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Contractor Magazine Calls Grainger’s LEED Platinum Distribution Center a Success in Sustainability and Logisitics

CONTRACTOR MAGAZINE CALLS GRAINGER’S LEED PLATINUM DISTRIBUTION CENTER A SUCCESS
IN SUSTAINABILITY AND LOGISTICS

Grainger’s distribution center in Minooka, Illinois may look like a typical distribution center from the highway, but Contractor Magazine recently provided an inside look at some of the things that make the largest LEED Platinum Facility for Commercial Interiors so unique.

The facility uses all high efficiency plumbing fixtures, including electronic metering faucets and slow flow rate kitchen sinks and showers. The water heaters are high efficiency units as well, and motion sensors are installed wherever appropriate to reduce the amount of energy consumed by lighting. The parking lot even has electronic automobile charging stations.

A 2,200 square foot solar wall uses both air and solar energy to help reduce the building’s power consumption.  In fact, approximately 80 percent of the facility is comprised of warehouse space heated primarily by the solar wall, machinery and those occupying the space. The distribution center also participates in a program to recycle the plastic, cardboard, shrink wrap and metal strapping used in its operations.

Contractor Magazine also recognized Grainger’s efforts to take into account ergonomic best practices, particularly around designing work stations to eliminate pushing and pulling of carts, which reduces the risk of sprains.  Team members are trained in back safety, ergonomics, hazardous materials and industrial power equipment, and all Grainger’s U.S. branches and distribution centers have trained first aid emergency responders.

Check out the full article in Contractor Magazine authored by John Mesenbrick, “LEED Platinum Grainger distribution center: success in sustainability, logistics, automation,” especially if you want to learn what we call a “water spider”!

 

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