Merrick headquarters awarded LEED Gold

Merrick & Company’s renovated headquarters building, located in Greenwood Village, Colo., was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The 103,000-square-foot, three-story office building features conference rooms, a fitness area, kitchen space, and an open-office workspace. Members of the Tenant Improvement team include Merrick & Company, RNL Design, MKK Consulting Engineers, Inc., and Hyder Construction, Inc.

Merrick & Company’s renovated headquarters building was awarded LEED Gold certification.

“My thanks goes out to the team that made this happen,” said David G. Huelskamp, president and CEO of Merrick & Company. “Their outstanding efforts were able to create a great workplace for Merrick employees while also having a positive impact on the environment.”

Sustainable building improvements include:

• 75 percent Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood was used, earning LEED credit MR7, a credit that only 18 percent of LEED commercial interior projects earn (;

• LED lighting fixtures that are 34 percent more energy efficient than standard lighting;

• High-efficiency water fixtures, generating 36 percent water savings; and

• 50 percent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill by either recycling materials or donating them to local charities.

Other highlights include a public transportation stop less than 1 mile from the office; bicycle storage and changing facilities; low-emitting flooring materials, paints, and adhesives; and offsite renewable energy.

Developed by the U.S Green Building Council, LEED certification comprises several categories for high-performance facilities including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. A project can receive a Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum LEED certification depending on the number of points achieved. 

HNTB’s newest publication focuses on infrastructure delivery

HNTB Corporation introduced a new publication, SOLVE, dedicated to exploring the delivery of America’s infrastructure. In the first issue of SOLVE, HNTB explores modern program management and how the transportation sector is using it to assess available funding, time, and resources to deliver large, highly complex programs and projects successfully.

The first issue includes examples from:

· Texas, where the technique is being used to address $30 billion in damage across 65,000 square miles following a devastating 2008 hurricane season;

· Illinois, where the Illinois Tollway is working to complete an ambitious $5.3 billion congestion-relief program; and

· The District of Columbia, where the department of transportation has planned a $390 million program to replace two 1960s-era spans with new multimodal bridges as part of its Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.

“As an industry leader and trusted adviser to transportation agencies, states, and communities across the country, HNTB hopes to encourage solutions for overcoming pressing alternative delivery challenges facing infrastructure owners,” said Pat Mosher, director corporate communications. “SOLVE is designed to help expand the knowledge base of working solutions to get complex projects and programs delivered.”

SOLVE is mailed to approximately 16,000 public owner clients, contractors, and partners twice a year. In addition, SOLVE is available on the HNTB Publications app for either the iPad or iPhone, and on the firm’s website at

AECOM, CH2M HILL, Flour, and Parsons named to ‘2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies’ list

The Ethisphere Institute recently released its 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company list that includes four U.S.-based firms in the Engineering and Design category — AECOM Technology Corporation, CH2M HILL, Flour Corporation, and Parsons Corporation. According to Ethisphere, the designation recognizes companies that “promote ethical business standards and practices internally, exceed legal compliance minimums, and shape future industry standards by introducing best practices.”

All four firms have been named to the list multiple times. For AECOM, 2014 is the fourth year in a row; CH2M HILL has received the award six times; Fluor has been named to the list for eight consecutive years; and 2014 is the fifth consecutive year on the list for Parsons.

The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is based on the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient (EQ) framework. Scores are generated in five categories (weighting for each): ethics and compliance program (25 percent); reputation, leadership, and innovation (20 percent); governance (10 percent); corporate citizenship and responsibility (25 percent); and culture of ethics (20 percent).

According to the Ethisphere Institute’s website, “An initial ‘unverified’ EQ score is derived through a proprietary matrix of relationships between answers to given questions and a set of complex formulas based on demographic qualifiers.” The EQ results help narrow the number of entrants to the top performers in each industry. Additional due diligence may include independent research, request for documentation supporting select answers, and interviews with company leadership.

For more information about the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies methodology and list, visit

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