L.A. rail project first to achieve highest green infrastructure certification

Sept. 28, 2016

Photo courtesy of Skanska

The Expo Line Phase 2 extension has received Envision platinum certification from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), the first transit project to receive the certification.

The achievement was announced by Skanska, a leading construction and development firm. At more than $700 million, it is the largest project by contract value to achieve the certification, according to a press release.

“Expo 2’s Envision certification shows that, no matter what you’re building, it can be built green,” Skanska USA Chief Sustainability Officer Elizabeth Heider said. “The potential to combine well-accepted green standards like LEED for buildings with Envision’s rubric for infrastructure opens the door to district-level green planning like never before.”

Much like LEED for building construction, Envision is a resource for professionals involved in planning, designing, building and maintaining civil infrastructure. The system provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects.

Administered by ISI, Envision consists of a broad range of criteria that address a project’s impact on the surrounding community and environment, technical considerations regarding materials and processes, and other critical choices spanning the project’s lifecycle.

“Like LEED for buildings, Envision provides a language and a metric for infrastructure intended to inspire and reveal sustainable performance,” Heider said. 

Completed by the Skanska-Steve P. Rados Construction joint venture last spring, the Expo Line extension extends L.A. Metro light rail service from Culver City to Santa Monica, ultimately connecting downtown L.A. to the Pacific beaches. The project received points toward its certification based on measures taken to improve quality of life surrounding the project, leadership in long-term sustainability planning, material usage and existing environment considerations.

Some specific highlights included recognition for local hiring of craft labor, sourcing regional materials to the highest standards of the Envision program and for integrating the new line with other means of transit from bus systems to bike paths. 

Attendees of the annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo have the opportunity to tour the project as part of the event’s green tours at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3. This is the first time an infrastructure project has been included in the event’s program. More details can be found here:https://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/38619


Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Certifications, Construction Firms, Engineering Firms, Sustainable Communities, Transportation Buildings, USGBC

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