“If you take the long-term view, it makes financial sense to build a sustainable corporate headquarters,” says Harlan Stone, CEO. “The savings we’ll realize while operating it, particularly given the rise in energy costs, will pay the modest premium that it cost to design and build. I’m sure of it.”
Stone dreamed of the headquarters for decades, envisioning a “house on the hill” above his company’s existing operations facility in Norwalk. When the 1.5-acre site went up for sale, he bought it. And when he met architect Jason F. McLennan at a conference, he began to believe that the dream might become a reality.
McLennan, founder of the Living Building Challenge—the most rigorous sustainability certification for buildings in the world—is an expert in environmentally responsible design. The pair agreed to work together to ensure that HMTX’s new headquarters would reduce carbon emissions, promote human health, and minimize its impact on the natural landscape.