ON TRACK TO BECOME THE GREENEST BUILDING IN CONNECTICUT
NORWALK, CT, April 12, 2021 – Addressing the growing issue of climate change and its continued commitment to sustainability, HMTX Industries today announced the groundbreaking for its new World Headquarters in Norwalk, CT. Working with McLennan Design and its founder Jason F. McLennan, one of the world’s most influential individuals in the field of architecture and the green building movement, the 24,000 square-foot project is on track to become the greenest building in the state of Connecticut, with completion slated for 2022.
“Our new HMTX headquarters is designed to represent the core values on which our company was built and has grown,” said Harlan Stone, CEO, of HMTX Industries. “What I like to refer to as our House Up On The Hill will merge nature and sustainability with innovation and collaboration. It will provide a unique space for artists, engineers, developers and architects, as well as creative and disruptive thinkers, to exchange ideas and thoughts in this modern day salon.”
Among the structure’s unique features, it is designed to sit above the ground in an effort to preserve as much of the existing landscape as possible. It will generate more energy on-site than it uses, produce zero carbon emissions, capture and re-use rainwater, and use only the healthiest non-toxic materials available. The ecologically conscious facility will also provide spaces for artists-in-residence design studios.
“Working with Harlan on this Living Building Challenge project has been an incredible experience,” said Jason F. McLennan, CEO, of McLennan Design. “This facility will be groundbreaking, not only for its design, but for the pioneering product development work taking place inside.”
The new HMTX World Headquarters is on track to become the first Living Building Challenge Petal Certified project in the state of Connecticut, and the first project ever in Norwalk to pursue the Living Building Challenge – the world’s most stringent green building rating system. This system promotes the concept of regenerative design to create spaces that give more than they take. As a living building, the HMTX facility is intended to be largely self-sufficient while creating a positive impact on the people and natural systems that surround it.
“This project is very special to me,” Stone added. “Norwalk has been home to HMTX for more than 20 years and I have every hope and belief that this new building will be a proud addition to the community.”
About HMTX Industries
HMTX Industries is a global new materials flooring company and a leader in luxuy vinyl tile (LVT) manufacturing whose brands service a diverse cross-section of the construction marketplace. Headquartered in Norwalk, CT, and doing business in more than 40 countries around the world, the HMTX family includes: Halstead, the leading supplier of LVT to the home center market; Metroflor, its signature residential brand in North America; Teknoflor, its focused healthcare and institutional brand; Aspecta, its high-end global contract brand for architects and designers; as well as Vertex, the foundation of the international supply chain for HMTX. For more information, please visit hmtx.global.
About McLennan Design
McLennan Design is one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary, regenerative design practices, focused on deep green outcomes in the fields of architecture, planning, consulting, and product design. The firm uses an ecological perspective to drive design creativity and innovation. McLennan and his team bring substantial knowledge and unmatched expertise to projects of all types around the globe. McLennan is the founder of the Living Building Challenge, winner of the Buckminster Fuller Prize and ENR’s National Award of Excellence. For more information, see www.mclennan-design.com.