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  • By William Amann, P.E., M&E Engineers, Inc.

Unilever HQ earns awards and energy incentives

Unilever has completed a total transformation of its North American Headquarters on its beautiful campus in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. “Project Unify” consolidated several of its North American offices into a single state-of-the-art workplace. The driving force of the redevelopment was to utilize the space to attract and retain the workforce of the future. The building design concept was to connect five existing buildings with an impressive new atrium named the “Marketplace” to encourage greater collaboration between teams and individual employees. The entire space was reimagined to support Unilever’s agile work culture with flexible work spaces without offices or cubes and many collaborative meeting areas. The central marketplace is very open with high ceilings and a plethora of natural light. Besides receiving LEED PLATINUM Certification, the project is being recognized by NJBIA with its Good Neighbor Award, and the US Green Building Council NJ Chapter will present it with the LEED Commercial Project of the Year at its Gala on May 22nd. The project has been approved by the BPU for a significant energy efficiency incentive through the Pay for Performance (P4P) program. The building is also expected to achieve WELL Certification. The energy reduction measures resulted in energy savings of 44% and the solar array provides 15% of the building energy use.

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