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Building A Greener Future For The Community

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Bush Construction will serve as the prime contractor for the general construction bid package, while the Weitz Company, Des Moines, Iowa, will act as the construction manager.

Outstanding Green Features
“The new building will include many outstanding green features,” said Quinn. “LEED Silver is the minimum rating for this project – we’re not accepting anything less.”

Throughout the project, Quinn noted, Bush Construction will recycle at least 75 percent of the construction waste. “Wood will go in one dumpster, cardboard in another, and on down the line with everything that can be reclaimed,” he said. “It means some additional work, but that’s to be expected. Green building isn’t the easiest route, but it’s well worth the effort.”

Quinn noted that the facility will include a bio-swale – a place for the storage of diverted storm water, so that it can be reabsorbed into the surrounding environment, as opposed to allowing it to gush into the sewer system. “Big rain-storms can overtax a city’s sewer system, and the bio-swale will make sure that the new MetroLINK facility won’t add to that concern,” he said. “Also, solar energy will be used to heat water for the facility’s bus-wash system.”

Other green elements of the structure will include:

  • Photovoltaic solar array – a linked collection of solar panels (funded by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation)
  • Variable refrigerant flow system
  • White thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing
  • High-efficiency window glazing
  • Lighting control strategies

No Fear of OSHA Here
“With this project, we expect to establish a partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as we did with our recent St. Ambrose University residence project,” Quinn said. “Bush Construction will work closely with an OSHA representative who will make safety suggestions throughout the run of the project.”

Quinn observed that many construction companies might be hesitant to work this closely with OSHA. “Some firms might be afraid of what OSHA will find on their jobsites,” he said. “We see it as an opportunity to continue learning from their highly trained, experienced safety staff.”

In addition to Loss and Quinn, other members of the Bush Construction team who will serve on the MetroLINK project are Brian Olson, Construction Superintendent; Marlayna Millizer, Project Engineer; and Stacey Rensberger and Amy Simler, Project Coordinators.

“We look forward to collaborating with the staff members at MetroLINK on this project,” said Loss. “They are consummate professionals and together, we will create a facility that will benefit the Quad-Cities for decades.”

Recently, MetroLINK was named as the 2012 Outstanding Public Transportation System for all agencies in North America carrying between 1 million and 4 million passengers annually. MetroLINK carried 3.5 million trips in fiscal year 2011.

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