On March 23, Uponor, a provider of radiant floor heating and cooling, plumbing and fire safety systems, opened its new 285,000-square-foot distribution center, located in Lakeville, MN, a suburb south of the Twin Cities.

Uponor representatives will apply for LEED® certification for the building, which houses Uponor’s primary North American distribution operations. It features many sustainable building solutions, including Uponor’s own radiant floor heating and cooling in the office areas as well as snow and ice melting in the sidewalks and dock ramps outside.

“We're very excited for the opportunities this new facility offers us,” says Anders Tollsten, executive vice president, Uponor North America.

“The efficient design helps us continue our strategy for enhancing our distribution network serving the North American market and meet our goals of becoming a more green, sustainable company.”

The build-to-suit facility is located in the new First Park Lakeville development, a 1.4-million-square-foot, master-planned industrial park located near the corner of County Road 70 and Dodd Boulevard, approximately one mile east of I-35W.

The new facility is larger than Uponor’s former distribution center in Burnsville, MN. It features a more efficient design that offers 30% more cubic volume for greater storage space. It's also said to be a more productive layout for employees who support areas in shipping, receiving, operations, customer service and supply chain.