Project Profile
Frito-Lay Distribution Center
Jay Floren
Regional Vice President, Southwest Region

Frito-Lay Distribution Center

A volcanic hillside location poses structural challenges.
Frito-Lay’s Hawaii distribution center had two issues. First, a longtime location on the unstable ground of a volcanic hillside. Second, an expiring ground lease that meant they now had the opportunity to acquire land and build a new distribution center. They turned to Haskell for a concept that would support current and future product logistics plans.

The challenges of an island project site? No problem.
The project spanned 62,660 square feet and included a new warehouse, office, pump house and low infrastructure garage. Haskell took every effort to showcase the local island scenery and utilize natural light. Because land costs were so high, a rooftop parking area was designed to accommodate 61 vehicles. Haskell fabricated and delivered all of the structural steel for the project and all materials — even those arriving by sea — were onsite prior to scheduled installation.

Frito-Lay earns a LEED first in Hawaii.
With high-level automation and sustainable components including an onsite photovoltaic system, the new distribution center earned Hawaii’s first LEED Gold certification for industrial new construction. In addition, the Oahu facility won a Tilt-Up Achievement Award from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association. Frito-Lay employees appreciate the well-planned, hard-working facility and we were happy to deliver it quickly and 100 percent safely.

Green Features

  • LEED® Gold Certified – 44 points (v2.2). First Industrial “New Construction” LEED® Gold Certification in Hawaii.
  • Photovoltaic System – On-site system generates 8% of facility’s power.
  • Passive Design – Windows sizes and orientation designed to reduce solar heat gain, maximize daylighting and offer views of the surrounding scenery.
LEED Gold CertifiedLEED® Gold Certified
Waipahu, Hawaii, USA
First LEED gold certified industrial new construction in Hawaii.

All materials — arriving via land and sea — were onsite before scheduled installation.

Onsite photovoltaic system generates eight percent of facility power.


Start Date
November 2009

Completion Date
December 2010

Find a Project