Turner Construction Company completed more than $1 billion of green construction in the New York metro region and more than $3 billion nationwide during 2008. Turner's green projects in the New York region represent a third of the firm's active green work and are comprised of a diversity of building types, including in the education, commercial and healthcare segments.
Turner has completed 80 projects that have been LEED Certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC). An additional 130 projects are LEED Registered. Of Turner's portfolio of green projects, 24 of the firm's Registered projects and 12 Certified projects are located in the tri-state region. These projects are employing strategies to improve a building's performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Turner's active green projects in the tri-state region during 2008 include:
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, seeking LEED-NC Silver Certification, New York, NY.
- Yale University Health Services Center, $97 million, seeking LEED-NC Silver Certification, New Haven, CT.
- General Electric Healthcare digital x-ray detector production facility, $165 million, seeking LEED-NC Gold, Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush, NY.
- Visionaire, seeking LEED-NC Platinum, Battery Park City, New York, NY.
- Columbia University Interdisciplinary Science Building, $179 million, seeking LEED-NC Silver, New York, NY.
- WNYC Radio Headquarters, seeking LEED-CI Gold, New York, NY.
- 50 Connell Drive Corporate Building, seeking LEED-CS Gold, Berkeley Heights, NJ.
- EMPAC, $200 million, seeking LEED-NC Silver, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
Turner expects client interest in Green buildings to continue. In a recent survey of commercial real estate executives, taken in 2008, Turner found that they viewed green buildings as having lower energy, operating and lifecycle costs, higher building values, asking rents and occupancy rates.
Turner is recognized as the largest builder of green building projects in the United States and as having the most LEED Accredited Professionals on staff among construction management firms.
Turner has also taken steps to green its operations by adding more high mileage and hybrid vehicles to its fleet, recycling more than 75,000 tons of waste on its jobsites in 2008 and through greening its own offices as they are renovated.