Arrowhead Bottled Water Facility Earns LEED Silver

Arrowhead Bottled Water Facility Earns LEED Silver

Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water Company has been awarded the Silver Rating from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program. This marks the first food manufacturing facility in the United States to earn this level of recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Cabazon facility is among only a few industrial facilities to meet the challenge of LEED certification. It is much more difficult to achieve LEED recognition for an industrial facility than with a regular office building.

"As a natural spring water company, protecting natural resources is our first priority, so incorporating LEED "green" building standards into making our bottling facilities environmentally sound is an important extension of that commitment," said Kim Jeffery, President & CEO Nestlé Waters North America, parent company of Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water. "Both Morongo and Arrowhead take pride in the environmental integrity of the communities where we live and work. The announcement underscores the commitment we made to the community to build a facility that would have the least amount of environmental impact today and in future generations," said Maurice Lyons, Chairman Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

LEED certification recognizes innovative building designs that are environmentally responsible business models for energy efficiency and resource conservation. Developed by the U.S Green Building Council, LEED promotes a national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings that protect the environment.

"From the get-go, the Cabazon facility was designed with an eye toward the future in sustaining and conserving the natural resources in the area. This Silver Rating is another important step in fulfilling our company's promise to the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and our surrounding neighbors that we would preserve the integrity and beauty of the area," said Mike Franceschetti, Arrowhead Facility Manager, Cabazon.

Some of the environmental highlights of the Cabazon facility include:
  • the recycling of over 75% of construction waste materials
  • the use of 50% wood from sustainably managed forests
  • the use of natural light into all critical viewing areas
To achieve one of five possible LEED ratings -- Certified, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum -– a project must earn a predetermined number of points from a detailed checklist of environmental features. Although Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum LEED ratings have long been established for office structures, industrial buildings have only just begun to become LEED certified in the last few years.

As the first "Silver" LEED rated food manufacturing facility, the Arrowhead Cabazon facility is at the forefront of environmentally conscious design and construction in the manufacturing sector in the United States.

In addition to the Silver LEED rated Cabazon facility, NWNA was awarded LEED Certification in 2002, for its factory in Stanwood, Michigan, bottling the Ice Mountain spring water brand. In the remainder of 2004, NWNA will be applying for LEED Certification at three other recently completed bottling factories. If successful, this will generate a total of nearly two-million square feet of NWNA facilities that have achieved LEED Certification. The Arrowhead Cabazon bottling facility has been in operation since April of 2003. The facility is currently 389,000 square feet, employs 141 people and has a total of four production lines.

"Green" Building Features of the Cabazon Facility Include:
  • Surface runoff: for erosion and sediment control to meet or exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Standards.

  • Alternate transportation: to encourage bicycle riding by employees by providing bike racks showers/lockers and changing facilities.

  • Development and footprint impact: NWNA has declared that it will preserve a large open space adjacent to the building.

  • Heat effect: facility uses light-colored, reflective paving and roofing materials to minimize the overall temperature on the site.

  • Site lighting: Site lighting is designed to reduce lighting pollution.

  • Water-efficient landscaping: climate appropriate landscaping with an irrigation system that is a high-performance drip system with a 90% efficiency reducing water usage for landscaping by 57%.

  • Efficient water treatment: conserves water by using a "Constructed Wetland" treatment facility for secondary waste treatment.

  • Water-conserving fixtures: water saving features that conserve 40% over the regulated minimums.

  • Mechanical/electrical systems: energy systems for both employee comfort and the water bottling process are high efficiency systems.

  • CFC reduction: all refrigerants in this project are free of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) which are known to deplete the ozone layer.

  • On-site recycling: operations for the facility include provisions for the pick-up and processing of materials for recycling.

  • Construction-waste management: The project exceeds its goal of 50% of construction waste by recycling over 75% of waste materials.

  • Recycled-content materials: this project uses over 50% recycled materials as measured by cost.

  • Locally obtained materials: over 20% of the materials were from locally manufactured sources and over 50% of those materials were extracted within 500 miles.

  • Wood from sustainably managed forests: over 50% of the lumber and wood based materials used in the project came from forests which have been managed in an environmentally responsible manner.

  • Indoor air quality: a two-week building flush-out was performed before occupancy and a permanent carbon dioxide monitoring system tracks and manages CO2 levels.

  • Low volatile organic compounds: adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings comply with LEED levels and low VOC carpets, floorings and composite woods improve the indoor air quality.

  • Entries: project has recessed walk-off systems that capture dirt and particles at all major entryways.

  • Natural light: project is designed to bring natural light into all critical viewing areas.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Third-party LEED certification is awarded to buildings that demonstrate a commitment to the long-term sustainability in accordance with established criteria. The LEED program emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.