The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) of Central Pennsylvania awarded Gannett Fleming with three 2014 ForeverGreen Awards, including Chapter Volunteer of the Year, Government Project of the Year, and Green Business of the Year. The award ceremony was held in conjunction with the GreenCon conference on March 18, 2014, in Millersville, Pa.
Tania Reinaman, PE, LEED® AP, a civil engineer based in the firm’s corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa., was named Chapter Volunteer of the Year for her efforts on the Programs and Education Committee, as well as for her help organizing educational programs for the GreenCon conference. She coordinated the abstracts, speaker bios and schedules, and learning objectives for the event.
Bob Price, the USGBC chapter’s executive director, commented, “Tania is someone we can count on to deliver on her commitments. I rely on this level of commitment and especially appreciate Tania’s tremendously positive attitude and pleasant personality.”
The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 193rd Regional Support Group Troop Training Quarters project received the Government Project of the Year award. The 17,497-square-foot dormitory-style facility, which earned LEED® Gold certification, is located at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Pa.
The $5 million high-efficiency building features windows that provide ample natural light, a carpet manufactured by a carbon-neutral plant, zero volatile organic compound paint, and ureaformaldehyde-free wood trim harvested from Forest Stewardship Council-certified forests. Roof-mounted 21.3 kilowatt photovoltaic panels provide renewable energy generation. Eighty percent of construction waste for this project was diverted from landfills.
Gannett Fleming provided architectural, structural, civil, geotechnical, environmental, mechanical, and electrical engineering services, along with bid- and construction-phase services, for the facility.
Gannett Fleming was chosen as the Green Business of the Year for its continued support and involvement in the local USGBC chapter. The firm has hosted chapter events, provided speakers for GreenCon, and supported the membership of several employees.
USGBC Central Pennsylvania also honored Gannett Fleming for its ongoing leadership in sustainability. In its operations, design solutions, and projects across the globe, the firm takes significant and lasting steps to minimize adverse environmental impacts. Gannett Fleming is a charter member of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, has an internal Corporate Sustainability Team to enhance the firm’s culture of sustainability, and annually publishes a corporate sustainability report to document its progress in achieving its sustainability goals.
The mission of the USGBC Central Pennsylvania chapter is to promote environmentally responsible design, construction, and operation of the built environment. The ForeverGreen Awards recognize the accomplishments in green building and sustainability of the region’s best designers, builders, engineers, sub-contractors, and innovators.