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Novi, Mich. — March 6, 2023 — Cunningham-Limp, a diversified commercial real estate firm that specializes in development, design and construction management, is excited to announce that Project Manager Jacob Gardner has been named a Sustainability VIP 2023 by the national trade publication, Construction Business Owner (CBO) Magazine.  Selected from a group of peer-submitted nominations, CBO highlighted three industry professionals in its March issue who have developed or supported initiatives within their companies to advance sustainable methods of building, as well as other areas of sustainability.

Gardner was recognized for his ongoing management of a sprawling 10-acre, six-building project at 35917 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills, for Japan Solderless Terminals (JST). The JST project is not only celebrated for being the most holistically sustainable project ever seen in Michigan, but also for advancing a revolutionary approach to sustainability in design and construction on a global scale.

The chief elements of the JST development project portray the idea of harmony: between people and the ecosystem; Japanese and American cultures; and the preservation of nature in a built environment. All materials used throughout the project are being naturally sourced—in striking contrast to traditional construction methods and materials. No drywall, paint, structured steel, catch basins, storm pipes, carpet, or any other synthetic materials will be used.  Also critical to the project has been the preservation of the forested land, the ecosystem, and the animals indigenous to the site, with the ultimate goal of optimal coexistence with humans and nature.

“We are thrilled that Jake is being recognized for his diligence to sustainability, and this dedication to our JST project certainly merits distinguished status,” Cunningham-Limp President Samuel J. Ashley Jr., LEED AP, said. “His project management and industry expertise are helping bring to life a commercial project that is unequaled to any in Michigan, harnessing a sustainable methodology that will have a positive impact on the community for years to come.”

To select its Sustainability VIP honorees, Construction Business Owner evaluated industry nominees based on how they drive the transformation of both local and global business operations in a variety of sustainable efforts, including:

  • Industry and infrastructure
  • Clean energy, water and sanitation
  • Recycling and responsible consumption and production
  • Protection of climate, wildlife and waterways
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Green building and LEED efforts
  • Humanitarian efforts (poverty, hunger, equality, health, wellness, education, employment)

The JST project began development in 2019 after years of detailed planning. The first completed building, the Test Lab, is slated to open in the fall of 2023. Full project completion, which includes approximately 79,000 square feet of building space, is anticipated in 2025. A detailed description of the JST project can be viewed here. Aerial photos can be viewed here, and a video of the project is available here.

Gardner holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction Management from Eastern Michigan University and is a resident of Pinckney.

About Cunningham-Limp
Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Cunningham-Limp is a full-service construction management organization focused on building better communities. Led by a team of engineers, construction professionals, real estate experts and financial advisors, Cunningham-Limp delivers solutions by actively managing projects from concept through completion. Learn more at our website.