Last year, the Hertz Corporation announced the building of a new global headquarters and that the centre would be located in Estero, Fla. Since then, the new building has grown by leaps and bounds. In fact, Hertz announced this week that it had a “topping out” ceremony for the new building. More than 125 Turner Construction and Hertz employees showed up to witness the last structural beam being put on the building. Although the building is still a long way from being finished, it’s great to see it finally done with structural support.
The new Hertz headquarters broke ground last November. The construction company said that the building should be completely finished sometime in 2015. This new headquarters is huge and is intended to host around 700 employees at any given time.
The executive vice president of the Hertz global supply chain and administration, Todd Poste, said that they are celebrating a very important milestone with this topping out ceremony of the new headquarters. This building is much more to Hertz than just a headquarters. It is a building that is aligned with Hertz’s global vision of innovation and sustainability. Hertz is committed to creating a one-of-a-kind building that meets LEED Gold certification specifications but still ensures the best working environment for employees.
Hertz has been very vocal over the last few years about trying to minimize its environmental impact. One way it is doing this is by trying to decrease the carbon footprint of its buildings around the world. What better way to make a statement than to build a new headquarters that meets LEED Gold specifications.
This new building was able to achieve this by using energy-efficient lighting and equipment. The building also used a lot of recycled materials in its construction. The headquarters has been fitted with water-saving fixtures, and it will even have solar panels installed on the roof to produce its own energy.
Hertz wanted to make sure that the Estero community was on board with the new headquarters being located in the city. This is why its representatives met with many community groups to get feedback on design focuses the community wanted from Hertz. The community wanted Hertz to focus on quality and creating collaborative work spaces for its employees.
This included letting in more natural daylight. This not only makes the building look great from the outside, but it could help prevent employees from getting the “work house blues” from spending too much time in doors. This is a common problem that people who work in offices experience. Natural light is said to help counter this effect.