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Meeting customers’ needs with sustainable designs

CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS Muhlenberg Greene designed the new headquarters for Gateway Ticketing Systems in Colebrookdale Township. The design of the building has created an invigorated environment for employees, Gateway says.

Paying close attention to customers’ needs still serves as the foundation of a Berks County architectural firm that Frederick Muhlenberg built nearly a century ago.

Paying close attention to customers’ needs still serves as the foundation of a Berks County architectural firm that Frederick Muhlenberg built nearly a century ago.

Today, Muhlenberg Greene Architects Ltd. of Wyomissing continues to thrive on that same principle, with a constant focus on sustainability – using materials efficiently to increase their life cycle, minimize energy usage and minimize what gets sent to landfills.

Through the years, sustainability designs of Muhlenberg Greene have proved successful and have landed recent large projects for the company. They include a new energy-efficient corporate headquarters for Colebrookdale Township’s Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc. and an $18 million renovation and expansion to a 1960s elementary school in Womelsdorf.

“Sustainability is good design practice,” said John Hill, vice president of Muhlenberg Greene. There is a lot of good design practices that make sense, and we evaluate where it [sustainability] makes sense.”

Last fall, Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc. moved into its new headquarters in Colebrookdale Township thanks to the collaborative efforts of a design-build project, which included the sustainable design of Muhlenberg Greene and construction efforts of Hollenbach Construction Inc. of Boyertown.

Gateway had outgrown its office spaces and wanted a new facility that would be a more collaborative and appealing workplace for its personnel to interact during the day, while serving as a marketing and recruitment magnet in the competitive industry of technology.

Three architects were in the running for the project, including Muhlenberg Greene.

“The tipping point was that Muhlenberg Greene had the technology,” said Glenn Ebersole, strategic vice president of Hollenbach Construction. “A lot of … features and a lot of interactions that Gateway wanted to promote were … by the design of Muhlenberg Greene.”

Muhlenberg Greene designed the Gateway building to include a large central area for people to pass through, with a commons area that features energy efficient, natural lighting. The area also includes a lunch room for employees to gather.

“Muhlenberg Greene worked closely with our team to understand our business and custom design a facility that meets our needs,” said Michael Andre, president and CEO of Gateway Ticketing.

Jennifer Glose
Reporter Jennifer Glose covers health care, Berks County and other topics. She can be reached at [email protected] or 610-807-9619, ext. 111.

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