8 October 2007 — Holland (MI): Office furniture maker Haworth has won the People’s Choice Award recognising its green building strategy.
The award is part of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Lifecycle Building Challenge, a national competition to develop eco friendly building strategies and designs that reduce waste and conserve resources.
Haworth’s entry, ‘Sustainability by Design’, focused on the deconstruction and reuse of materials used in the renovation of the company’s corporate Michigan headquarters. More than 99 percent of construction waste generated by the renovation was recycled or otherwise diverted from landfill during the initial deconstruction phase. The effort included donating furniture and carpeting to local schools and removing and reusing door locks.
Mitch Boucher, project manager for Haworth’s corporate renovation project, said: "Haworth is honoured to receive the People’s Choice Award, and we heartily support the objectives set by the Lifecycle Building Challenge. We’re making every effort to expand and enhance our headquarters in an environmentally responsible manner, and if our efforts inspire those of others, all the better."