Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. was recently honored with an AIA Connecticut Business Award for its design of Belimo Americas’ new 195,000sf North American headquarters in Danbury. Belimo, a Swiss-owned company that designs, manufactures, and distributes actuators and valves, received an Honorable Mention award for companies with over 50 employees.
The building comprises 129,000sf of logistics and manufacturing space, 15,000sf of test labs, and 51,000sf of office space.
According to the AIA Connecticut announcement, “The design demonstrates active thinking about the future and incorporates planning for the future. The jury appreciated the extra efforts and clear, consistent attempt to integrate branding in a large-scale facility, which is always a difficult task.”
Paul Baldinger, AIA, SLAM design architect, said. “Company products, such as bright orange actuators, are intentionally revealed through exposed ceiling vignettes, and brand colors are strategically integrated both inside and out.” The building is currently in the process for attaining LEED Gold certification.
“Belimo’s new headquarters sits dramatically on its 34-acre site high on Turner Road,” Donald P. Crowe, Jr., AIA and SLAM principal, said. “It makes a bold statement in support of the company’s mission and leadership’s goals for a healthy, communal and efficient work environment.”
Recent growth drove the need for the larger facility. Company values state that it thrives on design and innovation, fairness to customers and employees alike and is committed to environmental responsibility and sustainability. “Our directive was to reflect the company values throughout the design. The response is a building that is both utilitarian and dynamic – with clean lines and a high level of transparency. ”
“The partnership between SLAM and Belimo proved to facilitate the unique design and construction elements of an award-worthy facility that provides uniqueness to a modern office environment and reflects both the culture and values of Belimo.” Luciana DeOliveira, Belimo’s project manager, said.
The AIA Connecticut Business Awards honor architects for solving business problems for Connecticut clients, thereby demonstrating the power of architecture to shape business performance, improve people’s lives and provide a value added service to clients. The award focuses on “Business-to-Business” projects. According to AIA Connecticut, the award acknowledges projects that both enhance the built environment and achieve business goals, such as growth, branding identity, or future positioning.