MCR safety facility to be sustainable

Aug 31, 2012

Artist’s rendering of MCR Safety’s new $8 million corporate headquarters currently under construction at Schilling Farms

Memphis Business Journal - Street Talk

MCR Safety’s new $8 million, 45,000-square-foot corporate headquarters won’t officially be LEED-certified, but it will be a model of sustainability.

The building will be located at Schilling Farms in Collierville, which means it had to meet the city’s energy efficiency guidelines, but architectural firm Renaissance Group took the design a step further.

“The facility will essentially be 100 percent on backup generators, which can support their IT and computer server room,” says Sal Faraci, a principal with Renaissance Group. “The project could easily be LEED certified, but they didn’t know what the additional cost would be.”

Faraci says the new building will include expanded training facilities, product showrooms and a conference center and will house about 180 employees. Construction began earlier this month and is expected to be completed in 10 months. The project is being built by Linkous Construction.

MCR manufactures and sells safety equipment ranging from gloves and hats to eyewear and protective outerwear.

“When you grow at the pace they’ve been growing, you need a new facility that allows you to build according to your business plan,” Faraci says. “They had ideas and were interested in every part of the project.”