Pittsburgh, PA (July 27, 2021) - A PITT OHIO terminal, which includes an office and warehouse space, and the company’s maintenance shop in Parma, Ohio have received enough points to officially certify both locations as LEED Gold. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Certification requires a building to meet certain sustainability standards in water, energy, and material usage efficiency, all of which the two buildings have met and surpassed.
The 95,765 square foot terminal/office/warehouse earned enough points to achieve the Gold Level Certification in seven of the seven LEED Categories including, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation & Design, and Regional Priority Credits. The 15,000 square foot maintenance shop earned points in seven categories as well. Out of a possible 60 points needed to obtain a Gold ranking, the terminal/office/warehouse received 68 points and the maintenance shop received 72 points on the LEED scale.
The entire complex, located at located at 5570 Chevrolet Blvd Parma, OH 44130, spans 111,000 square feet and sits on 23.65 of developed acres. The buildings were constructed from locally sourced materials and recycled content. The entire site uses sustainable landscaping including bioswales, or man-made elements placed to remove pollutants and dirt from runoff, and drought tolerant native plants to cut down on water usage and prevent flooding. Low-flow appliances and fixtures are also projected to save over 30% of the water that conventional fixtures would use in the same buildings.
The terminal utilizes a low-emitting Energy Star roof positioned to reflect the highest percentage of the sun’s rays, cooling the surrounding area and lowering air conditioning costs. A geothermal well was put in place to utilize the Earth’s temperature as a heat source in the winter and a heat sink in the summer. 686 LED lights are used in replacement of incandescent, which run on a microgrid generated by wind and solar and stored on site.
PITT OHIO installed eight Windstax wind turbines at the entrance and over 1,500 solar panels on the roof. The wind and solar energy is stored in a battery system and distributed to points of use, a process PITT OHIO patented in 2020. Wind and solar production combined with massive energy storage capacity allows the terminal to function autonomously, independent of the grid, essentially indefinitely.
PITT OHIO’s terminal in Pittsburgh, PA was the first trucking terminal in the country with LEED Gold projects.
Following consideration of the importance of environmental sustainability and a commitment to be a leader in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, PITT OHIO is dedicated to doing its best to achieve environmental and social responsibility. The company actively tries to reduce its carbon footprint on the road and at their facilities and their commitment to sustainability will be evident in future construction projects.
ABOUT PITT OHIO
In adhering to their “We’re Always There For You” signature commitment, PITT OHIO is dedicated to providing their customers with the best value in its SUPPLY CHAIN, GROUND, Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) and TRUCKLOAD services. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, PITT OHIO services the entire Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West regions with over 3,000 employees. The remainder of the United States and Canada is serviced with the PITT OHIO Transportation Group and additional North American service providers. To contact PITT OHIO, schedule service, or apply for employment, please visit their website at www.pittohio.com.
ABOUT LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (LEED)
LEED certification ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and healthier environments for the places we live, work, learn, play and worship. LEED’s global sustainability agenda is designed to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, acting on the triple bottom line - putting people, planet, and profit first. LEED projects earn points by adhering to prerequisites and credits across nine measurements for building excellence from integrative process to indoor environmental quality.
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Candi Cybator, Director of Marketing
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