Envision® Gold Award for First Project Verification
The William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage, Alaska, is the first completed project using the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system. The HDR-designed project received an Envision “Gold” award, which was announced at a reception event in Washington, D.C., on July 23rd and a day earlier onsite at an event in Anchorage.
The hatchery’s Gold-level Envision award represents significant achievements in sustainable infrastructure design. The project was assessed using the 60 Envision sustainability criteria in the categories of Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World, and Climate and Risk.
“All HDR employees are very proud to be leaders in developing and implementing a sustainability rating system that will significantly influence our clients and projects from now on,” said Sustainability Director Michaella Wittmann. “We think Envision will be a game-changer, doing for sustainable infrastructure what the now-commonplace LEED™ rating has done for sustainable architecture.”
The 141,000-square foot hatchery facility is the largest indoor sport fish hatchery in North America, and contains many sustainable features, including sophisticated recirculation technology that reduces by 95 percent the water and energy normally used by conventional hatcheries. The sustainability aspects of the Fish Hatchery that garnered high-level ratings included leaving the brownfield site cleaner than before, saving water and energy, keeping Ship Creek clean, and building public education into its design. Additional higher levels of achievement were concentrated in several Envision structure credit categories, including the following:
“The William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery provides a great fit for the first-ever ISI Envision project award. As the heart of Alaska’s sport fish stocking program, and the largest indoor sport fish hatchery in North America, it’s also the largest application of water recirculation technology for a hatchery. The sustainability of this project guided the vision and development of every aspect of the hatchery, and all facets of building and site design incorporated sustainability principles that will last far into the future,” said ISI Executive Director William Bertera.
In addition to HDR, Inc.’s achievement as the designer of the first Envision project award, it is also a charter member of the ISI, and was the first firm to commit to having more than 100 staff credentialed as Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) by the end of the year. HDR reached that credentialing milestone in June, which included the entire engineering management staff.