If it isn’t sustainable, it isn’t good design.
Prein&Newhof’s commitment to sustainability began more than 45 years ago and is a hallmark of our work — thinking green is nothing new to us.
What do we mean by ‘sustainability’?
Projects that: work with the environment, reduce energy use and waste, and restore our natural resources and are all are done in a financially-responsible way.
1. Lower Ecological Impact
Smarter designs that fit seamlessly into our ecosystems:
- Stormwater systems that protect local rivers and streams from excessive, polluted runoff through porous pavement, rain gardens, stormwater treatment, and other methods.
- Drinking water wells that can provide long-term supply without impacting other wells or environmental resources.
- No-dig technologies (like directional drilling and pipe relining) that decrease erosion, equipment fuel use, traffic delays, and construction waste.
- Green biofiltration systems that minimize wastewater odor without the use of toxic chemicals.
- Trails and sidewalks that help reduce pollution and improve public health.
- Roads, pipes, and buildings made from recycled materials.
2. Energy Recovery & Conservation
Intelligent systems that do more with less:
- Well-planned water and sewer systems that require a minimal amount of pumping.
- Treatment plants and pump stations minimize energy use with high-efficiency pumps, variable-speed equipment, and energy-recovery techniques.
- Structures that use or contribute to the production of alternative energy sources.
3. Environmental Renewal
Creative engineering that restores and improves communities:
- Identifying and cleaning up contaminated groundwater.
- Using state-of-the art technologies that turn sewage into extremely clean water — in some cases, five times cleaner than required by the State.
- Re-using blighted urban areas through brownfield redevelopment, saving precious underdeveloped land.
- Converting closed landfills into usable public spaces.
4. Financially-Sustainable Improvements
Smarter spending through big-picture planning:
- Long-term planning that anticipates a community’s needs and helps them choose the best (and most efficient) time to make improvements, often by combining projects.
- Projects designed for longevity and minimal maintenance using a practice referred to as “life-cycle cost management.”
- Well-planned sewer systems that use more gravity sewer, fewer pumping stations, and less energy. (Some of these projects reduce energy use so much, they pay for themselves in a few years.)
- Asset management plans for communities to prolong the life and make the most efficient use of their paved roads.
- Proper public utility rate structures that enable communities to save for future needs.