In 2007, R-PCI Construction proudly announced the completion of its first ground-up LEED®-certified new construction project. The appropriately-named Fairwood Green bank branch for PNC Bank, located in Bowie, Maryland, employed many innovative design elements that provided affirmation of PNC’s leadership in “green” business practices. As a valued partner of PNC in the construction of this and many other projects for the bank, R-PCI Construction also positions itself as a leader in the construction of LEED®-certified base building construction.
R-PCI Construction is honored to be the General Contractor selected to complete the first Green Branch™ for PNC Bank in Maryland, and thus to take a significant leadership role not just with our client, but in the entire LEED®-certified movement in the U.S. Green Branch™ is an initiative established by PNC as the first U.S. bank to apply green building standards to all newly constructed or renovated retail branch offices.
The R-PCI Construction team not only met the requirements set for in the LEED® Green Building Rating System™, we out-performed the standard by exceeding the client-mandated goal of diverting 50% of the construction waste away from a landfill … R-PCI Construction was actually able to divert 95%! This exceptional performance by the R-PCI Construction team earned the project an extra point on the rating system, much to the satisfaction of the client and their LEED® consultant.
The LEED® Green Building Rating System™ is the national benchmark for the design, construction and operations of high-performance green buildings. According to PNC, key initiatives incorporated into the construction of the new building include:
Of the many challenges that R-PCI Construction effectively managed was the separation and documentation of all construction waste. In order for a project to qualify as LEED®-certified, a systematic approach to all elements of the project must be maintained and measured. This process was deftly handled by the strong project team put together by R-PCI Construction.
Overall, the Fairwood Green project demonstrates the commitment that R-PCI Construction has made to contribute to the ever-expanding market of LEED®-certified projects. By combining its exceptional performance with the know-how to build “green”, R-PCI Construction has established a strong foothold in the “green wave” that is revolutionizing the construction market both today and into the foreseeable future.