Raven Industries has taken a nearly 70-year-old building and transformed it into a beautiful and energy-efficient, green corporate headquarters.
Raven began remodeling work three years ago on the old Manchester Biscuit Company building, which it bought in 1961. The $23 million project will be complete in July. Over the years, Raven used the building not only as headquarters, but also as a manufacturing plant. It has since built new buildings at its industrial park location to house the manufacturing operations.
The remodel includes a new grand entry-way to the building that shows off its products and services. In the remodel, the company saved the huge, old biscuit ovens, which are several stories tall, and transformed them into offices and a break-room area. During renovations, 98 percent of the building’s exterior walls and structural elements were left intact to preserve the history of the structure.
Tuesday, the company is installing its green roof. It's made up of living plants on top of the third floor rooftop patio to provide water filtration and improve heat efficiency. It's also a place employees can enjoy.
The company is working to get the building LEED Gold Certified. Raven has taken a number of steps as part of an ongoing, corporate sustainability project. Angela Kennecke will show you all the ways the company is going green tonight on Eye on KELOLAND at 10.