Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc., a diversified global industrial company in the building and automotive industries, held a signing ceremony with the Shanghai Hongqiao Linkong Economic Zone for its new China corporate headquarters last week.
Featuring sustainable construction and state-of-the-art building technologies, the Johnson Controls corporate campus will be a symbol of the company’s commitment to a strong industry leadership presence in China.
“As China continues to be one of the major growth markets for Johnson Controls, the new corporate headquarters in Shanghai will create a centralized and sustainable workplace to continue our business growth in China and the Asia Pacific region,” said Alex Molinaroli, vice chairman of Johnson Controls. “This innovative, green campus reflects our commitment to China and will also demonstrate our capabilities to exceed customers’ increasing expectations with our world class smart building technologies and energy efficiency solutions.”
The design and construction of the new campus will achieve China’s Three Star Green and LEED Platinum building certifications to become a landmark for China and the Asia region. To make this possible, Johnson Controls will employ multiple integrated building technology solutions that will reduce the building’s water and energy use. Regionally manufactured materials will be used for this project and special attention will be paid to indoor and outdoor environments. All together, this will result in a 48 percent reduction in the building’s energy consumption over traditional building designs per year.
Johnson Controls’ new campus, located in the Changning District, is expected to be completed by late 2016. The 35,000-square-meter campus will allow the company to relocate 1,200 employees and will provide space for future growth.
To attract and retain the best talent, the workspace will be equipped with multi-function event areas and flexible office environments to achieve higher operational efficiencies, comfort level, innovation and collaboration. The company will also develop convenient facilities including a fitness center, green terrace with river views and charging stations for employees’ hybrid and electric vehicles.
The building is designed and will be built as a showcase environment that reflects the company’s smart building capabilities while also benefiting employees’ health, safety and productivity.
“The Chinese government is seeking ways to promote energy efficiency and minimize carbon emissions to create healthier environments in their cities, and we are pleased to support these efforts with our world class building technologies and solutions,” added Molinaroli. “We look forward to developing Johnson Controls’ new campus as a benchmark and living showcase for these sustainable construction and building management strategies in China.”