Alsco has a state of the art facility in Palmerston North, New Zealand. This facility provides a higher quality and more efficient service to customers as well as offering a range of environmental benefits.
State of the Art Green Facility
After months of careful planning, preparation and construction, Alsco’s state of the art commercial laundry in Palmerston North opened in February 2012, to service businesses across New Zealand’s lower North Island.
Construction began on the purpose-built Hub in April of the previous year, with building work completed in late October. “The building from ground up took ten months, including the majority of the equipment fit-out prior to the move. The project involved a combination of contractors and our own engineers,” explained Palmerston North Branch Manager Kurt Petherbridge.
A combination of engineers, staff and removalists were involved with moving staff and equipment over two weekends in February. “Decommissioning in the old Donnington Street plant began on Friday February 10 with first stage of production up and running in the new plant on Monday February 13,” said Regional Engineering Manager Fred Gardyne, who was involved with the project from its inception. “Needless to say, it was quite a busy weekend!”
“The transition of staff from the Donnington St Palmerston North plant to the new premises in Mihaere Drive went very smoothly,” said Kurt. “Half moved on February 13 while the other half moved on February 20.” “Everyone loves the new building with its modern facilities and they are very enthusiastic as we settle down the workings of the new equipment,” said Kurt.
The facility uses the latest technology to provide an increased level of efficiency to customers, while providing less of an adverse effect on the environment. Some of the environmental benefits of the hub include:
- Enhanced natural lighting, energy efficient systems that utilise heat recovery, specialised roof insulations and central ventilation systems.
- Water consumption reduced by nearly 40 per cent.
- Gas consumption reduced by the purpose built hot water generator.
- A trade waste system that incorporates two separate treatment systems, which will reduce the risk to the environment.
- Heat will be recovered from water discharge and used to pre-heat incoming water.
- Electricity demand will reduce due to the use of modern efficient equipment.
As Alsco New Zealand Chief Executive, Tony Colenso explained, “this new facility will not only enable us to provide a more efficient, high quality service to our customers, but it will also reduce our impact on the environment, which is something that is very important to us at Alsco.”
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