Textura Corporation: Greengrade™ Improves Efficiency on LEED(R) Certification for Denver Zoo Project
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Greengrade – LEED Management Software™ is simplifying the process of LEED® certification for an exciting new sustainable project at the Denver Zoo that will use renewable energy, recycled water, natural daylight and ventilation, efficient heating and cooling systems and other green design and construction practices.
Innovation is playing a key role at the new $36.8-million Toyota Elephant Passage, where a biomass gasification system will turn human trash and animal waste into energy. The gasification system will convert 98% of the waste stream into 85% of the usable energy needed to power the Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit. In addition, the 10-acre project features 1 million gallons of water in a closed-loop filtration system, which increases efficiency by using recycled water provided by Denver Water.
Continuing on the path of innovation, Greengrade – LEED Management Software is being used on the Toyota Elephant Passage project by a team led by Kiewit Building Group as a way to improve efficiency and save costs compared to traditional LEED administration methods. Greengrade has been implemented to assist with the organization of LEED-related support documentation, resulting in substantial time savings for the project team. The Toyota Elephant Passage project plans to submit for gold or platinum LEED certification in the first quarter 2012.
"Our team started using Greengrade in October 2011 and has formed strategies, assigned tasks, attached product data, and other support documentation all within Greengrade's web-based software," said Celeste Davis with Kiewit Building Group. "Furthermore, the team took full advantage of the Resources tab. In this area, they had the opportunity to access checklists, credit language, resources and a documentation toolkit from LEEDUser to further assist in the credit interpretation process."
"We are pleased that Greengrade was chosen to help manage the LEED process for this exciting and unique project that's expected to be the first LEED certified large animal exhibit complex in the nation," said Mike Stuart, President of Greengrade. "You can imagine the many challenges of managing all the tasks and documentation needed for credits on a gold or platinum level project, and with the assistance of Greengrade software, the project team was successful at creating a very efficient LEED process.
The Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit is expected to open in late spring 2012 and will house Asian elephants, Indian rhinos, Malayan tapirs, clouded leopards, white checked gibbons, and several other Asian species.
Kiewit is one of North America's largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned company operates through a network of offices in the United States, Canada and abroad. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, heavy civil, power, oil, gas and chemical, building and mining. With 2010 revenues of nearly $10 billion, Kiewit's workforce includes about 10,300 salaried and hourly staff along with more than 14,400 craft workers.
Greengrade, a division of Textura® Corporation and Submittal Exchange®, is a collaborative web-based LEED® management software tool that allows project teams to communicate, track, and manage LEED project information designed for use by anyone charged with the onerous task of managing a complex LEED project - architects, engineers, owners, developers, sustainability consultants, and more. The software is integrated with USGBC's LEED Online and allows a project team to collaborate on project information in a dynamic and centralized environment.
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