A new state-of-the-art elevator manufacturing facility in Hanover, Pennsylvania has earned North America’s first LEED Gold green building certification for an elevator manufacturing plant. The plant, celebrating its grand opening today, is one of two Schindler Elevator manufacturing facilities located in the U.S. The other is in Clinton, North Carolina.
The 150,000 square-foot Hanover facility will provide support for the North American market and will focus on producing customer-facing components such as doors, entrances, jambs and elevator cab interiors. The plant also includes the company’s Order Consolidation Center (OCC), an order fulfillment warehouse which help Schindler achieve lead times that are among the shortest in the industry for customer delivery.
“We are very excited to be opening this new factory in South Central Pennsylvania where we have had a manufacturing presence for many years,” said Jakob Zueger, CEO, Schindler Americas. “We help our customers achieve their green building and sustainability goals in projects around the world every day, but this facility is another example of how Schindler is truly embracing sustainability in our own business as well.”
The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
Schindler’s Hanover facility achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The Hanover facility serves as a model for future Schindler production facilities around the globe. Some of the facilities innovations include a 665 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array that generates half of the building’s total annual power consumption, a “zero discharge” water system to treat and reuse industrial waste water, and electric car charging stations for employees.
“The strength of USGBC has always been the collective strength of our leaders in the building industry,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Schindler demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of this new Hanover manufacturing facility.”