NCR receives LEED
certification for Columbus
NCR Corp., Duluth, Ga., has been awarded LEED® certification for speed and innovation in delivering a number of green
design and construction features in its
Columbus, Ga., manufacturing plant.
The facility is one of the first LEED-certified, retrofitted manufacturing
plants in the U.S. The company revamped the 25-year-old former battery
manufacturing plant over a five-month
period in 2009 and now uses it to produce ATMs, retail self-checkout machines, and DVD rental kiosks for the
North American market.
The company reused more than 70
percent of the interior building elements
such as doors, walls, and ceilings.
Ninety-four percent of the construction
waste was diverted from landfills, with
more than 500 tons of construction
waste recycled or reused.
NCR was able to reduce its power
usage by more than 40 percent by re-roofing the building, where 95 percent
of the surface has a Solar Reflectance
Index (SRI) of 84 or more; replacing
the existing lighting with more efficient
fixtures; and replacing 78 percent of
equipment with EPA ENERGY STAR®-
An on-site pond has eliminated the
use of potable water for irrigation of the
site’s landscaping, reducing the plant’s
water usage by more than 40 percent.
Bathroom facilities and showers also
were retrofitted or replaced.
The company created priority parking
spaces reserved for low-emission and
fuel-efficient vehicles, including car-pools. Twenty-two secure bicycle storage spaces encourage employees to
ride their bikes to work.
More than 40 percent of the building
materials, including glass, paint, ceiling
tiles, and carpet, were purchased from
local manufacturers within a 500-mile
Armor Contract Mfg., Mason, Ohio, has
installed what it says is one of the Midwest’s largest full-service blast, primer,
and paint systems. Designed with product and application flexibility in mind,
the 3,100-sq.-ft. paint system is fully
interlinked with a monorail system to
ensure a good finish and speed of application.
Surfaces are prepared in the 1,100-
sq.-ft. shotblast booth or the on-site
steam-cleaning system to ensure optimal paint performance. Also linked
with the monorail system, the preparation booths can accommodate a variety
of large metal products. Painting and
blasting can be done on single units or
full production runs.
The company’s existing finish paint
booth ( 30 ft. wide by 20 ft. long by 10
ft. high) now is complemented with the
new topcoat booth ( 23 ft. wide by 30 ft.
long by 14 ft. high), primer booth ( 23
ft. wide by 30 ft. long by 14 ft. high),
shotblast booth ( 26 ft. wide by 44 ft.
long by 14 ft. high), and steam-cleaning
booth ( 24 ft. wide by 36 ft. long by 14
In addition to topcoat and primer
systems built to apply any low-VOC
wet coatings, the system also can apply chemical agent resistant coatings
(CARC), which are available in standard
colors and meet MIL-DTL-53072 and
The company says its coating operations maintain environmentally friendly
standards. All of the equipment is EPA-certified and meets or exceeds state
and federal regulations.
Armor Contract Mfg. installs large blast, paint system
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