In a recent press release, JohnsonDiversey, Inc. announced that it is building a 550,000-square-foot, $22 million distribution center on a 38-acre parcel of land in Renaissance Business Park in Sturtevant, WI. The distribution center is slated to open in September 2007.

Working in partnership with developer Liberty Property Trust, JohnsonDiversey says it intends on earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit independent organization based in Washington, D.C., that promotes the construction and operation of environmentally sound buildings.

It could become the largest warehouse to be certified by the USGBC. Also, the State of Wisconsin Focus on Energy program and WE Energies are providing incentives for an energy efficient design, according to JohnsonDiversey reps.

JohnsonDiversey’s global headquarters in Sturtevant was one of the first of four buildings certified by the USGBC, after it was built in 1997, and the headquarters building earned LEED certification for existing buildings in 2004, the company said.

Once constructed, the aim is for the new facility to use 30 percent less water and more than 40 percent less energy beyond State of Wisconsin building code requirements. Building materials used in construction will have more than 20 percent recycled content.

In addition to being enviromentally preferable, construction of the distribution center will create significant efficiencies by consolidating four other warehouse locations in Racine and reducing transportation time and costs. It will have 55 loading docks and 118 staging areas for loading tractor trailers.

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