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Krifcon wins energy and sustainability study in St. Paul, MN
In collaboration with Ramboll, Krifcon Engineering P.C. recently won a public bid for an energy and sustainability study, evaluating how renewable energy resources as well as energy efficient technologies can help the Ford site become a net-zero community. 
 
In December 2011, Ford Motor Company closed its Twin Cities Assembly Plant, which had operated in Saint Paul for over 80 years.  The property is located on the east bank of the Mississippi River, surrounded by a vibrant residential community and business district that grew up around it. The site is 157 acres, composed of 3 parcels: 2 parcels owned by Ford -- 21.73 acres along the river and 122.4 acres for the plant facilities -- and a 12.73 acre rail yard owned by Canadian Pacific Rail. 
 
The redeveloped Saint Paul Ford site is envisioned to be a global model of ingenuity, cutting-edge sustainability, and vibrant, transit-oriented urban living that attracts the generations of tomorrow and today.  Saint Paul's aspirations for Ford are high, but possible, with a strong and engaged effort to set priorities and pathways to achieve them for a master developer.  Ford plans to market the site in mid-2018-19 and Saint Paul must bring reality to its aspirations now, before a master developer locks onto a narrow vision. This project will build on Saint Paul's demonstrated success of initiatives to improve energy efficiency, reduce fossil fuel use and expand renewable energy generation, but will take it to the next level by striving for a net-zero community. 
 
The cornerstone of the Ford site's sustainability future is the aspiration to make it a dense, carbon neutral site for residents, commerce and industry.  The underpinning of this requires a site-wide, integrated energy system that incorporates renewable energy sources and design efficiencies to reduce demand and reuse energy. 
 
The site will be redeveloped from scratch starting in 2018 with installation of new utilities, streets, sewers and water.  This provides an unprecedented opportunity to design and install a comprehensive and integrated energy system using the best, cutting edge technologies and systems appropriate to site conditions.
 
Extensive planning and studies have been conducted in preparation for the site’s redevelopment, and are available for review at http://www.stpaul.gov/fordsite.
 
The timing of Ford Energy Study is critical to its success.  Ford Motor Company anticipates that it will market the site to developers by mid-2018-19 and, at such time, developers must be clear on the redevelopment priorities and expectations for the site.  A fundamental understanding of the energy goals for the site, and demonstrated feasibility and an implementation framework for the energy options, will be essential.  It will be important to communicate the technical information to prospective master developers to ensure that they understand the expectations and demonstrate a commitment to and capacity for implementation.
 

 
The Ford site as it looked in the 1990's
 

 
The Ford site in June 2014.
UN City achieves LEED Platinum certification
With the completion of the second phase of the UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark, the project could apply for it's LEED certification of the entire 50,000 m2 (540,000 sf) 8-point star shaped building.
On December 26, 2013 the UN City Copenhagen was awarded a LEED Platinum certification.
Krifcon provided the owner with Sustainability and LEED Consulting and was the LEED Administrator.
 
The architect was 3XN, and the consulting engineer was Orbicon.
 

UN City officially inaugurated
On July 4, 2013, the first phase of UN City in Copenhagen was inaugurated by HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and a number of Danish ministers.
 
Copenhagen City & Port Development is the developer of the building, which already in its construction have received international awards.
Krifcon provides Owner´s representation, sustainability, LEED, and GreenBuilding consulting.
 

Shimizu Corporation HQ achieves first LEED Gold certification in Japan
Shimizu Construction Corp. has received the coveted LEED NC Gold (v2.2) certification from the USGBC as the new 22 stories corporate headquarter in downtown Tokyo, Japan is ready to receive its new occupants.
Krifcon in cooperation with Thornton Tomasetti provided LEED Consulting from an early feasibility study in 2009 to the final certification.
 
  
UN City - EU GreenBuilding Award 2012
Our client FN Byen P/S, a wholly owned subsidiary of Copenhagen City & Port Development Corporation, was awarded the prestigious European Commission's 2012 Annual GreenBuilding Award for the project UN City Campus 1.
Krifcon provides LEED Administration and Owner's Representation services for the client. Krifcon also led the effort to seek the EU GreenBuilding certification.