Retailer REI debuts green distribution center

January 01, 2008 |

As part of its corporate initiative to reduce its overall environmental footprint through decreased greenhouse gas emissions and waste stream, outdoor gear retailer REI has opened a LEED Silver-registered distribution center in Bedford, Pa. The 525,000-sf facility sits on 42 acres with 12 acres of walking paths through a natural habitat. Developed by Indianapolis-based Lauth, the structure features a high-performance envelope and lighting system with daylight and occupancy sensors, and is modeled to reduce energy costs by 25% versus a typical distribution center. The site utilizes bioswales to naturally clean stormwater runoff.

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