The Pile Dynamics, Inc. (PDI) headquarters building, located in Solon, Ohio, USA, is now LEED® Certified. The LEED program, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), is the United States preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. PDI is proud to be housed in the first – and so far only – certified LEED Green Building in the New Construction and Major Renovations category in the City of Solon.
The building achieved LEED certification for the efficient use of energy, lighting and water and as well as for incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. “Most of all, we are proud that we could preserve valuable resources by adaptively reusing an existing building”, said Yolita Rausche, who served as LEED Project Administrator for the renovation. The original building housed a packaged nuts plant; renovation was accomplished with minimal construction material waste and reusing 96% of the existing structure.
“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most-important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. “The work of innovative building projects such as the PDI headquarters is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”
A Certification Ceremony conducted by Michele Kilroy, LEED AP, Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC, took place on January 29. Present at the ceremony were, among others, Solon Mayor Susan Drucker and United States Congressman David Joyce, who presented PDI (and GRL Engineers, Inc., also headquartered in the building) with a proclamation. Ohio State Senator Thomas F. Patton and Ohio Representative Marlene Anielski could not attend the ceremony but also acknowledged its significance with tributes to the companies and the renovation team. “PDI is honored to be part of a movement towards greater building efficiency, which, according to USGBC, has the potential to reduce the future U.S. demand for energy and generate 2.5 million jobs.”, said Garland Likins, PDI president.
PDI manufactures electronic instruments to evaluate the quality and control the execution of deep foundations that support bridges, stadiums, high rises, wind towers, residential buildings and other structures. Its products are not only extensively used in the United States, but are exported to the four corners of the globe. For more information visit www.pile.com/pdi