This Project Update is written for Tribune Building Project participants and interested individuals. A new update will arrive monthly, or more frequently as Project developments dictate. To request a hard copy, please contact Incourage.
Tribune. A Champion of the People.
As revealed at the March 10 Project meeting, when thinking about possible names for the Tribune Building Project, Incourage shared that Tribune—when used as a noun—is defined as “champion of the people.” In Kelly Ryan’s latest blog, learn why the Tribune is about more than the building. Kelly shares how involvement in the Tribune has transformed residents and is creating a movement in our community. Please read and share this blog with your friends and family.
LEED Certification, Sustainability Features, and Construction Management to Deliver a High Performance Green Building
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. According to the United States Green Building Council:
To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and
earn points to achieve different levels of certification. There are four levels of
certification. The number of points a project earns determines the level of
LEED certification it will receive. Typical certification thresholds are Certified
(40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-79 points), and Platinum (80+ points).
Recognizing the many benefits of incorporating environmental sustainability into the Tribune, Incourage is pursuing LEED certification, specifically aiming for Platinum level.
Sandy Wiggins, guest speaker at the sustainability-themed Project Meeting in August 2014, is a co-author of LEED for Neighborhood Development and served on the LEED 2009 Executive Committee. Additionally, he is Past Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, Founding Chair of the Green Building Certification Institute, and remains connected to the Tribune, advising Incourage on decisions that will help the Project achieve this important certification.
With Concordia’s help in understanding cost and benefit of various options, we’re a bit closer today than with the last Project Update (emailed March 6), to naming sustainability strategies that will be incorporated into the Project.
In addition to sustainable site design (or green infrastructure), four recommended strategies include Geothermal, Solar Panels, LED Lighting, and Building Automation System. Each of these provide numerous Project and community benefits, with anticipated payback in as little as three years and as long as 25 years or more. In future communications, we’ll share specific benefits of these strategies and confirm which will be incorporated, ensuring the Tribune is as sustainable as possible while serving as a model for sustainability in the community.
Construction Manager Selection Process
As shared at the January 27 Project meeting, Incourage invited proposals from 10 firms, each within a 200 mile radius, for Construction Management services on the Tribune Building. Recognizing the importance of environmental sustainability, Sandy Wiggins joined the review committee of Project representatives and partners from Concordia, in reviewing proposals, narrowing the field to two, then interviewing these firms for the Project’s Construction Manager role.
Incourage is currently in negotiations with the construction management firm that the review committee identified as 1) exceeding requirements detailed in the Request for Proposal (RFP); 2) having the greatest relevant experience; 3) displaying a unique ability to support, partner and build capacity among local subcontractors; and 4) most closely aligned with Incourage’s values.
The review committee felt this firm displayed a level of sophistication with preconstruction and construction services on LEED buildings that was not present in many of the other proposals. Further, they documented an impressive track record of delivering high-level LEED facilities as Construction Manager, many of which were more complex in scope and scale than the Tribune.
We anticipate completing the negotiations in time to introduce the Tribune’s Construction Manager to you at the next Project Meeting on April 14.
Tuesday, April 14
NEW Location: Renaissance Learning’s Cafeteria | 2911 Peach Street
RSVP | 715.423.3863
Everyone is welcome, whether you attend regularly or haven’t participated in some time. Bring your family and friends. We look forward to sharing Project updates and connecting with you on issues that are important to us all.