BURNSVILLE, Minnesota (11/6/2017) – Uponor, Inc. and PCL
Construction are pleased to announce that the North American Uponor
Headquarters Annex manufacturing building has achieved Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED), Gold certification through the United States Green
Building Council Minnesota (USGBC). The new 90,000-square-foot building supports
the lean manufacturing operations for Uponor’s PEX plumbing, fire safety,
hydronic piping, radiant heating and cooling, and pre-insulated piping systems.
To receive LEED
certification, project teams must follow strict guidelines across a wide
variety of sustainable design and construction
practices. During the design-to-construction process, PCL and Uponor focused
on incorporating sustainability aspects into site development, water
efficiency, energy efficiency, materials and indoor environmental quality for
elements of the completed building include the installation of a solar array,
use of a white roof system designed to reduce heat absorption and cooling
requirements, all LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, environmentally
integrated landscaping, and a high-efficiency irrigation system that utilizes
collected rainwater when available. Collected rainwater is also filtered and
used for plumbing fixture flushing. These efforts, in addition to other water-management
techniques, combined to achieve 56 percent reduction in water usage and 25
percent reduction in energy usage compared to similar buildings using more conventional
fixtures and technologies.
Alternative transportation accommodations provide dedicated parking
for employees who carpool or drive energy-efficient vehicles. Amenities such as bicycle storage racks,
shower and changing rooms, and a locker room are available for employees who
choose to ride their bikes to work.
“The end-to-end process of designing and constructing a
building to achieve LEED standards and certification requires a LEED-knowledgeable
team and a joint effort and commitment throughout the project,” says Dan
Hughes, director, Real Estate and EHS, Uponor North America. “PCL Construction
was an ideal partner for this project and its LEED-certification goal. They
delivered an excellent finished product that allowed Uponor to achieve LEED
This is the fifth major expansion PCL has completed for Uponor.
Currently, PCL is working on a 58,000-square-foot addition to this recently
completed Annex project. That addition, which is being constructed to the same
LEED Gold standards, is expected to complete in December 2017.
Uponor, Inc. is an award-winning provider of plumbing, fire safety,
radiant heating/cooling, hydronic piping and pre-insulated piping systems for
residential and commercial applications. In 2016, Uponor partnered with Belkin
International to form Phyn, a new
intelligent water company to revolutionize the way consumers interact with
water and help solve major challenges facing the global water supply.
Recognized for best-in-class manufacturing, sustainability, energy efficiency,
safety, business growth, economic development, workplace giving and a top
workplace, Uponor employs more than 3,900 worldwide. uponor-usa.com
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries
out work across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and in Australia.
These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and
buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together,
these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $6 billion,
making PCL one of the largest contracting organizations in North America. Watch
us build at PCL.com.
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