Environmental Protection

Schindler Elevator Corporation Receives Annual Merit Award

Schindler Elevator Corporation has received a Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture from AIA New Jersey.

Schindler Elevator Corporation has been awarded the 2012 Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for the energy efficient and sustainable renovations at its North American headquarters in 2011 from AIA New Jersey.

This is the third honor the Schindler Morristown renovation has received. Previously, it was recognized with a 2012 Alternate Energy First Place Award for the solar installation project from BOMA-NJ and it also received the America's Best Building of the Year (ABBY) Award from Buildings magazine.

The renovation of Schindler's 43 year-old headquarters is a result of its commitment to environmental stewardship and its multi-million dollar investment in sustainable technologies. Schindler purchased the building in 2009, and since the building hadn't been updated in over 12 years, a major renovation project was necessary to improve its overall efficiency.

Aside from utilizing Schindler's own highly efficient technologies such as the 9300 AE escalator with ECOLINE and the Schindler 3300 machine room less elevator, the Schindler headquarters upgrade was designed by Joseph Tattoni, AIA, of ikon.5 architects with energy efficiency and productivity in mind.

Energy efficient innovations featured in the renovation include a brand new 21,000 square foot solar array, 475 energy-efficient, insulating dual-pane windows featuring low-E coatings, new internal and external lighting, fifteen thousand square feet of "cradle-to-cradle" carpet tiles that are essentially waste-free, and dual flush, metered plumbing fixtures in the newly renovated restrooms to reduce water consumption and a cafeteria renovation including new ozone-friendly refrigerator models that are free of CFC (chlorofluorocarbon) gases.

"Sustainability has always been a driving force behind everything we do for our customers," says Jakob Zueger, CEO, Schindler Americas. "As building owners ourselves, we understand that in order to adopt a truly sustainable approach, we need to show our commitment to that sustainable vision right here in our own facilities."

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