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ArcelorMittal looks to build new headquarters in Luxembourg

ArcelorMittal will construct a new headquarters in Europe.

ArcelorMittal plans to construct a new headquarters building in its home country of Luxembourg.

The steelmaker, one of Northwest Indiana's largest employers, selected a design from Wilmotte & Associés, which prominently features steel and glass. The building, which will house 800 employees, is meant to highlight the benefits of steel, especially its use in green sustainable construction. 

Construction is expected to start in 2019 and should be completed within two years, the company said.

“What I personally love is that this building visibly features steel, which is so often hidden from view," said Aditya Mittal, the company's chief financial officer. "In fact, we believe that no other building of this size and scale has been designed specifically to feature steel throughout."

Mittal said Wilmotte & Associés developed "a truly innovative design that shows how beautiful steel is."

Mittal served on a nine-person jury that reviewed proposals from many of the world's leading architects. The winning design includes a 200-seat auditorium, restaurant and sports facility.

The design features a steel exoskeleton that eliminates the need for columns, and an integrated steel flooring system, which eliminates the need for false ceilings. The headquarters will be a low-carbon, energy-efficient building with steel photovoltaic cells on the roof and a bioclimatic public atrium that cools air in the summer and heats it in winter.

The multi-story building is expected to be certified with a gold-level WELL label.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.