In today’s age, socially responsible building practices are not an option but a requirement among contractors who hope to achieve success. In some cases laws dictate environmentally friendly building materials and methods along with fair hiring practices, in other cases the conscience of the builder requires going above and beyond the legal requirements in order to do the right thing. Contractors offer more than simple building contracts but also contribute to the community with jobs and beautiful structures which draw interest from tourists and people from other communities who may have an interest in the local landscape.
Environmentally Friendly Practices (LEED)
The current paradigm for eco-friendly building is set by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and their template for determining how a building can use less power, conserve water, and generally be a boon to the environment instead of a draw on the community. The use of recycled and recyclable materials, energy efficient practices and applications, water conservation solutions, and proper landscaping to incorporate local weather as it occurs naturally are considered during a LEED review. Not every building can be practically built to a Platinum Standard, but any building can incorporate some aspects of eco-friendly design to show a level of responsibility taken for its construction.
Diversity and Employment Opportunities
American society offers a diverse group of people who can each shine at different levels of design and building according to their talents, aptitudes, and education. Responsible contractors recognize how each person can help a project move along and provide meaningful input toward the job. When the community works together to make a building, they grow closer and also build pride in the fact they were able to erect a landmark which will continue to offer growth and success to the area through ongoing business as conducted in the space the construction provides.
Shaw-Lundquist is a minority-owned business and a proud member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
Women in Building
Unfortunately, women have not been traditionally recognized for the contributions they are capable of providing to the construction industry. In the modern environment, women are understood to be able to contribute equally throughout all stages of a construction project. The contractors who recognize and utilize the valuable resource available of talented people are ahead of the curve with insight and inspiration toward making each project the best rather than simply acceptable. Recognizing the role women can have toward making each project better than it would otherwise be is not only accepted but demanded for the success of contractors who take on the responsibility of community building and improvement.
Ultimately, a contractor takes on a larger responsibility than generally understood as putting up a building. It takes a community to build a building, and a building makes the community better itself with growth and opportunity. At Shaw-Lundquist we have tremendous pride in our inclusive culture and careful building practices.