(Stanwood, Michigan, April 23, 2003) – Environmentally-conscious building design and operational features of the recently constructed Ice Mountain bottled water plant in West Michigan have earned it LEEDT (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED certification is an important recognition of “green building” efforts by businesses that incorporate environmentally beneficial elements into construction projects.
@@img1 Ice Mountain, which is a subsidiary company of bottled water industry leader Nestlé Waters North America Inc., is among the first generation of businesses in the U.S. to earn the designation. This Michigan plant is, in fact, only the second industrial facility in the U.S. to achieve LEED certification.
“As environmentally-conscious design gains momentum for commercial offices, municipal buildings, schools, retail centers and similar buildings, it is noteworthy to see this trend emerging in the industrial sector as well,” said Christine Ervin, President & CEO for the U.S. Green Building Council. “The Ice Mountain plant is a great example of what businesses can accomplish by promoting superior environmental and economic performance from their own facilities.”
Kim Jeffery, chief executive officer for Nestlé Waters North America, added, “We have great enthusiasm for being at the vanguard of this movement and are very proud to be among the outstanding recipients of LEED certification.” “Looking toward the future, as Nestlé Waters builds four new water bottling plants over the next two years, we are committed to constructing them in a manner that supports the environment, the employees who work in our facilities and the communities in which we operate.”
Nestlé Waters North America stakes its reputation – and the high-quality of its water beverage product – on the natural resources of the environment. As Nestlé Waters began plans for its newest factories, it committed to building plants and operational practices that respect the environment today and in the future.
The Ice Mountain facility, which began operations in May 2002, is the first company facility to be designed in accordance with LEED protocols. The 410,000 square foot plant, now employing more than 150 people, produces Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water for consumers in the Midwest.
Nestlé’s in-house team of architects and engineers was charged with developing a plant designed for economic, environmental and social sustainability. “We approached the Ice Mountain plant as an opportunity to build a project that reflects the company values we hold as important,” explained Gordon Gayda, senior project manager, who headed up the design team. “As a company whose very business centers on good environmental stewardship, we wanted to create a facility that is consistent with this commitment.”
The primary green consultant on the project was the GreenTeam, Inc. of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Haskell Company of Jacksonville, Florida served as the architect and general contractor. More than 80 percent of subcontractors were Michigan based.
Key green features of the Ice Mountain plant include:
. Water safeguards – remove toxic substances from storm water runoff
. Water efficiency – eliminated need for irrigation system by using native and water conserving plants; using low-flow, water-saving fixtures in bathrooms
. Constructed wetlands -treat domestic wastewater through natural biologic filtration before the water is recharged to groundwater sources
. Moveable exterior walls – designed to deconstruct and be reused to expand the plant. A 250,000 foot expansion is scheduled for 2003
. Pollution prevention – parking area is dedicated to bicycle, electric vehicle and car pool users
. Open space preservation and native plantings – More than 40 acres of the plant site is protected as natural meadow and forestland
. Non-toxic building materials and maintenance – durable, non-toxic materials were selected for the building, with consideration for the materials’ life cycle impacts on water
. Resource efficiencies – Recycled content building materials (over 50 percent as calculated under LEED) were selected for the building. Approximately 50 percent came from local sources, limiting long-haul transportation
. Waste reduction – More than 75 percent of the building construction waste was salvaged or recycled; corrugate, plastic, product pallets and other materials are recycled
. Minimal impact exterior lighting – designed to reduce nighttime lighting
. Indoor environmental quality – Indoor spaces are enhanced by innovative space design and sophisticated controls that monitor and regulate interior temperature, humidity, lighting and air quality
The Ice Mountain building includes state-of-the-art water bottling equipment, a comprehensive quality control laboratory, stainless steel water storage silos, maintenance workshop, shipping and receiving division, trailer docks, warehouse, staff training rooms and administrative offices. Spring water is transported to the facility from a spring source by an underground stainless steel pipeline. A combination high-tech and traditional monitoring network maintains on-going aquifer and ecosystem information gathering.
LEEDing the Way to a Greener Tomorrow
Third-party LEED certification is granted to companies whose efforts to provide for long-term sustainability through green building performance meet established criteria. The LEED program emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in green building through a comprehensive system offering project certification, professional accreditation, training and practical resources. More than 800 projects, covering more than 90 million square feet, have registered their intent to apply for certification status.
The U.S. Green Building Council, a coalition of building industry leaders, educators and government agencies, created the LEED Green Building Rating SystemT as a voluntary, market-driven protocol that evaluates environmental performance from a “whole building” perspective. Its purpose is to provide a definitive green standard for buildings. The Council awards different levels of certification based on the total credits earned.
For More Information:
Contact: Jane Lazgin (203) 863-0240
Nestlé Waters North America
Theresa Peyton (202) 828-1143
U.S. Green Building Council