Press Release
April 13, 2009

Graniterock Proud to Welcome New LEED® AP

Company Recognizes Professional Achievement in Sustainability

Sheree Schoenherr recently passed the arduous exam and is now pleased to be recognized as a LEED® Accredited Professional. LEED® AP stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, a certification offered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Passing this test takes roughly 80–100 hours of intense preparation, along with an extremely detailed knowledge of the material.

“With only a 20%–35% first time pass-rate, we are all proud of Sheree’s accomplishment. It will be a great addition to our team for us to have a LEED Accredited Professional working with us,” said Rodney Jenny, Division Manager of Graniterock’s Pavex Construction Division.

The exam consists of 80 randomly selected multiple choice questions on computer format, and those diligent enough to pass are recognized as experts in sustainable design and construction. When asked why anyone would want to endure such a time consuming and exhaustive undertaking, Sheree smiled and told us exactly why such a certification is valuable to her and Pavex:

“We are noticing that many of our clients are soliciting bids for projects with LEED® Certification goals and that many of their own employees are LEED® Accredited Professionals. This movement toward “Green Building” is gaining momentum and who better than Graniterock/Pavex team members, with their wide range of construction and product knowledge, to assist those clients with their LEED® goals. Becoming a LEED® AP provides us with a unique opportunity to work more closely with our clients and build stronger relationships based on mutual goals and a solid understanding of the current market.”

Sheree has been in the environmental and construction industry for more than 20 years, working on an array of projects, everything from environmental ground water monitoring to heavy civil construction. She has since found her niche at Graniterock since early 2006, as an estimator for the Pavex Construction Division focusing on private work projects.

Graniterock was founded on Valentine’s Day of 1900, when its first operation, the A.R. Wilson Quarry, was opened in Aromas, and soon became a heavy engineering contractor. Its California Contractor’s License #22 demonstrates how long the Company has been in business. Plant and branch locations include Aromas, Cupertino, Felton, Hollister, Monterey Peninsula, Oakland, Redwood City, Salinas, Santa Cruz, San Jose, and South San Francisco. Graniterock’s Pavex Construction Division operates from area offices in Redwood City, San Jose, Oakland, and Watsonville, and performs large work such as highway or runway expansion projects, as well as commercial and residential projects. The Company’s Corporate Offices have been located in Watsonville since 1900.

For more information, contact:
Sheree Schoenherr, 408.574.1442
Keith Severson, 831.768.2063
Graniterock, 888.ROCK.100