RANCHO BELAGIO, Calif., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the leading authority in green building will present the Highland Fairview-Skechers next generation Logistics Facility the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification at a ceremony next Friday, February 22 at 9 a.m. at 29800 Eucalyptus Ave. , in Rancho Belago, CA (eastern portion of Moreno Valley).
The 1.8 million square-foot facility is the largest building of its kind in the United States to receive this honor.
The USGBC, LEED Gold Certification ceremony will be held Friday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m. at the building and will be attended by representatives of the Office of the Governor of California, County of Riverside and City of Moreno Valley, along with VIPs and community leaders.
"We are honored to receive this unique recognition. A LEED Gold designation is a tremendous achievement for any project. To be recognized as the largest, most advanced sustainable development of its kind in the United States is especially rewarding," said Highland Fairview President & Chief Executive Officer Iddo Benzeevi. "To achieve this level of sustainability at this scale required new and innovative approaches to design, the integration of state-of-the-art technologies and advanced construction systems. I'm proud to have been a part of bringing this national recognition to our region.""SKECHERS is committed to growing its business in a way that conserves natural resources, protects the environment and reduces waste," said David Weinberg, SKECHERS Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. "In addition to efficiently distributing our product across North America, the SKECHERS Rancho Belago facility is an outstanding example of how large corporations can grow their business while also promoting earth-friendly practices. We're proud of the design innovation and 'green' features that can be found throughout the facility." The global logistics center, which serves as the North American distribution headquarters for SKECHERS USA, incorporates Highland Fairview's Complete Life Cycle approach to sustainable development which includes extensive use of recycled construction building materials, the latest technology in irrigation and water utilization, storm water treatment, advanced solar power generation systems, and advanced environmentally-friendly materials to name a few. The facility also makes extensive use of parabolic skylights to increase natural lighting in all areas, low water-use fixtures, and recycled water repurposed for irrigation. LEED, administered by the United States Green Building Council, is a comprehensive system to define, measure and designate "green buildings." Certification in the national recognition program is based on strict standards in five key areas: site planning, water management, energy, material use and indoor environmental quality.