Burns & McDonnell is awarded an International environmental leadership award; for our work on energy audits, project financing, design, construction management, commissioning, operations and maintenance, our firm achieves NAESCO accreditation; the Chicago Architecture Foundation honors the University of Chicago for our work on the south campus chiller plant.
International Environmental Leadership Award
Qatar Today honored a Burns & McDonnell client, the Qatar Foundation, with its 2008 Green Award in environmental leadership for the 350,000-square-foot, six-building Education City student housing complex in Doha, Qatar. This award recognizes an individual or organization that “has made extraordinary contributions to Qatar’s green scene … which has inspired others and delivered results.” Burns & McDonnell designed the Qatar Foundation’s energy-independent student housing complex to achieve LEED® Platinum certification.
Burns & McDonnell Achieves NAESCO Accreditation
The National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) awarded Burns & McDonnell its highest accreditation as an Energy Service Provider, which recognizes the firm’s technical and managerial competence in a full range of energy services — energy audits, project financing, design, construction management, commissioning, operations and maintenance of energy-efficiency and renewable energy technologies, build-own-operate energy supply contracts and measurement and verification of energy savings. This accreditation acknowledges the firm’s performance-based energy services projects that use verified energy cost savings to self-fund capital projects.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation honored the University of Chicago as patron of the year in the institutional category for its south campus chiller plant — one of two University of Chicago central utility plants for which Burns & McDonnell provided engineering design. The award recognizes corporations, institutions and organizations that significantly contribute to Chicago’s outstanding built environment. The south campus chiller plant and its companion west campus combined utility plant feature transparent glass panels and a perforated stainless steel facade that showcase the energy-efficient utilities. The south campus chiller plant was also recognized with an award of merit in the power/utility category of Midwest Construction’s Best of 2008, a contest that honors excellence in commercial construction and design in the Midwest.