Dedicated to Delivering Sustainable Solutions
Freese and Nichols has pushed the boundaries of sustainability in many areas for decades. From our participation in national sustainability programs to our initiatives in good stewardship of resources, here are a few of the ways our employees work hard to offer sustainable solutions for our clients’ project and program needs.
Employees Engaged in Sustainable Programs
Freese and Nichols joined the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) as a charter member in 2012 and has been recognized as a forward-thinking firm that embraces the collaborative approaches embodied within the Envision™ program. We have more than 30 credentialed Envision™ Sustainability Professionals, many of whom actively serve on ISI committees. Todd Buckingham, P.E., ENV SP (pictured at right), recently became an ISI Trainer, someone who coordinates and facilitates ENV SP training workshops to help participants qualify to take the ENV SP credentialed exam.
Participation in sustainability programs, such as ISI, is something we value and encourage so that we can stay up to date on best practices for sustainable infrastructure.
World’s First Pipeline Rated for Sustainability
Going a step beyond simply staying educated about sustainable infrastructure – Freese and Nichols applies a sustainable approach to our work in order to maximize clients’ resources. We put this approach into action while designing a section of the Line J Pipeline in Kennedale, Texas. This 2-mile, 108-inch-diameter raw water pipeline, a key part of the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) delivery system, has earned the Envision™ sustainable infrastructure rating system's Silver Award. Envision™ awards are determined by the positive social, economic, and environmental impacts of a project's planning, design and construction. Line J Pipeline is only the fifth project in the world to receive the Envision™ award – and the first pipeline and first project in Texas.
Green Facility Functions as a Teaching Tool
Construction is underway on Tarrant County College’s Energy Technology Center, the largest facility of its kind in the nation. At 87,000 square feet, the Center will house the current Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program, as well as new programs in oil and gas, geothermal, wind generation and other energy technologies.
The facility will serve as an innovative showcase of energy conservation. It is designed with a goal of LEED® Platinum certification, with solar panels, wind turbines and a geothermal system to achieve net zero energy use; and rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse to achieve net zero water use. All of those systems will be exposed, enabling students to observe – integrating teaching opportunities into the building itself. The Center will also have 13 workshops, classrooms and a vegetated roof.
Freese and Nichols is the Architect of Record and designed the facility in partnership with architectural firm BNIM and main contractors. We are also providing construction management services for the project.