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PAugust 21, 2012

The EDiS Intern Experience: Dover Public Library and LEED Materials Tracking

When I first began my summer internship with EDiS Company, I was immediately incorporated into material tracking for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED accreditation on the Dover Public Library project.  Having spent the first half of my summer studying abroad in Italy, when I arrived, the construction of Dover Library was well on its way towards completion. In turn, this gave me unique opportunity to learn about the LEED requirements and the process of achieving accreditation.  With LEED accreditation through the USGBC becoming an ever more apparent standard in the construction industry, it is essential to have an efficient and organized system of tracking materials to earn points towards accreditation.

At 50% completion, Dover Public Library was estimated to earn a LEED Silver green building rating under LEED New Construction Version 2.2, which is the rating required under the project scope.  The estimate had the project at a very high rating within the Silver range of 33 to 38 points: right on the cusp of earning a LEED Gold rating, ranging from 39-51 total earned points.

With help from my overseeing Senior Project Manager, Chris McCone, I kept a Materials Tracking Log to ensure a LEED Silver Rating and work towards the possibility of earning LEED Gold for Dover Public Library. This log was used to compile information to earn Credits 4, 5, 6 and 7 which are resource reuse, recycled content, regional materials, rapidly renewable materials and certified wood.  Documentation of used materials during construction and product and manufacturer information need to be constantly checked for accuracy while documenting the submittals that are used to complete the log.  This meticulous process was a great learning experience for me as I quickly recognized the importance of up-to-date and organized documentation in construction: a quality of my Senior Project Manager Chris McCone and EDiS Company itself, which, I feel, is an essential recipe for successful project management.

As I continue my education in Architectural Engineering in the fall I can truly say that I will be able to take with me the experience I had working towards LEED accreditation for Dover Public Library.  Not only will the experience help me as I plan to complete the first part of LEED accreditation in college, but it will also serve as a solid foundation for the tools I seek to develop as a future construction project manager.

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