I have enjoyed working in construction management and design for the last 26
years. As a professional civil engineer, buildings are my specialty but lately it has been structural precast for transportation projects. In any case we like to see everyone win, including the environment.
Some recent LEED projects and teams that I've dealt with on a daily basis are:
- $148M MLK Hospital Revitalization - 5 retrofitted buildings and 3 new
including central plants. RBB Architects and Hensel-Phelps Construction.
- $200M new Cedars-Sinai Hospital AHSP tower that expects to be LEED Gold.
HOK Architects and Hathaway-Dinwiddie Construction.
- 1,000,000 sf Federal Building retrofit including seismic upgrade with
minimal waste. Cannon Design Architects and Stronghold Engineering as GC.
Some other projects that being older may not have tried for LEED status, but
were well insulated for sound and had state of the art HVAC to keep things
quiet, were Segerstrom Symphony Hall in Orange County and the Walt Disney
Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Disney Concert hall even has quite the elevated
garden area open to the public that makes for a green oasis above the city
There can be a lot of waste in construction, but when everything goes well, everyone wins; including the environment typically as resources are reduced along with waste. Steel and
especially rebar may have a lot of recycled content. Concrete may also
be formulated with waste byproducts to provide LEED points, but making a mistake and
getting the job wrong only to have to throw it away because of a mistake
benefits no one and creates inefficient recycling. Therefore few things are as eco-friendly as a good OAC team, and the LEED program does well at putting everyone on the same page in regards to points and proving that point.