Hallmark Construction Continues Its Green Leadership In California

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Hallmark Construction, one of Northern California’s premier general contractors continues its leadership in sustainable building practices with the addition of new staff members that continue to reflect the company’s ongoing commitment to green building and sustainable building practices. Additionally, Hallmark continues to play a leadership role within the California marketplace relative to all issues where there is an intersection between environmental interests and construction.

The recent completion of National Geographic School Publishing’s global headquarters in Monterey, California, which was the largest commercial green building project in Monterey County history followed Hallmark Construction’s lead sponsorship role with Santa Clara University’s Solar Decathlon house, which placed third in the international competition sponsored by the United States Department of Energy. Hallmark’s founder, Vice President of Construction and General Manager joined the school’s students in Washington DC for the event, which garnered national and international recognition and media attention.

At Hallmark Construction, sustainability and green building practices is an important cornerstone of the company’s skill set as well as philosophy. “Our company has developed a strong reputation as a leader relative to sustainability, and we are proud of this important component of our business. At our company, this commitment reflects more than words; we have a team that has both unrivaled expertise and a strong passion for green building,” said Jim Losch, Hallmark’s founder and chief executive officer.

The company’s Vice President of Construction, Ned Cain is a thirty year industry veteran and provided valuable expertise to the student-led Solar Decathlon team at Santa Clara University. “It was an honor to accompany the students to Washington DC for the competition, and to join them at the solar house a stone’s throw from the US Capitol,” Cain said. “Several of the students, Santa Clara University faculty members and the Hallmark Construction leadership team enjoyed a long meeting with US Senator Diane Feinstein, where we had a chance to discuss the details of the project with her.”

Hallmark continues to lead the industry in green building expertise, with a strong group of project managers that reflect the company’s commitment to sustainability. As one of many Hallmark Construction sustainability experts, Senior Project Manager John Ebneter maintains a leadership role as chair of the Sierra Club’s “Cool Cities” program in San Mateo, and maintains the additional designation from the United States Green Building Council as San Mateo County’s lead advocate, where he carries the USGBC’s important sustainability message to every city in this large Northern California county. This commitment typifies Hallmark Construction’s passion for sustainability and the company-wide expertise that the firm’s clients count on to meet or exceed their green building goals.

Hallmark Construction is a commercial general contractor which maintains its headquarters and corporate offices in Santa Clara, California and an additional office in Monterey. With a thirty year track record of excellence, integrity and continuing client satisfaction, the company maintains a number of specialties which include new building construction, tenant improvements and build-outs, and the renovation and retrofit of existing buildings. Hallmark maintains expertise within the region's diverse construction marketplace, working closely with developers, real estate agents, tenants, architects, construction, and facility and property managers in a team-oriented atmosphere that consistently earns praise from clients.

Santa Clara University is one of the nation’s leading universities. Located in Silicon Valley, SCU was founded in 1851 and is home to students from throughout the country and the world. With a national and international reputation for academic excellence, Santa Clara University values sustainability and provided noteworthy entries in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in both 2007 and 2009. Currently, the campus is working on a landmark Microgrid project.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a nonprofit organization based in the nation’s capital that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable American future through the construction of cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

The Sierra Club's Cool Cities Program is a collaborative effort between a community’s citizens, businesses, other entities and local leadership with a collective goal to implement clean energy solutions that save money, create jobs, and help curb global warming within each community.

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