Clayco Honored for High-Performance, Energy-Efficient and Healthy Building
St. Louis, MO (April 14, 2010)
St. Louis, MO (April 14, 2010) – Clayco Inc. is proud to announce that its work on the Edward A. Doisy Research Center at Saint Louis University has been awarded LEED certification by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“Our goal was to create Doisy Research Center as a model of sustainability and inspiration for the building’s users and the broader community,” said Paul Todd Merrill, P.E., LEED AP, Clayco’s director of sustainable construction. “It was also critical that we consider effective design solutions to achieve its users’ operational requirements. As a result, the facility features an elegant example of aligning environmental desires with functionality and bringing those to form under one roof.”
Joined by Cannon Design’s George Nikolajevich as lead designer and Tom Harvath as lab planner, the entire project team implemented a number of green design and construction strategies in the $80.5 million biomedical research facility that substantially impact occupant health and environmental performance. Outstanding green elements include mechanical systems that operate at energy efficient levels well below the energy code, and the use of 100 percent outdoor air supply at all times within the facility.
One aspect of the project involved the project team incorporating a significant amount of open space area and landscaping with greatly reduced stormwater runoff amounts from previously developed conditions. By using less energy and water, the LEED Certified facility reduces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to a healthier environment for workers and the surrounding community.
“Edward A. Doisy Research Center’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and this facility serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”
The 10-story, 206,000-square-foot research building features a contemporary design of steel, brick and glass on the exterior; and modular laboratories, animal vivarium, conference rooms, and a Clinical Core Lab facility on the interior. Clayco acted as construction manager on the project and Cannon Design was the architect.
Clayco Inc. is a full-service real estate development, design and construction firm with annual revenues of $755 million, specializing in “the art and science of building.” With offices in St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Washington D.C., and Minneapolis, Clayco provides design-build project delivery on a nationwide basis for the corporate, financial, industrial, institutional, government and residential markets.
U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to soar to $60 billion by 2010. The USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system is the preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. 35,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED system, comprising over 5.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 91 countries.
By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.