Monday LEEDoff*: Contessa Premium Foods Opens First Certified Frozen Food Manufacturing Plant

Contessa Premium Foods will officially open the doors of its $35 million Green Cuisine™ Plant in Los Angeles sometime this fall. According to Contessa, the four million square foot plant is the world’s first and largest environment-friendly frozen food manufacturing facility, as well as the first such project to earn a LEED rating from USGBC. [...]

Contessa Premium Foods will officially open the doors of its $35 million Green Cuisine™ Plant in Los Angeles sometime this fall. According to Contessa, the four million square foot plant is the world’s first and largest environment-friendly frozen food manufacturing facility, as well as the first such project to earn a LEED rating from USGBC. Contessa expects to produce 150 million pounds of product at the plant in its first year of operation and is committed to sustainable practices throughout its operations. The company harvests its shrimp by acquaculture, a harvesting practice that sustains the maintenance and replacement of seafood stocks without damaging the ocean floor, inadvertently capturing other species, or otherwise degrading the marine environment.

The plant boasts a variety of interesting green design elements, fashioned specifically for the building’s unique needs. For example, a water preheating system transfers heat used in the plant’s refrigeration coils (which keeps the coils from freezing) to its boilers for various plant functions (such as sanitation), rather than allowing that heat to simply dissipate into the air. In addition to the standard LEED elements- such as locally-sourced and recycled-content materials- the plant also includes a solar array that will reduce CO2 emissions by 730,000 pounds annually and a loading dock designed to prevent the loss of cold air from the interior.

We’ve written previously about industrial and manufacturing sector projects pursuing sustainable design, both generally and more specifically. It is not surprising that Contessa has achieved this notable green first- expect to see similarly esoteric projects across a variety of sectors to do the same before the close of 2007.

*The Monday LEEDoff is sponsored by Blumberg Capital Partners, which specializes in U.S. investment and asset management of commercial real estate. Its investors are high net worth individuals and institutional investors, including pension funds, foundations and banks. Visit the Philip Blumberg Blog for additional information.

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