When you imagine the vehicle of choice for a contractor, you are most likely to think of a pick-up truck. At Landmark Construction, where sustainability is a core company value, the company fleet includes hybrid vehicles and at least three bicycles. Employees are encouraged to use the company hybrid vehicles, especially when traveling longer distances from the centrally located corporate office in Loomis, CA to meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area or the far reaches of Northern California.
According to Joe Bittaker, President, the firm is expanding the fleet. “Landmark Construction has increased the green vehicle fleet from four hybrids to six, including four plug-in hybrids,” said Bittaker. “In November, we purchased two new Ford C-Max plug-in hybrids. Now our employees have three Prius and three C-Max vehicles to select from when traveling to meetings and job sites. We’ve got the greenest fleet around.”
A leader who walks the talk, or in this case rides the bike, Bittaker routinely uses his bicycle to commute to work, shop, and even occasionally deliver proposals. This sets the tone for a company culture that continually seeks ways to live healthily, reduce waste and protect the environment.
Landmark Construction is continuously involved in sustainable construction, having completed many LEED and CHPS certified projects. During construction planning, the company seeks ways to reduce, reuse and recycle job site materials. Many of the architecture firms, with which Landmark Construction partners, design new and renovated buildings to the highest levels of efficiency and sustainability. These facilities incorporate highly efficient HVAC systems such as VRF; integrate high levels of daylighting, LED lighting, and shading systems; have advanced insulation and fenestrations systems; and incorporate water saving strategies and water recycling. Landmark Construction has also worked with many schools to create more energy efficient campuses by replacing old lighting fixtures and HVAC units with modern, low-energy models.