Crystal Park - a smart office building
Our commitment to sustainability becomes even clearer when looking at our new building. Extending across 30,000m2 in the ban de Gasperich, Crystal Park incorporates the latest advancements in sustainable architecture and building practices. Completed in 2014, it has earned high standard certification for environment-conscious design.
Features include: efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and lightening technology, internal flows management, use of sustainable building materials, waste-management scheme, sustainable providers' selection, a 20ha urban park, and alternative mobility solutions. (i.e.: car sharing, carpooling tool, etc.)
Crystal Park is not only a new building: it's a firm and a People story
What's most important to us is that our People work at a place where they can feel comfortable and be connected.
Crystal Park was conceived with this idea in mind - a clear vision of people working together -, so there are conference and seminar rooms, as well as a lot of informal meeting areas.
We consciously decided to go for a building that expands horizontally rather than vertically. By using footbridges, staircases and lifts, our People can meet quickly and easily. The space in Crystal Park is open and promotes staff circulation.
We've also reexamined the technology we use to foster mobility and flexibility. We provided all our People with iPhones and designed office hoteling apps to book and allot workspaces on an as-needed basis. We also adopted the Follow-me printing solution, which allows users to print documents on any printer across the firm, while reducing our paper consumption by 20%.
We want to be a welcoming employer, so we designed what we believe are fantastic facilities for our People. The 1,000m2 Atrium can be described as the heart of Crystal Park where everybody can get together. There's also a wellbeing centre, a restaurant, a bar and an auditorium.
Putting the environment at the heart of Crystal Park
We wanted to pioneer real and practical ways of saving energy. By moving into Crystal Park, we managed to reduce our carbon emissions substantially.
Concretely: we consume nearly 50% less energy/m2 than in the past.
Crystal Park meets the most stringent environmental standards. Using natural materials was a top priority for us. A structure of glass and wood covering the entire building lets through a maximum of natural light and helps us reduce our energy consumption.
When you think of green technologies, recovering the heat from your datacentre isn't necessarily the first thing that comes to mind; but doing exactly that has given us a real low-carbon alternative to traditional energy sources, covering one third of our heating needs.
In addition, we've developed our commuting solutions - initiated in 2010 - including fleet of electric vehicles, carsharing and carpooling platform. We also provide every employee with a JobKaart and pay 50% of the annual fees for their M-Pass (Mobilitéitspass) to encourage the use of public transport.