University Crossing with a Pint of Guinness

On August 27, 2015 University Crossing was proud and honored to host Rick Fedrizzi Founder and President of the USGBC. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is the organization responsible for developing and administering the Leadership in Energy, Environment and Design (LEED) certification and rating system for green buildings.

I want to give a special “Thanks!” to our own Marge Anderson, Chair of the USGBC Board of Directors, for organizing this marvelous event and flawlessly scheduling all of the activities. 

What was the occasion? University Crossing received four (4) LEED certifications for the following projects which are located in the University Crossing development (Madison, WI):

•PlatinumLEED for Core & Shell - 749 University Row

•SilverLEED for Healthcare - 750 University Row

•PlatinumLEED for Commercial Interiors - Seventh Wave, 749 University Row

•PlatinumLEED for Commercial Interiors - Potter Lawson, Inc., 749 University Row

Krupp General Contractors provided consultation and general contracting services for all four projects. With these recent LEED certifications we now have four LEED Platinum awards to our credit. I’ll say it, “Wow!  

When it comes to green and sustainable construction we talk the talk and we walk the walk! 

Where does the Guinness come in? At the dinner the night before Mr. Fedrizzi’s speech and the LEED awards ceremony he told me that he had just returned from Dublin, Ireland where he had presented Diageo’s management group with a LEED Platinum plaque for the new addition to their centuries old brewery located on the banks of the River Liffey.  

Mr. Fedrizzi’s office arranged a complete tour of the Guinness brewery for my wife and me with Diageo executives and the Guinness brew master. It was simply a fascinating experience and real privilege! We discovered that after several years of intensive  engineering efforts and much trial and error the Guinness engineers were able to substantially reduce water consumption in the brewing process and efficiently reuse the substantial amount of heat that is a by-product of the brewing process, dramatically reducing waste and energy consumption in the production facility.  

What a treat … a pint of Guinness and sustainable construction and production!