The USGBC West Michigan Chapter would like to congratulate Amway on their recent achievement of LEED for Commercial Interiors – Silver level certification at their Research and Development lab building. This building is located in the global headquarters complex in Ada, MI. Research and Development (R&D) at Amway has seen significant growth from the time Amway was a $1 billion company in 1981, when the building was originally constructed, to $12 billion today. With 220 of the 700 scientists and technicians in Ada working in the R&D building, Amway found themselves facing challenges regarding space and design. A decision was made to renovate the building and work began in 2009. The project took place in phases and took 3 years to complete.
“One of the primary reasons for the decision to pursue LEED was to help attract the best personnel from around the globe.” says Rick VanDellen, Sustainability Program Manager. “Amway understands the value of a healthy and sustainable work environment and LEED aids in the recruitment of new employees and retention of current employees.”
A few of the LEED interior design features include:
“Prior to the renovation the R&D lab was the highest energy consuming building on campus. That has been reduced by 30% since the renovation.” says VanDellen. The headquarters is powered by 20% wind power via a co-operative from Wolverine Power. All the wind power is coming from the thumb in Michigan.
Cheri Holman, LEED AP O+M, USGBC WM President
Director of Energy Services, Hurst Mechanical