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LEED-CI Silver For Kimball Office Headquarters

LEED-CI Silver For Kimball Office Headquarters

The furniture company recently completed its 41,160 square foot corporate headquarters in Jasper, IN. The space, designed by Gensler, brings the Kimball Office team together in one central location within Kimball International’s main site in Jasper. (Kimball Office is a business unit of Kimball International.) “Creating sustainable facilities anchors our design criteria, as it does for many of our clients,” said Mona Hoffman, vice president of marketing at Kimball Office. “Using the LEED-CI guidelines helped us improve the environmental performance of our corporate offices and gave us an effective model for demonstrating green strategies and solutions to commonly experienced renovation problems.” Several notable details qualified the space for LEED-CI Silver from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). These included: Diverting more than 80% of on-site construction waste from landfills Specifying locally manufactured, recycled, and rapidly renewable materials Using green housekeeping products Sharing the project as part of an educational program to give clients insight to sustainable building design and environmentally friendly products Other sustainable strategies involved: Making daylight and window views available to more than 90% of occupants Providing centrally located recycling collection areas Minimizing or eliminating volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in materials specified for paints, adhesives, carpets, and composite wood materials Retrofitting plumbing fixtures to increase water efficiency Employing multiple measures to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality Kimball Office is a member of the USGBC and operates several LEED-certified facilities, including its New York, Chicago, and Jasper showrooms. The company’s San Francisco and Atlanta showrooms are applicants for LEED certification.





FRIDAY FUNNY: Paging Dr. Hello Kitty!

FRIDAY FUNNY: Paging Dr. Hello Kitty!

Visitors view newborns in the Hello Kitty-designed maternity ward, at the Hau Sheng hospital. (AP Photo Credit/Wally Santana) Back in 2006, Hau Sheng Hospital in Yuanlin, located 95 miles outside of Taipei, latched on to the benevolent cartoon symbol associated with all things cute, pink, and cuddly—Hello Kitty. Visitors of the hospital’s maternity ward (which has now delivered about 2,000 babies since its adoption of the Hello Kitty theme) are inundated with images of the cheery, mouthless anime icon, which is appearing exclusively on everything from nurse’s uniforms to blankets to room decor to birth certificates. Emily Co of Kaboodle writes, The Hau Sheng clinic was built in 2006 with a capacity of 30 beds, and its Kitty theme has been officially approved by Sanrio Co., Ltd. Hospital director Tsai Tsung-chi told Reuters his reasoning behind this madness: “I wish that everyone who comes here, mothers who suffer while giving birth and children who suffer from an illness, can get medical care while seeing these kitties and bring a smile to their faces, helping forget about discomfort and recover faster.” The brainchild of Hospital Owner Tsai Tsung-ji, the Hello Kitty theme was actually the suggestion of his family—specifically his wife, mother and daughter—under the pretense the ominpresent symbol would be a calming influence on patients. “When new moms feel anxious and lost about how to deal with their new babies, Hello Kitty can make them more relaxed and reduce their sense of discomfort while giving birth,” said Tsai. (Source: Debby Wu, Associated Press.) Among the first mothers to give birth in the Hello Kitty themed hospital was Chen Shing-chiu, 38, mother of a newborn baby boy. “Unlike traditional hospitals that are mostly white, I feel this one is pretty good,” she said. “I like Hello Kitty very much myself.” The Hello Kitty brand celebrated its 34th birthday this year and still retains a healthy fan base both in its native Japan and abroad, mainly made up of young females who consider her the epitome of cuteness. Earlier this year the cartoon character even graced the cover of Japanese Vogue. (Source: Junior’s Book) [Reuters Photo Credit/Christine Lu.] The Hau Sheng hospital claims to be one of a kind in terms of its “therapeutic” feline decor, but considering the popularity of Hello Kitty, it’s only a matter of time before that status will change.


Wright Line Products GREENGUARD Certified

Wright Line Products GREENGUARD Certified

Wright Line, a manufacturer of enclosures and airflow management systems for data centers, as well as command and control consoles and other furniture for technology-intensive work applications, has announced that a number of its products have been certified to meet the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) standards for products from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI). Through this designation, Wright Line is giving its customers the ability to create healthier environments while bringing them closer to achieving Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) points. Wright Line’s Compass™, LINX®, LMS™, Optimedia®, Profile®, TechBench™ and TechCart™ product lines now hold the GREENGUARD Certification. The process to attain the third-party GREENGUARD Certification stamp of approval requires rigorous testing to determine if the individual components that make up the final products consist of low-emitting materials. (Shown here is the Profile® Advanced Console System.) “Green has become a key in product selection and we are thrilled to have attained this designation from the GEI. As we work with business owners, as well as specifying members of the architect, design and engineering communities, on new construction projects we will certainly tout this important certification,” stated Wright Line CEO, Ed Bednarcik. The 75 year old company is headquartered in Worcester, MA. Said Dr. Marilyn Black, Founder of GEI, “The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute applauds Wright Line on its commitment to furthering our mission of improving indoor air quality. When certified Wright Line products are integrated into any facility, building owners can be assured that the products they are purchasing are healthy for their indoor environments.” For a complete listing of certified Wright Line models, view the GREENGUARD Online Product Guide and search for Wright Line. Each product is linked to a printable certificate that verifies GREENGUARD Certification, which is approved by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for LEED project submission.