Testa Produce facility
is chosen as Best
Green Building Project
Jan 3, 2012 7:00 AM
The new Testa Produce distribution center, which is poised to become the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified food distribution facility in the nation, has been selected as Best Green Building Project of 2011 by ENRMidwest (Engineering News-Record).
This annual awards program recognizes outstanding design and construction in a variety of categories. Testa Produce was nominated by Chicago IL-based Summit Design + Build.
Winning projects were selected based on design and construction quality, quality, innovation, safety, and the ability of their project teams to overcome unique challenges. Testa Produce’s $24-million, 91,000-square-foot distribution center, built on former brownfield space in the Chicago Stockyards Industrial Park, generates a 60% savings in utility consumption as a result of renewable energy systems, including 180 photovoltaic solar panels and a 750-kilowatt freestanding wind turbine.
Roof-mounted solar panels generate 100% of the facility’s hot water, while a 5,000-gallon water storage and treatment system recycles rainwater for non-potable uses throughout the building. Other “green” features recognized by ENRMidwest include a partially vegetated, barrel-shaped roof, permeated pavers, bioswales, and a retention pond for managing storm water runoff.
The distribution center, which opened in May 2011, was designed by Epstein architects. Summit Design + Build served as construction manager and WBS Equities served as owner’s project consultant. Construction and permanent financing was provided by MB Bank; all are Chicago-based concerns.
For more information and to see additional photos of the facility, visit www.testaproduce.com.
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