Taco has embarked on a major building project to modernize its Cranston, RI, facility and revamp the Taco Learning Center. Plans for the $18 million project include expanding the front of the present building to accommodate a brand new, state-of-the-art education and training center, to be called the Taco Innovation & Development Center, along with over 24,000 sq. ft. of renovations to office space areas.
With new classroom spaces, conference rooms, a business center, and functional labs for testing and teaching, The Center will utilize, display and provide a hands-on learning environment for advanced hydronics. The HVAC products and systems will be visible throughout the entire facility forming “Living Laboratories” that allow for close-up viewing, hands-on learning and teaching.
The project represents the largest capital expenditure effort in the company’s history and addresses the company’s short and long terms needs for remaining in Rhode Island. This “Green” LEED project is slated for completion during the fall of 2012.
“Taken together, these major improvements to Taco’s physical infrastructure will provide us with a new home for the coming decades,” said John Hazen White Jr., the third generation owner of Taco. “The new Taco Innovation & Development Center will be a showcase for our industry, where members of our professional community will learn about the latest technology and applications our industry has to offer. We look forward to the completion of this project when we can begin sharing this amazing facility with them.
The project, which will extend through five phases of design and construction, will employ 36 subcontracting employers and provide almost 200 jobs for the local economy.