Skanska Koch Headquarters Goes Green

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Installs More Than 1,600 Solar Panels to Generate 85 Percent of Electrical Needs

Skanska Koch, a division of Skanska USA Civil, announced today the installation of a solar power generation system to reduce its energy consumption and lower the environmental impact of its Carteret, NJ headquarters.

Consisting of 1,617 solar panels – each fixed to the roof of the Skanska Koch facility – the system will produce 426 kilowatts of power, which will provide approximately 85 percent of the electrical needs of the facility. The new solar panel system, installed by The Solar Center based in Rockaway, N.J., is also expected to reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of burning more than 38,000 gallons of gasoline.

“At Skanska, going green isn’t just a tagline. We do our best to practice what we preach every day. This system installation allows us to provide quality service and comfort to our employees and customers in a sustainable way,” stated Skanska Koch President and CEO Robert Koch. “We are committed to contributing to a more sustainable world, and will continue to pair sustainable-power delivery, like solar power, with smart energy-saving behavior to make the biggest impact possible.”

This installation is consistent with Skanska’s larger green initiative. As one of the only construction managers and general contractors in the country that is certified by the International Standard Organization (ISO) for environmental management systems, Skanska has long been committed to sustainable business practices. In 2000, Skanska achieved the ISO 14001 standard, allowing the environmentally conscious construction company to measure and document its own environmental impact.

Skanska USA has already made a significant commitment to green business practices in the greater New York metropolitan area by upgrading many of its offices to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Its midtown Manhattan office on the 32nd floor of the Empire State Building was renovated to LEED® Platinum standards, the highest level of the internationally recognized green building certification system. Just north of there, its New Haven, CT. office is LEED® Silver certified.

"We are thrilled to have been selected to design and build this project that is sure to contribute to Skanska Koch’s sustainability goals,” said Gerry Heimbuch, vice president of Commercial Projects at The Solar Center. "This is one of the biggest green initiatives in Middlesex County and we are proud that a global sustainability leader like Skanska selected The Solar Center."

The Skanska Koch headquarters is located at 400 Roosevelt Avenue, Carteret, NJ 07008.

For further information please contact:

Beth Miller, Skanska, 917.438.4523

Skanska Koch, a division of Skanska USA Inc., is New York City’s premier erector of complicated steel and precast concrete structures. Skanska Koch has worked on some of the New York metro area’s most significant projects including the World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, AirTrain JFK Light Rail System, New Yankee Stadium and the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Skanska USA Inc. is a leading provider of construction, pre-construction consulting, general contracting and design-build services to a broad range of industries including science and technology, healthcare, education, high-tech, aviation, transportation and sports and entertainment. Headquartered in New York with 33 offices across the country, Skanska USA has approximately 7,000 employees and its 2009 revenues were $5.7 billion, representing 32 percent of Skanska’s global revenues.

Skanska is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups with expertise in construction, development of commercial and residential projects and public-private partnerships. The Group currently has 55,000 employees in selected home markets in Europe, in the U.S. and Latin America. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, Skanska's sales in 2009 totaled $17.9 billion.

The Solar Center (TSC) is one of the East Coast’s leading providers of solar energy systems. Specializing in turnkey energy solutions, the company engineers, procures and constructs solar energy systems to help its customers lower electric purchases from conventional generation, ensuring a long term supply of fixed priced electricity, and take advantage of significant Federal and State incentives to ensure a superior investment return. Since The Solar Center’s founding in 2005, The Solar Center has installed over 700 commercial and residential systems amounting to over 5.5 MW of solar energy. TSC’s energy solutions include solar electric and solar thermal energy systems. The Solar Center’s primary business focus is in the New Jersey, New York, Connecticut Tri-State region.


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