Proud to announce our headquarters received LEED Certification under the LEED v3 Commercial Interiors Rating System. The credits targeted for certification support the use of sustainable practices in sourcing materials, provide a healthy indoor environment for occupants, boost energy efficiency and benefit the community at large.
Our headquarters, located in Centerpointe Corporate Park in Williamsville, NY, was an adaptive reuse project that gutted the entire second floor of an existing facility. Being Stewards of the Environment is part of Wendel’s mission and undertaking the LEED process helped guide the design of a healthy, energy efficient space.
“Deciding to leverage existing building stock for our corporate headquarters was a very sustainable decision. We are thrilled to have our project receive certification under LEED for Commercial Interiors as well further validating our efforts to be Environmental Stewards,” said Stewart Haney, President and CEO of Wendel.
Targeting LEED certification aligns with Wendel’s sustainability plan as well as our commitment to the Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable. A few of the strategies taken to achieve certification include:
- Employed water efficiency strategies that use 20% less water than baseline building
- Over 60% construction debris diverted from the landfill
- Engaged in a two year contract to purchase over 565,000kWh of Green e-certified renewable energy (mix of wind, solar, biomass)
- Innovative digital lighting management system including daylight harvesting, vacancy sensors and dimming options
- New LED lighting throughout
- Reuse of furniture and fixtures
- Use of regionally sourced materials and materials with high recycled content
- Purchase of company bicycles for employees to promote health and wellness
- Low and no-VOC finishes
- Modification and reuse of existing heat pump system and equipment
- Enhanced commissioning of systems
Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation oversaw the construction process for Wendel. “From the project’s inception, Wendel and Ciminelli were both committed to creating a facility that would be environmentally friendly and efficient to operate,” said Paul F. Ciminelli, Ciminelli’s President and CEO. “Throughout the design and construction process, we followed the aggressive set of standards established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This was a textbook example of how to do it right.”