GDI constructed this 804,000 square foot distribution facility for Cooper Tire in Franklin, Indiana as part of an initiative to increase efficiencies and realize the energy savings associated to operating a new, state of the art distribution facility. Early in the process, GDI construction partnered with Cooper Tire in analyzing various potential sites which were under consideration and in guiding them through the LEED process by providing cost-benefit analysis based upon their building specifications. Through close collaboration, GDI’s team of professionals used their creativity and past experience with bulk warehouse construction to exceed the original goals for LEED by securing a Gold rating only two months after its completion with very little additional cost to the client. This impressive distribution/warehouse is now the largest Gold rated LEED project of its kind in the United States.
GDI Construction recieved the “Award of Excellence” for this project from the local chapter of Assoicated Builders and Contractors. Recognition through this “Award of Excellence” and confirmation of LEED Gold status from the USGBC was attributable to a team effort that achieved an excellence in design which truly has changed the landscape of bulk industrial projects in central Indiana.
Some of the “green” features in this facility include a low impact design (LID) for the site, use of local materials, water conservation and rainwater collection, and reduction in energy consumption. The “green” values were determined and articulated early in the design process and were incorporated into the project at every state. For example, GDI used a white reflective roof along with relfective exterior site concrete to reduce the heat island effect. In addition, the landscaping does not require potable water reducing the impact on the City water utilities. Further more, integrating LEED guidelines during the design and construction, GDI Construction created a building that will have reduced operating costs and minimal energy consumption throughout the building’s lifecycle.