Sandvik, an innovative steel and cemented carbide tool manufacturer, has been a valued Fair Lawn corporate citizen since 1955, providing both manufacturing and administrative jobs for thousands of local workers. But in 2006, Sandvik consolidated its North American manufacturing at facilities outside New Jersey to enhance operating efficiencies. The critical question was whether it would maintain its corporate functions on its existing 10-acre Fair Lawn campus or leave the state altogether.
After evaluating its options and surveying employees, who overwhelmingly wanted to stay, the decision was made to stay and reinvest $21 million in New Jersey to construct a new 110,000-square-foot facility at the Fair Lawn site. The architects re-designed the campus and re-purposed the existing facilities to exclusively support Sandvik’s U.S. corporate offices and training facilities with healthy, attractive and productive work spaces.
The project involved renovating a single-story warehouse building, raising the roof of a manufacturing building to add a second floor for office space, and demolishing the existing headquarters building.
Designed for future growth and additional jobs, the renovated structure is environmentally friendly and sustainable. It is heated and cooled using high efficiency water-source heat pumps, has solar reflective roofing and windows, shading, and a highly insulated exterior building skin. All new landscaping incorporates native and adaptive plant species to reduce the amount of potable water needed for irrigation. Additionally, the original building footprint and “hardscape” were reduced; today, 43 percent of the site is open green space.
In support of the community, most of the furnishings and equipment from the previous building were donated to local organizations, and Sandvik continues to attract some 6,000 visitors annually from its global client base to the Fair Lawn area, all contributing to the local economy.
WG Project Management, Inc.
Hon. John Cosgrove
Borough of Fair Lawn