Grundfos' North American Headquarters
LOCATION: 2001 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove, Ill., 20 miles west of Chicago
HISTORY: Grundfos will establish its North American headquarters in Downers Grove, a western suburb of Chicago, in spring 2013. The company chose the Chicago area not only for its proximity to the vibrant manufacturing sector around the Great Lakes, but also for its open political climate that promotes advancements in water and energy infrastructure. The area is on track to becoming one of the major water hubs in the US. The Chicago-Milwaukee region produces most of the world’s water meters, heaters, filters, fixtures and pumps and the state of Illinois has shown commitment to water infrastructure, most recently through a $1 billion initiative to upgrade water infrastructure across the state.
ACTIVITY: The 10,871 square foot office will house a number of regional functions: executive leadership, finance and public affairs.
SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES: Sustainability is one of Grundfos’ core values. In addition to manufacturing energy- and water-efficient technology, the company is committed to reducing its own impact on the environment. At its North American headquarters, Grundfos is pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver for Commercial Interiors, the recognized system for certifying high-performance green tenant spaces. In an effort to earn the certification, Grundfos will meet the following criteria:
Sustainable Site: With more than ten basic services located within half a mile of the headquarters, employees can access what they need without getting in a car. In addition, two bus stops are within a quarter mile of the office, making public transportation a convenient option.
Water Efficiency: The office will take advantage of low-flow fixtures to reduce water consumption by at least 20 percent in the café area.
Energy and Atmosphere: Up to 84 percent of office appliances will be Energy Star-approved and none of the heating, ventilation or air-conditioning equipment will use chlorofluorocarbon-based refrigerants. The office will also optimize energy performance by reducing power lighting density by up to 35 percent below industry standards and by utilizing occupancy sensors in at least 75 percent of lighting to prevent empty rooms from wasting energy.
Materials and Resources: The headquarters will feature an area dedicated to the collection and storage of recyclable materials and up to 75 percent of construction waste will be diverted to recycling facilities rather than landfills. Furthermore, the office’s furniture, carpet, ceiling tiles and other materials will feature at least 20 percent recycled content.
Indoor Environmental Quality: Smoking will not be allowed in the building or within 25 feet of doors, windows or heating, ventilation and air-conditioning intakes. In fact, the office will exceed industry ventilation requirements by a minimum of 30 percent. Adhesives, sealants, paintings, coatings and flooring systems will use materials with low volatile organic compounds, which are gases emitted from certain solids or liquids that may have adverse health effects. All this while taking advantage of daylight and views and maintaining comfortable temperatures for employees and visitors.
Grundfos North America
This year, the company celebrates its 40th anniversary in the United States. In North America, Grundfos employs more than 1,600 people – 1,300 in the U.S. alone – and is continually expanding its regional expertise. Grundfos North America maintains operations, sales and service facilities in Olathe, Kan.; Allentown, Pa.; Fresno, Calif.; Brookshire, Texas; Indianapolis; and Aurora, Ill. In Canada, Grundfos has a sales facility in Oakville, Ontario, and in Mexico, the company operates a manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosí and sales offices in Monterrey and Mexico City.
With an annual production of more than 16 million pumps, Grundfos is a global leader in advanced pump solutions and a trendsetter in water technology. The company specializes in circulator pumps for heating and air conditioning as well as centrifugal pumps for industrial applications, water supply, sewage and dosing. Grundfos also manufactures standard and submersible motors and state-of-the-art electronics for monitoring and controlling pumps. Since its inception in 1945, the company has flourished from one small factory in Bjerringbro, Denmark to a global corporation comprising more than 80 companies and over 18,000 employees. In 2012, Grundfos reported net revenues totaling $4 billion.