Why Work with The Clayco Team?

Any project has to be a successful collaborative effort of all team partners from the ownership team to the design and the construction team. From the start, a team needs to have a clear vision of what planning, design, construction, economics and sustainable features are achievable for a project.
As a design-build developer, designer and general contractor, we are in the unique position on every project to control all phases of design, buyout, integrated estimating, documentation and successful completion. We not only represent a single aspect of the process, we take this responsibility on every project to deliver a wide variety of solutions for the client.

Sustainable practices are an integral part of the Clayco Team culture. Clayco has been committed to sustainable practices since it was founded in 1984—we just didn’t call it green construction then. Our projects have always included energy-efficient systems within available budgets and a high percentage of recycled content materials. In addition, we have always been conscious of efficient use of a project layout and site, stressed the efficient use of materials and limited generated construction waste, etc. It has only been within the past ten years that these programs have been formalized into green building rating systems like the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System.

For all projects, the Clayco team has developed a carefully planned system of design and cost assistance with the owner and design team; a buyout approach that clearly identifies to all bid parties the specific LEED or sustainable approaches to be implemented on a project by project basis; a method to capture the identifiable cost premiums for LEED and evaluate any additional costs with the owner prior to award of a bid package.

During early project phases, we carefully monitor the proper specification of the correct components, obtain the proper information from subcontractors during “buyout” phase, educate the subcontractor market on the green requirements for projects and monitor the construction and documentation activities to assure compliance with LEED requirements.

The Clayco Mandatory Green Building Rules are unique to the industry and a natural fit on Clayco projects. The Clayco Green Building Rules are closely aligned with Clayco Safety Rules, as we have come to realize a healthy clean “green” building during construction is a safer building during construction. “Clayco Green” hardhat stickers were issued to all construction workers once they were trained on the specific rules for the project.

The building impact on the environment is significant. Clayco is proud to be a responsible builder. We recently were ranked No. 10 on Engineering News-Record’s first-ever ranking of the Top 50 Green Contractors in the country. Quarterly, we calculate and report our projected pollution emission reductions as a result of our sustainable construction practices. Our perspective on the global green movement is simple: we deal in such a large volume of building materials and energy uses, slight improvements have a huge impact. It is important for us to report this information to our employees and clients—they need to know their efforts have a bigger impact globally than only the project they are working on. We actively support the local commerce with green building construction and educational opportunities and are a major sponsor and leader in the local green building community and with the local USGBC chapter.

About Clayco
Clayco is a full-service real estate development, design and construction firm specializing in the art and science of building. Clayco provides design-build project delivery nationwide for corporate, industrial, institutional, residential markets and banking institutions. Being environmentally responsible is a best practice that Clayco implements on all projects, regardless of if Clayco is pursuing LEED certification.

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