Promega is committed to environmental stewardship and aims to integrate the principles of sustainability across all aspects of our business, including when investing in the future. Our Global Facilities Planning Team emphasizes designing and building highly efficient facilities that are durable, flexible and timeless that will serve for many decades. Because environmental sustainability is a core focus for designing and building our facilities, we are able to incorporate cutting edge approaches to resource conservation for our new buildings. In 2018 we continued to design and build several new facilities with aggressive sustainability goals and strategies.
Promega Germany (GmbH) is constructing our largest European facility and is now past the halfway mark. When complete, this 14,000 m 2 (150,000 ft 2) facility will house our largest overseas branch, the European Distribution Center (Euro Hub) and Terso Europe. This facility should be completed by the end of 2019.
Advanced energy features include active slab heating and cooling, nighttime mass cooling, geothermal energy wells and advanced heat recovery. These techniques will exceed compliance with the strenuous energy performance and green building standards of the German building code. Additional features include a green roof with integrated photovoltaic, combined mechanical ventilation and operable windows, and advanced daylight design. This commitment to sustainability also means a responsibility for a quality of experience inside and outside the facility.
Construction of the new
Promega UK facility was launched in 2018. The building will be a 1,700 m 2 (18,000ft 2) structure to support our sales, logistics and customer support staff. This project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. During design, we developed a sustainability decision matrix for the UK facility that has now been applied to all new or substantially remodeled Promega facilities worldwide. This site will substantially exceed UK code requirements by meeting British green building (BREEAM ‘Excellent’) requirements for energy, carbon emissions and water conservation. Outstanding features include a green roof, combined mechanical ventilation and operable windows, a landscape that substantially improves the ecological value of the site, and using environmentally certified materials. Employee health and well-being, ecology and landscaping, and active community engagement were all factored into the Promega UK facility.
Our new 26,600m
2 (287,000 ft 2) Madison Research and Development Center is now under construction. This facility will combine all Madison, Wisconsin-based research and development (R&D) in one highly collaborative and stimulating space. The new R&D center is our first double-envelope building in Madison with two exterior walls to enhance comfort, energy performance and maximize solar use. The walls in desk areas will also provide generous daylight and operable windows for natural ventilation. This will be our fourth major building featuring a timber structure that reduces the embedded carbon footprint and provides a unique environment indoors. Mass cooling and displacement ventilation systems will provide energy efficient cooling. An integrated district energy system will efficiently heat and cool three Promega buildings from a single central plant. Fed by geothermal wells, our new facility is projected to use 60% less energy per square foot than the existing R&D Center. This facility will be topped with a green roof, incorporating photovoltaics while a rainwater capture system will substantially reduce municipal water demand. The expanded parking garage will also significantly increase the capacity for electric vehicle charging. In addition, we have targeted ambitious waste reduction in both construction and operation. The Madison R&D Center is expected to open in late 2020.
Construction will begin in spring 2019 on our
Component Manufacturing Center that will complement existing manufacturing capacities in Madison and California. This facility is expected to be approximately 14,600m 2 (158,000 ft 2) and will provide large-scale component manufacturing capacity and substantial expansion space for newly developed product manufacturing lines. Environmental sustainability and employee wellbeing are key areas of focus for the design of this facility. The Component Manufacturing Center is expected to open in mid-2021.