If there has been one branch of the real estate industry where green building has been relatively unremarked upon, it’s the industrial sector. Mostly functional structures where the bells and whistles of green design that capture media attention are simply not an option, only a handful of owners that we’ve come across have implemented any sustainable features at their industrial properties.
Locally, Princeton-based KSS Architects and developer AMB Property recently announced a trio of green distribution and logistics facilities in Northern New Jersey. The 878,000-square-foot AMB Pulaski Distribution Center (featured in the image) will sit on a 50-acre former brownfield in Jersey City and pursue a LEED Silver rating from USGBC.
In Elizabeth, the AMB Portview Commerce Center includes three separate buildings totaling 355,000 square feet and features insulated concrete panels, natural daylighting, and a white roof. AMB recently opened its Liberty Logistics Center in Newark; the 191,000-square-foot project redeveloped a former brownfield and was built mostly out of materials that were recycled from the 27-building pharmaceutical plant that was razed to make way for AMB’s project. Online printing company Mimeo.com has already signed up to lease nearly one third of the building’s available space.