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Sustainability case study
The Husky Union Building (HUB), renovated to include a new three-level atrium dotted with student lounges and informal meeting spaces, is the â€œheart and soulâ€ of the University of Washington. Our work on the 276,465-SF HUB included significant seismic improvements to the aging structure, providing the team with many opportunities to share our collective renovation experience. This challenging project included aÂ partial renovation of the sub-basement, basement and ground floors; opening up the interior structure on the first, second and third floors; seismic improvements involving new shear wall and diaphragm connections; new roofs and slate roof restoration; windows replacements; masonry restoration; and landscaping improvements around the entire building that encompass both hardscape and softscape. Specific elements of the HUB include student activities and student government, flexible auditorium and performance space, food service, bowling alley, book store and retail, bike shop, administration offices, meeting, conference and ballroom space. The project received LEED Gold certification. In addition, the HUB is located in the heart of campus, bordered by the busiest roads on campus and pedestrian thoroughfares. To maintain access for students and services to the neighboring buildings, our team developed a logistics and communications plan that addressed numerous stakeholders. Our plan helped to minimize disruption and allow the adjoining building to be in continuous operation. Completed on time and budget, the HUB, as a staple to the University, is once again a place for vibrant student activity.
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Market segment: Higher education
The project is targeting LEED® Gold certification. Sustainable aspects include a vegetated roof, utilizing an Indoor Air Quality Management Plan, the use of low emitting materials and local/regional materials, a 95 percent diversion goal for construction waste management, providing/encouraging the use of alternative transportation and optimizing energy performance.
This project benefits the University of Washington community by providing a more sustainable, renovated building for students to gather. It is home to a variety of services for students, including a food court, book store, bike shop, hair salon and bank. It also has a large ballroom space, bowling alley, game room, multipurpose theater space and offices for student organizations.
During occupancy, the building will have three dashboards in public areas describing the green features of the building.
During Safety Week 2010, Skanska hosted a daily safety trivia contest with prizes for all correct answers. We sponsored an all-hands lunch and invited the University of Washington project managers to talk to the crews about the importance of safety on campus projects. A local vendor provided ladder safety training and another vendor discussed footwear and proper safety gear.
During Safety Week 2011, Skanska enlisted the help of the three major subcontractors onsite to present a daily safety topic to crews. Topics included rigging, fall protection and electrical safety.
Other safety trainings have included four-hour Injury Free Environment® (IFE) orientation, supervisor skills training, pre-task plan training, first aid/CPR/AED training, scissor lift training, boom lift training, OSHA 30, fall protection training and scaffold user training.
Soil Erosion/Sediment Control: Control run-off of sediment and contaminants into nearby waterways by complying with the site Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. Controls include straw wattles, catch basin protection and covering exposed soils. Weekly inspections are conducted to ensure controls are adequate.
Resource and Waste Management: Reduce waste through recycling programs, targeting a minimum of 95 percent diversion from the landfill. Wastes are segregated as necessary (concrete, drywall, metal) and co-mingled for all other waste streams.
Machinery and Equipment/Fuel Storage and Delivery: Ensure all equipment onsite is properly maintained to prevent fuels and petroleum products from entering the ground and water. Fuel storage areas are maintained and controlled by Skanska.
Hazardous Materials: The demolition phase of this project required the removal of several hazardous materials (asbestos, lead paint, mercury-containing light bulbs, and PCB ballasts), which were handled by a specialty contractor. For the duration of the project, Skanska maintains a master Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) log for all hazardous materials on site.