Clayco, Inc. ranked No. 16 on Engineering News Record.s (ENR) second annual Top Green Contractors list. As the highest ranked St. Louis firm on the list and one of only four Missouri companies, Clayco has solidified its position as the sustainable building leader for the region.
Expanded from the top 50 contractors in 2007, the new top 100 list reflects the extraordinary growth within the green building movement. The top 100 contractors were listed in the September 22, 2008, issue of ENR, a leading weekly construction trade journal from The McGraw-Hill Companies.
The firms were ranked based on revenues from projects registered or certified by third-party rating groups under objective environmental or sustainable development standards. The official list and rankings can be found on the publication.s Web site at www.enr.com.
According to Paul Merrill, P.E., LEED AP, Clayco.s director of sustainable construction, the Midwest.s continued growth in sustainable developments can be accredited to a practical outlook for efficiency and cost savings. Further growth is also expected in 2009 with upcoming revisions of the U.S. Green Building Council.s (USGBC) LEED standards. Merrill also notes Clayco.s dedication to sustainability education among its employees, clients and subcontractors as a contributing factor to the company.s strong growth.
Clayco.s major LEED projects in 2008 include Washington University.s Danforth University Center, Novus International.s new global headquarters in O.Fallon, Mo., and Saint Louis University.s Edward A. Doisy Research Center. Another major LEED project currently underway is Brown Shoe.s new corporate headquarters in Clayton, Mo. Clayco currently has over 50 LEED Accredited Professionals.
In the past year, Clayco projects have reduced domestic water used for landscape irrigation by over 2,000,000 gallons by implementing high efficiency systems and use of native/adaptive plantings, diverted over 100,000 tons of construction waste materials from area landfills, prevented over 5 million pounds of carbon fuel emissions by providing alternative transportation opportunities and improved energy efficiency of out building systems by almost 18% through use of high performance building materials, HVAC systems and controls and energy efficient lighting systems.
Said Merrill, “We are very proud to have Clayco.s achievements and progress in the green building movement showcased in such a renowned publication. As a catalyst to positive change, Clayco.s commitment to initiating innovative practices for sustainable, high-quality developments has helped shape the construction industry and has inspired healthier standards for construction.”
Clayco Inc. is a full-service real estate development, design and construction firm with annual revenues of $871 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 and residential markets.