Method’s Manufacturing Plant to House World’s Largest Rooftop Farm

Just a few months after revealing plans for its first U.S. manufacturing plant, San Francisco-based Method is raising the bar once more.

Method manufacturing plant

Just a few months after revealing plans for its first U.S. manufacturing plant, San Francisco-based Method is raising the bar once more. The company, together with New York-based Gotham Greens, recently unveiled plans to build the world’s largest rooftop farm at Method’s new manufacturing plant in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood.

Intended to become the world’s first LEED Platinum certified facility in the consumer packaged goods industry, Method’s new manufacturing plant will house a state-of-the-art agricultural greenhouse facility on its roof, designed and built by Gotham Greens. According to a news release, the greenhouse will produce up to 1 million pounds of fresh, pesticide-free produce every year.

“Chicago has shown remarkable leadership in urban farming and green building over the past decade,” said Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens. “We’re particularly honored to be partnering with Method and the Pullman Park development and community. We are dedicated to providing our customers and local residents with the freshest and best tasting, hyper-local produce available, 365 days of the year.”

The fresh produce will be distributed amongst local Chicago farmer’s markets, restaurants and retailers. Gotham Greens’ irrigation methods eliminate the need for pesticide use, minimize the risk of foodborne pathogens like E. coli and salmonella, and eliminate the carbon footprint linked to shipping produce across the country by growing produce locally.

“Gotham Greens shares our goal of using business as a force for social and environmental good,” said Drew Fraser, Method CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with a like-minded organization, who has demonstrated that the innovative, adaptive use of urban space can make a significant impact on local communities.”

Method’s innovative manufacturing plant is slated for completion in early 2015.

Rendering courtesy of Method