How green thinking is integral to the design and construction of the Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center

Sustainability is a key focus for Turner Construction Co. and Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. as construction of the Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center continues ahead of schedule and on budget.

Green initiatives began at the design stage – ranging from low-flow water fixtures to a green roof over the Convention Center – and have continued into the actual construction of the complex. More than 98 percent of the demolition and waste products from the old site were recycled, and 30 percent of the material going into the new building will be recycled material.

“Living green is all part of what we need to do for our future – and not our future, but our children’s future and their children’s future,” says Brian Milner, Cleveland MMCC director of operations. “And if we don’t start here from day one on this project, we’re going to be a step behind.”

Executives from Turner gave Smart Business an exclusive video interview to discuss the project’s green initiatives:

Watch: “Cleveland MMCC: Green initiatives key to building construction, design

This 36-month, $465 million construction venture is set to be completed by July 1, 2013 – two months ahead of schedule.

To see the project’s progress for yourself, check out the Cleveland MMCC live webcam.

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