During both the construction and operations phases, buildings generate a lot of waste and use a lot of materials and resources.
The Operations Building at Pier G has utilized several strategies to preserve materials during the construction process and provide an opportunity for the building occupants to implement sustainable measures in their daily operations of the facility:
A central facility recycling station allows for building occupants to separately collect plastic, paper, cardboard, metals and glass
During the construction process more than 75 percent of all demolition and construction waste was diverted away from landfills to recycling centers
Major building materials selected for the project such as structural steel and aluminum window systems are high in recycled content
Major building materials selected for the project such as the precast concrete panels and concrete used for structural slabs and hardscape were extracted and manufactured locally to minimize the environmental impacts due to transportation
Natural wood building materials were provided by sources that practice environmentally responsible forest management and are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)