The 140,000-square-foot West Coast distribution center and training facility consists of a 75,000-square-foot warehouse constructed with pre-engineered steel and a 20,000-square-foot-office constructed with structural steel. This unique facility was built to suit with the architect, Cathexes of Reno, to be a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly facility. As the general contractor, the facility was designed to meet the most stringent LEED Gold certification standards. The company used local workforce including engineers, designers, architects and consultants specialized in green building technologies. Over 41,000 square feet of tile was installed throughout the facility. No carpet, vinyl, hardwood or other surface coverings were used. Tile was not only used on floors, it was also the material chosen for the exterior façade with 24 inches x 24 inches porcelain tile applied over a combination of Schluter-KERDI-BOARD and Schluter-DITRA-DRAIN.
Schluter Systems commitment to the environment goes far beyond their products. This facility utilizes many innovative technologies and reusable energy. Notable features include ground source heat pumps, radiant floor heating and cooling, radiant wall heating and cooling, solar wall (passive solar), photovoltaic, daylight harvesting, solar hot water, living wall, earth tube (pre-conditions intake air) and VESDA fire system.