Industry News | September 16, 2011

New Culver's Unit Pining for LEED Certification

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Culver’s new restaurant in West Baraboo, Wisconsin, is the company’s first focusing on energy efficiency and is in line to become one of Wisconsin’s first restaurants certified “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) by the US Green Building Council.

The new restaurant, which opens September 20at 420 Linn St., replaces the original Baraboo restaurant at 110 Linn St., which opened in 1990.

“This restaurant will be like a classroom to us,” says Jon Sandeman, Culver’s project architect and LEED project administrator. “We will learn the return on investment on each of the design elements and from that determine which efficiency measures might be good additions system-wide. Here we’ll be able to test sustainable strategies that our franchisees may not be able to undertake.”

Green Strategies to be integrated in the new West Baraboo Culver’s include: supplementing the electrical supply with solar panels that double as shades for the outdoor dining patio; increasing natural light through use of skylights and more glazing; recycling fryer oil to fuel a hot water heater; utilizing high-efficiency mechanical systems; conserving water with low-flow plumbing fixtures; harvesting rainwater from the roof; building with Forest Certified Wood; using recycled materials; committing to regional materials; regulating storm water through prairie planted detention areas that filter and minimize off site flow; and reducing heat island effect through both site and rooftop design.

“The dining experience will be enhanced through our sustainable efforts. The restaurant will have more natural light, higher air quality, and unique materials. Our guests can enjoy a scoop of custard on the patio while shaded by our solar panels,” Sandeman says.

LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a rating system that recognizes strategies for better environmental and health performance. For each sustainable element, the restaurant will receive points toward LEED certification.

The Culver’s of West Baraboo is one of nine restaurants owned by the Culver family. Some 430 are franchise owned and operated.

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