Last night, Hufcor Minnesota was awarded the prestigous Rebecca L. Foss Environmental Sensitivity Award by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of the Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI). The award honors an individual, team or firm who has designed a project that incorporates environmentally sensitive products and promotes waste recycling; or a contractor that voluntarily incorporates waste recycling and other innovative envoronmental aspects into its construction project.
This year's award was given to the Hufcor Minnesota team for their work on a large rennovation project completed in 2012 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Hufcor Minnesota project team leaders, Mike Buchner (current chapter CSI president-elect) and Brian Nenovich, were honored for their efforts to recycle nearly all of the steel track and operable partitions. (Tom Glinieki, Hufcor Minnesota general manager, is shown here accepting the award last night.)
According to the local CSI team, the award was given based on Brian Nenovich, Hufcor Minnesota project manager's jobsite efforts during the replacement process. "Brian Nenovich, researched, found, and coordinated Certified Recycling to recycle the existing steel operable partition track from the Minneapolis Convention Center. The project consisted of retrofitting their old IAC operable partitions plus track and replacing them with new Hufcor partitions plus track. There was over 900 feet of track (three football fields) recycled. The steel track weighed over several tons. Certified Recycling was able to receive the steel track in their dumpsters and recycle the steel for other future steel uses.
99.9% of similar projects would have simply gone into a landfill, but Brian Nenovich took the extra steps to recycle this steel for the City of Minneapolis."
Specific efforts included:
- Recycling all of the old, worn tracks and ceiling trims that were replaced on the project.
- Refurbishing overhead tracking systems that did not require replacement to reduce the amount of waste materials and reduce the overall project costs for the public facility.
- Recyclng all of the obsolete operable partitions removed from the facility - including reclaiming the steel, aluminum and finishes on each panel.
- Installing new Hufcor operable partitions that arrived on site with Hufcor's van rack system that eliminates wood crating and reduces waste at the jobsite.
Originally called the Chapter Environmental Award when started in 1996, the award was renamed to honor long-term chapter member, Rebecca L. Foss, MLA, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, LEED-AP, for her commitment to sustainable design through her profession, her education of others and in her community.A graduate of Augsburg College, Ms. Foss worked as a specifier for Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A., Ellerbe Becket, Ryan Companies, Meyer Scherer and Rockcastle, all Minneapolis firms during which she obtained her Masters of Landscape Architecture. In 1997, Rebecca started her own business, EcoDesign Resources, Inc. Her firm provided guidelines and development for sustainable design practice for many owners and design firms. That same year, she took a position as Research Fellow at the Center of Sustainable Building Research, University of Minnesota, where she focused her attention on sustainable building guideline development. Her specialties included green specifications, materials life-cycle analysis, and sustainable landscape architecture. She contributed to many important projects, most notably the State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines. During her tenure at the University of Minnesota, she also established a specification writing program that was part of a Construction Management program, and taught courses in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and in the College of Human Ecology. Sadly, Ms. Foss lost her battle with cancer in May 2005. Soon after the chapter renamed the Chapter Environmental Award in her honor.
Past winners of the award include:
- LHB Engineers & Architects - 2000
- Sarah Nettleton Architects - 2002
- The Weidt Group - 2004
- Hammel, Green & Abrahamson, Inc. - 2006
The award is not given out by the CSI chapter each year and reserved for truly unique, and worthy projects. Hufcor is honored to be recognized for our efforts on this project as a supplier to the construction industry in Minnesota and to be associated with Ms. Foss' legacy on environmental stewardship.
Hufcor's commitment to sustainable design runs deep. We have been long-time members of the United States Green Building Councel (USBGC). Hufcor Inc. and our distributors offer an AIA Continuing education program titled, "Operable Partitions For a Sustainable World," that trains architects on sustainable design trends using movable wall systems and their contributions to the LEED accreditation process.
In addition, our movable partitions and glasswall products have also been installed in many dozens of high profile LEED certified projects including the first LEED-Gold convention center - Pennsylvania Sports & Exibition Center complex in Pittsburgh in 2003, and the first LEED Platinum hotel project - The Proximity Hotel in North Carolina in 2013 shown here. The hotel lobby incorporates Hufcor movable glass partitions to create a private gathering space that still allows some acoustical separation, yet allows natural light to enter the room. If privacy is needed, the drape is pulled across the glasswall. In addition to the glass wall shown, Hufcor installed a series of operable partitions that included Acoustical Harmony finishes that are made from 100% post-consumer reclaimed soda bottles. (You can read more about this by viewing the blog listed at the right.)
In addition to new construction, our sustainable design efforts are highlighted within many renovation projects like the Minneapolis Convention Center project. Another such project was the Accident Fund Insurance redevelopment in the Lancing/Detroit area. The major redevelopment project turned an abandoned factory into a modern office complex. Hufcor supplied a series of 600 Series operable partitions for the job. The panels supplied were constructed of 59% pre-consumer and 7% post-consumer recycled materials, contained low VOC adhesives (90% lower than allowable) and were locally sourced materials within 500 miles of the project. To read more about the project featured in the November 2012 issue of Retrofit magazine.
Again, Hufcor is honored to receive the Rebecca L. Foss Environmental Sensitivity Award by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of the Construction Specifiers Institute for the Minneapolis Convention Center operable partition retrofit project. Congratuations to the Hufcor MN team. If you'd like more information about Hufcor and our committment to sustainable design, please visit our website.