• Press Release
  • September 16, 2018
  • Ham, Belgium

Belgian NIKE Distribution Center earns Gold LEED certification

Ham, Belgium - Nike Wings, NIKE’s European distribution center in Ham, Belgium, has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, from the U.S. Green Building Council. As a result, Nike Wings is the largest LEED-certified building in Belgium and leading in energy efficiency and sustainability. International design and consulting company Arcadis provided guidance on sustainability, energy efficiency and biodiversity, helping NIKE obtain this award.

A progressive and sustainable distribution center

NIKE has built a progressive, sustainable distribution center at its European Logistics Campus in Ham. Working in conjunction with Jaspers-Eyers Architects and the landscape design agency Pauwels, Arcadis designed this building.  

Hendrik-Jan Steeman, Team Leader Sustainable Buildings at Arcadis: "The concept behind this distribution center is based on biodiversity and sustainability. At Arcadis, we used our expertise to ensure both considerations were included in all aspects of the design. We are very proud that this has been internationally recognized in the form of an LEED Gold certificate. This award is the result of an outstanding collaborative effort with Jaspers-Eyers Architects and Pauwels, who worked with us to bring about this excellent outcome for our client."

A sustainable logistic hub

Thanks to this latest investment in a state-of-the-art, centralized distribution network at the heart of Europe, NIKE can now better serve its large network of retailers and consumers, both in continental Europe and the rest of the world. More than 3,000 employees work on NIKE’s Belgian campus.

There were three key themes to the design: the use of renewable energy sources, making the use of energy and resources circular, and creating a work environment that promotes health and biodiversity.

Facts and figures

• Over 95% of the shipping containers from this distribution center are transported via the Albert Canal, saving 14,000 trips by trucks over the road network per year. The site has excellent transport links thanks to canals, railways and motorways.
• The building uses 100% renewable electricity and the climate-control system is mainly powered by geothermal energy.
• Electricity consumption and environmental impacts have been drastically reduced by incorporating many windows and automated LED lighting into the design. This has also helped create a very pleasant workspace.
Large green facade: The distribution center’s facade is covered in vegetation, (1.3 kilometers of greenery). This repels the sun, contains emergency exits, and improves the building’s appearance. 
• Concern for biodiversity: Thanks to Arcadis’ recommendations about the natural environment around the distribution center, biodiversity in the area has increased since the building was constructed. Sheep have been brought in to graze and maintain the landscape. Also beehives have been placed, contributing to biodiversity, as the bees pollinate flowers both on the site and in the surrounding area.

The building

• Footprint: 40,000 m²
• Completion: 2016
• Design team:
- Jaspers-Eyers Architects: architecture
- Arcadis: Sustainable construction studies, stability, special techniques, biodiversity, LEED certification
- Pauwels: Ecological infrastructure (including green facade), landscaping
- Futureproofed: Sparring, coaching and sustainable storytelling
• Location: Ham, Limburg, Belgium (NIKE ELC, European Logistics Campus)


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