ERT Project Partner Receives Top Environmental Designation Honors in Virginia

Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP)

Keith Boisvert, an environmental specialist with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, presents the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) plaque and flag to SKW Constructors, designating the company as an Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise level participant on the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project. Pictured (left to right) are members of SKW Constructors’ Environment, Health & Safety staff: Nick Hammond, Brian Kelly, Chad Hoople, Dana Roscopf, Mike Pickeral, Carissa Agnese, Zebulon Tilton, and VDEQ’s Keith Boisvert.

The Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) as an Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise. SKW Constructors JV, the design-build contractor for the Project, becomes the first construction project contractor in Virginia to be awarded membership in VDEQ’s Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) at the E4 Level.

The E4 level requires facilities to have fully implemented Environmental Management Systems (verified by a third party) and commit to measures for continuous and sustainable environmental progress and community involvement. Of the 400 facilities currently participating in VEEP, only 10 percent attain the rigorous E4 level designation.

Additional environmental achievements on the ERT Project include:

  • 95 percent recycling goal, with close to 99 percent recycling of construction waste
  • Water reuse efforts including a self-contained concrete chute washout and self-contained truck tire wash system
  • Reuse of crushed asphalt for stabilizing soil

Headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia, Elizabeth River Crossings OpCo LLC, is the private partner of the Virginia Department of Transportation for the design, construction, finance, operations and maintenance of the Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project. SKW Constructors, a Skanska, Kiewit, Weeks Joint Venture (JV), is the design-build contractor for the ERT Project. Located in Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia, the Project is comprised of a new two-lane tunnel under the Elizabeth River parallel to the existing Midtown Tunnel; fire, life and safety modifications and upgrades to the existing Midtown Tunnel and Downtown Tunnels; interchange modifications in Norfolk and Portsmouth; and extending the MLK Freeway in Portsmouth from London Boulevard to I-264. More information can be found at www.DriveERT.com.


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