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Crowley's corporate office renovation promotes environmental sustainability

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In early 2010, Crowley’s corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla., underwent an $8.5 million total renovation project to convert the five-story 110,000 square-foot office building into an open office environment that would promote environmental sustainability, enhance teamwork and collaboration and reflect the company's brand and culture.

The renovation received the United States Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Award Designation. The building is only the second building in Jacksonville to attain the LEED Silver Award for commercial interiors.

"We are extremely proud of our headquarters here in Jacksonville," said Chairman, President and CEO Tom Crowley. "In addition to the obvious benefits of having a green building, we're very pleased to see our employees adapt to the open, collaborative work environment. It has promoted greater teamwork across business units, which results in more comprehensive solutions for our customers."

The interior design features cubicle work stations for all employees, including senior executives, and fully enclosed conference rooms and private enclaves throughout. This open environment approach allows natural day lighting and views for the majority of workstations. To maintain business operation, construction was handled in five phases, one for each floor.

To help with energy conservation, all existing T8 fluorescent light fixtures were replaced with energy efficient T5 fluorescent light fixtures. This single update equates to a 55 percent reduction in lighting energy consumption.

Additionally, Crowley achieved a 96 percent waste diversion from the landfill, by recycling materials like metal, glass, cardboard and carpet during demolition phases and by donating almost all the company's used furniture to local schools, charities and businesses. Other LEED components included adding bicycle racks, convenient parking spaces for carpools, low flow water fixtures, Energy Star appliances, low-emitting furnishings, HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) upgrades and the utilization of various sustainable materials. Motion activated faucets and waterless urinals were also incorporated to reduce water usage. Combined, these building characteristics reduce operational, maintenance and energy costs.