Sound Transit Receives Sustainable Infrastructure Award From ISI

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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The girders being installed on the Federal Way Link Extension typically weigh up to 130,000 lb.
Sound Transit

SEATTLE – The Federal Way Link Extension was awarded with an Envision Platinum Award from The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).

Envision is a rating system recognized internationally for sustainable infrastructure projects. The process is peer-reviewed and overseen by ISI before the project is verified. Evaluations are assessed by addressing:

  • Community
  • Quality of life
  • Management
  • Planning
  • Materials
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Environmental impacts
  • Emissions
  • Resilience

The Federal way Link Extension project is the second from Sound Transit to receive the award and is the “seventh Envision Platinum-rated transit project in the nation,” according to Sound Transit. The design-build contract carried a stipulation that it had to attain at minimum an Envision Gold award level. With the combined efforts of Sound TransitParsons, and Kiewit, the project achieved Platinum.

ISI’s Verification Director Kristi Wamstad said, “We are honored to present the Envision Platinum award to the Federal Way Link Extension project, recognizing its outstanding commitment to sustainability, equity and resilience. . . This achievement underscores the project team’s dedication to creating a transit system that prioritizes environmental stewardship and social equity while meeting the needs of the community.”

Project Map / Courtesy of Sound Transit

“This award is a testament to Sound Transit’s long and deep commitment to sustainability and to the high levels of collaboration achieved with our project partners during challenging times. . . We are proud of this achievement and look forward to many more sustainability milestones as we build public transit that connects our region to the places we live and work,” said Sound Transit Chief Executive Officer Goran Sparrman.

President for Infrastructure North America for Parsons Mark Fialkowski said, “As a global leader in infrastructure, Parsons is transforming the rail and transit sector by providing innovative, tailored solutions that modernize transportation systems and deliver long-lasting, sustainable benefits to our clients. . . Our contribution to the Federal Way Extension project represents Parsons’ combined engineering expertise and enterprise-wide commitment to sustainability. We are honored to be part of the team that achieved this award by creating a lasting, valuable public asset for the region and community.”

“Kiewit is proud to be the design-build contractor for Sound Transit’s Federal Way Link Extension, a project that showcases innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Strong partnerships, particularly with the community, are essential to our success. . . We would not be able to accomplish what we did without the remarkable people we had on the team, including the 400 local union tradespeople and the 200 subcontractors and suppliers who came together with our construction and engineering staff to achieve a common goal,” said Kiewit Corporation Executive Vice President Doug Glaser.

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