HSA Commercial Real Estate today announced that a newly constructed warehouse in its Park 94 at Mt. Pleasant industrial park in Wisconsin has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 323,610-sq.-ft. divisible spec facility was awarded a LEED Core and Shell Silver designation construction.
“HSA’s facility at Park 94 is the first purely speculative LEED industrial development in Southeast Wisconsin,” noted Craig Phillips, executive vice president for development at the Chicago-based firm. As a developer, we believe it is better to be a leader than a follower when it comes to meeting the needs of corporate tenants.”
Phillips added, “With its attention to environmental preservation and quality of life, the Mt. Pleasant community attracts employers that care about their corporate reputation and are sensitive to environmental impact and sustainability in every area of their operations. We believe that our newly designated facility can help such employers achieve these objectives.”
The Park 94 property was awarded points in several categories to achieve the LEED Core and Shell Silver designation. In the Sustainable Sites category, the property scored well because it is not located in a floodplain and did not affect threatened or endangered species. Also significant, five percent of the facility’s 179 parking spaces are designated as preferred spots for low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles.
To conserve water, the park is landscaped with drought-tolerant plants and grasses irrigated by the property’s stormwater retention pond, reducing potable water usage by about 50 percent. Stormwater runoff is managed with bioswales along the park’s west and south property lines, to limit disruption and pollution of natural water flows.
To reduce energy usage in the warehouse, HSA Commercial invested in T5 fluorescent lights for the facility. Although these lights cost more than the standard fluorescent bulbs, the T5 lights produce significant savings in electrical usage over time.
The Park 94 warehouse also scored significant points in the Materials & Resources category. Much of the building materials used were made from recycled steel and crushed concrete, and the precast concrete components came from two manufacturers located near Chicago, thus scoring points for use of locally made and recycled materials. Also important, approximately half of the building construction
waste was recycled, thus reducing landfill usage.
To achieve points in the Indoor Environmental Quality category, HSA Commercial used low-emitting paints, adhesives and sealants that maintain indoor air quality. The building also is designed to allow as much natural daylight as possible in the warehouse and office space, with the caveat that the availability of natural light depends on the build-out configuration adopted by future building tenants.
The LEED-designated warehouse and a newly constructed 125,000-square-foot divisible facility constitute Phase One of the new park, which is slated to offer up to seven warehouse and distribution facilities. The 323,610-square-foot LEED warehouse is expandable to 664,610 square feet, with 30’ clear-height ceilings, 40 docks, four drive-in doors, and a 151-car, 80-trailer expandable parking area. The 125,000-square-foot divisible facility offers 30’ clear-height ceilings, 21 docks, two drive-in doors, and 155-car parking.
Located just 15 miles north of the Illinois-Wisconsin border at the intersection of State Highway 20 and International Drive, Park 94 at Mt. Pleasant is located within a TID district that is part of a 950-acre development zone. The zone will accommodate corporate, professional office, hotel, research, light-industrial buildings, retail shops and restaurants in the heart of fast-growing Mt. Pleasant. With access to two Interstate 94 interchanges and State Highway 20, as well as rail connections, Park 94 offers excellent visibility in the rapidly emerging Chicago-Milwaukee corridor and provides access to labor markets north and south. Corporate residents include New Holland, Putzmeister, S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., and a variety of business hotels, restaurants and other amenities.
HSA Commercial Real Estate is the developer of Park 94 at Mt. Pleasant. David Bercu, SIOR, David Liebman and Brendan Green of Colliers Bennett & Kahnweiler are leasing representatives for the park. David Berghammer Construction was general contractor for the new facilities.