Celebrating Touch Downs in Sustainability at CenturyLink Field

September 2014

(SEATTLE, Wash.) – September 3, 2014 – McKinstry, a full-service, design-build-operate-maintain (DBOM) firm that specializes in energy and facility services, is paying special tribute to local Champions of Sustainability this 2014 football season. 

The Champions of Sustainability program recognizes McKinstry clients who are taking a forward-looking approach to innovative energy and waste reduction in the built environment, which accounts for one-third of the world’s energy usage and more than 15 percent of carbon emissions. By proactively addressing environmental concerns such as these, the Champions of Sustainability are breaking new ground in green design, construction and facility management. 

Over the past decade, McKinstry has implemented a number of facility-wide energy conservation initiatives at CenturyLink Field and Event Center, including the installation of one of the largest solar arrays in the state of Washington, mechanical system upgrades, high-efficiency lighting and ultra-low-flow water fixtures. These upgrades make the stadium a national model for sustainable sporting facilities. McKinstry developed the annual Champions of Sustainability program to celebrate clients who have committed to similar green standards in the built environment. Each Champion will be hosted by McKinstry at a Seahawks home game this season and presented with an award. 

“We are truly honored to partner with such innovative companies and our Champions of Sustainability program allows us to recognize those groups,” said Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry. “Together, our core values are leading the way in energy reduction and putting the Pacific Northwest one step ahead in creating a more sustainable future.”

Among the Champions recognized this year are the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for the Thomas Foley U.S. Courthouse project and Avista Corp. for its corporate headquarters project. Both are located in Spokane. 

In a joint venture with Lydig Construction, McKinstry provided energy efficiency upgrades to the Thomas Foley U.S. Courthouse. The project demonstrates the unique constraints of providing extensive mechanical upgrades, as well as a real-time energy monitoring system, to an existing building. The upgrades allowed the building’s baseline energy consumption to be reduced by 50 percent, and significantly reduced carbon emissions by 693 tons. By measuring and identifying opportunities to improve building operations and system adjustments over a one-year period after project completion, the GSA managed to achieve an additional 20 percent in energy savings. Combining design-build delivery with performance guarantees has allowed the GSA to turn the courthouse into a high-performance, award-winning green building, serving as a model for future energy renovations across the country.

Avista Corp. of Spokane set out to upgrade their corporate headquarters, retrofitting the 150,000-square-foot office with the most energy efficient systems available. Upon completion of this five-year project in the summer of 2015, the remodel will have saved 1.4 million kilowatt-hours per year, which is enough to power 116 homes annually. Additionally, through the mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades by McKinstry, Avista will save $149,000 every year in reduced energy costs. This project has achieved LEED Gold Certification on floors two through five, and aims to be fully certified by project completion.

Leaders such as the GSA and Avista Corp. are setting new standards in sustainable facilities, demonstrating the spirit of the Champions of Sustainability annual program. Additional 2014 Champions include Vulcan Real Estate, GLY Construction, Clise Properties, Lydig Construction, Seattle University, Gresham-Barlow School District and more. 

The Champions of Sustainability program is part of the Defend Your Turf campaign. The campaign is a four-pronged approach to sustainable water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and community involvement within CenturyLink Field and Event Center as well as in terms of its impact on the city. For further information on the Defend Your Turf campaign, please visit www.centurylinkfield.com/defendyourturf.

About McKinstry

McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services. The firm’s innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients with a single point of accountability that drives waste and redundancy out of the design/build process. With over 1,600 professional staff and trades people throughout the United States and operations in more than 15 states, McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and optimize profitability “For The Life of Your Building.”  For more information, visit www.mckinstry.com.

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