Tours, speeches highlight building's ability to provide flexibility, transparency, and equality.
Colorado Springs, Colorado - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach topped the speakers list for the grand opening celebration of Bal Seal Engineering Inc.’s new manufacturing facility. The event, held on February 18, also featured speeches from Bal Seal management, including President and CEO Rick Dawson.
Addressing a 300-plus crowd, Hickenlooper and Bach congratulated Bal Seal on the completion of its 155,000ft2 state-of-the-art facility. Tours featured the unveiling of a permanent display that tells the story of Bal Seal from its founding in 1958 to the present, and showcases the breadth of applications in which Bal Seal products are found.
The arrival of Bal Seal, a technology manufacturer with worldwide locations, signals 200–250 new job opportunities for the Colorado Springs community, as well as continued involvement with local academic institutions. The construction project, which was designed on a philosophy of equality, transparency, and flexibility, is the result of collaboration between CSNA, a local architectural firm, and local contactor Bryan Construction.
“We’re investing in our future and in the future of Colorado Springs,” said CEO Richard Dawson. “This facility enables us to increase capacity to meet the anticipated demand for our products, but it also enables us to support the Colorado Springs community and to continue our partnerships with Colorado educational institutions.”
In creating an environment that fosters social interaction and interpersonal relationships, the new complex features a picnic area, a playground, a fitness trail and a park. Finishes and amenities such as Air Pear thermal equalizers and Solatube tubular daylighting devices provide purified air and natural sunlight throughout the building.
Bal Seal, a privately held company with headquarters in Foothill Ranch, Calif. and offices in Europe and Asia, announced in late 2011 that it had chosen Colorado Springs as a location for the facility. The company held a groundbreaking ceremony of the new facility in June 2012. The manufacturer of Bal Seal Canted Coil Springs and Bal Seal Spring-energized Seals currently leases a smaller building in the city, where it employs 81 people. A projected rise in sales and significant increase in demand for its products drove its decision to expand.
Source: Bal Seal