New CVS facility is largest building in N.Y. state to receive LEED Gold certification

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy and design-build firm Gray Construction have announced that the recently opened CVS/pharmacy distribution center in Chemung County, N.Y., has been awarded LEED Gold certification.

CVS/pharmacy's Chemung building is the company's first LEED-certified distribution center. The 751,000-sq.-ft. facility's LEED certification also is notable for being the largest industrial building in the state of New York to achieve the Gold level. In addition, it is 1-of-the-10 largest industrial buildings in the United States to receive LEED Gold certification.

LEED, a trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council, is a national green building certification program. Projects seeking LEED certification are evaluated for their implementation of practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Standing for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design," LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. Gold is the second-highest level of LEED certification given by the USGBC.

Examples of sustainable design elements incorporated into CVS/pharmacy's new distribution center include:

  • Energy-efficient, white PVC insulated roof;

  • Interior and exterior lighting with daylight sensors and timers;

  • High-efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures;

  • Rainwater harvest system for irrigation;

  • Fluorescent fixtures and skylights; and

  • Construction process using local materials, recycled materials and waste recycling.

The Chemung distribution center, which opened in June, will support the inventory and fulfillment needs of approximately 350 CVS/pharmacy stores in the Northeast. Representing an investment of approximately $90 million, the facility will employ about 300 people by the end of this year and a total of 600 people when it reaches full capacity.

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