Monday, August 25, 2008

Walking the Walk. Our Corporate Facelift.

Breaking Ground Contracting will be undergoing a fabulous facelift in the Fall of 2009, and Owner and President Mary Tappouni is LEEDing the charge. Following her vision of a sustainable office building, Mary has assembled a talented integrated design and construction team that will build this project with a goal of platinum LEED certification! Yes, our sweet, little office building will boast such innovations as a vegetative roof and photovoltaic solar panels with a structural roof design to accommodate it all. In addition, we will have an energy-efficient HVAC system, landscaping that will bring the outdoors in and indoor air quality that will make us all want to breathe deeply. There are too many quality facets of this project to name here, but keep watching for updates! Involved in the design and construction team are: Mary Tappouni, Owner of Breaking Ground Contracting, Michelle Tappouni, General Manger Breaking Ground Contracting, Ellen Reed, Business Development Director Breaking Ground Contracting and LEED Facilitator on the project, Marie Hurst, Interior Desinger, Kevin Songer, Vegetated Roof and Landscaping Consultant, Kirby Bujarski, Superintendent, Mark Gelfo, Commissioning Authority, Jeff Stone, Mechnanical Engineer, John Hall, Plumbing Engineer, Tamara Baker, Structural Engineer, Mark Mechling, Civil Engineer, Robin Ackerman, Tenant Representative, Catherine Burkee, Education Consultant, Marc Skarecki, Solar Consultant and Rick Anderson, Roofing Contractor. follow along with us as we post information, photos and stories that take you with us through the LEED process from start to finish. Some photos are inserted in this post, but to view a photo listing of six charette photos and captions go to and enjoy!

Are We a Contractor or Educator?

The answer is....both! As Director of Education for Breaking Ground Education Services, a division of Breaking Ground Contracting, people often remark about how unconventional it is that a construction company also promotes education. Each time I hear these remarks, it becomes even MORE clear to me just how much sense it makes that a successful construction company like Breaking Ground Contracting blaze the trail of education in green, sustainable and LEED* building and workplace safety. After all, buildings use the greatest amount of energy...WAY more than our vehicles. So, it stands to reason that we do our part to enlighten the industry to environmentally sound ways of doing business. We don't just believe it, we live it! The foresight of President, Mary Tappouni, began many years ago with her passion for building, nature and the environment. Her vision drives her company, and those of us who have the privilege of working for Breaking Ground Contracting have been infected by her passion for green building and the desire to couple sound building practices with environmental responsibility. It is our mission to educate other contractors, architects, engineers, subcontractors, developers and anyone else who wants to listen and learn, about the ways we can all do our part in building green for the future...the future of our industry, our children and our world.