All kinds of unusual commercial buildings have been gaining LEED certification recently–a soda manufacturing plant, for instance–and now, Chicago is expected to become home to the first food-service distribution facility in the nation to gain LEED Platinum certification.

The new distribution center of Testa Produce, a wholesale distributor, comprises 91,000-square-feet, was constructed at a cost of $20-million, and is located in the Chicago Stockyards Industrial Park. The 100-year-old, family-owned company spent four and a half years designing and constructing this building, which is now on track to gain the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest level of green certification.

Testa distribution center
image via Testa Produce

Sustainable and/or energy efficient features of the building include a freestanding 238-foot, 750kW wind turbine (Chicago’s first); solar hot water; a 45,000-square-foot green roof; a sophisticated rainwater harvesting system built around cisterns, bioswales and a retention pond; solar power; and LED lighting.

The facility makes use of recycled and reused building materials, and day-to-day operations will also emphasize recycling. More information on the distribution center and its green features is available online.

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