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The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced that the first Envision™ rating system project award went to the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage, Alaska.   The HDR-designed project received an Envision™ “Gold” award. The 141,000-square foot hatchery facility is the largest indoor sport fish hatchery in North America, and contains many sustainable features, including sophisticated recirculation technology that reduces by 95% the water and energy normally used by conventional hatcheries.


To view a video on the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery, visit the HDR Fish Hatchery link at: http://www.hdrinc.com/about-hdr/sustainability/envision/first-ever-envision-project-award-william-jack-hernandez-sport-fis?utm_source=hdrinc-news&utm_medium=website-link&utm_campaign=wjh-award


The hatchery’s Gold-level Envision™ award represents significant achievements in sustainable infrastructure design. The project was assessed using the 60 Envision™ sustainability criteria in the categories of Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World, and Climate and Risk.


The sustainability aspects of the Fish Hatchery that garnered high-level ratings included leaving the brownfield site cleaner than before, saving water and energy, keeping Ship Creek clean, and building public education into its design. Additional higher levels of achievement were concentrated in several Envision™ structure credit categories, including the following:


  • Leadership Category: Pursued by-product synergy: The project formed a partnership to transfer waste from the operations of the facility as input to another facility, and evaluated the potential to make use of warm water from a neighboring industry.


  • Leadership Category: Improved infrastructure integration: The project repurposed existing water and sewer infrastructure; created connections to existing bike trails and created a parallel bike trail through a park-like setting, while clarifying traffic flow and protecting the stream; restored and improved public park-like setting and viewing areas with trails, boardwalk, and educational signs.


  • Quality of Life: Improved the net quality of life of all communities affected by the project and mitigated community impacts. The project improved user accessibility, safety and wayfinding of the site and surrounding areas. It also enhanced public space including improvement of public parks, plazas, recreational facilities, or wildlife refuges to enhance community livability.


  • Resource Allocation: Reduced energy use: The project piloted and later implemented a full scale, highly efficient, recirculated aquaculture system that reduced the energy needed to heat the process water, ventilation, and building heating by approximately 88%, while significantly reducing operating costs and maintaining production goals.


  • Natural World: Preserved greenfields: The project included the environmental restoration of a former military brownfield and greyfield site, including the cleanup of contaminated soils.


  • Natural World: Reduced pesticide and fertilizer impacts: The project team designed the landscaping to incorporate native plant species suitable to the Alaskan climate, requiring no pesticides, herbicides or ongoing fertilizers.


The ISI/ HDR announcement marks a significant achievement for APWA’s own sustainability efforts.  Since its formation in 2008, APWA has been working to identify the best tools, practices and theories to make incorporating sustainability into public works projects second nature.  The collaboration with ISI, Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and with our fellow association partners, ASCE and ACEC, is a keystone component of the APWA Center for Sustainability activities.