Doosan Bobcat North America is pleased to announce that the Acceleration Center – a key engineering facility for all Bobcat® compact equipment – is now Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Located in Bismarck, North Dakota, the Acceleration Center is currently one of only a few test lab facilities of its kind in North America to achieve LEED certification – the most widely used green building rating system in the world and a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.
The state-of-the art building earned high marks across several categories, including design and innovation and indoor environmental quality. From the lobby entrance to office environment, the facility was truly designed for accelerated innovation.
“We created a collaborative, open office workspace that not only gives our employees an inspiring place to work, but also rewards our environment,” said Matt Sagaser, director of innovation accelerated at Doosan Bobcat North America. “The facility has more natural light, better acoustics, key vitality areas, multiple flex work areas with mobile work stations, and outdoor parking spaces for low-emission vehicles. These designs helped us pursue LEED certification.”
Doosan Bobcat completed the $28 million renovation project in 2015, which involved the expansion of an existing building to include office and lab space, classrooms and demonstration areas, and both indoor and outdoor machine operation areas. The facility has two stories and 190,000 square feet under one roof, with an additional 22 acres of outdoor test and product development space. In addition, the space is equipped with modern devices, tools and software systems that expedite leading-edge engineering, and product and process development to meet customers’ growing needs.
“A great deal of care was used in the design and building of the Acceleration Center, with a major focus on sustainability,” said Rich Goldsbury, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “This beautiful facility helps fulfill the vision for our company, stimulates breakthroughs in technology, and serves as the focal point of innovation, solidifying Doosan Bobcat as a global leader in the compact equipment industry.”