Smell the flowers

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from Jennifer Cronan
Construction Manager and LEED Coordinator
Jones Lang LaSalle

As we muddle through snow storm after snowstorm, stuck in traffic and sitting on broken down trains I can’t help but think about the spring days that are right around the corner.  The vision of green grass and flowers blooming reminds me of how nice it is to take a break from my desk and enjoy the park at Post Office Square. 

Green and open spaces (terms coined by those in the sustainability industry) are very important to me. Being outside and seeing natural landscaping helps me relax and breathe again during a busy or stressful day. Sometimes we’re so involved in the LEED building process that we must remind ourselves of the impact that it has on the lives of the people working or living in the completed spaces.  

Our project team recently completed the construction of a LEED laboratory building which incorporated numerous green and sustainable initiatives. LEED certification is an admirable goal for a project of any size. The owner and project team’s desire to do something that will improve the lives of our children and grandchildren has a cost, requires attention to detail, and an increased time commitment for everyone involved.

When I walked through the completed LEED laboratory building a few nights ago, it was easy to see that features like the additional light, views of the surrounding wooded areas, the acres of open space on the property, and improved air quality made for a far better work environment. All of the hard work during the project really paid off. I began to imagine a harried scientist working on an important cure, taking a break to de-stress in his or her newly constructed building by gazing out the window at the tall trees or taking a leisurely stroll through the property. It made me proud of what we are accomplishing. 

– Jennifer

2 thoughts on “Smell the flowers

  1. Jennifer Cronan

    As a firm JLL is committed to having the most knowledgeable green professionals to staff all of our projects. In our Construction group, we feel strongly about having the entire project team understand the ins and outs of LEED as it pertains to construction – this means everyone from our estimating team, our project executives, our CMs and our superintendants. I find that it is much easier to manage a LEED project when it has been bid that way, and when everyone who is assigned to work on the project understands what needs to happen to successfully attain LEED certification.

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  2. LIFEI

    Hi Jennifer, I feel the same way while referring to the LEED project. I had two months internship experience working in PepsiCo R&D Center Project preliminary design period at JLL. This project pursues LEED Silver. Since then, I always pay attention to the news related to the LEED, and I am trying to pass the LEED AP exam next month. I believe that an excellent construction manager should have the LEED AP quality which can promote the construction workers’ environmental awareness and maintain the integrity with designer to regulate jobsite and process. However, several construction professionals told me the LEED AP is meaningless, and the LEED Certification is just some paper work. I am confused right now. Can you give me some details about your job Construction Manager + LEED Coordinator? I am very interested. Thanks.

    Best,
    Lifei

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