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Sherwin Williams' $300M HQ Under Way in Cleveland

Tue December 06, 2022 - Midwest Edition #25
Lori Tobias – CEG Correspondent

The mechanical arms of the concrete trucks had to be anchored to the ground to ensure stability as they were emptied.
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo)
The mechanical arms of the concrete trucks had to be anchored to the ground to ensure stability as they were emptied. (The Sherwin-Williams Company photo)
The mechanical arms of the concrete trucks had to be anchored to the ground to ensure stability as they were emptied.
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo) Constructing such a large building sometimes requires special equipment to lift building materials. Such was the case as the R&D Center’s structural components were installed in May 2022.
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo) HQ Celebration Guests (L-R) are Terrence Upchurch, Kerry McCormack, Blaine Griffin, John Morikis, Bill Chilton, Justin Bibb, Shontel Brown and Ron Todd
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo) (L-R) are Ron Todd, Bill Koehler, Mike Harwood, Phil Robinson, Ron Portman, Jerry Hruby, John Morikis, Mike DeWine, Matt Dolan, Armond Budish, Scott Packard and Dana Saucier
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo) On Aug. 6, the concrete slab was poured at the Global HQ site. The pour began early in the day, and the project continued through mid-afternoon as 150 truckloads of concrete were delivered.
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo) Above ground progress could finally be seen at the Global HQ site in late July 2022, as the tower crane was installed. The crane will be used to lift construction materials as the 36-story tower is being built.
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo) The construction crew worked hard to assemble the tower crane, which was carefully anchored into a concrete pad and balanced with counter weights.
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo) In May 2022, the Building Our Future project was moving at a quick pace. At the Global HQ construction site, the team prepared for the foundation of the 36-story tower.
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo) The highly skilled construction teams at the Global HQ site installed critical skyscraper foundation components. These building anchors, a total of 28, were drilled deep into the earth, some reaching 300 ft. below ground level. 
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo) A concrete channel on the property needed to be redirected and returned to a more natural state with better functionality. The Building Our Future construction team dug a new trench to accommodate the relocation.
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo) Construction on the new R&D Center is being executed wing by wing. Excavation in the area of the future lab wings occurred as other areas of the building rose from the ground.
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo) The Building Our Future construction crew was hard at work in the spring of 2022 as they prepared for the future R&D Center's foundation.
(The Sherwin-Williams Company photo)

A new $300 million Sherwin Williams headquarters construction project in Cleveland, Ohio, is on track for completion in late 2024.

"Concrete and underground utility work continues," the company reported in its September newsletter. "Ground improvement activities have begun for the podium and garage."

The company celebrated the construction kickoff of the new headquarters — one of two in its Building Our Future project — in January with Ohio dignitaries applauding the investment in the city.

"Over the next three years, surface parking lots will be transformed into a global headquarters for Sherwin Williams," said Romona Robinson, emcee.

The approximately 1 million-sq.-ft. headquarters will be located in downtown Cleveland just west of Public Square, Cleveland's preeminent downtown park. It will feature three buildings: a two-story pavilion that will act as a "front porch to Public Square," a 36-floor office tower and an attached multi-level parking garage. The company expects 3,100 existing employees will move into the new headquarters when it is complete.

Sherwin Williams is committed to reducing the environmental footprint of its global operations, according to the Building Our Future website.

"We take a continuous improvement approach to reducing our carbon emissions, energy use and waste generation, while expanding our sourcing of renewable energy and recycling methods.

Project goals include:

  • Reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent
  • Increase renewable energy to 50 percent of total electricity usage
  • Increase operational energy efficiency by 20 percent
  • Reduce waste disposal intensity by 25 percent

Likewise, the company recognizes the challenge climate change presents globally and is committed to addressing the challenge with forward thinking, additional tools and goals that provide the framework for significant progress.

"In 2020, we began aligning our climate strategy to reflect a science-based target approach, influenced by global efforts to limit global warming to well-below 2.0 degrees Celsius. We have adopted a new approach to better reflect and align with certain global efforts, including setting new GHG emissions reduction targets. Our goal is to reduce our absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 30 percent by 2030, compared with a 2019 baseline. In our view, the benefit of setting an absolute goal, rather than an intensity goal, is that it aligns best with what the planet needs – an absolute reduction of GHG emissions. We plan to further evaluate our climate-related risks and opportunities."

A third part of Sherwin William's efforts to be good corporate citizens includes ongoing steps to promote economic equity. In its newsletter, the company reported it has awarded $122 million in contracts to Minority Business Enterprises, Female Business Enterprises and Cleveland Small Businesses.

"We remain committed to helping uplift the entire Greater Cleveland community, including delivering on the supplier inclusion and diversity commitments asked of us by the state, county and city in our economic development packages."

The economic development package reflects the retention of 3,500 current jobs, the addition of a minimum of 400 new jobs over time and the overall long-term economic impact of the projects in the region.

"The incentives support leveling the playing field for northeast Ohio compared to states where the property tax rates are roughly half of the rates in northeast Ohio."

The second structure in the Building Our Future project is a new 600,000-sq.-ft. Research and Development Center in Brecksville, Ohio, about a 20-minute drive from the new headquarters.

Foundation, structural concrete and underground utility activities are under way. The $250-million center will bring chemists, engineers, technicians and support teams together into a hub for innovation and development of the company's future products and services. It will support product development, coatings, research, color technology and process engineering. Nine hundred existing employees are slated to move into the center, which is scheduled to open by the end of 2024. CEG

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