Ska Rating claims Global Industry Excellence Award at CoreNet Global Awards in Dallas (US/UK)

The Ska Rating assessment, which was created to fill the void of environmental labeling of commercial fit-outs in the UK, has been named among the winners of the CoreNet Global Industry Excellence Awards, announced this week during the CoreNet Global Summit in Dallas.

Skansen and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors were jointly awarded for the development of the Ska Rating tool, which provides an assessment, benchmarking and decision-making tool for greener fit-out projects, following a nomination from CoreNet Global's UK Chapter.

Paul Harrington, President of CoreNet Global's UK Chapter and Real Estate Director at Pricewaterhouse Cooper, comments, "It is great to see a UK project do so well in the global Industry Excellence Awards, and CoreNet Global's UK Chapter is delighted to have nominated Skansen and RICS for focusing attention on a sustainable approach and measure for fit out projects.

"The system has created an effective tool that enables a sustainable measure for fit out projects to be considered alongside typical cost and programme decisions, providing a quick and simple way of assessing their environmental performance. It was important for it to be a tool that is easy to use to benefit smaller companies who previously may have lacked the resources to deal with these matters."

Other IEA winners include:
· Workplace TV, launched in 2008, uses video share knowledge about the evolution of work, the workplace and business leadership with people across the globe. Workplace TV records notable conference performances, interviews and programs globally, then edits and stores all content through an easy to view web portal. They are a winner of the Industry Excellence Award (IEA).
· Johnson Controls who created the Global Workplace Knowledge Center (GWK), which captures, reports and quickly analyzes data to support better decision-making resulting in improved consistency and process improvement.
· MyWork® at Bank of America provides business solutions to promote where and how associates are most productive.

All of the IEA winners will go on to compete for a Global Innovator's Award, which will be announced at the Las Vegas Global Summit in November.

Winners were also announced in the Economic Development and Leadership Award (ELDA) category and included:
· The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce who through an innovative public/private partnership leased a former GM plant site to a nearby Air Force Base creating thousands of jobs.
· Faithfull+Gould worked a capital construction program for the City of Greenville, SC that allowed them to finance a $1 billion dollar program avoiding all state restrictions and without costing state residence additional tax
· The Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council partnered with the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Tennessee Valley Authority on a 2,5-year site selection process for a Dow Corning-Hemlock Semiconductor. The phase one investment grew from $1 billion, to an anticipated $2.5 billion investment.

EDLA winners and will also compete for a Global Innovator's Award, which will be announced at the Las Vegas Global Summit in November.

Those accepting IEA are:
· James Pack, Skansen
· Lynne Rieger, Bank of America
· Dan Boutross, Bank of America
· Dawn Caous, Johnson Controls
· Andrew Mawson, Workplace TV

IEA judges include:
· Chris Hood, Hewlett Packard
· David Nelson, Wells Fargo
· Lana Gosnell, Union Bank
· Dino Piccini, DTZ
· Keith Perske, Group 5 Consulting

Those accepting EDLA are:
· James Chavez, Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council
· Robin Roberts Krieger, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
· Claire Melvin, Faithful+Gould

EDLA judges include:
· Donald Vitek, Whirlpool
· Dennis Donovan, DWG Consulting
· Del Boyette, Boyette Levy
· Luigi Sciabarrasi, Symantec
· Mario Hernandez, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

The EDLA sponsor is:
· Biggins, Lacy, Shapiro: Jay Biggins, Executive Managing Director


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