From more than 2,500 nominated projects, Ringling College of Art & Design Academic Center and North Hall have been selected as a Green Building of America Award-winning projects and will be featured in the upcoming special Real Estate & Construction Review Green Success Stories edition. Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. has recently completed construction of the two buildings, both of which opened to students for the start of the fall semester.
Each Green Building of America Success Story project is highlighted in a case study that intertwines the words of the project’s owner/developer, consultants, architects and contractors to explain how the teams worked together to design and build one of the region’s most important, innovative or unique new or renovated sustainable facilities.
Regional editions, both in print and online, provide inside information about the most referred and qualified firms, team members and products that are being utilized for the most important sustainable projects within a specific area of the country. Combined with in-depth case studies, “how-to” editorial from leading consultants and glossy top-notch photography, each edition is packed with all the essentials and is therefore a “must read” for any owner, architect, consultant or project team member thinking about building green.
The Real Estate & Construction Review has been published by Construction Communications since 1999. Each edition is published annually and features the region’s top projects as determined by our editorial board. The publication is read and referenced by leaders within the region’s local governments, economic development groups, financial institutions, owners, architects and contractors. Each edition will also be available in flip book format online. The website, accessed by industry leaders and decision makers throughout the country, combines more than 30,000 links and millions of searches each year. There will be five regional 2009-2010 Green Success Story editions of the Real Estate & Construction Review, including Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, Southwest and Midwest.
Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. (willissmith.com) is a Sarasota based Construction Management firm primarily serving Southwest Florida since 1972. As the oldest contractor firm in Sarasota, the company enjoys an excellent reputation with a solid background in commercial, industrial, educational, healthcare, museum specialty work and sustainable construction. The company is also a member of the Florida Green Building Coalition, U.S. Green Building Council, and Sustainable Sarasota. They now have 13 LEED Accredited Professionals (green building experts) on staff. The firm has made great strides in asserting itself as a leader in ‘green’ construction and has been awarded several contracts based in a large part on their experience in this field. A few of their notable green projects include: Willis A. Smith Construction’s 18,000 square foot Corporate Headquarters Building at Lakewood Ranch, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch corporate offices, Ringling College of Art and Design North Hall and Academic Center and The Wellness Community at Lakewood Ranch.