American Family

American Family Insurance is making a big investment in going green.

The insurance company is spending $2 million on renovations to their St. Joseph facility. The project includes renovations to the 62,600 square foot space that includes the second and third floor. A focus will be on interior upgrades on the east side of the campus and will include new finishes, fixtures and fittings.

But the renovations are not only an opportunity to upgrade the interior of the building, but the company is also hoping to make the building more energy efficient.

“Green technology will be installed during the remodel,” said Ben Corey, a spokesperson for American Family.

The new technology will include LED overhead lighting and water-conserving restroom fixtures. Another part of the project is an upgrade to the HVAC systems, which will create a method of harvesting condensation. Water produced by the building’s cooling system during hot, humid weather will be transferred.

“Condensation that occurs in the remodeled section of the building will no longer go down the drain,” Corey said. “Instead, the new design will capture and re-route this water back into the building’s cooling towers.”

The renovations are a part of the company’s broader commitment to sustainability and a healthy environment. They hope to divert 90 percent of their waste away from landfills. For this particular project, for example, American Family will send a majority of its construction waste to recycling and donated materials.

Corey said the day-to-day operations of the local facility will continue as normal during the remodel. In fact, renovations will offer a more modern work environment for employees and will include upgraded work stations, carpeting, plumbing and light fixtures.

The entire project is expected to be completed by the spring of 2017.

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