Express Scripts Awarded LEED ® Green Building Certification
St. Louis, MO (July 2, 2008)
Clayco Inc. announced today that its joint venture with Paric on the headquarters for St. Louis-based prescription management firm Express Scripts has been awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.
“We are very proud to be awarded LEED certification at Express Scripts. Through this project, Clayco continues to show our dedication and commitment to initiate new and innovative practices for sustainable, high-quality developments,” said Bob Clark, chairman and CEO of Clayco. “As more builders and designers realize the cost-effective and energy-efficient benefits of building green, these techniques will become the new standard for responsible development.”
Finished ahead of schedule, in just 17 months, the 315,000-square-foot build-to-suit building is located on a 16-acre site on the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ campus. The $50 million building marks the first time a Fortune 500 company has relocated its corporate headquarters to a public university’s campus.
Express Scripts was designed to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. The United States Green Building Council verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return. LEED was established to encourage market leaders to design and construct buildings that protect and save precious resources while also making good economic sense.
LEED certification of Express Scripts was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include a white roof, bamboo and cork floors, energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures and motion detector lights.
“Express Scripts is to be commended for achieving LEED certification. This facility is one that both the community and its customers can be proud of,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO, Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Express Scripts will be a showcase for high-performance, energy-efficient, and an inspiration for others.”
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.
One of the largest St. Louis-based general contractors, construction managers and design/build firms, Paric specializes in commercial buildings, historic renovations and the construction of healthcare facilities, senior living, industrial and institutional facilities, office interiors, and environmental systems. For more information about Paric visit www.paric.com.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 13,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 72 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities. LEED for Healthcare is currently under development and is expected to be released in early 2008.
Incentives for LEED are available at the state and local level and LEED has also been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED.