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The Canon Experience Center In Costa Mesa, California Earns LEED®Gold Certification

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

Customer Service and Support Facility Recognized for Environmental Stewardship by the U.S. Green Building Council 

MELVILLE, N.Y. - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that the Canon Experience Center, located in Costa Mesa, California, has been awarded LEED® Gold certification, a recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. Officially opened in November 2014, this Center offers award-winning service and support to customers, clients and partners - ranging from repair operations, on-site educational programs and a nearly 5,000 square-foot state-of-the-art showroom that displays products ranging from the PowerShot family to the Cinema EOS lineup to large format imagePROGRAF printers. The 38,000 square-foot facility was renovated with environmentally conscious elements aimed to help secure the certification.

"The Canon Experience Center is yet another example showcasing Canon U.S.A.'s ongoing commitment to sustainable and responsible buildings and operations," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "By designing and constructing the building to LEED Gold, Canon continues to build on its legacy of looking to the future. Its investment in sustainable building today will pay dividends to all of us for years to come."

Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building rating system that recognizes buildings, homes and neighborhoods that are designed, constructed, operated and maintained to be environmentally responsible and resource efficient. The level of LEED certification earned is determined by the number of credits achieved in key areas within each of the LEED credit categories, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.

The Canon Experience Center features several environmentally conscious elements that help meet LEED requirements, including: 

  • More than 95 percent of the existing building was utilized to extend the life cycle of the standing building stock, conserve resources, reduce construction waste and reduce environmental impact during renovation. 
  • More than 75 percent of all construction waste was diverted from landfills through waste sorting and recycling.
  • The use of native vegetation for landscaping helped reduce reliance on irrigation systems and reduced outdoor potable water consumption by over 50 percent.
  • The use of efficient, low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout the space helped obtain a 40 percent indoor potable water savings.
  • The facility uses 38 percent less energy than conventional buildings through the use of efficient lighting fixtures, motion sensors and an efficient HVAC system. 

"Canon is committed to helping to build a more sustainable environment for generations to come," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are proud to be recognized for our sustainable efforts and conduct operations with our customers in a facility that demonstrates this commitment." 

The Canon Experience Center joins two of Canon's other properties that have earned LEED ratings. Canon Americas Headquarters, located in Melville, New York is the largest commercial property on Long Island to achieve LEED Gold certification, and Canon's distribution center in Norcross, Georgia was awarded LEED v4 certification in the "Building Design and Construction - Warehouses and Distribution Centers" category - the first warehouse to receive this version of LEED.

BCCI Construction spearheaded the renovation construction of the Canon Experience Center; Ware Malcomb was responsible for the architecture and interior design. For additional information about the facility and its offerings, visit usa.canon.com/cec.


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