Sustainable Design and Construction

Bates approaches the design and construction of each facility with the goal of reducing the life-cycle costs. We view green building as more than an exciting movement—instead it is a necessity to ensure the future of our natural resources. As such, our staff of dedicated LEED AP’s tend to focus their sustainability efforts on reducing construction waste and minimizing facility water and energy consumption. Bates remains dedicated to keeping pace with the rapidly evolving green building industry so that we can advise our project owners of the benefits of sustainable solutions to facility construction.

The Bates team is proud of our ground-breaking efforts as Prime Design/Build Contractor on the LEED Gold Certified JCSE Squadron Facility at MacDill AFB. The project was the first Facility within the USACE-Mobile District to achieve this distinction from the US Green Building Council. Unique sustainability achievements for this project include successfully diverting 98% of construction waste from landfills, employing precise energy modeling during design that lead to a high-efficiency HVAC design that lowered energy consumption by 21%, and a facility-specific signage package to help educate the building occupants on green building metrics.

The Bates team is equally proud of our involvement as the Prime Contractor on the SOF MC-130 Simulator Facility at Hurlburt Field. This Facility was the first at Hurlburt to obtain LEED Gold Certification from the USGBC. Unique project sustainability achievements include the diversion of over 95% of the construction waste from landfills and the construction of the largest pervious concrete parking lot in the panhandle. While very new to the industry, pervious paving has many environmental benefits including reduced need for artificial water storage structures and increased re-charging of the natural aquifer.