ConstructionPro Week, Volume: Construction Advisor Today - Issue: 24 - 10/07/2009

Postal Processing Plant Sports New York City's Largest Green Roof

Turner Construction Company is putting the finishing touches on the Morgan Mail Processing Facility's green roof for the United States Postal service, making it New York City's largest green roof. Plants, grasses and 14 wood benches, made from lumber certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council, adorn the 2.2 million-square-foot processing facility.


The roof is expected to reduce storm water runoff and save the USPS an estimated $30,000 each year on heating and cooling costs. This project is part of the USPS's greener facilities strategy aimed at reducing the agency's energy use by 30 percent by 2015.  As part of the Post Office's greener facilities strategy, Turner was asked to replace more than 2,000 windows and install more than 50 air handler units. Turner also managed the interior fit-outs on the seventh and eighth floors as part of an effort to increase the facilities energy efficiency.


"Turner is proud to help the USPS achieve its energy efficiency goals. Green retrofits of existing facilities are an important component of our client's green building programs," said Charles Murphy, senior vice president and general manager of Turner's New York operations.




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