AMEC moves regional office to green downtown Orlando location


ORLANDO (8 March 2012) - AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, announces today that its regional office has moved to downtown Orlando with a focus on the community's redevelopment and revitalization efforts. Located on a designated brownfield area, AMEC's new office has been redeveloped into a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building.

The new office is located at 75 East Amelia Street, the former site of the Orlando Sentinel. It will house AMEC's staff of 55 engineers, scientists, and administrative personnel from its former John Young Parkway office.

"During these tough economic times, it is especially important to nurture businesses already here in Central Florida," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "Since 1957, AMEC has been a proven success in our community and the city is proud to support the relocation of their offices to Downtown Orlando.  This new office will bring high-value, high-wage jobs to the City's core and help support our sustainability efforts with its redeveloped, energy efficient building."

"Creating an environmentally-friendly building on a brownfield site is representative of the direction our community is heading," said Brian DuChene, AMEC's Orlando Office Manager. "Brownfield redevelopment is an integral part in creating a sustainable future by contributing to neighborhood revitalization, removing environmental contamination, and finding new, 'green' uses for existing property."

The term "brownfield" refers to abandoned or underused property where redevelopment is complicated by contamination, or perceived contamination, with some type of pollutant. Brownfield sites include abandoned factories, commercial buildings, and manufacturing facilities "” any site where potentially harmful chemicals were once used.

LEED certification was developed by the Green Building Environmental Council of the United States (USGBC) and provides certain standards for construction and development. It grants independent, third-party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, profitable, and a healthy place to live or work.

AMEC employs nearly 500 professionals in Florida who provide a wide range of engineering consulting services related to water resources, energy management, environmental restoration and remediation, geotechnical and geochemistry sciences, transportation, and hazard mitigation and emergency management planning, including dam break studies and levee assessment.

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