Wausau's Manufacturing Center Earns LEED-Silver Certification
August 27, 2009
Wausau, Wis.-based Wausau Window and Wall Systems has announced
that its new manufacturing center has been awarded LEED® Silver,
established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the
Green Building Certification Institute.
The company's 370,000-square-foot manufacturing center and office
building completed construction in September 2008. CLICK
HERE to read more about the facility.
"In the design process, it was extremely important to include
staff input to achieve the overall goal of increasing productivity,
eliminating redundancies and improving safety within a satisfying
work environment. Our goal was to transcend the typical manufacturing
facility stigma and create a campus feel that reflected both the
advanced technology of the manufactured products within and the
sustainable philosophies of this progressive client," says
Larry LePage, AIA, of Somerville Inc. Architects and Engineers.
"Thanks to the LEED innovations, we were able to set the facility
on the site without disturbing the woods or natural wetlands. We
are proud of the final outcome, as the design fulfilled all programmatic
goals, staying within budget without sacrificing aesthetics or the
important goal of becoming an earth-conscious, LEED-certified facility."
According to USGBC, newly constructed buildings rated LEED-Silver
have demonstrated 32 percent energy savings compared to national
averages. Green and LEED-rated buildings also have shown reductions
in carbon emissions by 35 percent, water use by 50 percent, and
construction waste by 50 percent. Multiple studies have documented
measurable benefits for improved daylighting, natural ventilation
and indoor air quality in buildings including reduced illness and
absenteeism, and productivity of gains of up to 16 percent.
"Building owners, architects and contractors are looking more
closely at the manufacturing practices and facilities that produce
the materials contributing to their projects' performance, durability
and other green attributes. Increasingly, they are seeking manufacturers
who walk the walk," says Rick Marshall, president. "We
continually review our operations for opportunities to increase
efficiency, reduce waste and expand upon our existing, green business
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