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First-ever for Sunshine State
I-4 Ultimate Wins Sustainable Infrastructure Award

Efforts by the I-4 Ultimate team to recycle, conserve fuel, protect air and water quality, and be as “green” and sustainable as possible were honored recently with a nationally recognized award.

The I-4 Ultimate Project in Central Florida has won the prestigious Envision Platinum award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) for far-reaching efforts to make the 21-mile reconstruction project as environmentally friendly as possible.

The announcement marks the first time a Florida project has been so honored by the ISI, which was founded by three national engineering groups to promote sustainability and to rate infrastructure projects against detailed standards that include environmental, social and economic impacts.

“We are so excited to receive this recognition for the efforts of the entire I-4 Ultimate team to protect the environment from water to wildlife to air quality while creating a signature corridor for the entire region,” said Loreen Bobo, P.E. who is the I-4 Ultimate Construction Program Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which oversees the project. “This award shows that sustainability goals are achievable alongside other primary missions of our agency to enhance the economic prosperity and preserve the quality of our environment and communities.”

The public-private partnership that is rebuilding Interstate 4 (I-4) through the center of Orlando earned top honors for programs to minimize environmental impacts, including relocating protected wildlife, using efficient machinery, controlling runoff, removing invasive vegetation, and recycling nearly 100 percent of the concrete and steel removed from roads and bridges. The project also facilitates the use of alternative transportation by integrating with rail projects and improving pedestrian crossings and connections with bike trails.

Several partners constitute the I-4 Ultimate team, which is headed by FDOT. Members of the I-4 Mobility Partners team include the following:

  • Skanska Infrastructure Development (Equity Member)
  • John Laing Investments Limited (Equity Member)
  • SGL Constructors (SGL) — Construction Joint Venture — Skanska (Lead Contractor), Granite Construction Company and the Lane Construction Corporation
  • Design Joint Venture — HDR Engineering, Inc. and Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. (Lead Engineer)
  • Infrastructure Corporation of America (Lead Operations and Maintenance Firm)

Created in 2012 through a collaboration between ISI and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Envision system rates the impact of sustainable infrastructure projects as a whole. The system measures sustainability in five categories: Quality of Life, Leadership, Natural World, Resource Allocation, and Climate and Risk. These key areas contribute to the positive social, economic and environmental impacts on a community.

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