Haskell Earns Hawaii’s First LEED Gold Certification

PLANO, Texas - Frito-Lay, a division of Pepsico, is pleased to accept another Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) GOLD certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Oahu Distribution Center in Waipahu, Hawaii received a LEED GOLD certification. This is the first LEED Gold industrial project on the islands. The Haskell Company was the design-builder for this new facility. Haskell’s integrated design-build approach ensured that Frito-Lay received a quality facility, which was safely delivered on time and met the stringent requirements of the USGBC GOLD Certification.

The USGBC developed the LEED Green Building Rating System. The system promotes design and construction practices that meet specified standards, resolving much of the negative impact of buildings on their occupants and on the environment. This is achieved by channeling development to urban areas with existing infrastructure, protecting greenfields and preserving habitat and natural resources.

Interesting LEED Points:

  • During construction, a Frito-Lay employee, who has lived in Waipahu all of her life, helped us identify numerous amenities around the new facility which helped earn the community connectivity point. It is very easy to live and work in such close proximity.
  • Within four years, Frito-Lay expects to have recouped the cost of their photovoltaic system for the onsite renewable energy point. This 30.53kw system (enough to power three homes) will provide about 8% of the facility’s energy consumption.
  • Sugar cane was already established before Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands; however, from 1898 to 1995 the Oahu Sugar Company was one of the leading producers in Oahu. The dismantling of the Oahu Sugar Company’s sugar mill in 1999 made way for an industrial park that includes the new Frito-Lay facility built by Haskell, which resulted in earning a LEED brownfield redevelopment point.

The facility was designed and constructed by Haskell of Jacksonville, Florida, one of the nation’s pioneers in integrated “in-house” design and construction services. Integration is seen as a more efficient process and places the responsibility of the design and construction on one firm rather than splitting it across a design firm and general contractor. Frito-Lay and Haskell are dedicated to seeking ways to increase energy efficiency and be environmentally friendly. The Oahu Distribution Center is the second new GOLD facility delivered by Haskell to Frito-Lay. In 2004 Haskell delivered Frito-Lay’s first LEED Certified project, the Jim Rich Service Center in Rochester, New York. These two GOLD facilities were delivered with ZERO safety incidents.

About Haskell

Haskell, one of the industry’s leading integrated design, engineering and construction firms, offers client-focused solutions in the commercial, industrial and civil infrastructure markets. With more than $550 million in annual revenue and 1,500 completed projects to date, Haskell serves a multinational client base from strategic points across the United States and in Mexico.