Industrial designer provide great news for sustainability programs...
Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) opened a new store in Round Rock, Texas, last year that tested several retail design and green building concepts.
The prototype store sports recyclable carpet, rubber flooring, a rooftop solar power array, solar thermal water system, natural lighting, and energy efficient insulation, appliances and HVAC system, among other features. REI's Round Rock, Texas, store deemed Project of the Year in the A.R.E.'s inaugural Sustainability Awards.
The Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) singled out the LEED-Gold certified store last week for its holistic design aesthetics and functionality, naming it the Project of the Year in its inaugural Sustainability Awards.
A North Face store in Boise, Idaho, and the Founding Farmers restaurant in Washington, D.C., tied for second place, followed by three projects that earned Outstanding Merit awards.
Founding Fathers tied for second place in A.R.E.'s inaugural Sustainability Awards.
The awards also recognized individual contributors for each project. For example, also receiving kudos for the REI store were design firm Gensler, visual element suppliers Lehrman Cameron Studio and Tempest Technologies, and fixture companies Grand & Benedicts Store Fixtures, High Country Millwork, Leader Manufacturing Inc., Reeve Store Equipment Co., and Rudy Rack.
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