Big-D Construction Receives 2013 Federal Energy and Water Management Award

Jan 23, 2014, 10:43 ET from Big-D Construction

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Big-D Construction ( was recently awarded the 2013 Federal Energy and Water Management Award by the United States Department of Energy for their work on the National Park Service Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Calabasas, California.


Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in conjunction with the Federal Interagency Energy Policy Committee, sponsors these Awards, which honor individuals and organizations making significant contributions to energy and water efficiency within the Federal Government.

The awards recognize outstanding achievements in:

  • Energy and water efficiency and conservation
  • Renewable energy implementation
  • Sustainable practices for high-performance buildings
  • Fleet and transportation management

Big-D and ajc architects worked with the National Park Service (NPS) to design-build a LEED® Platinum interpretive learning center for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (NRA). The new facility is the first grid-tied, net-zero visitor center completed in the national park system. It is also the first facility in the system designed with all light emitting diode (LED) electronics for all exterior and interior lighting fixtures.

The 7,000 square foot building is heated and cooled by a highly efficient water source heat pump system using an existing man-made pond as the primary heating and cooling source. A 94 kilowatt photo voltaic system provides all the energy needs for the facility. In fact, the photo voltaic system produced 310 billion Btu in the first year, or about 2.5 times net-zero. Surplus energy from the system helps to offset the carbon footprint from other facilities within the MRCA. Extensive natural lighting along with the high-efficiency LED lighting with a daylight dimming system keeps electricity use at a minimal level. The facility was developed in partnership with California State Parks and a local park agency, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

"This is a great honor which was made possible via the synergy of the entire team and total transparency of all vested parties including clearly defined expectations and collaboration the entire journey. The success of renovating the King Gillette Ranch Historic Stable Facility into a LEED Platinum, Net Zero award-winning project is a tribute to all team members," said Forrest McNabb, Big-D Senior Vice President.

McNabb spearheads many of Big-D's sustainability efforts.  In addition to his involvement with numerous LEED projects, McNabb was recently reappointed to represent Big-D as a member of the National Associated Builders and Contractors' Green Building Committee, which is based out of Washington D.C., for the seventh consecutive year.

About Big-D Construction
Big-D Construction Corporation has more than 45 years of experience in providing Design-Build, General Contracting and Construction Management services to customers from a wide variety of industries. As one of the largest construction companies in the country, Big-D employs more than 700 associates throughout the United States.  Regional offices are located in Salt Lake City, Ogden and Lindon, Utah; Pleasanton, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  For more information, please visit

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