our sustainability
Reducing Environmental Impact

RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION

The roof of the C.D. Smith office building is topped with 94.08kW (294 panels) ballasted, solar photovoltaic system.
This system offsets our total electric energy consumption by 39.1%.

GLOBAL WATER CENTER RECLAIMED WOOD STAIRS

In 2013, C.D. Smith renovated a turn-of-the-century brick warehouse and converted it into a
state-of-the-art water business and research facility. The design of the renovation was driven by
sustainability and the building not only achieved LEED Silver certification but was the first
commercial building in the world to receive AWS certification.

DESIGN FOR ACTIVE OCCUPANTS

To encourage healthy habits among our employees, spacious fitness facilities have been provided to allow
for a wide variety of workouts. Easily accessible and open staircases promote walking between floors,
a design feature that increases physical activity while further reducing the environmental impact of the building.

QUALITY VIEWS

The floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the building provide employees with a connection to the natural
outdoor environment, a feature further enhanced by the native prairie grasses included in the landscaping.

Truth in Materials

Truth in materials is displayed throughout the building through the use of exposed concrete and reclaimed materials.

Raised Access Floors

In integrated, cost-effective approach to the distribution of power, voice, data, heating and air-conditioning
while providing interior space flexiblity and improved air quality.

STORAGE COLLECTION OF RECYCLABLES

In an effort to reduce waste that will end up in landfills, there are recycling bins in all
workstations and common areas. Additionally, each cafe is stocked with reusable drinkware for employee
and guest use, and water bottle filling stations are located throughout the building.

INDOOR WATER USE REDUCTION

To help reduce potable water use, this facility is equipped with a selection of efficient plumbing fittings,
fixtures, and equipment. This includes low-flow faucets, shower heads,bathroom fixtures and Energy Star dishwashers,
creating a reduction in water usage greater than 35% and an estimated 60,000 gallons per year.

INTERIOR LIGHTING

The curtain wall and glass design allow for daylight harvesting and the best practice to
light the space naturally.Combined with this smart building design are automatic lighting controls and
motorized roller shades to keep the lighting at optimum levels while maintaining high energy efficiency.

Going for Gold

The new C.D. Smith headquarters project is currently striving to achieve Gold level LEED certification. If we obtain this honor, it will position us as the only recognized LEEDv4 Building Design and Construction (BD+C) New Construction Gold Certified building in the state of Wisconsin, and one of only nine in the entire country; an amazing accomplishment and a testament to our desire to meet the needs of sustainable building.