Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announcement
AVON, Ohio – In November 2021, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC opened its new North American headquarters building, a light-filled gem of a structure set on a leafy-green, 56-acre campus in Avon, Ohio, just west of Cleveland. To add to the list of impressive milestone achievements, Bendix has now been awarded LEED Silver certification for the new Avon facility.
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, outlines the fundamental elements for a healthy, high-efficiency, and cost-saving green building. Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability and leadership.
Bendix’s new headquarters – which consists of a main building totaling more than 200,000 square feet and a free-standing, multi-bay commercial vehicle garage – is certified to LEED Silver v4, a newer and even more rigorous set of requirements than earlier versions of LEED Silver. According to LEED data for Ohio, the building is the first in Avon to achieve LEED Silver v4 certification.
SUSTAINABILITY MILESTONES ACHIEVED IN 2021 BY BENDIX
“We’re proud to achieve LEED Silver certification for our headquarters facility,” said Maria Gutierrez, Bendix director of corporate responsibility and sustainability. “This building is not only beautiful to look at and a wonderful, inviting place to work. It’s also a reflection of Bendix’s long-standing sustainability strategy, supporting our goal to be a partner with our planet by reducing energy consumption; diverting waste from landfill; and increasing our use of green, renewable energy.”
Bendix has long made LEED principles a part of its company philosophy, with investments in everything from energy-efficient upgrades to recycling programs at its facilities across North America. The company’s facilities and HSE (health, safety, and environment) teams worked together closely on its targeted LEED certification effort in Avon.
“In keeping with this LEED commitment, before a single line was drawn or shovelful of dirt turned for the new headquarters, Bendix invested in LEED and made it a core part of the building program,” said Jim Wischmeier, Bendix facilities and maintenance manager, who worked with project champions in senior leadership and helped choreograph the LEED process. “LEED considerations were critical in all decisions, including making LEED expertise part of the criteria in choosing partners for the project.”
Wischmeier continued, “Our headquarters is the culmination of an enormous amount of intentional thought and effort that started from day one of the pre-planning and conception and continued through every step of design and construction. The LEED framework will also help ensure the building maintains its performance into the future as well. What we have is a transformative facility that works better for the environment, and just as important, for the men and women who walk through its doors every day.”
Both Gutierrez and Wischmeier are accredited LEED Green Associates, further demonstrating the company’s commitment to LEED principles.
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