MINNEAPOLIS (May 25, 2010) – Ryan Companies US, Inc. recently completed The Mosaic Company’s Florida headquarters building. The 113,000-square-foot building was designed and built as a high-performing, sustainable facility that reflects Mosaic’s brand and culture. The team is pursuing LEED-NC gold certification.
The integrated team of architects, engineers, construction project managers and superintendents focused on LEED points that would deliver a productive, healthy and aesthetically pleasing environment for Mosaic’s employees. The space is designed to give most employees access to direct natural light, which is proven to increase productivity and decrease lost work due to illness. The team also focused on energy conservation and efficiency, water conservation, thermal comfort and the use of low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) and recycled construction materials. The team also diverted 85 percent of all construction waste from the landfill with an on-site recycling program.
“Mosaic has a strong track record of environmental stewardship and investing in the communities where we live and work,” said Rich Krakowski, vice president-supply chain for Mosaic and chair of the company’s steering committee for the building project. “In selecting Ryan to develop, design, build and manage this new building, we partnered with a company that shares those values and delivered a building with which we couldn’t be more pleased.”
The newly constructed building serves as the headquarters for Mosaic’s phosphate business unit and supply chain group, bringing together approximately 400 employees from various central Florida locations. Mosaic’s goal for this building was to foster greater collaboration and team-building by creating a natural flow of interdepartmental connectivity. To create an employee-focused environment, the corner window areas, traditionally utilized for executive offices, are employee breakout areas.
“Partnering with The Mosaic Company on their new Florida home was a great experience for the entire Ryan team,” said Doug Dieck, president, Ryan Companies, Southeast Region. “Utilizing resources from both Minnesota and Florida, our team was able to deliver on Mosaic’s design and sustainability goals while remaining within budget and on schedule. I cannot be more pleased with the way the Ryan team performed and the relationship they established with a fantastic company like Mosaic.”
Developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders, the LEED rating system is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being. The LEED rating system for new construction offers four certification levels for new construction — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. See the U.S. Green Building Council website for more information: www.usgbc.org.
About The Mosaic Company
The Mosaic Company is one of the world's leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. For the global agriculture industry, Mosaic is a single source of phosphates, potash, nitrogen fertilizers and feed ingredients. More information on the company is available at http://www.mosaicco.com.
About Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Ryan Companies US, Inc. is a leading national commercial real estate firm offering integrated design-build and development, as well as asset, property and facilities management services to customers. Ryan, a family-owned business committed to building lasting relationships, uses a single-source approach that offers flexibility in defining the scope of a project and strength in providing effective, timely solutions resulting in a higher certainty of success. Founded 71 years ago in northern Minnesota, Ryan currently owns and manages 10.9 million square feet of leased space and has offices in Chicago, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Diego, Tampa, Fla., Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines, Iowa. Information can be found at www.ryancompanies.com.