Target Commercial Interiors recently teamed up with the American Lung Association of Minnesota to help the nonprofit complete a healthy design remodel of its St. Paul headquarters, a 17,000 square foot office building, which is home to 25 full-time employees and frequented by more than 1,000 volunteers and visitors each week.
“Raising the standard for healthier indoor environments has been a mainstay of the Lung Association’s mission since 1992,” noted Penny Gottier Fena, executive director of the American Lung Association of Minnesota. “Thanks to corporate partners like Target Commercial Interiors, our headquarters will be healthier and use significantly less energy than before the remodel, cutting our utility bills in half, and leaving more core dollars to support programs and staff.”
ALAMN’s remodel will be the first in Minnesota to qualify for the U. S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold ranking, and only the 10th in the nation to earn this status. All products used in this project were selected to be sustainable, minimize indoor air pollution and asthma/allergy triggers, and to be as energy-efficient as possible.
In providing commercial interior design services and products to meet LEED gold certification, Target Commercial Interiors is helping ALAMN offer a healthier work environment for its many employees and volunteers. “This healthy design remodel helps the Lung Association live our values,” said Fena. “We now have a nicer looking and healthier venue for our trainings for tobacco control, asthma education, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease support groups and development activities.”
Funded entirely by a $1.2 million federal grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration and by gifts-in-kind from corporate partners like Target Commercial Interiors, the project serves as an example and teaching tool for others considering a remodel of a commercial building. All major work on the project, which began in July 2007, was completed in early October.
ALAMN is planning a Grand Reopening and Dedication on November 14, 2007