Release Date: September 17, 2010

The Boldt Company gains top honors in industry awards

Projects range from historic renovation to two LEED certified buildings

The Boldt Company took top honors in award programs sponsored by industry organizations. Winning projects range from renovating a 125-year old historic building to two new LEED® Gold Certified buildings.

The 2010 SE2 (Sustainability and Energy Efficiency) Leadership Award presented by the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA) bestowed a special citation on the Lawrence University Warch Campus Center, Appleton. The $35 million Campus Center is a 107,000-square-foot facility that serves as a visible example of the university's sustainable initiative. The facility earned a LEED Gold award, making it one of the greenest buildings in the state of Wisconsin. Boldt provided construction management and general contractor services on the project. The firm has completed 26 projects built according to LEED guidelines nationwide and has several projects underway that are seeking LEED certification or being built according to sustainable guidelines.

Sustainable features of the Warch Center include over $1.1 million of recycled building materials, recycling 96% of construction waste, a vegetated green roof, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and providing bicycle racks and showers. Interior finishes include natural slate and stone paved interior 'streets' and FSC wood for door veneers, trim, and paneling. Technical features include automated lighting controls with motion and daylight sensors.

In awarding the project, the WGBA selected projects that have an integrated approach to sustainability. "We are delighted with this prestigious award," said Tom Boldt, CEO of The Boldt Company. "Increasingly our clients are looking for construction solutions that integrate environmental stewardship into their projects and are concerned with the long-term environmental impacts of their buildings." In the case of the Warch Center, energy performance is already about 20% better than conventional construction.Boldt also constructed two projects awarded "Best of 2010" by Midwest Construction Magazine. An independent jury of industry experts evaluated 175 nominated projects for achievement in safety, innovation, contribution to the community or industry, construction quality and craftsmanship, and function and aesthetic quality of design. The winning projects are:

  • Grand Opera House, Oshkosh recognized with a Project of the Year award in the Best Renovation/Restoration category. Boldt performed major renovations on the 125-year old building including repairing sagging roof trusses which were out of place more than ten inches, repairing ceiling joists and the plaster ceiling itself. Repairs were made from the inside which required crews to remove the decorative ceiling and work on an elevated platform 35 feet in the air. Scaffolding was designed as a working platform and also used as a jacking platform to jack the attic timber trusses in place. This type of dual-function scaffolding is unique for any project. Crews also had to repair and restore the brick-bearing walls which were originally built in 1883 with a process no longer in use. To match the original construction, the Boldt team sent a sample of the original mortar to a laboratory for analysis. Based on the result, the team found a current product to match the historic integrity of the building.
  • Encircle Health, A Partnership with ThedaCare, Appleton recognized with a Merit Award in the Healthcare category. The $34 million facility opened to patients in October, and is ThedaCare's first Gold-certified LEED project. The 158,000 sq. ft., three-story facility houses primary care and specialty doctors and is located on the north side of Appleton. During construction, key team members were a part of an Integrated Lean Project Delivery which allowed for the highest value for the project through cost transparency and team incentives to reduce waste during design and construction. Key sustainable features in the building include site landscaping with native plants, a storm water retention pond that limits runoff, exterior lighting designed to limit light pollution, solar panels that will heat a significant part of the hot water system, automated interior lighting controls designed to conserve energy and many other features.

The Boldt Company provides construction, technical and consulting services to customers in a variety of business sectors including power, healthcare, industrial, institutional, commercial and renewable energy markets nationwide. Boldt is among the top-ranked firms of its kind in the nation and has 12 offices throughout the United States. www.boldt.com.