Welcome to the third installment of Building Design+Construction’s “Great Solutions,” highlighting 14 innovative technologies and products that you can put to work in your next project.
EDUCATION PROGRAMS BUILD GOODWILL FOR MANUFACTURERS, CONTRACTOR
Wind energy, LEED, and BIM are grist for the scholarly mill
Honeywell Building Solutions and Lake Region State College, Devils Lake, N.D., have broken ground on an on-campus 6 MW wind turbine (like the one shown here) that will also act as a teaching tool for the school’s wind energy technician program. LRSC will sell excess power to the local utility, thus enabling the college to cover turbine construction costs within 15 years. When the turbine is ready, students will no longer have to go off campus to get hands-on wind energy training.
InPro Corporation has developed a program to bring sustainable design into the classroom. The School of Green is a one-day education session designed to teach middle and high school students in its home town of Muskego, Wis., about green initiatives that benefit new building construction. Students take a quiz at the beginning of the class to gauge their prior knowledge of green standards and LEED ratings, then take the same quiz at the end to measure what they’ve learned.
In the Boston area, construction manager Tocci Building Companies held a free one-day BIM training symposium for project management, procurement, and facilities staff at Tufts University, in Waltham.
Education programs like these can bind your company more firmly to the communities you serve.