Konami Gaming, Inc., a global leader in casino gaming and systems, was awarded the 2016 NAIOP Southern Nevada Spotlight Award for Sustainable/Green Building for the recently-completed expansion of its Las Vegas headquarters. This honor annually recognizes the regional commercial building project that exemplifies sustainable principles as a driving force behind development.
Konami’s expanded facility more than doubled its original 160,000-square-foot building with full Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification and became one of the state’s largest facilities to achieve complete geothermal heating and cooling.
“Our new headquarters has been designed and delivered with environmentally-friendly and energy saving considerations in every aspect,” said Tom Jingoli, chief administration officer and senior vice president at Konami Gaming, Inc. “Konami has always been very conscious of the environment and so it was a natural fit for us to expand our facility with a goal of obtaining LEED certification. We felt this was an important investment to demonstrate our commitment to being good corporate citizens.”
A myriad of environmental initiatives were introduced in addition to the geothermal system—subterranean parking, LED lighting, and completely new roofing, flooring, paint, and furniture—all contributing to LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and this year’s recognition from NAIOP’s Southern Nevada Chapter.
Additional examples of Konami’s green initiatives include:
- Utilizes common parts across platforms during manufacturing, which enables efficient design and eliminates redundant parts in inventory.
- The company’s K2V platform products are 100 percent Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive (RoHS) compliant and Konami has committed to ensuring all future products will be 100 percent RoHS compliant as well.
- Limited products’ power consumption by shifting light sources from fluorescent lamps to LED, which improves efficiency and extends component light.
- Minimized power consumption through the use of timers installed inside and outside the building that automatically cut power after business hours, and on weekends and holidays.
- Recycles logistical and packaging material, and donates reusable material to charity. The company recently donated used office furniture to New Horizons Academy, a local school for children with learning differences.
- Hired KPMG to conduct a “Green Practices Review and Feasibility Analysis”, which will identify areas in which the company can further improve its eco-friendly practices, including reducing waste, lowering environmental impact, improving indoor air quality and creating an overall more sustainable working environment.