Huebner Creek Enhanced Conveyance

Jasmine Engineering is delighted to announce that we have been selected for Construction Inspection Services for the Huebner Creek Enhanced Conveyence NWWC Segement III Project.

Segment 3 is along Huebner Creek from the city limit line between Leon Valley and San Antonio upstream to Bandera Road.

Channel improvements proposed for this project include channel widening and realignment in order to reduce the floodplain limits in surrounding residential areas.

Some benefits of the Project will include a 73 acre in reduction of floodplains, planting and watering, refurbishing of significant trees into furniture.Number of homes previously purchased for channel excavation/widening: 42

Construction is expected to start in September and last through February of 2018.



Green Schools Gaining More Support In US

New poll from US Green Building Council shows that more than 90 percent of Americans agree that greater investments should be put toward upgrading US public school buildings with green features

In a poll released at last year’s Greenbuild, respondents listed improved energy efficiency and an improved learning environment as the top reasons for schools to be upgraded. Results show increased support for green schools, finding that 8 out of 10 Americans support schools that create a healthy environment conducive to learning, while also saving energy, resources and money.

The study, commissioned by the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and sponsored by Excel Dryer, Inc., was first conducted in 2011 and again in 2013.

In 2015, saving energy was on par with improved student performance as the two biggest motives for change, followed closely by improved student and faculty health. Additional considerations included reducing environmental impacts, creating jobs, and saving tax dollars.

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How do we promote green building in the cheap energy era?

Years ago I spoke with the builder of a very green prefab, who told me about someone who came in and saw the bamboo floors (yes, they were a green thing once) and asked “how does that save energy?” For years, particularly in the USA, the green movement was positioned as an energy saving, money saving thing. Now we are reaping what we sowed, as low energy prices dampen interest in the green movement. As Martin Holladay notes in Green Building Advisor: In 2016, green builders will need to face the implications of low energy prices. It’s an important article, so thanks to GBA for offering a “GBA Prime Sneak Peek” to non-subscribers so that we can discuss it.

Martin starts with the obvious: Interest in green building is down because energy is cheap.



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Lone project manager good for Harlandale

mccollum_health_science_technologyAn editorial in the San Antonio Express-News, on Nov. 25, stated Jasmine Engineering was receiving 6 percent-plus from the Harlandale Independent School District for bond project management. This is incorrect. Our fee for previous assignments, and based on providing three separate services, were — programming: 2 percent; project management: 2 percent; and commissioning: 2 percent.

We were recently hired by the district to again perform these three services for the 2015 Bond Program, under the title of Total Building Commissioning Authority. To bring maximum savings to the district and its taxpayers, we agreed to reduce our fees on Bond 2015 even further. The fees are: programming: 2 percent; project management: 2 percent; and commissioning: 1 percent.

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Construction on Austin’s $300 million ‘Jenga Tower’ will begin in January


Jasmine Engineering is proud to have been selected to provided LEED Commissioning services for the Independent, the tallest tower to be built in Austin.

From the Express News By Tyler White December 4, 2015

Contractors in Austin will begin building the $300-million condo building that resembles a Jenga tower in January, according to media reports.

Constructive Venture Inc. and Aspen Heights are coordinating together on the massive project, The Independent, which will feature 370 units, ranging from 675 to 3,485 square feet, spanning 58 stories. The lot that the building will reside was secured for $14.5 million, according to KVUE.

The 950,000-square-foot project will be located at the northwest corner of 3rd Street and West Avenue.



LEED Rating Systems

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.

LEED is constructed in 5 separate rating systems:

  • BD+C (Building and Construction) this includes new construction, major renovations, core and shell development, schools, retail, data centers, warehouses, healthcare. Applies to buildings that are being newly constructed or going through a major renovation; includes New Construction, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, Warehouses & Distribution Centers, and Healthcare.
  • ID+C (Interior Design and Construction) this includes commercial interiors, retail, hospitality. Applies to projects that are a complete interior fit-out; includes Commercial Interiors, Retail and Hospitality
  • O+M (Building Operations and Maintenance) Applies to existing buildings that are undergoing improvement work or little to no construction; includes Existing Buildings, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, and Warehouses & Distribution Centers.ND (Neighborhood Development) Applies to new land development projects or redevelopment projects containing residential uses, nonresidential uses, or a mix.
  • Homes (Homes) Applies to single family homes, low-rise multi-family (one to three stories), or mid-rise multi-family (four to six stories); includes Homes and Multifamily Lowrise and Multifamily Midrise.

There are four levels of LEED Certification

Certified (0-49 Points)

Silver (50-59 Points)

Gold (60-79 Points)

Platinum (80+ Points)