Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) December 10, 2013
HNTB Corporation announced today it has committed to enrolling 100 employees in the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure EnvisionTM sustainability professional credentialing program. As a charter member of ISI, HNTB professionals — including urban designers, architects, civil engineers, electrical engineers and mechanical engineers — will complete the training and examination to earn the credentialed ENV SP status.
Once credentialed, these ENV SPs will work with the ISI sustainable infrastructure rating system, called Envision, to provide its organizational framework as a guide to evaluate and rate the social, environmental and economic benefits of all types of infrastructure.
“To demonstrate the firm’s commitment to sustainability, HNTB joined ISI as one of nine original charter members in January 2012. The Envision Sustainability Professional program represents the next step in our commitment to bring this rating system to the nation’s top infrastructure projects,” says James Grant, PE, HNTB energy and fueling systems director.
According to Grant, the first HNTB project that will implement the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system will be the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project in Los Angeles. Earlier this year, the firm was selected by the City of Los Angeles to provide final design and construction support for delivery of the city’s new iconic Sixth Street Bridge. HNTB will be implementing a “ribbons of light” design concept that matches the family of Los Angeles River bridges and pays respect to the original bridge.
In 2012, Envision was launched by ISI as a new comprehensive sustainable infrastructure system to assist planners, designers, owners and builders to plan, construct, operate and rate infrastructure to increasing levels of sustainability and resource efficiency. All ENV SPs are ISI credentialed practitioners who use the Envision rating system as a guide to address triple bottom line sustainability dimensions in the design, construction, and operation of an infrastructure project.
“Each ENV SP works as an integral part of a project team with civil engineers, environmental engineers, infrastructure planners, construction managers, architects, transportation professionals, public policy leaders, public works professionals and other stakeholders to achieve the highest level of sustainability for their infrastructure projects,” said Bill Bertera, ISI executive director.
HNTB also participates on the Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Board, comprised of senior executives from leading engineering firms. These organizations, in partnership with the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, creatively discuss and promote topics of sustainability, such as economic viability, implementation and best practices.
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. Celebrating a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program delivery and construction management. For more information, visit http://www.hntb.com.
Envision™ is the product of a joint collaboration between ISI, which was founded by three national engineering associations (ASCE, ACEC, 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.