S&B USA Provides Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions Across the Country
by Mark Soroka
April 1, 2022
When it comes to sustainability, S&B USA has long been ahead of the curve. S&B USA is on the leading edge of finding ways to solve complex infrastructure challenges while safeguarding the environment.
“Sustainable infrastructure is engrained in our company’s DNA,” said Grant Ervin, Director of Environmental, Social, Governance and Innovation. “From beginning to end, we put an emphasis on building roads, bridges, ports, waterways and energy systems that not only deliver nuts-and-bolts infrastructure solutions, but also provide economic, social, and environmental benefits to the communities we serve. Sustainability is becoming even more important as we find ourselves dealing with a wider range of climate and social challenges our clients are asking us to help solve.”
S&B USA, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is part of Shikun & Binui Ltd.’s global family of companies, whose vision is to “be a leading business group which creates a sustainable environment both in Israel and worldwide, for us and for generations to come.”
S&B USA has managed some of the most innovative infrastructure projects taking place across the country. In North Dakota, S&B USA has teamed with the US Army Corps of Engineers to design, construct and manage a 30-mile diversion channel that will protect the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo metro area from extreme flooding.
“This project is one of the largest climate resilience initiatives in the country,” Ervin noted. “It could provide a template for many other communities that are facing similar challenges like extreme flooding resulting from water-related climate risks.”
Additionally, S&B USA Energy currently owns 468 MW of renewable assets in Texas and California. The portfolio includes two operating solar plants of 108 MW in the Mohave desert in California, one 260 MW solar plant under construction near Houston, Texas, and one operating standalone 100 MW / 400 MWh battery storage facility in the Los Angeles area. These systems will provide power with low-carbon, green energy for years to come.
Close to home, S&B USA Construction was part of an initiative to create a $32 million, three-acre park that is reconnecting the lower Hill District with downtown Pittsburgh. Frankie Pace Park, named after a beloved community activist from the Hill District, features a roadway-covering green public space with pedestrian pathways, bike routes and rain gardens. This park was specially designed to help alleviate flooding and improve stormwater management for the City of Pittsburgh, while also providing safer pedestrian access between downtown Pittsburgh and the Hill District.
“We are especially proud to be involved with this project because it reconnects communities that were separated when the Crosstown Boulevard portion of I-579 was constructed in the 1950s,” said Katie Spear, Vice President of Marketing at S&B USA Construction. “It is a perfect example of how you can leverage a sustainable infrastructure project to help heal social wounds while protecting our environment.”
The Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania recently awarded its prestigious Sustainability Award to S&B USA Construction for its role in constructing Frankie Pace Park.
As it looks to the future, S&B USA hopes to continue delivering sustainable solutions to other communities that are concerned about climate and ecological risks related to infrastructure.
“All of us working together can help to mitigate these risks and make the world a better place to live,” said Ervin.
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