SWA Projects Receive Awards at CTGBC Green Building Awards

Two SWA projects received awards at the 2019 Connecticut Green Building Council Awards. The MGM Springfield Resort was awarded the UCONN project team receiving award2019 Out-of-State Award of Merit, and the UCONN Engineering & Science Building was awarded the 2019 Institutional Award of Honor.

As the sustainability consultants for MGM Springfield, SWA tracked LEED construction credits, monitored site erosion controls and indoor air quality, oversaw MGM’s zero-construction-waste initiative, and documented all achievements for GBCI review. SWA also provided construction administration services to AECOM Tishman, the project’s construction manager.

A number of sustainability features were implemented during the design and construction of MGM Springfield, which achieved LEED-NC v2009 Platinum certification. The project kept over 37,000 tons of debris from landfills, utilized more than 250,000 carbon-capture CMUs, used low-emitting materials in the interior, and purchased either recycled building materials or sustainably produced/harvested materials. These measures substantially lowered the carbon footprint of construction and of the building and resulted in the project’s LEED Platinum rating.

SWA provided sustainability consulting and energy modeling for the Engineering & Science Building at the University of Connecticut. We worked with the design team to address each area of LEED compliance, making recommendations for achieving the
desired LEED credits as well as calibrated the energy model for the project.  As a result, the project saved 21% more
energy as compared to the baseline case.

MGM Springfield CTGBC Award

SWA sustainability consultants, Kai Starn and Adam Yarnell, with MGM representative Jose Delgado accepting the Out-of-State Award of Merit.

Both projects required careful coordination between the design and construction teams, and their successful implementation of sustainability initiatives ultimately translates to a healthy indoor environment for MGM guests and employees, and UCONN students. SWA is happy to have worked on these projects with innovative and superior sustainability goals and measures.

For more information on the MGM Springfield project, visit the MGM Springfield case study.

For more information on the UCONN Engineering & Science Building, visit the project’s case study.


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