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Peoria Courts Expansion Wins Public Works Project of the Year Award

April 26, 2011

The Peoria Courts Expansion project, completed in November 2010, has been awarded the Public Works Project of the Year in the Structures ($5 million - $25 million) category from the Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). Layton Construction Co., Inc. was the general contractor for the project and worked closely with Dick & Fritsche Design Group and Energy Systems Design to complete the project. The award will be presented at the Arizona Chapter of APWA's 2011 Statewide Conference in August.

The project consisted of an extensive upgrade to the city of Peoria's existing courts building, including renovating 18,000 square feet of space in the existing building and constructing a 19,000-square-foot, two-story addition to house courtroom and administrative space that required Layton to redirect site utilities through the existing campus. Work also included the construction of a pedestrian bridge connecting the building with an adjacent parking garage and reorienting the Court's main entrance. The remodel and addition required construction activities to take place while keeping the building and courtroom activities fully operational.

"On behalf of the City of Peoria project team, please accept my congratulations to the Layton/DFDG team on earning our project this great honor," Ed Striffler, design and construction manager for Peoria's engineering department, said in an email. "We appreciate your efforts in applying for this award and in sharing the outcome. Efforts such as this help to highlight Peoria's attitude toward high quality design and construction. It was our pleasure to work with such an 'A' team."

Additionally, the Peoria Courts Expansion project has qualified for a LEEDĀ® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building CouncilĀ® and in doing so, has become the first facility for the city of Peoria to achieve a LEED certification. The project's green features include preferred parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles, native plants and water efficient landscaping, the use of low-emitting materials, and low flow toilets and urinals with automatic sensors. More than 20 percent of materials used for the project were manufactured using recycled materials and 25 percent were manufactured or produced within 500 miles of the project site. Additionally, 65 percent of the total wood-based building materials were harvested from Forest Stewardship Council-certified forests.

More than 85 percent of construction waste generated on site was diverted from the landfill. Layton partnered with the City of Peoria Solid Waste Division and had dedicated areas on the project site for the collection and storage of recycling materials, including concrete, asphalt, masonry, metal, wood, plastic, paper, glass, carpet and gypsum. Layton was also able to salvage doors, ceiling tiles, pews, millwork, trim, cabinets, vents and light fixtures that were either reused on the project or recycled for use on existing facilities.

"The entire project team was committed to meeting the goals we set early in the project," Jose Mendez, Layton's project manager for the Peoria Courts Expansion, said. "The LEED Gold certification and project award confirms the team's dedication to delivering a great project."

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