Swinerton Builders to Green Building Pilot Program

Swinerton Builders’ new corporate and regional headquarters has been selected by the U.S. Green Building Council to participate in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings pilot program (LEED-EB). Swinerton Builders is the only general contractor participating in the program, giving the company a unique opportunity to contribute to the finalized, balloted version to be put before the U.S. Green Building Council next year.

San Francisco, California – July 31, 2002 [] As a leading general contractor with construction services throughout the Western United States, Swinerton Builders recently formed a Green Building Committee to develop, implement, and promote a company-wide Green Building and Sustainable Construction program. The renovation of an existing structure in downtown San Francisco was seen not only as an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the company’s proficiency in sustainable construction, but to serve as a working laboratory for advancing green design concepts and sustainable construction practices for the industry as a whole. The green criteria for the seven-story building, located at 260 Townsend Street, include: Encouraging the use of alternative transportation; Implementing water conservation measures; Managing the building’s energy consumption; Selecting materials with high recycled content; Selecting materials that are non-toxic and don’t compromise indoor air quality; Selecting materials that are “rapidly renewable”; Selecting wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); Reducing the generation of C&D debris; Maintaining a quality indoor built environment. The “greening” of 260 Townsend has already provided invaluable experience in leading green technologies, products and materials, which Swinerton Builders will be able to apply to future projects on behalf of their clients. Not only will prospective clients see the company’s experience with applying sustainable construction practices, Swinerton will be able to showcase its corporate headquarters as a LEED-EBcertified project. With roughly 400 projects, encompassing some 55 million square feet of space, currently participating in the LEED-EB certification process, this type of experience sustains Swinerton’s leading role in Green Building and Sustainable Construction.