The 2012 Summer Olympics are well underway, and while most of the world is buzzing about who’s getting the gold medals, we’re excited about two aspects of the games that are very important to us: sustainability and construction safety.
Construction may not come to mind when you think of the Olympics, but Earth911 showcased various sustainable initiatives recently taken by organizers of the Olympic stadium, including:
- Construction using less new materials than any other Olympic stadium, through the use of unwanted pipelines, recycled granite and concrete, and other reclaimed materials
- Minimized use of steel and reduced carbon footprint
- Reclaimed 99 percent of waste generated from the construction process
- 98 percent of demolition waste was diverted from landfills
- Builders used sustainable timber, recycled-content concrete and other eco-friendly and up-cycled materials
- 2012 London Olympics aim to be the first zero-waste-to-landfill games ever
As a contractor who is committed to sustainability, we truly believe that sustainable design and construction are not only good for the health and well being of the building occupants and for the environment, but makes economic sense as well. To read about other sustainable initiatives of the 2012 Summer Olympics, check out Earth911’s post ‘PHOTOS: Sustainability at the London Olympics.’
Another extremely important initiative here at Miron is safety. Our safety motto is: “It is unacceptable for anyone to get hurt on a Miron project … do your part!” Every employee takes this motto and initiative to heart. As part of our mission, Miron is committed to the elimination and control of the risks associated with our construction projects and services.
ENR magazine recently wrote about the construction process of the 2012 Summer Olympics, noting that it is the safest in recent times. With scary statistics and bad odds (two fatalities during the 1996 games, one during the 2000 games, 14 during the 2004 games and 10 during the 2008 games), the London Olympics construction program faced a daunting task. But, in addition to completing work on budget and ahead of schedule, there were no fatalities. Workers on each jobsite made it home safety to their families each night.
To read the ENR article in its entirety, click here.
Click here to read about some of the lessons learned from, and best practices of, the Olympics construction.
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