Frito-Lay's new distribution facility in Oahu, Hawaii, has earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED gold certification. The 55,000-square-foot design is Hawaii's first industrial "new construction" gold site. LEED certification is awarded from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is a nationwide program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Frito-Lay’s building design incorporated LEED requirements such as energy-efficient construction. Some features of the building and construction include an energy-management system to control facility equipment, photovoltaics to generate 10 percent of the facility's electricity, parking on the roof to reduce the amount of site being paved, energy-efficient windows and skylights to provide ample daylight, light-colored paved surfaces to reduce the heat-island effect, and reserved parking for carpools and energy-efficient vehicles.

Materials were selected for recycle content, regional manufacture or low levels of volatile organic compounds. Water use was reduced by installing low-flow plumbing fixtures. Low-maintenance native plants were incorporated into the landscaping design.

The design build and general contractor for the distribution center was the Haskell Company.

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