Whole Foods Market
Lincoln Park, Chicago
The culmination of three years of eco-charrettes and special contractor training, this store integrates comprehensive sustainable
strategies into great design. Built to LEED Gold standards, it incorporates extensive green building practices and epitomizes the
retailer’s environmental awareness core value.
Designed to Energy Star standards for buildings, the store features efficiencies such as an ozone-friendly water-cooled refrigeration system, destratification fans, night curtains on refrigerated
cases, LED lighting in exterior signage and freezer cases, motion-activated lighting controls in frozen food cases, and an HVAC system that reduces air flow when the space is unoccupied. At least 90 percent of all appliances are Energy
Star rated, and half of the store’s energy consumption was offset through wind power purchases.
From incorporating fly ash in the concrete to minimizing finishes, material decisions support environmental and health objectives. Low-VOC paints and plywood with no added urea formaldehyde improve
air quality. Recycled-content materials include resins, cork and tire flooring, countertops, ceiling tiles and
wall tiles, while salvaged seating augments reclaimed barnwood and reclaimed local brick, leather panels, and apple crates for reuse. Other sustainable materials are bio-based composites and rapidly renewable bamboo and cork. Certified materials include FSC-certified veneer for 70 percent of millwork, Green
Seal for 100 percent of laminates, and SMART and Asthma & Allergy Friendly for VC T flooring.
Signage throughout the store communicates the retailer’s emphasis on local and organic foods. A Green
Mission Board in the café provides details on store materials, equipment, finishes, and other green building efforts. The project also features recycling stations, construction waste diversion, daylighting, a green
roof, a green screen, water-efficient plumbing, and semi-permeable outdoor pavers.
Architecture: Beckham Design Group Architects,
Design/Visual Elements: Commercial Design
Systems Inc. (CDS), Tualatin, Ore.
Fixtures: Amtecko Industries Inc., Columbus, Ohio
Fixtures: Capital Wood Products Co., St. Paul, Minn.
Fixtures: Hussman Corp., Bolingbrook, Ill.
General Contracting: Novak Construction Co.,
Lighting: Western Extralite, Maryland Heights, Mo.
Materials: Columbia Forest Products, Portland, Ore.
Materials: Greenlam America Inc., Miami
Retailer/Design: Whole Foods Market - Midwest
Star Market at Chestnut Hill
With input from design, engineering, and project management in
the pre-design phase, this 53,514-square-foot store raises the green
bar for supermarkets with 100 percent LED lighting, 90 percent off-grid energy consumption, and GreenChill Platinum-Level certification. The secondary glycol refrigeration for medium-temperature
cases and secondary CO2 refrigeration for low-temperature cases use
90 percent less refrigerant than a comparable market. Technological
achievements were shared with 200 government and A/E representatives, contractors, students, and retailers in a special tour.
Architecture: Yarosh Associates, Mashpee, Mass.
Controls/Automation: Refrigeration Innovation, Woodland, Calif.
Design: SUPERVALU Store Design Services, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Engineering: C TA Architects/Engineers, Billings, Mont.
Engineering: DC Engineering, Meridian, Idaho
Engineering: Richard B. Gramlich, P.E., Largo, Fla.
Engineering: Structural: Chapin Associates, Norwood, Mass.
Equipment: Munters, Amesbury, Wash.
Fixtures: DGS Retail, Mansfield, Mass.
Fixtures: Hill-Phoenix Inc., Conyers, Ga.
Fixtures: Hubert Co., Harrison, Ohio
Fixtures: Lozier Corp., Omaha, Neb.
Photography: Mark A. Steele Photography
Inc., Columbus, Ohio
Fixtures: Southern Store Fixtures Inc., Bessemer, Ala.
Fixtures: Structural Concepts, Muskegon, Mich.
General Contracting: Suffolk Construction, Boston
Lighting: Accuity Lighting, Conyers, Ga.
Lighting: Amerlux Lighting Solutions, Fairfield, N.J.
Lighting: Beta LED Lighting, Sturtevant, Wis.
Lighting: Osram Sylvania, Danvers, Mass.
Lighting: SPI Lighting, Mequon, Wis.
Retailer: Shaw’s/Star Market, West Bridgewater, Mass.
Technical Consulting: Aztec Energy Partners, Conyers, Ga.
Technical Consulting: Protection Consultants Inc., Centerville, Utah
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