Case Study: Commitment to Partnership Elevates Performance
Case Study: Commitment to Partnership Elevates Performance
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Case Study: Commitment to Partnership Elevates Performance
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The partnership between Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air and Burns & McDonnell demonstrates how a clear, upfront commitment promotes economic growth, social development and environmental stewardship.

A clear, upfront commitment to partnership with a client promotes economic growth, social development and environmental stewardship. This commitment enables the partners to build the necessary trust to deliver value on current and future initiatives.

These growing and sustaining partnerships with clients, as they become successful, long-term and strategic relationships, help both partners become market leaders as they respond to industry trends such as sustainable architecture, products and services.

The partnership between Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air and Burns & McDonnell started in fall 2001 with a maintenance hangar study at Oakland International Airport. Since then, this collaboration has grown to encompass a range of projects across the country. Future efforts are planned to improve building quality, reduce operating costs, and minimize environmental impact and carbon footprint.

The partnership has advanced both companies’ strong commitments to leadership and continuous improvement in environmental performance, meeting the growing expectations of stakeholders.

Sustainability projects at the Burns & McDonnell world headquarters campus in Kansas City, Mo., have reduced energy consumption by 16 percent annually, toward a goal of 20 percent. Water-saving fixtures conserve 1.5 million gallons per year. A stormwater management system on the campus captures and treats 7 million gallons of rainfall, reducing runoff by 18 percent and relieving the city infrastructure of 3.4 million gallons of stormwater per year. A pilot green roof captures up to 70 percent of the rainfall on the canopy above the main entrance and filters it through an eight-layer system topped with low-maintenance, drought-resistant vegetation. Other initiatives include photovoltaic solar panels, a pilot hybrid solar lighting system, recycling programs and sustainable transportation employee incentives.

Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air has reduced its carbon dioxide emission levels by 23 percent in the past six years through programs addressing its aircraft and vehicle emissions, energy conservation, resource conservation and recycling. Onboard recycling diverts 300 tons of waste from landfills, and new programs reduce noise pollution resulting from its operations.

The airline’s fuel-saving measures conserve 35 million gallons of fuel annually. Changes in its aircraft fleet inventory and installation of aerodynamic components such as winglets have increased aircraft fuel efficiencies. Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air tested the Greener Skies program in summer 2009 in partnership with the Port of Seattle, Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration. Using a satellite-based flight guidance technology — known as required navigation performance, or RNP — the airline saved 2.1 million gallons of fuel, reduced emissions by 22,400 metric tons and reduced noise exposure for an estimated 750,00 people. The airline also adopted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standard facilities contract language to improve building impact on the environment.

Through partnership, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air and Burns & McDonnell are using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient. This partnership’s mutual success depends on both parties’ ability to learn and to implement these stainable solutions, reflecting the commitment of both companies to each other and to the environment.

Building on Partnership

In the past decade, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air and Burns & McDonnell have collaborated on a variety of projects:

  • Inaugurated new service in six cities
  • Relocated service in four airports
  • Developed a Finish Standards Manual
  • Completed an adaptive reuse design for a new reservation center
  • Developed aircraft layouts

 

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