September 2009PACCAR Center Make History at Gonzaga University
The new PACCAR Center for Applied Science opened at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., in late 2008, making history as the university’s first certified “green” building.
PACCAR made a major donation toward the construction of the three-story, 29,000-square-foot center. It was designed to comply with the regulations required for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating, which means the building meets standards for environmentally sustainable construction.
The building incorporates engineering principles that promote energy conservation and sustainability in design and construction practices. Strategies include management of natural daylight and solar energy, in addition to the integration of renewable, recyclable materials.
The PACCAR Center houses sophisticated laboratories dedicated to robotics, artificial vision, and transmission and distribution line engineering, as well as classrooms and faculty offices.
Dennis Horn, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, praised PACCAR for its visionary leadership in support of the project, which he said will allow Gonzaga “to provide our students with invaluable laboratory experience in cutting-edge fields using the latest technology.”
Employees Raise Funds for United Way
PACCAR and its employees’ generous contributions during the 2008 United Way national campaign resulted in over a million dollars being raised for the agency. These funds ensure that United Way agencies can continue to address social services needs and create long-lasting positive changes for local communities.
Peterbilt is the largest single contributor to United Way of Denton County, accounting for more than 25% of its total annual budget. Peterbilt employees contributed more than $450,000 in the 2008 fundraising campaign.
“With today’s challenging economic conditions, many in our communities are in serious need of health and human services that are supported by United Way of Denton County,” said Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president. “Thanks to the generous contributions of our employees, Peterbilt has played a significant role in improving the lives of our friends, neighbors and those in our community who need our help.”
During the United Way of King County fundraising campaign in Washington, PACCAR employees and retirees raised $918,000, including the PACCAR Foundation’s $425,000 donation. Employees across nine divisions pledged funds to United Way and participated in special fundraising events to give back to King County communities.
PACCAR has held fundraisers for United Way for several years and will continue this annual philanthropic event at its divisions for the 2009 United Way campaign this fall.
PACCAR Named Washington State Philanthropic Company of the Year
The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Washington Chapter, named PACCAR an outstanding corporate donor during its 20th anniversary National Philanthropy Day luncheon,which is dedicated to honoring and supporting the efforts and passions of philanthropic leaders and the organizations they serve.
PACCAR was recognized for the generous donations the company has contributed for more than 100 years to community projects and organizations, such as Seattle University and Gonzaga University, as well as its generous employee matching gift program.
PACCAR’s global citizenship was also acknowledged,including a commitment to the environment demonstrated by the company’s development and sharing of innovative technologies.