Neenah, Wis. – The Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA) recently awarded Miron Construction Co., Inc. two 2011 Wisconsin Sustainability and Energy Efficiency (SE2) Leadership Awards.
This awards program recognizes leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction, and operation of Wisconsin commercial buildings and related systems. The goal of the program is to encourage greater collaboration among owners, designers, builders and operators by highlighting the value of projects that enhance the built environment.
Both the Miron Construction Corporate Office Expansion & Renovation and the Lake Mills Middle School Expansion & Renovation projects were honored with Special Citation awards. These projects were recognized at an awards luncheon held in Madison on September 21st during the annual WGBA SE2 Fall Conference.
“We are honored to have been selected to receive not only one, but two SE2 Awards,” stated Theresa Lehman, Miron’s director of sustainable services. “We’re extremely proud of the commitment our organization has made to lead the industry, collaborating with our design-build partners and inspiring our clients. In fact, our vision is “to lead by example to demonstrate the benefits of the triple bottom line (people, planet and payback) through education, corporate culture and practical construction solutions.” People are a product of their environment and buildings have the power to influence the behavior of the occupants and activities that happen inside as well as to minimize environmental impacts. Therefore, rather than simply fulfilling ‘program needs,’ we believe that buildings need to bring an organization’s culture to life, create a one-of-a-kind experience, and foster collaborative human interaction, as well a s serve as teaching tools. And that is exactly what both of these sustainable building projects do.”
Additional information on the selected projects (media note – click photos to download):
Miron Construction Corporate Office Expansion & Renovation
The $10 million project encompassed the interior renovation and lighting and plumbing retrofit of the existing 60,514-square-foot office and an addition of 51,549 square feet of office space. The eloquent environmentally-friendly design allowed for over 98% of the existing structure to be reused, maximized natural day lighting, and allowed for 66% of the non-structural and interior components to be reused. As a result of the natural day lighting, the existing facility’s lighting retrofit, and the addition’s geothermal ground-source heating and cooling system and high-efficiency lighting system, an annual energy cost savings of $41,000 has been yielded, which is just over a 28% energy cost reduction compared to a code-compliant facility. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and fittings reduce water consumption by 96,167 gallons per year, resulting in an annual reduction of nearly 40%. Additionally, the high-efficient moisture-sensing drip irrigation system saves an additional 3,500 gallons of water annually. By reusing and reconfiguring the existing systems furniture, the project was able to reuse 26% of the materials and provide over 99% of the employees with direct views to the exterior. To create a high-quality indoor environment, the air is filtered with MERV-rated filtration media, the interior finishes are low-emitting, and the systems furniture and seating are Greenguard Certified. Over 57% of the materials were locally sourced and 25% of the materials have high recycle content. Miron’s construction team was also able to divert 95% of the construction and demolition waste from the landfill. The project is currently in the final review process of seeking LEED certification.
Lake Mills Middle School Expansion & Renovation
Ranked as the greenest school in Wisconsin and 7th in the world, the 98,527-square-foot Platinum LEED certified middle school serves as a living teaching tool, providing hands‐on learning opportunities that connect the students and staff to the natural world. The Lake Mills Middle School has created a positive, environmentally-friendly atmosphere that promotes learning and enhances the health and well‐being of occupants. Low-emitting materials, Greenguard-certified classroom furniture and MERV-rated filtration media contribute to the overall high-quality indoor air. In addition to being an invaluable teaching tool, the school’s high-performance building envelope, natural day lighting, exterior sun shelves, geothermal ground-source heating and cooling system, high-eff iciency lighting system, and controls system will save taxpayers nearly $85,000 per year in avoided energy costs. This is a 45% savings compared to a code-compliant school. The low-flow plumbing fixtures will reduce water consumption by 42% annually. Special consideration was given to materials with a high recycle content (27%), those sustainably managed (68% of the wood is FSC certified), and those that could be locally sourced (63%) to support the local economy. A construction indoor air quality management plan and construction waste management plan were implemented throughout the construction process, resulting in the diversion of 595 tons of construction waste (77%) from the landfill.
Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 educational affiliate organization of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), whose mission is to shape the future by facilitating and promoting ecologically sustainable practices within Wisconsin’s built environment. The vision of the WGBA is to create an existing and future built environment that is socially, economically and environmentally regenerative.
Miron Construction Co., Inc., recently named Builder of the Year by The Daily Reporter, as part of the publication’s 2011 Newsmakers of the Year awards program, is a forward-thinking, fast-growing private company completing work throughout the nation. Miron is currently listed 94th among all general contractors in the United States and among the top 10 (the largest Wisconsin-based) construction companies serving the Midwest by Engineering News Record (based on revenue figures for 2010). Miron provides innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build and general construction services and is headquartered in Neenah, Wis., with regional offices in Madison, Wausau and Milwaukee, Wis., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Negaunee, Mich., and Virginia, Minn. For more information, please visit miron-construction.com.