J.K. Hage '78 is heating and cooling the office building of Hage and Hage LLC with geothermal energy that will use 25 wells running 420 feet below the earth. At the other end of the building—the roof—vegetation will reduce any energy waste seeping out the top.
Hage, an Albany Law School trustee, renovated a former downtown-Utica, N.Y., bank that will feature other "green" devices like energy-efficient lighting and office furnishings made of recycled material.
Rejecting options to move into suburban office parks, Hage wanted to make a clear statement about the vibrancy and potential of downtown Utica by committing the law firm to a downtown location using state-of-the-art technology.
As part owner of the boiler-free, furnace-free building, Hage is seeking recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Hage & Hage LLC, a firm started in the 1930s by Hage's father, James, also an Albany Law School graduate—as is Hage's daughter, Heather—provides law and financial advisory work to clients throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. The firm expects to move into the building in the spring.
"We chose to stay in downtown Utica," Hage told Utica's daily newspaper, the
Observer-Dispatch. "As lifelong Utica residents, we wanted to do something to demonstrate to our fellow Mohawk Valley residents that our area can be at the peak of the wave."