State-of-the art facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma recognized for sustainable design, construction, and operations.
Whirlpool Corporation has another reason to celebrate its commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the nation’s governing body for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, recently awarded Silver Certification to Whirlpool Corporation’s Factory Distribution Center (FDC) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Receiving LEED Silver Certification at our new FDC in Tulsa once again demonstrates Whirlpool Corporation is a global leader in sustainability and manufacturing.”
The 800,000 square foot distribution center, which officially opened in March, integrates various green building strategies and designs across several categories, including energy usage, water consumption, and indoor air quality.
“Receiving LEED Silver Certification at our new FDC in Tulsa once again demonstrates Whirlpool Corporation is a global leader in sustainability and manufacturing,” said Jim Keppler, vice president of Integrated Supply Chain and Quality for Whirlpool Corporation’s North America Region. “We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition as we continue to make a positive impact on our employees, consumers, and communities.”
LEED accreditation is a globally-recognized symbol of excellence in green building and the foremost program for buildings that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. Notable sustainable features incorporated into Whirlpool Corporation’s Tulsa FDC include:
- Lower-flow plumbing fixtures
- Drought-tolerant plantings and reduced irrigation areas
- A highly-insulated building envelope
- High-efficiency LED lighting with occupancy sensors
- Efficient direct-fired natural gas warehouse heating units
- HVAC refrigerants that minimize ozone-depletion/global-warming potential
- Exhaust fans with improved efficiency for necessary ventilation
Whirlpool Corporation partnered with real estate developer The Pizzuti Companies and design/build firm ARCO Construction for the project’s completion.
The Tulsa FDC is one of more than a dozen LEED-certified projects for Whirlpool Corporation since 2009. These projects include Whirlpool Corporation’s Global and North America Region headquarters in Benton Harbor, Michigan.