Thursday, April 5, 2012

LEED-Certified Coca Cola Plant Tour

The Coca Cola Bottling Plant in Baton Rouge is LEED-certified.  I joined a tour at lunch on Wednesday to earn some PDH credits for my PE registration.  The plant is located on Plank Road adjacent to the back side of the airport.  The architecture firm, Grace & Hebert, that did the interior office spaces have several nice photos on their website.  The asked we not post any photos we took inside up on the website so I'm providing a few links.

There are four soda production lines at the plant.  Basically a canned soda line (1,700 cans/minute), a bottled soda line (800 bottles/minute), a bottled water line, and a powerade/vitamin water line.  The plant has 8 Ryson Spiral Conveys installed.  The spiral conveyors move product up overhead for conveyance to the warehouse area where there are 98 truck docks.   I could bore you with more engineering details but I will refrain.  Suffice it to say there is lots of soda being produced every minute at the facility.  The facility is very conscientious to recycle any materials they waste such as excess product water (used for landscape irrigation), cardboard boxes, plastic wrappers on pallets, etc.

For those of you wanting to learn more about the LEED-certified designation you can visit the website for the US Green Building Council  (