Cold Spring Granite Awarded LEED Gold Green Building Certification
April 28, 2009
COLD SPRING, MN - Cold Spring Granite, a leading quarrier and fabricator of natural stone in North America, has announced that its new 22,500-square-foot corporate headquarters received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient and high-performing buildings.
“As a leader in our industry, Cold Spring Granite is always committed to going beyond the standard, just as we did in deciding to pursue LEED Gold certification,” said John Mattke, President and Chief Operating Officer, Cold Spring Granite. “LEED certification goes hand-in-hand with our mission of being a strong corporate citizen, providing a good place to work and being a good steward of our environmental resources.”
Cold Spring Granite’s new headquarters was designed by Miller Architects & Builders of St. Cloud, MN, with extensive input from Cold Spring Granite employee teams. Constructing the new headquarters, located in Cold Spring, MN, at 17482 Granite West Road, is the final phase of Cold Spring Granite’s consolidation plan to move from its downtown location to the West Campus in Cold Spring in order to increase productivity and make for a more efficient and integrated operation. Prior to the new headquarters, divisions were located in separate buildings. The new building has 31% less square footage than the old building, while accommodating the same number of employees.
Key to LEED certification for the Cold Spring Granite headquarters was the use of regional material as all stone for the building was extracted from Cold Spring Granite’s own quarries within 250 miles of the project site. The use of regional materials exceeded 46%, and Cold Spring Granite received an innovation point for exemplary performance. The building incorporates the following Cold Spring Granite materials: Carnelian Diamond 100 finish as the main cladding, split limestone sills and medallions between the main window sections and polished Rainbow as the accent band.
“Cold Spring Granites’ LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Cold Spring Granite’s new headquarters serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”