DEKA USA Property TWO LP 3050 Gateway Distribution Center achieves BREEAM certification in efforts for continual progress

Like many industrial facilities, challenges included the rural location of the site with reduced surrounding amenities, and the nature of a distribution center and its primary functions.

BREEAM Pass (38.5%)
Version: BREEAM In-Use 2016 Part 1 – Asset Performance
Developer/ Client: DEKA USA Property TWO LP
Assessor Organization: Cushman and Wakefield
Assessor: Megan Krest

About the Asset

3050 Gateway Commerce Center Drive, Edwardsville, IL is a 717,250 square foot Distribution/Fulfilment Center owned by DEKA USA Property TWO LP on behalf of the open-ended fund DekaImmobilien-Nordamerika.

DEKA USA Property TWO LP has an integrated sustainability strategy to manage investor capital using an economic, environmental, and socially sustainable business approach. As part of that strategy, they are continually increasing efforts in the field, including pursuing green building certifications such as BREEAM In-Use. Overall, the company has a climate neutrality goal by 2050, and with more than EUR 40 billion in real estate assets worldwide, DEKA USA Property TWO LP seeks to provide a major contribution to global environmental sustainability.

Overview of Green Strategy and Environmental Challenges

Like many industrial facilities, challenges included the rural location of the site with reduced surrounding amenities, and the nature of a distribution center and its primary functions. The tenant was gracious enough to provide information and accommodate multiple site visits even with their heightened security and operations protocols established to protect not only the health and safety of its employees but the efficiency of the services provided.

The tenant understood that for DEKA USA Property TWO LP, the systematic pursuit of certification strategy is an essential part of their commitment to sustainability.

How has the BREEAM assessment benefited the Asset?

BREEAM Part 1 certification was well suited and feasible for the building to achieve given the nature of a distribution center and limited access to whole-building utility information available.

In addition to helping meet the goal of certification at their properties, the BREEAM assessment helped Deka measure and report on sustainability practices and performance at the asset, including:

Public transportation within 0.3 miles of the building via safe pedestrian route with a 30 minute service frequency at peak times (TRA02)
All toilets and urinals are fitted with low flush technologies (WAT02 and WAT03)
A minimum of 2 separate waste streams (WST01)
All internal lamps are LED (ENE25)
With 49.6% of the site planted with vegetation, this asset earned nearly all of the credits offered for Land Use and Ecology category.
The building achieved 15 out of 33 credits available, for a Warehouse/Distribution center it is impressive to see that the asset has implemented a number of features to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its occupants.

What value does certification bring to the Asset?

“Achieving BREEAM USA In-Use certification provided assurance to both DEKA USA Property TWO LP and the tenant that the building is aligned with sustainability goals set out by both parties. Industrial facilities like 3050 Gateway are the perfect example of how an existing building can benefit from the BREEAM USA In-Use standard, documenting sustainability aspects and using the BREAAM process to develop a framework for future progress.”

Eric Tilden, Director, U.S. Energy & Sustainability Services at Cushman & Wakefield

 

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