Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 17, 2013
Burns & McDonnell, a Charter Member of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), announced today it has credentialed more than 100 employee-owners across 15 major U.S. metropolitan areas as ISI Envision™ Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs). Burns & McDonnell – an engineering, architecture, construction, and environmental consulting services company – plans to credential an additional 80 sustainability professionals by year end.
“We have made a strong commitment to the Envision™ program, because it clearly fits with the Burns & McDonnell approach to deliver projects that are designed, built, and operated in a sustainable manner,” said Greg Gould, senior vice president at Burns & McDonnell, and sponsoring officer of the ISI Envision™ program at the firm. “We believe Envision™ provides a clear and effective framework that will result in improved, more efficient and more resilient infrastructure benefitting communities across the land. There is no question that infrastructure projects designed to Envision™ sustainability standards will be able to demonstrate long-term value for taxpayers, ratepayers and shareholders.”
Burns & McDonnell has adopted the Envision™ rating system as a tool to guide discussions with stakeholders and decision-makers assessing various project alternatives in terms of standardized sustainability metrics. The Envision™ tool is flexible and can be applied to a wide range of infrastructure, such as power plants, power lines, refineries, pipelines, natural gas distribution systems, water treatment plants, water and wastewater lines, highways, roads, bridges, rail lines, mass transit systems, airfields, dams, levees, ports, public parks, telecommunications networks and data centers.
“In today’s environment, the conditions and constraints under which infrastructure must perform are increasingly challenging,” said Bill Bertera, executive director at ISI. “Communities are facing new challenges arising from environmental regulations, ever more scarce financial resources and pressures associated with climate change and global warming. We need to respond to these conflicting priorities in ways that speak to broad public and societal interests. The Envision™ Rating System is a part of the answer to help us not only do the projects right, but to do the right projects.”
Burns & McDonnell’s concentration of more than 100 employee-owners credentialed in the Envision™ program is part of the company’s commitment to improve how teams design, build and operate infrastructure – spanning the entire project lifecycle from conceptual planning through the point when resources are repurposed or recycled decades later.
“Our company is committed to continuous innovation in design and construction through application of the Envision™ process on critical public and private sector infrastructure projects,” said Gould.
For more information about ISI Envision™, please contact ISI Executive Director Bill Bertera at bertera(at)sustainableinfrastructure(dot)org. For ISI Media inquiries, please contact Media Relations Manager Laura Bynum at lbynum(at)apwa(dot)net. To learn more about the Envision™ sustainable infrastructure rating system, visit http://www.sustainableinfrastructure.org.
For more information about Burns & McDonnell, visit the firm’s website at http://www.burnsmcd.com. For Burns & McDonnell media inquiries, please contact Roger Dick, Manager of Marketing Communications, at rdick(at)burnsmcd(dot)com.
About Burns & McDonnell
Burns & McDonnell provides engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services to clients throughout North America and abroad. Ranked Number 20 on the Engineering News-Record list of Top 500 design firms, we employ more than 4,300 engineers, architects, scientists, planners, estimators, economists, technicians and other professionals. As a 100-percent employee-owned company, Burns & McDonnell is committed to meeting the challenge of helping our clients better utilize our natural resources, live in harmony with our environment and design and construct facilities and non-habitable infrastructure that nurture and support an enhanced quality of life. As part of that commitment, we encourage our employee owners to obtain accreditation in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) program of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).
About ISI Envision™
Envision™ is the product of a joint collaboration between ISI, which was founded by three national engineering associations: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and American Public Works Association (APWA), and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Information on all of ISI and Envision™ can be found on the ISI website, http://www.sustainableinfrastructure.org.