Press Release
May 28, 2009

Graniterock Proud to Welcome New LEED® AP

Company Recognizes Professional Achievement in Sustainability

Greg Wilkinson 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 United States Green Building Council. Passing this test takes roughly 80–100 hours of intense preparation, along with an extremely detailed knowledge of the material.

“As a Team, we continually strive to meet the needs of our customers. Greg”s newly achieved expertise allows him and the entire Graniterock Team to better help our customers meet requirements and make informed decisions about green materials so that they can compete and win in an evolving market. Greg has demonstrated his commitment to meeting customer needs in an exceptional way for many years and this is another example of that professional leadership,” said Mike Cook, Director of Quality Services.

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, Greg smiled and told us exactly why such a certification is valuable to him and Research Technical Services:

“LEED training is a high priority in our department. Customers are increasingly interested in green building, and we must be able to meet their needs by possessing a state-of-the-art level of expertise. I think that the rating system created by the USGBC is a great tool for managing the synergies of building systems to maximize building energy and environmental performance. Graniterock offers many products and services that will fit the LEED ratings system, and Research Technical Services will be right there to provide customer support,” said Greg as he reflected on his accomplishment.

Greg has a degree from The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and is noted as a Letters and Science Degree. He has seventeen years of experience in research and development and quality control. Greg is spearheading a very complex multi-stage project at the A.R. Wilson Quarry to further reduce product variability by using real-time digital images that measure the gradation of a product and then time-link that information to key components of the manufacturing process that are sources of the variability. This information will be used by plant operators to make adjustments to the process that will make products that are already excellent even more consistent.

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:
Greg Wilkinson, 831.768.2393
Keith Severson, 831.768.2063
Graniterock, 888.ROCK.100