News | February 1, 2013

HDR Makes Important Credential Commitment To ISI Envision Rating System

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced recently that HDR, Inc., a global employee-owned firm providing architecture, engineering, consulting, construction and related services, has plans to credential more than 100 employees in ISI’s Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Credential Program in the next twelve months, and hundreds more in the next few years.

“HDR is focused on sustainability as a core philosophy, and we recognize and embrace the potential Envision has to transform the built environment, much as the LEED Green Building Rating System did for the building industry,” said HDR Senior Vice President and Director of Sustainability, Micahaella Wittmann. 

The Envision Credential Program is an ISI-sponsored initiative that provides employees of both private and public sector organizations with the training and skills to effectively use Envision to develop infrastructure projects that are then verified sustainable. As a web-based tool, it is available in the public domain to help both public and private sector organizations make more sustainable decisions with respect to the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of important civil infrastructure.

HDR is a member of the ISI Charter Members Club and has submitted the first infrastructure project for Verification using the Envision tool. In addition, the firm has qualified as an ISI contractor for Third Party Verification services, and participates enthusiastically on several ISI technical committees.

“This is what real industry leadership looks like,” said ISI Executive Director, Bill Bertera. “HDR has consistently come forward to publicly support infrastructure that is sustainable, and now they are doing it yet again.”

“Sustainable infrastructure is good for business and good for the public interest,” Wittmann added.  “The Envision Rating System is applicable to a wide range of our clients and projects, and we are discussing registration with several other clients interested in the program.” As part of this commitment, HDR has developed a comprehensive in-house training program to educate HDR staff in the use of Envision and its application to HDR projects, as well as to prepare them to take the Envision credentialing examination.

About ISI
ISI is a not for profit organization, based in Washington DC. ISI was founded by the American Public Works Association (APWA), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). It operates in strategic alliance with the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure in the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. For more information, visit sustainableinfrastructure.org

About HDR
HDR is a global employee-owned firm providing architecture, engineering, consulting, construction and related services through our various operating companies. Our more than 8,000 professionals are committed to helping clients manage complex projects and make sound decisions. For more information, visit hdrinc.com.

SOURCE: Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure