engineer), Loisos+Ubbelohde (daylighting/lighting/energy consultant), and Siteworks Studio (design landscape architect).
William McDonough + Partners designed the building to embody its founder's positive, "more good" approach, rather than pursuing "less bad" strategies. This included emphasizing the human health and well-being factors that would be critical for a supportive office for those working at the NASA Ames campus. One example of this is in the innovative exoskeleton design. The approach offers increased structural performance during seismic events, provides an armature for daylighting and shading strategies, and creates a column-free interior that facilitates workplace flexibility. It also becomes the icon for the building, recalling lunar modules and satellites. Other project innovations range from aggressive daylighting and natural ventilation design to in-depth materials screening. The resulting building will be a flexible workplace filled with glare-free daylight, fresh air and abundant connections to the outdoors, serviced by systems that will use only renewable energy.
"Working closely with Bill McDonough and his team was inspirational and extremely beneficial. The collaborative process yielded a highly sustainable and beautiful design--optimized for building performance and representative of our values," said Steve Zornetzer, Associate Center Director, NASA Ames Research Center. "I see this as a prototype of a 21st-century building. This is the way we're going to have to think about building in the future."
In addition to being a high-performance workplace at the Ames Research Center, the project will also be a test-bed for NASA technologies and partnerships, some of which are already under way. NASA is working with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (LBNL) to ensure that monitoring systems and data collection will help ensure that this project will continuously improve over time. According to Stephen Selkowitz, Department Head, Building Technologies, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, LBNL, "This is an exciting and potentially groundbreaking building on many levels--design process, technology, systems integration, occupant-focus, and smart operations. We look forward to continuing our collaborations with NASA and William McDonough + Partners and to all this building will have to share in the years ahead."
About William McDonough + PartnersWilliam McDonough + Partners is an architecture, community design, and consulting firm with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia, and San Francisco. The firm applies a positive, principled design philosophy based on Cradle to Cradle® thinking, which takes its cues from living systems and seeks to expand on enduring standards of quality. Cradle to Cradle is a registered trademark of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry.
To learn more visit: http://www.mcdonoughpartners.com/
SOURCE William McDonough + Partners