DC Receives LEED Gold

Stirling Capital Investments' latest distribution facility in the Victorville, CA Southern California Logistics Centre (SCLC) received a gold certification from the US Green Building Council. According to Stirling, this is the first High Desert project to receive the Gold certification and only the fourth industrial warehouse in California to be so designated. California, says Stirling, has more LEED-certificed projects than any other state or country.

The Class A industrial facility, known as Distribution Centre 13A, consists of 296,490 square feet on approximately 17 acres. The facility is part of Phase I development of SCLC totaling more than 6.5 million square feet of facilities. Upon completion, SCLC will total approximately 60 million square feet of commercial and industrial development to accommodate future warehousing and logistics operations.

“We are proud to be awarded LEED Gold for DC13A and will continue to pursue LEED certification on new developments at SCLC to offer tenants and the community high quality, sustainable buildings that provide health and safety benefits and direct cost savings to tenants,” said Brian Parno, vice president with Stirling Capital Investments, master developer of SCLC. “DC13A uses approximately 42% less energy than a baseline facility, saving a tenant upwards of $68,800 per year in energy costs alone.”

Some of the sustainable features that are part of DC13A’s LEED Gold status include: reduced-flow electronic valve restroom fixtures and drought-tolerant landscaping to reduce water use by 30% on indoor plumbing and 60% on landscaping. Energy savings strategies include 3% skylights with daylight harvesting, improved building envelope and energy efficient HVAC and lighting equipment. Additionally, increased ventilation, daylighting strategies and materials with low VOC levels all contribute to the high standards for indoor environmental quality. This ensures that tenants enjoy a healthy and productive working environment.

Distribution Centre 13A, which completed construction in May 2008, also boasted green standards during the construction process. For example, 95% of all waste during the demolition of former military base structures onsite and the building construction process was diverted from a landfill, 20% of all materials used in construction were recycled and 35% of all materials came from local and regional sources.

“DC13A’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, US Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and DC13A serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

The state-of-the-art facility is cross-docked and features 32-foot clear height with ESFR sprinklers, 112 dock high loading doors, 147 truck trailer parking spaces and 164 automobile parking spaces.

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