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VOLKSWAGEN NORTH AMERICA ASSEMBLY COMPLEX

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Budget / Size: $750M / 2,512,642 SF

LEED Status: LEED-NCv2.2 Platinum

Services: All LEED-related services including LEED integration with design and construction teams, energy modeling, fundamental and enhanced commissioning, and provision of measurement and verification protocol; documentation, coordination and submission of LEED design and construction phase certification packages and LEED certification process management with USGBC

Schedule Start: May 2008
Schedule Completion: October 2011

Client Contact: Dr. Jan Spies, Volkswagen AG, +49 (5361) 9-73318
Vertegy Contact: Greg Mueller, Principal, 314.399.9993

Description: Vertegy served as the LEED Consultant for the first North American operation for the Volkswagen corporation in more than 20 years. Volkswagen’s vision for responsible growth was underscored by their commitment to being an environmental steward and their desire to seek LEED certification for the facility. The project was designed and constructed with energy efficiency and sustainable site development as primary goals, and consists of a body shop, general assembly building, paint shop, administrative office area, conference center and technology center. Volkswagen provided vegetated open space equal to 20% of the project’s site area, or more than 3.1 million square feet. These areas are aggregated in larger spaces outside of the base LEED boundary in order to create a buffer between the facility and the adjacent natural areas. This strategy helps to more effectively create and restore habitat areas to the complex. More than 4,600 tons of construction and demolition waste were diverted from landfill, and through combined strategies, the facility saves over 1,736,000 gallons of potable water each year.


Other Awards:

  • Gold 2012 Edison Green Award
  • 2011 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Green Building
  • 2011 Silver Star of Excellence Award, National Technical Honor Society