Folsom, Calif. (Vocus) May 13, 2009
National waste and recycling company, Waste Connections Inc. (NYSE:WCN) is enjoying the benefits of a newly renovated 51,000-square-foot corporate headquarters. Designed by workplace environment experts at LPA Inc in Roseville, Calif., Waste Connections' corporate headquarters occupies two stories of a new office complex in Folsom, Calif.
Early in the initial planning stages, Waste Connections executives set a goal for the space to reflect the coast-to-coast hauling company's commitment to environmental responsibility and top-notch workplaces.
"The quality of our industry is supported by integrity, customer service and a great working environment. LPA understood our values and was able to visually express them in an office design that demonstrates these ideas. It's a high-performance workplace, which means it's cost-efficient, it also conveys our company's growth culture, and provides us with the flexibility to support our customer's evolving needs," says Waste Connections Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ron Mittelstaedt.
LPA professionals designed the office space to take full advantage of natural light and provide clear indoor air quality by covering the walls with low-emission paints and using recycled materials to limit off-gassing, found in more conventional projects. They also maintained the flair of Waste Connections' prestigious past by reusing a series of bronze castings commissioned by a local artist. The castings, which wrap around the main lobby to the employee lounge, capture the spirit of the company through an industry timeline as well as depicting momentous occasions.
"Waste Connections' operating value of being a great place to work was successfully woven into the high-performance office design through an efficient, open floor plan that promotes collaboration and productivity, while at the same time conveying a fun and elegant place," adds LPA Principal Steve Kendrick.
Designed to accommodate the company's projected growth, Waste Connections' custom office features include: a training center, board room, executive suites, and employee lounge with a kitchen, an internal convenience stair, personal and collaborative office environments, conferencing enclaves, data center and general office space. The project was finished in March of 2009, and employees officially completed their transition in April of this year.
About LPA, Inc.:
LPA provides services in architecture, engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, signage and graphics. With more LEED-certified buildings than any other firm in the state, LPA houses the top sustainable design experts in both Northern and Southern California. With extensive experience in public and private architecture, LPA designs a diversity of facilities that span from corporate establishments to K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and civic facilities. Founded in 1965, LPA has received more than 50 awards in the past five years for their excellence in design.
About Waste Connections, Inc.:
Waste Connections Inc. is an integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly secondary markets in the Western and Southern United States. The company serves approximately 1.8 million residential, commercial and industrial customers from a network of operations in 25 states. The company also provides intermodal services for the movement of containers in the Pacific Northwest. Waste Connections Inc. was founded in September 1997 and is headquartered in Folsom, Calif.
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