Have you heard about the newest Starbucks store in Seattle? On March 13, we opened a Starbucks store in Seattle on 1st Ave @ Pike Street that is truly in a class of its own as it is the first store to be built using our new design concept that connects our stores to our coffee heritage.
So, what’s so special about this new design concept? Inspired by our original store at Pike Place Market, this new store is not only beautiful, it uses local materials and green design to enhance the customer experience. This new store design is part of our effort to have all of our new company-operated stores worldwide certified green by the end of 2010 under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. This is a key component of the Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ commitment to environmental stewardship.
The store at 1st Ave @ Pike Street incorporates reused materials and finishes from the Cascadia bio-region. If you get the chance to visit the store, you will see a series of “green way finding” plaques identifying and explaining specific environmentally smart elements incorporated into the design including:
The leather on the face of the bar is scrap leather obtained from shoe and automobile factories.
The community table has had many lives. Before arriving here, it graced a local restaurant and before that, a Seattle-area home.
The partitions are made from 100% recycled laundry detergent bottles.
During construction, 99% of the waste was diverted from the landfill. Wood, metals and concrete were reused or recycled.
In using energy-efficient hand dryers and lighting, this store is committed to reduce energy consumption by 25%.
The condiment station offers an opportunity to recycle both the hot & cold cups (starting March 30 in the City of Seattle).
Thank you for posting your ideas about how to reduce the environmental footprint of our stores on MyStarbucksIdea. We think this new design is the answer to many of them. Be sure to check out any new company-operated stores opening in your area or come visit us in Seattle to experience the new design!