OHL USA, the Group’s US subsidiary, has improved its positioning as one of the Top 100 Green Building Contractors 2014, drawn up by the prestigious publication Engineering News Record (ENR). It has scaled nearly fifty points with respect to the previous edition and now ranks 44th. This ranking brings together leading international companies in the construction and building sector that have made sustainability one of the cornerstones of their business model.
The OHL Group began its activity in the US in 2006 in the construction and building sector, with its acquisition of Community Asphalt and The Tower Group (Florida), specializing in civil engineering construction and building works. These were later joined by Arellano Construction (2008) (with headoffice in Miami), specializing in hospital construction, and Judlau Contracting (2010) (with headoffice in New York), involved in civil engineering and unique building works.
Over the years, OHL USA has evidenced a permanent commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency by applying, in all its construction works, the highest standards in the matter. This commitment has enabled 12 building projects, developed in the US, to receive LEED certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): four Gold, five Silver and three LEED. In turn, another 16 projects are currently in the process of obtaining a LEED certification: one Platinum, nine Gold and six Silver.
Amongst OHL USA’s projects, meeting sustainability and energy efficiency standards, are the Basketball Practice Facility and Robert & Judy Prokop Newman Alumni Center, at the University of Miami. Both have obtained the Gold LEED certification, as well as South Miami Hospital Clinical Expansion and Terra Environmental Research Institute. In turn, Florida International University MANGO is currently in the process of receiving a Gold LEED certification and the Sunset Office Center in Miami is pending a Platinum LEED certification.
Also in Florida, OHL USA has executed various building projects awarded a Silver LEED certification. Of interest is the Miami Green Building, the first construction in Miami’s commercial and office sector to receive the award. The Urgent Care Diagnostic Center at Brickell and Urgent Care-Diagnostic Center at Davie, both dependent on the Baptist Health Hospital, have also received a Silver award.
The LEED certification granted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a body to which OHL USA belongs, recognizes strategies and practice in the design, construction and high-yield operation of “Green” buildings, and provides the necessary tools to identify and control their environmental impact. In order to conduct this supervision, OHL has a team of over ten LEED Accredited Professional-US Green Building Council.