On June 4th, 2019, Mary Kay Inc., a global leader in corporate and social responsibility, announced that it has obtained LEED Silver certification for its Lewisville, Texas manufacturing facility, the Richard R. Rogers (R3) Manufacturing/R&D Center.
The 453,000-square-foot building, inaugurated in November 2018, highlights the following: cutting-edge manufacturing technology, sophisticated R&D laboratories, and an astute aim on sustainable, eco-friendly construction.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most extensively used green building rating system designed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certification is granted for projects that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated through highly-efficient, healthy, and sustainable methods.
At Mary Kay, we understand that every choice we make today impacts the future of our employees, our independent sales force and the communities in which we live and work. Earning LEED status at R3 is another example of our company’s corporate stewardship—it showcases our commitment to enriching the lives others through rewarding opportunities, social responsibility and, most importantly, sustainable practices.
Chaun Harper, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Mary Kay Inc.
After a complete search of promising locations across North Texas, Mary Kay Inc. launched R3 on September 13th, 2016, precisely 53 years to the day following Mary Kay Ash started her dream company from a small Dallas storefront. The project obtained LEED Silver certification based on many key elements in design and construction, such as follows:
- Heat Island: 100% of the weighted building roof surface has Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 95.
- Location: Facility situated within one-quarter-mile walking distance of one or more stops for two or more public, campus, or private bus lines used by building occupants.
- Energy savings: The facility has gained an energy cost savings of 13.48% by implementing measures such as thermal controls, energy efficient lighting, and acquiring renewable energy for 100% of electricity consumed through 2021.
- Water use: The facility has decreased potable water use by 33.96%, which saves about 913,480 gallons of potable water each year.
The second Mary Kay project that obtains the desired LEED status is R3. In 2018, Mary Kay China was granted LEED v4 Gold certification for its corporate headquarters building situated in Shanghai.
Mary Kay Ash, our founder, once said, ‘I feel very strongly that we must do everything in our power to save our planet. Mary Kay is an environmental leader because we strongly feel it is the right thing to do’. We take her words to heart. We’re committed to building a future that’s healthier, greener, and sustainable for generations to come.
Chaun Harper, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Mary Kay