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Press Release October 1, 2009
ABC Green Contractor Certification
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pioneer Construction Becomes First ABC-Certified Green Contractor In the Midwest
Among Just Nine in Nation
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 1, 2009 – Pioneer Construction, one of the largest full-service general contracting, design-build, and construction management companies in Michigan, today announced it has been named a Certified Green Contractor by Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC). Pioneer is the first contractor in the Midwest and just the ninth in the nation to receive this designation.
The ABC Green Contractor Certification program is designed to document the construction community’s efforts to develop a sustainable workplace environment—both on and off the jobsite—while also recognizing ABC-member firms that are green industry leaders.
To achieve certification from ABC’s National Green Building Committee, Pioneer was evaluated by ABC and a third-party, on-site assessor to determine if their company policies and workplace practices met certain sustainability criteria. ABC’s Certified Green Contractor program focuses on the green initiatives ABC- member firms undertake in the workplace.
“Pioneer is proud to be a company that not only delivers ‘buildings that perform,’ but also embraces sustainable practices in our day to day business operations. This helps us meet the needs of our clients with specific sustainability goals, and its good business,” said Tim Showalter, president and CEO of Pioneer Construction. “In many cases, the energy efficiency, employee productivity and other performance objectives of our clients motivate them to pursue building projects that already have many of the green characteristics that help attain LEED Certification or sustainable construction goals.”
“ABC members have been on the forefront of the green building movement since its inception, but ABC also believes in stretching green achievements beyond the construction process and into the workplace,” said W. Brewster Earle, chairman of the ABC National Green Building Committee. “The Green Contractor Certification program is another step in ABC’s goal to provide support and recognition for those firms that are setting an example for the industry by promoting green practices within the company and those that would like to create sustainability in the workplace as well as in construction practices.”
Each certified company must complete 13 prerequisites ranging from the electronic distribution of documents to establishing an aggressive recycling program. In addition, companies are required to fulfill at least 12 out of 36 elective items that include conducting a professional energy audit, engaging in water conservation efforts and providing incentives for carpooling or using public transportation. Each company also must achieve four education and training benchmarks, such as instructing employees on sustainability issues and requiring at least 25 percent of eligible managers to receive green building awareness education. For more information, visit ABC’s green website www.greenconstructionatwork.com/Certification.
About Pioneer Construction
Founded in 1933, Pioneer Construction is one of the largest full service general contracting, design-build, and construction management companies in Michigan offering a full range of services. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Pioneer emphasizes the company’s commitment to build on the values, quality, and service of the past with the vision and innovation of a new generation. The Company strives to bring unparalleled value to customers through delivering high quality construction projects, while also maintaining an active dedication to the promotion of sustainable design and construction practices as outlined by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). To find out more about Pioneer Construction, please visit www.pioneerinc.com.
About Associated Builders and Contractors
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 79 chapters representing 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with 2 million employees. Visit us at www.abc.org.
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