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Published on February 14th, 2012 | by Jennifer Shockley


The Jacobs Company Continues its Great Green Accomplishments

One of the most dynamic abilities of a business comes from its power to grow, to adapt and to change with the times and when ever necessary for positive growth. One company has grown from 20 people to an internationally known engineering power house. This company was founded in 1947 by Joseph J. Jacobs and is self-entitled as Jacobs.

Today it is a major player in the stock market as well as it is developing the newest technologies in the industry. It is also continuously acquiring many companies as it furthers its global expansion at a very steady pace. Jacobs’ has become an OSHA approved company, with the highest safe working conditions held.

Below are two current monumental achievements for one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional and construction services:

  • Jacobs’ Irvine office was awarded LEED’s platinum
  • Amtrak has hired Jacobs as its general contractor to improve its accessibility

Jacobs’ Irvine Office

The Jacobs’ Irvine office in Irvine, California is located at the Michelson Building. The platinum certification it received is the highest LEED award available. Jacobs Irvine office is 50,000 square feet of office environment with an “open-office” workplace designed with the workers in mind and the award was for Commercial Interiors. The building maximizes natural sunlight, uses certified wood, low-emitting paint, adhesives and carpet, incorporates real-time energy usage and demonstrates the use of LED signage and lighting.

Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council, stated,

“The Jacobs Irvine office’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership. The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Jacobs Irvine office serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

But Jacobs is not just about improving its own green image but also how it can help its clients become more people and environment friendly. This is demonstrated in its employment to Amtrak. The project is to repair/upgrade all stations to make them accessible to all passengers. This program being implemented is called Accessible Station Development Program (ASDP).

These two distinctly different green additions to Jacobs’ resume and reputation are just icing on the cake as to what the company has done and where the company is headed for in a brighter, more sustainable future.

Resources: Yahoo, Jacobs and PR News

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About the Author

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.

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