Geo. H. WIlson


Ecology Action: Light Energy Rebate (3rd Phase) - In conjunction with our Green Re/Certification in 2009, 2013 and 2016, we worked closely with Ecology Action RIght LIghts and Associated Bay Area Resources Group to upgrade our lighting with AmBay's Energy Watch Program. The most recent improvements will reduce our electricity requirements further with LED exterior lighting and efficient office florescent tubes combined. Payback costs are projected to be one year.

PV Solar 2015 - Since 2005, we have been interested in installing PV Solar on our building. Structural capacities and re-roofing costs made the project cost prohibitive. In 2015 the City of Santa Cruz hosted a workshop for interested parties. We applied to the assistance program and were selected to receive financial counseling regarding payback etc. Although we did not use the City-sponsored incentive programs we were able to split the project into a structural enhancement with a new roof and a separate PV Solar consisting of ±75 KW system. Our first year electricity costs were reduced by $35,000.00. Our loan will be paid within 5 years and the PV system should pay for itself within 7 years.

Post Climate Leader Certificate - Jo Fleming (CA Green Business) informed us of this opportunity to apply to the Climate Leader based on our work practices. We completed the application and were fortunate to be recognized for our efforts. Click here for Senate Proclamations.

CAL-OSHA Golden Gate Award - In our effort to improve our Safety Program, we consulted with OSHA on a proactive basis. Facility and site inspections lead to implemntation of several procedural improvements and recognition by the award. At the time we had a very high Experience Modification Rate (EMR) due to (3) simultaneous cases of cumulative trauma coinciding with significantly reduced working hours. We have worked hard to average .73 EMR for the past 5 years.

Cool CA Award - Geo. H. Wilson was recognized for implementing climate-smart strategies and announced as a winner of the fifth Cool CA Award. Geo. H. Wilson is a company who has steadily developed, maintained and improved its already sustainable business practices, which will continue to make a difference for decades.

LEEDS Certified - Willie Mecadon and Tom Wilson have earned Green Associate LEED Certification. Click on link to view certificate.

City of Santa Cruz Green Business Re/Certification - Geo. H. Wilson was the first business within the City of Santa Cruz to be recertified with the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program. Certified for 4 years: 2005, 2009, 2013, 2016.

Green Business Quarterly - GHW was featured in the May/June 2010 issue.
Click on link to see article.

Safety Award - GHW recently received the Golden Gate CAL/OSHA Award for recognition of an excellent record of safety in the workplace.

CHP Certificate of Safety - GHW has achieved consistent safety compliance with their fleet of vehicles, as certified by the California Highway Patrol. Click on link to view certificate.

Support for Local Businesses - After the recent incidence of downtown vandalism, GHW stepped up, along with other local businesses, to support the repair of downtown locations that were damaged.

Think Local FIrst - We are a charter member of this organization made up of small businesses within Santa Cruz County.

Redwood Commons, now fully occupied and functioning, is the first of its kind: affordable, fully accessible green housing.

Geo. H. Wilson was part of Barry Swenson Building Construction team that provided the sustainable mechanical components such as:
• Solar Hot Water
• High Efficiency Boiler & Furnace
• Dual Flush Toilets
• Lavatory Trap Primers
• ADA Bathtubs and Roll-in Showers

Our efforts in using these sustainable components qualified the project for the
City of Santa Cruz Green Building Award.

Our commitment to green building is consistent with the goals of the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program and Think Local First as a sustainable means to save water and energy.

solar panels at Redwood Commons
Solar panels at Redwood Commons

solar plate heat exchange
Solar plate heat exchange at
Redwood Commons


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from selected customers


Cabrillo College


Bogard + Kitchell

Lido Lounge & Supper Club

Pamela H. King
Stephen J. Lawton

Green Business Quarterly - May/June 2010

Corten Boxes - In 2008, we first developed a Corten Planter Box System to link a raised deck to a lower level brick patio. We continue to quote, fabricate and install custom projects.
In 2013 and 2014, we worked with Joni Janecki and Associates to design an assembly of 13 planters at a new residential project in Carmel Valley. The seasoned metal provided an excellent contrast to structural and flat concrete to natural wood trim along with the surrounding oak woodlands.
In 2015, we worked again with representatives from Joni Janecki and Associates to provide planters for Plantronics. We fabricated (6) large scale heavy duty boxes suitable for olive trees. The resulting contrast of colors was spectacular. The planters feature 2"x4" structural steel struts for movement by equipment from site to site.

Copper Awnings for Barry Swenson Builders (BSB)- In 2015 BSB added to our Architectural Sheet Metal Contract provisions to fabricate and install ±25 copper awnings at the new Taylor Building in downtown Salinas. We worked closely with BSB architectural and construction representatives Strouss Brothers, Siganture Glass, West Coast Crane and Gabilan Crane to complete the installation.
The two main entrances feature large scale canopies (20'-6" x 6'-10") and (12'-7" x 6'-10"). The balance of the awnings ranged from (7'-6" x 5'-0") and (3'-6" x 23'-5"). The copper patina combined with the design created a successful blend and fit well with the overall scale of the new six story building.

Harbor High School - In 2016 GHW fabricated the sign for the opening of their new Baseball Facility on the Santa Cruz campus.

Sunflower Gardens Housing Project - GHW contributed to this effort in conjunction with Real Goods Solar to complete the thermal solar hot water system at Sunflower Gardens, which is the first LEED Platinum for affordable Homes projects in California. Click on link to see more.


• Armando Martinez retired after 35 years in our maintenance department.

• Corporate treasurer and controller, Tom Akrop, after 35 years of dedicated service.

• Custom sheet metal projects estimator and project manager, Vic Clowser, after 20 years.

• Journeyman sheet metal worker, Emilio Albert, after over 40 years in the Monterey Bay Sheet Metal industry.

• Sheet metal shop foreman, Keith Ceruti, after 30 years.

James E. Wilson celebrated 66 years of service on 6/15/2016.

Chamber of Commerce - For over 90 years GHW has provided support of the Chamber through it’s membership.

• Cabrillo College - Mechanical Services
• Dominican Hospital - Main Campus Chiller
• UCSC - Porter College
• SJSU - Mechanical Services
• Stanford University - Hopkins
Marine Station
• Presidio of Monterey - Barracks B-645, 646, 648
• Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto -
Aquatic Therapy Center
• Naval Post Graduate School -
Building 220, 300
• City of Monterey - HVAC Coils at
Buildings 660, 842
• Staff of Life - Organic Grocery Store, upgrade at new location
• Cal State University at Monterey Bay - Heating Hot Water Connections at Buildings 205 and 206.
Tannery Arts Center - Low income housing and performing arts center



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