CRB Designs LEED® Gold Facility for Mars Chocolate North America
St. Louis, Mo., November 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ - CRB proudly announces the Mars Chocolate North America manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kansas has earned LEED® Gold Certification. Beginning in 2010, CRB worked side-by-side with Mars Chocolate North America to ensure successful completion of preliminary and detailed architectural and engineering design for the $270M, roughly 500,000 square foot facility.
“We’re proud that this state-of-the-art site engages cutting-edge environmental standards, setting an example for others to follow,” said Bret Spangler, Site Director - Topeka, Mars Chocolate North America. “Mars is committed to putting our principles into action to drive leadership in sustainability. LEED Gold certification for the Topeka facility is another shining example of our ambitious goal to make our factories and offices ‘Sustainable in a Generation.’”
To meet the stringent requirements to become LEED Gold certified, the site includes several sustainable systems and features, including: state-of-the-art heat recovery systems, rain water harvesting for sewage transfer in the office area and for landscape irrigation, low-flow water fixtures, energy-efficient lighting, reusing and recycling building materials, use of native grasses without irrigation, and use of local and regional materials.
CRB completed the detailed design and construction support with the responsibility for all architectural and engineering design disciplines. The entire design was modeled using Revit Arch and MEP for detailed on board reviews with construction drawings and contractor coordination reviews generated from the design model.
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