Kettle Brand Foods Manufacturing Facility
Embracing environmental responsibility
Its use of locally grown and organic potatoes is only the beginning of Kettle Foods' commitment to the environment. Used cooking oil powers company cars, wind and solar energy help power plants, and the result is the first LEED Gold food processing plant in the United States.
Processing 50 million pounds of potatoes a year, the plant is designed to enable smooth product flows between deliveries, washing, cooking, and packaging. A curtain wall delineates the break area and provides transparency, inviting users in and offering a link to the outdoors. Skylights over the open office area provide additional natural light. A trellis-covered entry walkway breaks down the scale of the building while affording solar shading for the break room, and wind turbines generate a significant portion of the electricity needed for chip production.
The Kettle Foods Beloit location is a great example of the
"kit of parts" approach to sustainable
site development. The building and adjacent paved areas were located to provide ample space on site for a
contiguous six acres of prairie restoration, while screening the large volume of shipping traffic from public view.
This prairie restoration aids in the stabilization of topsoil, encourages biodiversity, increases wildlife habitat,
and provides a natural filter for storm water.
RossLandscape Architect at Flad