MORRISTOWN, NJ, January 29, 2013 – Schindler Elevator Corporation, one of the leading global manufacturers of elevators, escalators and moving walks, is proud to announce that AIA New Jersey has awarded the company a 2012 Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for the energy efficient and sustainable renovations at its North American headquarters in 2011.
From a field of 88 submissions, 11 projects were selected for recognition. The Schindler renovation was the only interior project selected for an award in 2012.
The AIA New Jersey Annual Design Awards Program brings public and professional recognition to architectural projects which exhibit design excellence. AIA member architects are invited to submit their work for review by the distinguished Design Awards Jury. Projects must either be located in New Jersey or designed by an AIA New Jersey architect.
This is the third honor the Schindler Morristown renovation has received. Previously, it was recognized with a 2012 Alternate Energy First Place Award for the solar installation project from BOMA-NJ and it also received the America’s Best Building of the Year (ABBY) Award from Buildings magazine.
The Award Winning Project
The renovation of Schindler’s 43 year-old headquarters is a result of its commitment to environmental stewardship and its multi-million dollar investment in sustainable technologies. Schindler purchased the building in 2009, and since the building hadn’t been updated in over 12 years, a major renovation project was necessary to improve its overall efficiency.
Aside from utilizing Schindler’s own highly efficient technologies such as the 9300® AE escalator with ECOLINE and the Schindler 3300 machine room less elevator, the Schindler headquarters upgrade was designed by Joseph Tattoni, AIA, of ikon.5 architects with energy efficiency and productivity in mind. Energy efficient innovations featured in the renovation include:
“Sustainability has always been a driving force behind everything we do for our customers,” says Jakob Zueger, CEO, Schindler Americas. “As building owners ourselves, we understand that in order to adopt a truly sustainable approach, we need to show our commitment to that sustainable vision right here in our own facilities.”
ikon.5 architects is known for their award-winning designs for museums, higher education, libraries, performing arts and corporate offices. Based in Princeton, NJ, ikon.5's practice extends to Louisiana, Arizona, Delaware and New York. In 2011, ikon.5 architects was cited as one of the top ten design firms in the United States by Architect, the publication of the American Institute of Architects. For more information about ikon.5 architects please visit www.ikon5architects.com.
Schindler Elevator Corporation is the North American operation of the Switzerland-based Schindler Group, a leading global mobility provider with approximately 44,000 employees operating in more than 100 countries. Schindler supports sustainable urban development with safe, reliable and ecologically sound mobility solutions and its equipment moves one billion people every day all over the world. In 2011 and 2012, Schindler was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Innovative Companies, and two of the company’s products received the 2011 Architectural Products’ Product Innovation Award.