ABM Industries, Inc. : ABM Installs Multiple EV Charging Stations at USAA Properties
05/08/2012| 12:35pm US/Eastern
Effort is Latest Example of USAA Real Estate Company and ABM
Leadership in Delivering Cost-Effective Sustainability and Energy
Partnering with long-time client USAA Real Estate Company (USAA), ABM
(NYSE:ABM), a leading provider of integrated facility solutions,
recently installed 17 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across
three USAA owned and operated facilities - including a property in
Arlington, Virginia, designated as LEED® Platinum by the U.S. Green
Building Council (USGBC). The other properties are located in
Sacramento, California, and Tampa, Florida.
ABM's early involvement in the EV infrastructure market helped them
secure a grant for USAA from the U.S. Department of Energy.
"USAA was quick to see the benefits of the program and partnered with
ABM to bring in state-of-the-art EV charging equipment. Electric
Vehicles will play an increasingly important role by reducing the
country's dependence on foreign oil while emitting few to zero emissions
while driving," said Ken Sapp, Vice President, ABM Energy.
The EV charging stations at all three sites are part of the ChargePoint®
Network. They are fully operational and open to drivers of plug-in
electric vehicles. Through use of the ChargePoint® Network, a variety of smart
phone applications and in-car navigation systems, EV drivers can see
the location, status and price of each charging station and get
turn-by-turn navigation assistance to the site. Once there, they can get
SMS or email alerts when their car is fully charged or if there is a
charging interruption. Trip tools can show drivers charging stations
along their route and can track greenhouse gas and gasoline savings.
"Building out the country's EV charging infrastructure is an important
part of achieving energy independence, as it helps to drive EV adoption
and ensures that drivers of these vehicles have a positive, convenient
experience," said USAA's Brenna Walraven. "With this installation of 17
new state-of-the-art EV stations, we were delighted to continue our
close work with ABM in helping to drive sustainability, which benefits
the environment generally and specifically provides important benefit to
our tenants and the communities our properties serve."
Speaking to ABM's long relationship with a vital partner in driving
sustainability, Mike Latham, President of ABM Facility Services, said:
"We congratulate USAA Real Estate Company on its continued commitment to
industry-leading innovation and to our shared environment. ABM is
extremely proud of our strategic partnership and we look forward to
working with USAA to continue setting the sustainability standard in the
commercial office market."
A Shared Commitment to Sustainability and a Healthier Environment
USAA and ABM are both known for focus and execution on operational
excellence and industry-leading sustainability solutions.
USAA has received the "Energy Star Partner of the Year" award ten
consecutive years and has achieved U.S. Green Building Council's LEED
designations in 72% of their office portfolio. Notably, among these was
the world's first facility to achieve USGBC LEED Platinum EBOM status:
the Federal Bureau of Investigation regional headquarters building in
Chicago. Since that time USAA has earned five more Platinum designations
around the country.
ABM is an industry leader in providing solutions for a greener and
healthier environment for its clients, including leading edge
technologies such as Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Through its ABM
Green Care™ program, launched in 2006, ABM currently delivers green
cleaning services to more than 300 million square feet of client space
that is LEED certified or registered by the USGBC. ABM continually
strives to identify and bring to market industry leading technologies
for its clients. ABM is also an active participant and supporter of the
Energy Star program, sponsored jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy
and the Environmental Protection Agency. The company also provides
comprehensive energy solutions that reduce clients' energy consumption,
lower operating costs and deliver guaranteed savings.
ABM (NYSE:ABM) is a leading provider of integrated facility solutions.
Thousands of commercial, industrial, government and retail clients
outsource their non-core functions to ABM for consistent quality service
that meets their specialized facility needs. ABM's comprehensive
capabilities include expansive facility services, energy solutions,
commercial cleaning, maintenance and repair, HVAC, electrical,
landscaping, parking and security, provided through stand-alone or
integrated solutions. With more than $4 billion in revenues and 100,000
employees deployed throughout the United States and various
international locations, ABM delivers custom facility solutions to meet
the unique client requirements of multiple industries -- ranging from
healthcare, government and education to high-tech, aviation and
manufacturing. ABM leverages its breadth of services, deep industry
expertise and technology-enabled workforce to preserve and build value
for clients' physical assets. ABM Industries Incorporated, which
operates through its subsidiaries, was founded in 1909. For more
information, visit www.abm.com.
Tony Mitchell, 212-297-9828
David Farwell, 212-297-9792
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