First Niagara's building renovation shows commitment to Niagara County and efficiency initiativesby jmaloni
Administrative center is transformed to add workspaces and enhance sustainability
First Niagara Financial Group Inc. today announced the completion of the renovation and efficiency upgrades to its administrative center at 6950 S. Transit Road in Lockport.
The project covered more than 66,000 square-feet of space, took a year to complete, and improves the efficiency and utilization of the building by 30 percent. The project diverted more than 150 tons of debris from area landfills through recycling and reuse. One-third of the construction products used in the building contained recycled materials, and most of the materials used for the project were manufactured within a 500-mile radius.
The newly renovated building has the space for 587 employees and meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for energy efficiency. The building houses the company's administrative and information processing functions. Upgrades to the facility include the following:
•Water-efficient fixtures that will reduce water usage by 776,000 gallons per year
•Energy-efficient light fixtures
•HVAC system that will significantly reduce energy consumption
"First Niagara is committed to being a great community partner and a responsible corporate citizen," said Julie Signorille, First Niagara managing director of operations. "Our newly renovated administrative center is an environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible workplace that will help us increase our efficiency and enhance the sustainability of our community."
The reconstruction project took all LEED criteria into consideration and is expected to be awarded USGBC LEED certification.
For more information, visit www.firstniagara.com.