Turtle Island's Tofurky plant aims for LEED Platinum
By Erik Siemers, Business Journal staff writer
Business Journal staff writer
Turtle Island Food's new $10 million Hood River processing plant is aiming for a LEED Platinum certification.
Hood River-based Tofurky-maker Turtle Island Foods’ new $10 million processing plant could be just the sixth industrial plant in the world to become LEED Platinum certified and just the second food processing operation.
At least that’s the plan for the company and Hood River developer Key Development Corp., which has broken ground on the 33,000-square-foot plant in the Port of Hood River’s new business park.
According to a Key Development news release, the LEED Platinum achievement would come from three elements of the new building:
• A solar hot water system that preheats water used in food processing and reduces energy consumption by 40 percent.
• Heat recovery from the refrigeration system that can be used as a heat source where needed.
• The use of efficient mechanical and food processing equipment.
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a building standard administered by the U.S. Green Building Council to acknowledge buildings with better environmental and health attributes.
According to Key Development, the only other LEED Platinum food processing facility is ConAgra Foods’ Lamb Weston Delhi processing facility in Delhi, La.
“The decision to attempt to achieve the highest level of LEED certification was a no-brainer,” Jaime Athos, Turtle Island’s vice president of operations, said in a news release. “It is an authentic expression of both the mission of our company and the personal values of my family.”
The new plant, to be completed by late 2012, will also feature a 50-kilowatt roof-mounted solar array, a publicly available electric car charging station and a green roof that will mitigate storm water overflow. More than 45 percent of its building materials will include recycled content and were sourced regionally. All steel and concrete for the project will be fabricated within 300 miles of Hood River.
The plant is being built on the site of a former telephone company yard.
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