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April 4, 2013

Everence’s energy-saving building receives gold rating

GOSHEN — Everence has been awarded certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the addition to its corporate offices, 1110 N. Main St., Goshen, Ind. The addition was designed by the architectural firm, Arkos Design, Niles, Mich., and was built by DJ Construction, Goshen.

Over the course of three years the financial company tore down its original office that dated to 1971 andrenovated other office space. The project was finished in late 2010.

According to information from Everence, the goals for the project were:

• A healthier working environment with the use of products with low VOC emissions for paints, glues and sealers.

• Having 75 percent of construction waste sorted, recycled and diverted from landfills.  

• Creating ore efficient and flexible work areas that relieved overcrowding and encourage greater productivity in serving members.

• The installation of nergy-saving lighting systems that promote natural light and automatically shut off when a room is unused. Total energy use is expected to be about 25 to 50 percent less than a traditionally designed building.

• Using rain gardens and bioretention basins to reduce the amount of runoff and the pollutants in storm water.

The certification was for Gold LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design. LEED is a rating system for green buildings. Gold is the second-highest certification awarded by the Green Building Council, according to DJ staff.

“At the beginning stages of our building project, we decided to make LEED certification one of our goals,” said Larry Miller, Everence president and chief executive officer. “We wanted a facility that promoted stewardship of the earth and used our resources as efficiently as possible.”

 “It has been a great honor to join forces with Everence and DJ Construction for this unique project,” said Arvin Delacruz, a partner at Arkos Design. “The process was truly a collaborative effort which showcases the owner’s commitment of stewardship at every turn. The result is a testament that addressing the client’s need and sensitively designed and built environments can harmoniously coexist.”

 “We’re thrilled to be Everence’s building partner for Goshen’s first LEED Gold Certified building,” said DJ Construction President Doug Wogoman. “Everence has taken a critical step in not only practicing good stewardship, but also in spreading general awareness about the importance of designing and building intelligently to minimize the impact on our environment and natural resources.”

Everence is a financial services company that serves the Anabaptist community nationwide. About 230 people work at the office in Goshen and the company has another 160 employees in offices across the country.

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