Sustainability

Every structure PC Construction builds is connected to the earth. We make sure that connection comes with as little impact as possible by favoring sustainable construction practices, efficient building designs, and environmentally friendly materials.

There are things we do every day on the job to put these beliefs into action. From reusing demolished concrete as select fill and road base to diverting waste generated on projects from landfills — we are taking steps wherever possible to reduce our carbon footprint. Our teams are well-versed in LEED construction and we work with clients, architects and engineers through every step of the process to best reach sustainability goals.

We recognize that the air, soil, and water that sustain a community are also vital components of its future health, safety, and viability. Our sustainable approach and green building practices play an important part in preserving these valuable resources and protecting the environment for the next generation. After all, we live and work here too.

See how we incorporate sustainability and green building practices on our jobsites and for our clients by looking through our blog or scrolling through a few projects featured below.

Yellow River WRF Operations Center — Lilburn, GA Yellow River WRF Operations Center — Lilburn, GA

Yellow River WRF Operations Center

LEED Gold

  • 10,000-square-foot operations center as part of the greater treatment plant expansion project in Lilburn, Georgia
  • Design reduces storm water run-off by more than 35%
  • The plant’s non-potable water is used for landscaping and flushing
  • Over 81% of occupied areas qualify as daylit; individual lighting controls, occupancy sensors, and daylight sensors dim lighting when natural light is available
  • Use of FSC-certified Glulam beams throughout the building
  • 92% of construction waste (990 tons) was diverted from the landfill
  • 62% reduction in its overall water use and 57% vegetated open space
The University of Vermont Medical Center Radiation Oncology — Burlington, Vermont The University of Vermont Medical Center Radiation Oncology — Burlington, Vermont

The University of Vermont Medical Center Radiation Oncology

LEED Gold

  • 28,300-square-foot cancer center in Burlington, Vermont, featuring a 22,000-square-foot green roof with vegetation for consumption by hospital patients, staff and visitors
  • Highly efficient building envelope with spray foam insulation, continuous air barrier, and high performance glazing
  • Heat recovery system with demand control ventilation
  • 33% of all building materials came from within 500 miles of the site and 67% of wood building materials were harvested from FSC-certified forests
  • Over 887 tons of on-site construction waste was diverted from landfills
The University of Maine Student Recreation & Fitness Complex — Orono, Maine The University of Maine Student Recreation & Fitness Complex — Orono, Maine

IDEXX Laboratories Synergy Center

LEED Gold

  • 105,000-square-foot facility to serve as IDEXX’s World Campus in Westbrook, Maine
  • The wellness center features curtainwall glass, metal insulated panels and a green roof
  • Open-concept office areas on the second and third floors feature a pressurized raised-floor system supplying air through floor diffusers
  • Energy-efficient HVAC design and lighting
  • Recycled material used for more than 20% of construction elements
  • Constructed with more than 20% regionally sourced material
  • More than 50% of construction waste diverted from landfill
The University of Maine Student Recreation & Fitness Complex — Orono, Maine The University of Maine Student Recreation & Fitness Complex — Orono, Maine

University of Maine Student Recreation & Fitness Complex

LEED Silver

  • 86,000-square-foot facility in Orono, Maine, featuring four gyms, track, multipurpose rooms, courts, pool, spa, sauna, locker rooms, administrative suite, lounge, and support area
  • Used over 50% regionally manufactured and over 22% regionally extracted materials in the building
  • Received innovation credit for achieving more than the two times the recycled content of building material called for in the building
  • Achieved innovation and design credit for conducting tours throughout construction to focus on education outreach