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Turner Construction Co. ‘LEEDs’ the Green Build project

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Turner’s San Diego office brings green construction experience to airport expansion project

The National Resources Defense Council, through its project “Smarter Cities,” names San Diego among the top 12 greenest large cities in the United States. The rankings are based on nine criteria, including: air quality, green building, energy production and conservation, and others. On the forefront of this growing green trend, Turner Construction Co. has more than 10 San Diego projects completed or under contract that feature sustainable elements, totaling over $900 million in green construction. Committed to sustainable construction practices, Turner’s San Diego office has more than 45 LEED-accredited professionals on staff, and is building nearly every major LEED project in the region, including a major expansion to the San Diego International Airport.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, which provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at decreasing environmental impact. Factors include: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED projects must meet certain prerequisites and earn a minimum number of points to be certified. Qualifying projects are designated as LEED Platinum, LEED Gold, LEED Silver or LEED Certified.

One of Turner Construction’s most substantial projects in San Diego is the LEED Silver San Diego International Airport Expansion, known as the Green Build project. The development consists of a 470,000-square-foot building and a 1.5 million-square-foot airside expansion. The project will feature water- and energy-saving components, solar panels on the roof and workers are recycling construction waste. The Green Build project is estimated to cost $865 million and is expected to be complete in 2013.

“We are excited to be a part of helping make San Diego a sustainable city,” said Richard Bach, Turner Construction’s senior vice president. “The Green Build Project will set a tone of environmentally responsible growth, which will help ensure that San Diego continues to be a world-class city for future generations.”

Turner Construction Co. is the leading general builder in the United States, ranking first or second in all major segments of the building construction field. Engineering News-Record currently ranks the company as the nation’s largest builder of green, education, health care, sports and correctional facilities. Turner Construction also ranked second in the hotel, airports, electronic assembly, telecommunications, data centers and commercial office categories. Turner's San Diego office operates as a local company with the strength and resources of the nation's leading general contractor and construction manager behind it. Turner Construction Co. opened its full-service San Diego office in 1983 with highly qualified and experienced local staff. Project types include new construction, renovations and tenant improvements. For more information, visit turnerconstruction.com/sandiego.

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