The Sheward Partnership is excited to have partnered with WPT Capital Advisors, LLC (WPT) on the first LEED certified building in their industrial portfolio. The Sheward Partnership was commissioned by WPT to serve as the LEED and Sustainability Consultant on the new Jordan Ranch Distribution Center; a 500,000 square foot industrial facility located in Brookshire, Texas. The Sheward Partnership was responsible for guiding the design and construction team through the LEED process under the LEED for Warehouse and Distribution Centers v4 Rating System, which ultimately led to WPT’s first LEED certification. The project scope included base lighting, HVAC systems, site lighting and a fully insulated building.
The facility has office spaces, a break room, and a large space for warehousing and storage. The project site includes parking lots necessary for the operation of the warehouse and distribution center. WPT recognizes the positive environmental and economic impacts a sustainable building will have on the tenants and has worked to implement several sustainable features throughout the project including optimizing energy use wherever possible.
Here are just a few of the strategies that the project team used to achieve LEED certification:
Rainwater Management Basins and Water Efficient Landscaping: The project utilizes a rainwater management basin to mitigate rainwater run-off from site. This basin helps store stormwater avoiding runoff water to go into municipal wastewater lines and slowly percolate the rainwater within site.
Energy Efficient Design and Associated Synergies: The building is projected to save 61.4% in energy costs compared to a similar baseline warehouse building per ASHRAE Standard 90.1‐2010.
Water Efficient Design: The building installed WaterSense labeled water fixtures with low flow and flush rates in the restrooms resulting in a 35.25% reduction in interior potable water use for the building.
No-Smoking Policy: The use of tobacco products is prohibited in the building, and within twenty-five feet of building entrances, outdoor air intakes, and operable window. This policy applies to the warehouse, parking lots, walkways, outdoor spaces, and the surrounding grounds.
WPT’s Commitment to Sustainability
WPT is a real estate development and investment management firm focused on the United States industrial warehouse and distribution sector. WPT has a strong commitment to advancing sustainability practices in the construction and operation of their buildings in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Below are a number of the best practices WPT has committed to:
- Building to LEED standards and seeking LEED certification where possible starting in 2021
- Actively pursuing development and re-development of brownfield sites for remediation
- Sourcing recycled and regional building materials
- Commissioning of building systems to optimize performance
- Installing efficient LED lighting and plumbing fixtures
- Implementing cool or reflective roof technology in warmer climates
- Landscaping with high efficiency irrigation systems and xeriscaping
- Maximizing access to daylighting with skylights and clerestory windows
- Using GreenScreen Method labeled and no or low VOC products
- Reducing concrete and saw cutting based carbon emissions with alternate floor technologies
Owner: Phelan – Bennett & Jordan Ranch Distribution
Architect: Calvin J. Coatsworth Architects, PC
Structural Engineer: Pinnacle Structural Engineers
Civil Engineer: WGA Consulting Engineers
Landscape Design: Wong & Associates, Inc.
Sustainability Consultant: The Sheward Partnership, LLC