New $45M Printing Plant is Green by Design

Fredericksburg, VA — Print Innovators’ 92,000-square-foot facility is one of the most state-of-the art printing plants in the country. The plant features a Goss International Flexible Printing System press: the only one of its kind in the Americas. Print Innovators is owned by the The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co. – that also owns four radio stations,, and the flagship newspaper. The plant is designed as a way to diversify the Free Lance-Star operations.rnrnThe new plant, built by Winchester-based construction firm Howard Shockey & Sons Inc., replaces the Free Lance-Star’s longtime production facility in downtown Fredericksburg. rnrnThe $45 million facility was designed to be environment-friendly under LEED guidelines established by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program incorporates energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, indoor air quality and stewardship into building design and operation.rnrnAmong the green features at Print Innovators: Native grasses and natural landscaping that requires less care and water, a white roof that reflects heat; a storage and collection area for recyclables; Materials such as paint, coatings and carpet that were selected to reduce or eliminate harmful volatile organic compounds; One-third of the furnishings from recycled or refurbished sources; and natural lighting. Natural light supplements other light in the building, reducing the power consumption.rnrn”Some of the things you need to do