Turner Construction Company Launches Cloud-based Platform to Document the Diversion of Construction Waste

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TurnerTracker facilitates achievement of Turner’s sustainability goals on construction projects

We recognize that our responsibility includes not just what we build, but how we build it...We are measuring construction waste diversion as one piece of our broader effort to achieve our sustainable goals.

Turner Construction Company is pleased to announce that the company has implemented TurnerTracker, a new, cloud-based tool for tracking construction waste diverted from landfills.

Turner formalized its commitment to sustainability in 2004, including establishing company-wide goals for diverting construction waste from landfills. Since then, the company has diverted a total of more than two million tons of construction material from landfills, or four times the weight of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. In 2014 alone, Turner projects reported a diversion rate of 91 percent, a total of more than 446,000 tons of recycled, re-used or salvaged material – enough to fill Yankee Stadium one and a half times.

Diverted material is sorted by type and prepared for its new life; concrete is crushed to become aggregate or fill and rebar is melted down and reformed. In some cases, waste material is diverted for re-use on the same project. For example, at the Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Center project, future home of the Sacramento Kings, the project team is recycling more than 90 percent of their construction waste (total waste during the demolition phase was estimated at 96,000 tons), including crushing demolished concrete to serve as part of the new arena’s foundation.

“We recognize that our responsibility includes not just what we build, but how we build it,” said Michael Deane, Turner’s chief sustainability officer and Construction Materials Recycling Association’s Recycler of the Year, 2012. He continued, “We are aware of the effect our operations – including jobsite energy and water efficiency, and waste diversion. TurnerTracker is a tool that will help us monitor and report on our construction waste recycling in a much more streamlined and detailed way. We are measuring construction waste diversion as one piece of our broader effort to achieve our sustainable goals.”

TurnerTracker is integrated with the company’s enterprise software and project management system. With real-time, mobile access, TurnerTracker has the capacity to store salvaged and re-used material data, auto-populate LEED submittal forms, create waste management plans which are required on all Turner jobs, and generate recycling trend reports from stored data. It also includes detailed tracking of diverted material types, including categories for metal, wood, paper, gypsum, and concrete.

About Turner Construction Company
Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company. Founded in 1902, Turner first made its mark on the industry pioneering the use of steel-reinforced concrete for general building, which enabled the company to deliver safer, stronger, and more efficient buildings to clients. The company continues to embrace emerging technologies and offers an increasingly diverse set of services. With an annual construction volume of $10 billion, Turner is the largest builder in the United States, ranking first in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, one of the world’s leading international construction service providers. For more information please visit http://www.turnerconstruction.com.

HOCHTIEF is one of the most international construction groups worldwide. The company delivers complex infrastructure projects, in some cases on the basis of concession models. The Group operates in the transportation infrastructure, energy infrastructure and social/urban infrastructure segments as well as in the contract mining business.

With about 53,000 employees and a sales volume of more than EUR 22 billion in FY 2014, HOCHTIEF is represented in all the world’s major markets. With its subsidiary Leighton, the Group is market leader in Australia. In the USA, the biggest construction market in the world, HOCHTIEF is the No. 1 general builder via its subsidiary Turner and, with Group company Flatiron, ranks among the most important players in the field of transportation infrastructure construction. Because of its engagement for sustainability, HOCHTIEF has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2006. Further information is available at http://www.hochtief.de/press.

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