Endress+ Hauser Canada thinks green
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Endress+Hauser Canada invited special guests, company executives and media to its Burlington Customer Experience Centre Inauguration in Burlington, Ontario. The building is being hailed as one of the ‘greenest’ commercial structures in Canada.
The inauguration began with a press conference with Matthias Altendorf, CEO, Endress+Hauser; Anthony Varga, General Manager, Endress+Hauser Canada; Todd Lucey, General Manager, Endress+Hauser USA, Corporate Sales Director, North America, Klaus Endress, President Supervisory Board, Endress+Hauser; and Drew Hauser, Director of Design and Business Development, McCallumSather. They spoke about the company and the process and planning that went into the building, which was being built during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What makes the building green?
It contains over 800 solar modules on the roof, which generate over 400,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, covering its electricity needs. Also, a geothermal system takes heat from 50 underground wells and distributes it to the building by using 63 heat pumps.
Further, windows on one side of the building capture sunlight, while the façade prevents heat loss. Finishing off the green theme, the atrium has a Ficus tree to improves air quality.
“The Customer Experience Centre is an impressive example of Endress+Hauser’s global strategy of cultivating and managing customer partnerships. This is how we grow – in Canada and worldwide,” said Matthias Altendorf, CEO, Endress+Hauser Group. “It demonstrates our dedication to customers and our commitment to sustainability.”
The new building, which is twice the size of its predecessor, is 4,400 square-metres, and contain a process training centre, large calibration lab, repair facility, training centre, and office and recreational space.
“The new building is designed to express our standards as a company, not only to our customers but the public as a whole,” said Anthony Varga, Managing Director, Endress+Hauser Canada. “We can provide the best possible support to our customers over the entire lifecycle of their systems. We offer an inviting environment while setting standards for ecological building design.”
The main part of the building is the process training centre, the second for Endress+Hauser in Canada, but seen across the world at the company. What the centres do is allow customers to use pilot plant systems to practice operating different measurement instruments. In turn, being able to simulate conditions that they see at their own companies.
Endress+Hauser has maintained a presence in Canada since 1990.