Jacob White Construction Company Wins Texas Water Development Board’s Rain Catcher Award for Fall 2007
The Texas Rain Catcher Award recognizes Jacob White’s use of three elements that work together to save and reuse water at its high-performance medical office building at 251 East Medical Center in Webster, Texas. The first element is the cistern which is concealed beneath the parking lot and is used for both storm water retention and irrigation. Jacob White excavated for over 700 lineal feet of 4' by 8' concrete box culverts to hold 175,000 gallons of water. The second element is the 14,559 square foot living roof on the building, which can absorb and reuse up to a 2” rainfall; 70% of all rain that falls on the green roof is retained to sustain the vegetation growth. The remainder goes to the culvert detention system under the parking lot. The third element is that grey water from sinks and drinking fountains is sent to the underground culverts instead of to city sewers. Additionally, all plumbing fixtures are low water usage fixtures. “It’s not just about doing the right thing and saving the environment; sustainability is a money maker,” says Jeff Mickler, President of Jacob White Construction Company. Click here to read the press release.
Jacob White Construction Company Awarded Houston Business Journal’s Landmark Award 2008
Houston Business Journal recognizes Jacob White’s use of the latest in green technology and methods at its medical office building at 251 Medical Center Boulevard in Webster. The roof’s rainwater collection system stores run-off to be used for landscape irrigation and for use in the building’s toilets. It is touted as one of the healthiest buildings in the area because of its use of low volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and are the source of strong smells from paints, cleaners, disinfectants and other strong odor-causing products. The building’s carbon dioxide levels do not exceed 700 parts per million. And, the office complex’s air conditioning system is equipped with a high efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, filter system, greatly improving air quality. For more information about this award, visit the Houston Business Journal website (Week of April 4–10, 2008) or click here to download the article.