Turner Construction Company has completed its 100th LEED Certified project. Cincinnati’s Public Schools’ Pleasant Ridge Montessori School has achieved a LEED Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the 100th building constructed by Turner to achieve at least at LEED certified rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“The Pleasant Ridge Montessori School project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, United States Green Building Council.
The Pleasant Ridge Montessori School represents the first K-12 public education facility in the state of Ohio to become LEED Certified. The $13.4 million school was completed as part of the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) partnership with the Cincinnati Public School District.
The Cincinnati Public Schools board of education passed a resolution in 2007 requiring all new construction projects to be built to LEED Silver standards. The Ohio School Facilities Commission also passed a resolution in 2007 requiring all schools seeking state construction funding to build to LEED Silver standards – with strong encouragement of the pursuit of LEED Gold.
Turner, together with D.A.G. Construction Company and TYS Construction Services, served as the construction manager for the Pleasant Ridge Montessori School in Cincinnati.
The 76,300 sq. ft. facility serving students from Kindergarten to eighth grade features a light-colored roof to reflect sunlight and reduce heat absorption; low-flow toilets, urinals and faucet sensors to conserve water; low VOC-emitting products to improve indoor air quality; sloped ceilings and transom windows that channel natural light into each room; a raised flooring system for improved ventilation; and a storm water detention system that allows for controlled dispersement into the existing infrastructure.
“We are very proud to continue this tradition as the nation’s largest green builder to help our clients conserve resources during the course of the construction process and provide lasting benefits throughout the lifecycle of their school. Turner was honored to serve as part of the building team to deliver this LEED Certified school to benefit the students and community served by the Pleasant Ridge Montessori School,” said Michael Deane, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of Turner Construction Company.
Turner is the leading general builder in the U.S., ranking first or second in the major segments of the building construction field. During 2008 Turner completed $10.7 billion of construction. Turner is the only builder offering clients a nationwide network of offices across the U.S. Founded in 1902, the firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF. For more information, visit Turner's website at www.turnerconstruction.com.