Taco Begins Construction
On $18 Million 'Green' Expansion
LEED project is largest in company's history
In a ceremony last week, Taco broke ground on a visionary $18 million 'green' project to modernize and expand its Cranston RI headquarters facility. The largest capital expenditure in the company's history, the LEED project reinforces Taco's commitment to employee and industry training and to sustainability as well as addresses the company's short- and long-term needs for remaining in Rhode Island.
Attending Friday morning's groundbreaking were Taco President & CEO John Hazen White, Jr., along with family members, representatives from Rhode Island's political leadership, guests and Taco employees.
The centerpiece of the project is the new Taco Innovation and Development Center, a state-of-the-art learning and training environment, complete with new classroom spaces, conference rooms, a business center and functional labs for testing and teaching.
The center will provide a hands-on learning environment for the best equipment and systems that today's HVAC industry offers for comfort, efficiency and sustainability. HVAC products and systems, such as the Taco LOFlo™ System for radiant cooling and LoadMatch® Single Pipe hydronic system will be visible in "living laboratories" throughout the facility that allow close-up viewing, hands-on learning and teaching.
In addition, Taco's reception area, employee cafeteria and office area on two floors, encompassing over 24,000 sq. ft of interior space within the existing building, will undergo extensive renovation, floor to ceiling, advancing the comfort, functionality and productivity of those areas. There will be new offices, work stations, meeting rooms and open areas illuminated by energy efficient lighting, natural light and the very best in indoor comfort.
The LEED project, slated for completion during the fall of 2012, will provide the space the company needs to grow and to remain competitive while remaining in RI, where the company has been operating since 1942.
"Taken together, these major improvements to Taco's physical infrastructure will provide us with a new home for the coming decades," said John Hazen White, Jr., the third generation owner of Taco.
"The new Taco Innovation & Development Center will be a showcase for our industry, where members of our professional community will learn about the latest technology and applications our industry has to offer. We look forward to the completion of this project when we can begin sharing this amazing facility with them," he added.
See our Facebook page for more photos of the groundbreaking.
View videos of the ceremony on Taco's YouTube channel.
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