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.