PALADIN: FedEx Freight Facility

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FEDEX FREIGHT FACILITY

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Sustainability Consulting

Commissioning

SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTING | COMMISSIONING
above: Extensive use of LED exterior lighting decreases carbon footprint. left: Bays include usage of cross dock fans and bay door electrical outlets to improve thermal comfort and eliminate truck idling.
SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTING | COMMISSIONING

FEDEX FREIGHT FACILITY

Green Bay, Wisconsin

A 31-acre farm field is the site for FedEx Freight’s LEED-certified (WDC v4), 72,444-gross-square-foot distribution center with cross-deck bays and office areas. Paladin provided LEED administration and whole building commissioning for the project.

The decision to proceed with LEED was reached later in the project. The team engaged the LEED process aggressively to meet required deliverable timelines and LEED milestones while satisfying FedEx Freight’s design standards. To achieve maximum sustainability with minimal cost or schedule impacts, Paladin focused on system performance, materials, and occupants.

EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS

While still providing occupant comfort throughout the office and dock areas, the prevalent usage of LED interior and exterior lighting as well as efficient electric HVAC systems allowed for a 45.6% energy cost reduction over baseline (2,090,959 kBTU/year).

The inclusion of WaterSense plumbing fixtures reduced potable water consumption by 30%, while reliance on native plantings allowed the project to remove planned irrigation systems. The changes accounted for a savings of 478,659 gallons of water annually.

left: The distribution center features over 100 cross-deck bays with coiling overhead doors.

above: Paladin confirmed distribution of normal and emergency power.

right: Mercury-free lighting reduces operational contaminants.

INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

Considering the health and wellbeing of those working in the facility was of great importance to the FedEx Freight team. Strategies to improve air circulation in the dock areas coupled with HVAC zoning in the offices allow for greater thermal comfort. Enhanced interior lighting improves the ability of personnel to perform tasks effectively while enhancing safety. To protect personnel from fumes and contaminants, the project used a series of strategies from “no truck idling” to electric forklifts to source separation of exhaust streams to low-emitting materials. These investments will have daily impact on the lives of the team members serving FedEx Freight’s customer base.

The project emphasized the embodied carbon of products selected, optimizing the foundations and building assemblies to reduce CO 2 .

COMMISSIONING

The project included building commissioning to ensure that energy-consuming and building enclosure systems perform to project requirements. Maintainable and operational design reviews, equipment reviews, and performance testing preceded training and legacy documentation delivery.

MATERIALS

Dovetailing with the emphasis on emissions was a focus on procuring the right materials for construction. Materials used contained Environmental Product Declarations and high levels of recycled content.

The selection of pre-engineered metal building and standard assembly measurements was also significant. And along with a landfill diversion strategy for excess materials on site, the project was able to limit total waste to less than 10 lbs per square foot with 90% of that material diverted from the landfill.

TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE

At the end of the project, the team chose to quantify what investment in LEED strategies returned to FedEx Freight. Measures across the sustainability spectrum – Site, Emissions, IEQ, and Materials for example – were analyzed using a Triple Bottom Line Analysis. This analysis quantifies the community, occupant, and operational cost impacts for green design and construction. For the 2% additional capital invested in LEED certification, a 26% triple bottom line was returned.

To underscore FedEx Freight’s commitment to greenhouse gas emissions reduction, over 10,325 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) were avoided through the systems and materials used in the project.

SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTING | COMMISSIONING
top and right: Field testing equipment ensures building performance.

ABOUT PALADIN

We

Game changers in building systems

FIRM PROFILE

Paladin coined Game changers in building systems TM because of our commitment to your building’s potential. Founded in 1986, we built upon engineering roots and

COMMISSIONING

COMMISSIONING

Commissioning supports your specific project outcomes of energy performance, operational stability, risk reduction, and operating cost containment. Our capabilities encompass the entire built environment where we work to ensure seamless performance. When challenges present themselves, we partner with the team to achieve your project goals.

Commissioning supports your specific project outcomes of energy performance, operational stability, risk reduction, and operating cost containment. Our capabilities encompass the entire built environment where we work to ensure seamless performance. When challenges present themselves, we partner with you to achieve your project goals.

SUSTAINABILITY SERVICES

SUSTAINABILITY SERVICES

the strategy and ensure implementation so we meet those goals in a straight-forward, creative, and earth-improving way. To date, we have 100% success with our sustainability consulting. While that’s not a guarantee, it is an indication of how we work to bring about the best outcomes for you.

DIRECT-TO-OWNER ENGINEERING

As your technical guide through the leading sustainable rating systems (LEED, WELL, Green Globes, Carbon Neutral Design, etc.), we support you and your project team to reach the levels of sustainability you desire. We help unlock why sustainable design is important to your project, then develop the strategy and ensure implementation so we meet those goals in a straight-forward, creative, and earth-improving way. To date, we have 100% success with our sustainability consulting. While that’s not a guarantee, it is an indication of how we work to bring about the best outcomes for you.

As your technical guide through the leading sustainable rating systems (LEED, WELL, Green Globes, Carbon Neutral Design, etc.), we support you and your project team to reach the levels of sustainability you desire. We help unlock why sustainable design is important to your project, then develop

Our difference is a team that tells you the truth with good intent allowing you to leave status quo behind. We check our egos at the door and focus on your building’s working as intended. We are paladins— supporters of your project, defenders of your goals, and champions for your building’s success.

DIRECT-TO-OWNER ENGINEERING

We work in existing buildings and on process improvements to address aging infrastructure, identify energy conservation measures, and solve operational deficiencies. We recognize these projects are hard to fund, and carefully create design solution to match your budget.

We work in existing buildings and on process improvements to address aging infrastructure, identify energy conservation measures, and solve operational deficiencies. We recognize these projects are hard to fund, and carefully create design solution to match your budget.

WHOLE BUILDING COMMISSIONING | SUSTAINABILITY
CONSULTING
coined
TM because of our solid commitment to your building’s potential.
Founded in 1986, we built upon engineering roots and now deliver strategic commissioning, sustainability services, and direct-to-owner engineering for new and existing facilities.
Our difference is a team that tells you the truth with good intent allowing you to leave status quo behind .
We check egos at the door and focus on making your building work as intended.
We are paladins — supporters of your project, defenders of your goals, and champions for your building’s success.
121 Old Lafayette Avenue Lexington, KY 40502 859.252.3047 paladinengineers.com Candice B. Rogers MBA, CCP, CxA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C
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