Feb. 5, 2010
A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held for a new state-of-the-art WAXIE Sanitary Supply facility in Mesa, Ariz. in late January 2010. Layton Construction completed the 101,000-square-foot distribution and repair center. The facility has brought roughly 80 new jobs to the Falcon Field area in Arizona.
Crews broke ground on the building in January 2009. WAXIE wanted the facility to be built as eco-friendly as possible to represent the company's commitment to providing sustainable products, and the project team stepped up to the challenge--the facility is currently in the process of qualifying for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council. Solar, water and energy-efficient features are found throughout the building, including:
- Energy-efficient window glazing that provides natural light but reduces solar heat gain
- Bicycle storage, showers and changing rooms for staff/customers who use alternative transportation
- Preferred parking to those driving low-emission vehicles
- Matting made of recycled materials
- Energy-efficient motion sensors on all lights
- Reflective surfaces to reduce heat transfer
- Water-efficient and drought-tolerant landscaping
- The maximization of natural outdoor light to light the interior of the facility
- Internal recycling
- Green cleaning programs
This is the second facility Layton has completed for WAXIE in recent months. Layton built a new 87,000-square-foot building for the company in Salt Lake City, Utah that opened in September 2009 and is more than double the size of the old facility the company had been using. The Salt Lake facility is also in the process of qualifying for a LEED Silver certification. The new, modern facility was built with sustainability in mind. The building's design provides for a low impact on the environment and enhances the working environment for employees.
The two WAXIE facilities join Layton's long list of projects that are LEED certified or seeking certification--Layton currently has nearly a dozen projects pursuing LEED certifications and has certified three of its projects in the past, including the first LEED certified building in the state of Utah with the Utah Olympic Oval. According to The Arizona Republic, the new facility in Mesa is the first business to pursue a LEED Silver certification in east Mesa.
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