Monday, February 23, 2009

Green Building - GE Healthcare

Turner Construction Company has issued a press release summarizing all its green building projects for 2008, including the new GE facility going up in the tech park.

Turner Completes $3 Billion of Green Buildings Nationally and $1 Billion of Green Construction in New York Region During 2008

Turner's active green projects in the tri-state region during 2008 include:
General Electric Healthcare digital x-ray detector production facility, $165 million, seeking LEED-NC Gold, Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush, N.Y.

According to the Green Building Council, "The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. " A LEED-New Construction Gold rating means the facility scores between 39 and 51 of a possible 69 points for criteria like Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, etc.

GE was scheduled to start moving equipment into the new building last December, and the plant opening is planned for this spring. They're not currently posting any jobs for this location, but I believe that's because they've already done a round of hiring, and the employees started in Niskayuna and will transfer here later.

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