HMTX Industries celebrated “The House Up on the Hill,” the company's new headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut, on September 20, 2022, with a ribbon cutting with state and local delegates.
The 24,000-square-foot project was a collaboration with Jason McLennen of McLennan Design. The project was conceived with a focus on sustainability and the environment, and the building is one of the greenest in the State of Connecticut.
“Our new HMTX headquarters is designed to represent the core values on which our company was built and has grown,” said Harlan Stone, CEO, of HMTX Industries. “What I like to refer to as our House Up On The Hill will merge nature and sustainability with innovation and collaboration. It will provide a unique space for artists, engineers, developers and architects, as well as creative and disruptive thinkers, to exchange ideas and thoughts in this modern day salon.”
Nestled into woods, the structure was designed to sit above ground to preserve as much nature as possible so that birds, insects—even raccoons and wildcats—can travel with minimal disruption. The building was constructed with non-toxic materials, and it will generate more energy on-site than it uses, produce zero carbon emissions, and will capture and re-use rainwater. The ecologically conscious facility also provides spaces for artists-in-residence design studios.
The new building is the first project in Norwalk to pursue the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most stringent green building rating system.
“Working with Harlan on this Living Building Challenge project has been an incredible experience,” said Jason McLennan, managing principal, McLennan Design. “This facility is groundbreaking, not only for its design, but for the pioneering product development work taking place inside.”