Showcase Building Tours

As part of this year's Summit, Better Buildings partners and other Cleveland-area properties are hosting Showcase Building Tours on August 21 and 22. Organizations will open up their buildings and share energy savings insights with Better Buildings Summit and Energy Exchange attendees. Tour hosts will highlight the energy and water efficiency measures and actions that have helped them achieve their energy reduction goals and save money.

Sign up for Showcase Building Tours through registration. If you have already registered, log back in and select your tour. Spots are first-come, first- serve! For more information contact BetterBuildings@retechadvisors.com

Commercial Sector

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic’s goal is to reduce its energy use per square foot 20% by 2020. To achieve this goal, Cleveland Clinic has deployed many energy efficiency initiatives throughout their facilities. These include optimizing air exchange rates in operating rooms, temperature setbacks in unoccupied and non-clinical areas, and installing high-efficiency building systems. This tour will explore one of Cleveland Clinic's exemplary buildings and highlight a number of these energy efficiency initiatives.

  • Meeting time and location: Tuesday, August 21; 2pm at the Convention Center. 
  • Tour address: TBD

Forest City - Key Tower 

Forest City Realty Trust, a Better Buildings Partner, recently relocated their Corporate Headquarters to the Key Tower Building. Occupying five newly-renovated floors, come and explore the energy efficiency and health and wellness features of their new space. Meet the team who coordinated the Energy Star Tenant Space application. 

  • Meeting time and location: Tuesday, August 21; 2pm at the Convention Center. Tour will last 1 hour (including travel).
  • Tour address: 127 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114
     

Great Lakes Brewing Company 

Located 2 miles from the shores of Lake Erie, Great Lakes Brewing was founded in 1988 and has been dedicated to sustainability since the start. Attendees will get a tour of the brewery and restaurant, which includes a radiant heat floor, straw bale wall, and other green building techniques. After walking through the green projects in the pub, attendees will walk through the brewery to understand energy and water conservation practices, including the brewery’s solar PV array.

  • Meeting time and location: Tuesday, August 21; 2pm at the Convention Center. Tour will last 2 hours (including travel).
  • Tour address: 2516 Market Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
     

Metropolitan at The 9 

This luxurious downtown hotel is a Marcel Breuer-designed high-rise office converted into a hotel and apartments. To preserve the historical character of the site, the owners implemented an interesting mechanical solution using the design of the original concrete facade panels. As part of a 2012 redevelopment of 3 city blocks, 3 historic buildings were renovated into a mixed-use space. In addition to the hotel and residences, there is retail, theatre, and dining space, as well as a newly-constructed LEED Gold county government headquarters.

  • Meeting time and location: Tuesday, August 21; 2pm at the Convention Center. Tour will last 2.5 hours (including travel).
  • Tour address: 2017 E 9th St, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Public/Multifamily Sector

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority will showcase different sites, each demonstrating CMHA's sustainability mission and how strategic investment and partnerships can enhance community efforts. Attendees will see the CMHA Solar Field & Urban Agriculture/Employee Gardening Program, a LEED Silver Certified CMHA Campus, and Multifamily Estate Heritage View. 

  • Meeting time and location: Tuesday, August 21; 2pm at the Convention Center. Tour will last 2.5 hours (including travel). 
  • Tour address: 8120 Kinsman Rd, Cleveland, OH 44104

Public Sector

Northeast Re-Integration Center

Join this tour of the correctional facility to learn about its various energy elements, including the mechanical, kitchen, laundry, electrical, lighting, and HVAC features. During a Q&A, they will discuss an upcoming energy savings performance contract for the facility as well as the state's recently launched correctional facilities competition, and other energy efficiency efforts.

  • Meeting time and location: Tuesday, August 21; 2pm at the Convention Center (transportation provided). Tour will last 2.5 hours (including travel). 
  • Tour address: 2675 E 30th St, Cleveland, OH 44115
     

GSA Building - Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse 

The Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse opened in 1910 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974. The 5-story building is 227,221 square feet. It was LEED-EBOM Certified in 2013 and has an ENERGY STAR score of 91. In 2014 GSA entered into an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for the courthouse that included the construction of on-site chilled water and gas fired heating water plants. In addition, interior lighting retrofits and controls were installed. The courthouse also has a robust single stream recycling program and the 2018 YTD waste diversion rate is 63%.

  • Meeting time and location: Tuesday, August 21; 2pm at the Convention Center. Tour will last 2 hours (including travel).
  • Tour address: 201 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

Industrial Sector

ArcelorMittal Cleveland

The ArcelorMittal Cleveland facility covers more than 950 acres and the plant’s buildings total 7 million square feet. The plant operates 2 blast furnaces which feed 2 steelmaking facilities. Products made at this location are hot-rolled, cold-rolled, and hot-dipped galvanized sheet and semi-finished (slabs). Markets served by this plant include automotive, converters, construction, and distribution. The tour will focus on the finishing operations as well as cross-cutting systems in the mill such as compressed air, fan, and pumping.

  • Meeting time and location: Wednesday, August 22; 8am at the ArcelorMittal Media Center (attendees are required to provide their own transportation). Tour will last 2.5 hours. 
  • Tour address: 3186 Independence Rd, Cleveland, OH 44105

Ford Motor Company - Cleveland Engine

Ford built the Cleveland Engine plant on a 365-acre site in Brook Park in 1951. It was the center of production for Ford’s first overhead valve engine, the Lincoln V8. Engines from this plant have been used in cars from the Edsel to the Mustang, and in trucks like the F-100 and the F-150. The plant has produced over 34 million engines in its lifetime. After a $350 million investment in 2009, Ford overhauled the plant. The 1.6 million-square-foot plant employs 1,570 people building the Eco Boost and Duratech engines. The tour will focus on the engine machining, assembly lines, and compressed air systems serving them.

  • Meeting time and location: Wednesday, August 22; 8am at the Convention Center (attendees are required to provide their own transportation). Tour will last 2.5 hours. 
  • Tour address: 5600 Henry Ford Blvd, Brook Park, OH 44142
     

PPG Automotive Coatings Plant

PPG's Cleveland plant is the company's largest manufacturing and technical center for automotive coatings in North America. The plant has more than 500 employees and is situated on a 42-acre site in the city's West Park area. PPG purchased the facility in 1947 from Forbes Varnish Company, which began operations there in 1907. The plant produces a full spectrum of coatings products for automotive original equipment manufacturers, including electrocoat, primers, basecoat, clearcoat, waterborne, and solvent-based products. The tour will focus on the automotive OEM coatings lines and the systems that support production.

  • Meeting time and location: Wednesday, August 22; 8am at the PPG Plant (attendees are required to provide their own transportation). Tour will last 3 hours. 
  • Tour address: 3800 W 143rd St, Cleveland, OH 44111