How do you turn the massive former Bell Labs building, a striking concrete-and-glass edifice now called Bell Works, into a place that is not only a technology hub but also environmentally friendly?

Ralph Zucker, president of Somerset Development, has taken steps to “green the former Bell Labs” and transform the 2-million-square-foot building on Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel, one of the largest buildings in the state. “It was built at a time when energy was almost irrelevant, cheap and free and flowing,” he said.

It’s a challenge faced by developers who want to rehabilitate corporate campuses that dot areas around New Jersey.

“Part of the problem we see around the state as we’re trying to adapt these older research buildings that were built decades ago to the modern era … is trying to make them more energy efficient,” said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club. “It’s not easy. It’s a lot of engineering. It’s a lot to try to make them energy efficient.”

But there’s a payoff: every dollar spent on energy efficiency results in $16 in savings, he added.

Read more at Asbury Park Press.

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