Novus International Honored As Project Of The Year - Clayco

Novus International Honored As Project Of The Year

St. Louis, MO (January 21, 2010)

For its ground-breaking design concepts and building construction, Clayco Inc.’s Novus International Global Headquarters in St. Charles, Mo., has been selected by Midwest Construction as the 2009 Green Building Project of the Year. The Novus project, as well as the other honorees were featured in the December issue of Midwest Construction, a monthly regional magazine for construction industry professionals from The McGraw-Hill Companies. The annual competition recognizes excellence in heavy construction and design in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota. Selected from over 128 projects in 20 categories, the Novus International project was honored based on its outstanding quality, project management, innovation, challenges overcome, and safety in the green building classification. “We are extremely delighted to have our work on this exceptional project recognized by such a prestigious industry publication,” said Paul Todd Merrill, P.E., LEED AP, Clayco’s director of sustainable construction. “As demonstrated by this project, Clayco and Forum Studio are a driving force for sustainable development, which has a positive economic, environmental and social impact for our surrounding region.” Located in the Missouri Research Park in St. Charles, Mo., the $20 million project included renovation of Novus’ existing 42,000-square-foot building and a 48,000-square-foot addition, with two floors of office space, 10 research laboratories, a state-of-the-art employee and customer training center, a fitness center and a catering cafeteria. Achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Novus International headquarters features an environmentally-focused framework featuring a 5,000-square-foot array of solar panels, currently the largest array in the state of Missouri, that provide a renewable energy source. LEED Platinum is the highest level of certification available for sustainable buildings with USGBC. “The facility considers the total, long-term environmental impact . from construction to day-to-day operation . on the environment, as well as the health and productivity of its employees,” continues Merrill. The project will also compete against winning entries from other regions in McGraw-Hill’s National Best of 2009 competition. Clayco Inc. is a full-service real estate development, design and construction firm with annual revenues of $770 million, specializing in “the art and science of building.” With offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit, Clayco provides design-build project delivery on a nationwide basis for the corporate, financial, industrial, institutional, government and residential markets.