Texas 2010 rank: No. 7
Green rank: No. 21
Sustainability has become the way Manhattan Construction of Tulsa, Okla., conducts business on every job—whether the client pursues third-party certification or not. That may include recycling, preventing runoff from leaving the site, selecting materials and filtering air when first firing up the mechanical equipment to avoid spewing dust.
“We all have to live in this world and hope our great-grandkids can live in it too,” says Greg McClure, chief estimator for Manhattan Construction in Dallas. “We believe being a good steward of where we live is the right thing to do.”
More than 25 Manhattan staff members have achieved LEED-accredited professional status. McClure reports more clients are interested in building green and “doing the smart things that don’t have a cost impact.” Many owners want to lower energy use. Manhattan helps them determine lifecycle costs, evaluate options and find a balance between building green and keeping cost down.
Other clients, such as the city of Grand Prairie, want the certification. Manhattan is building the city’s $85-million public safety and recreation project to achieve LEED-gold certification. The complex includes the 150,000-sq-ft, four-story Grand Prairie Public Safety Building; the 54,500-sq-ft, two-story Adult Activity Center; and the 1-mi long Esplanade Drive.
Manhattan expects to start construction later this year on the George Bush W. Presidential Center in Dallas. That project will seek LEED-platinum certification.