Whole Foods in Salt Lake City receives highest green-refrigeration award

August 17, 2011 |

A 46,300-sf Whole Foods Market in Salt Lake City combines cutting-edge refrigeration systems and architecture to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Designed by Idaho-based architecture and engineering firm CSHQA in conjunction with the Whole Foods Market Rocky Mountain Region team and Engineered Structures Inc., Boise, Idaho, the grocery store has received the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Award and a three-globes rating from the Green Building Institute for outstanding achievement in green refrigeration.

A typical grocery store leaks 1,000 lb of harmful gasses every year, but with large windows, water-saving plumbing, and energy-efficient temperature controls, the engineers were able to cut the store’s refrigeration emissions by 85%. The store is part of the Trolley Square shopping center’s $60-million revitalization project developed by ScanlanKemperBard Cos., Portland, Ore.

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