HDR is Lead Designer for Alaska's First Greenroads Pilot Project

HDR served as lead designer for the West Dowling Road Phase II project in Anchorage, Alaska’s first and only project to date to receive the Greenroads designation. The Greenroads rating system was developed specifically to measure sustainability for transportation projects, and a project has to meet 12 project requirements and several team-selected voluntary credits.

The $46.8 million West Dowling Road Phase II project is the final piece in a complex, multi-phased, multimodal project to improve east-west connectivity through downtown Anchorage. Phase II included a new segment of Dowling Road that will provide four lanes with a raised center median, two new signalized intersections, a new bridge and bike lanes. HDR managed environmental activities and permitting, hydraulic design, public involvement, right-of-way acquisition and relocation and assisted during bidding and construction. Phase II was completed this month, with the entire project scheduled to be complete in October.

"The Greenroads tool allowed the client to see design and construction practices from a more holistic view and complement their value engineering process," said Christopher Croft, roadway engineer and project manager. "It also helped communicate a new approach to infrastructure development, accentuating the benefits and value of incorporating sustainability practices and showcasing Alaska DOT’s commitment to the community."

Timing was a key factor in establishing the path to pursue Greenroads, Croft said. "The DOT project manager had just heard about Greenroads at a conference and saw West Dowling as a great candidate. Our team was well-versed in Greenroads and we were able to partner with our client on how to make this vision real."

"The Greenroads Pilot Project complements HDR's other sustainability metrics – such as Envision and LEED – and helps our clients understand the benefits of environmental, economic and social aspects and ways to improve communities everywhere," said Janet Gonzalez, HDR's transportation sustainability lead.

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