January 2011

View entire RFP: Sellwood Bridge Replacement Project Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) Services

This RFP included 10% of total points for Sustainability covering four areas - experience integrating sustainable practices into bridge projects, waste diversion strategies, waste management oversight, and internal sustainable business practices.  Included 10% of total points for Diversity Plan. (see pages 27-28 of the RFP).

Samples from vendor responses

Q1. Types of Waste Materials Anticipated and Proposed Methods for Reuse, Recycling and Disposal

Respondent A.

  • Respondent A will achieve a high landfill diversion rate through using dedicated dumpster and roll off containers, off site and onsite sorting, as well as direct loading and hauling to either recycle or salvage facilities as much as economically feasible. Waste materials on the project will be identified categorically and handled in accordance with the table submitted with the proposal.  Load verification of each of type of material will be generated at each designated recycling or salvage facility.  The weight/disposal tickets from the processing centers will be used to generate a monthly diversion report that will show the amount of waste generated and the amount recycled or salvaged.

Respondent B.

  • Respondent B is committed to exceeding the 75% recycling requirement of the City of Portland and reaching toward the Climate Action Plan 2030 Objective 11 for recovering 90% of all waste generated in this project. We will participate toward the 2030 objective 12 and reduce the GHG impacts of the waste stream by 40%. There are many materials that must be proactively managed to avoid waste.

Environmental Stewardship Efforts Made with Own Operations in Past 5 Years

Respondent A.

  • The firms that make up the Respondent Ateam have been actively involved in sustainable practices for over 15 years. We have established both short and long term goals to make our business practices more sustainable. Some of the goals include establishing an office and jobsite recycling program, switching to paper with post-consumer recycled content, incorporating paperless billing systems on all of our projects, and providing virtual meeting rooms where our employees can post ride share opportunities for business travel. Examples of long term goals include greening our vehicle fleet by purchasing vehicles with high fuel efficiency and converting to biodiesel and low-sulfur fuels for our construction equipment. Our firms also promote sustainability by encouraging and providing incentives for our employees to become LEED accredited professionals. We currently employ over 160 LEED accredited professionals.  Together we have been involved in constructing over $2 billion in environmentally friendly projects.  Specific examples of our team’s commitment to meet these goals are outlined in the sections below.’’ The Respondent A team has made great strides to make our fleets less dependent on fossil fuels. We have implemented a vehicle purchasing plan focused on buying more energy efficient vehicles including hybrid vehicles for use by management staff. We are also involved on a $250 million project at a regional Airport where all vehicles used by the project staff are hybrid vehicles including our work trucks. We currently have 23 hybrid vehicles on the project.

Respondent B.

  • In an effort to be “Green Everyday”, our offices around the country are engaged in sustainability practices that include videoconferencing and e-meetings to limit travel; scanning to enhance our efforts at becoming a paperless office; double-sided printing; recycling paper, cans, bottles, toner, and other consumables.
  • Other practices that we participate in worthy of mentioning:
    • Energy Conservation Measures. Nearly all of our offices have the printers and copiers default set to double sided printing and whenever we enter a new office space we put in motion sensor light switches in intermittently used spaces and offices. Use of fluorescent lighting, demand controlled ventilation, and high efficiency air exchange systems
    • Water Conservation Measures. In our own buildings we have upgraded to low flow faucets and toilets. Irrigation controllers set for night time use with automatic rain gauge shut off systems. We regularly inspect gaskets and seals. Plant native vegetation and use mulch to prevent water evaporation. We use non-potable water for construction activities.