New Kenall facility to incorporate sustainable features

Luminaire manufacturer Kenall Manufacturing Co. recently broke ground on a 354,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility on a 34-acre site at 104th Avenue and 55th Street in Kenosha.

The company, which is moving its operations there from Gurnee, Ill., is moving into a space three times larger than its existing building. The project cost about $32 million.

Included in the project are a number of sustainable features. They include:

  • LED luminaire lighting: Installed in the manufacturing facility, offices and parking lots, with motion sensors and a Kenall control system meant to reduce consumption.
  • Daylight harvesting: Natural sunlight will be used to reduce operating costs. Daylight harvesting will be conducted on the west, south and east sides of the building using glass exposed office.
  • Heat harvesting: Heat given off from the infrared ovens Kenall uses in industrial painting will be harvested to heat the northeastern side of the building in winter and reduce energy consumption. Excess heat will be exhausted outside during the summer to reduce the load for the company’s air conditioning units.
  • Water efficiency: Bathrooms will include low flush toilets and sensor faucets.
  • Climate control: Evaporative cooling systems will be installed to keep air quality, temperatures and humidity at an ideal level and increase employee productivity.
  • Sustainable landscaping: Kenall will use natural landscaping that requires less fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides and no sprinkler system, reducing maintenance costs and water usage while helping the environment.

With the move the company will bring 400 employees to Kenosha and plans to hire another 200 in the next 4 to 5 years.

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