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Derse

Sustainable elements create cost savings and further knowledge sharing

Derse, a leading designer and manufacturer of trade show exhibits, selected EUA to design their new construction facility in the up-and-coming Menomonee Valley. The headquarters needed to accommodate both the company's creative design office space along with industrial space sufficient for warehousing and light manufacturing options. Elements of urban design, including pedestrian-friendly walkways and rear parking give the Derse facility a fresh take on the smokestacks of old-time industrial buildings and help give the Menomonee Valley a bold look.

As the first industrial building in Milwaukee to receive LEED Silver Certification, this facility includes sustainable elements that will reduce energy usage by 14% and water usage by 40% annually. Located on a former Brownfield site, sustainable features include: low-wattage lighting and occupancy sensors; low-flow fixtures; low VOC-emitting materials and finishes; and locally-sourced and recycled materials. Derse is projected to save nearly $30,000 per year in utility costs.

During the design and construction process, Derse employees learned how to better incorporate green materials into their products and can share this knowledge with clients. Ultimately, the project inspired Derse to become more environmentally responsible and to reduce their carbon footprint.