Certification efficiencies help save money, conserve energy, reduce
water consumption, and drive innovation
The Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE:HSH) announced today that its
Chicago headquarters building has achieved LEED Gold certification under
the commercial interiors rating system. The Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) rating system developed by the U.S. Green
Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings that are
designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved
environmental performance and human health.
"LEED Gold certification confirms our commitment to sound environmental
principles can accomplish an economically feasible renovation within our
budget and a sustainable outcome for a modern building," said Brian
Hunter, director, real estate and logistics engineering, The Hillshire
Brands Company. "Achieving the certification was a result of the
relationship with our developer Sterling Bay, architects at Perkins +
Will, and Clune Construction's amazing team."
Hillshire Brands moved in to its headquarters at 400 South Jefferson
Street in Chicago on December 17, 2012 after the completion of the
building re-design which made the space more collaborative for employees
and environmentally sustainable. LEED for Commercial Interiors is the
recognized system for certifying high-performance green tenant spaces
that are healthy, productive places to work; less costly to operate and
maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint. It gives tenants
and designers, who do not always have control over whole building
operations, the power to make sustainable choices. As the only tenant in
the building, company representatives worked closely with developers to
make the nearly 234,000 square foot space unique.
The Hillshire Brands headquarters received LEED Gold certification for
implementing practical and measureable strategies and solutions aimed at
achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water
savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor air quality.
Points were awarded for access to public transportation, water
efficiency, optimized lighting power and controls, low-emission paints,
adhesives, and flooring, and innovative design as well as other things.
"With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to
USGBC's vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,"
said Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer and founding
chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "As the newest member of the LEED
family of green buildings, Hillshire Brands is an important addition to
the growing strength of the green building movement."
Over 57,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and
institutional LEED rating systems, comprising more than 10.5 billion
square feet construction space in all 50 states and more than 140
countries and territories.
About Hillshire Brands Company
The Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE:HSH) is a leader in focused food
solutions for the retail and foodservice markets. The company generated
approximately $4 billion in annual sales in fiscal 2013. The company's
more than 9,000 employees work together every day toward a common
purpose - fulfilling the hunger for a life well fed. Hillshire Brands'
portfolio includes iconic brands such as Jimmy Dean, Ball Park,
Hillshire Farm, State Fair, Sara Lee frozen bakery
and Chef Pierre pies, as well as artisanal brands Aidells,Gallo
SalameandGolden Islandpremium jerky. For more information
on the company, please visit www.hillshirebrands.com.
Source: The Hillshire Brands Company