German automaker Volkswagen's newest United States manufacturing facility has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as the first LEED Platinum automotive manufacturing plant in the world.
Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the $1 billion production plant commenced operations in May 2011. For the past eight months this plant has been assembling Volkswagen's 2012 Passat.
The plant, known as Volkswagen Chattanooga, received 52 out of a possible 69 points to earn USGBC's highest LEED certification. International engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, SSOE Group worked as both the Project Team Administrator and Design Lead for the facility.