At Studio Intersekt, we have worked hard at surrounding ourselves with like-minded partners. This attitude has translated into opportunities to work with Client groups and industry partners with solid initiatives to improve the built environment within an ever-increasing global sensitivity.
Studio Intersekt has enjoyed continued relationships with major national retail groups, including Longo’s, A&W, Starbucks and Chipotle Mexican Grill. Each group has a sustainability strategy, and each acknowledges its critical role in promoting a better way to treat the planet. As their Architect and prime consultant partner, we strive to maintain, improve, and champion these initiatives and offer our retail and hospitality industry leader expertise.
Studio Intersekt was involved with a specialist group in 2018-2019 to review Resilience within the industry and helped develop a BOMA Technical Guidance Note, set to be published soon. The Technical Guidance Note (TGN) is written for Operations Managers of Commercial Real Estate. It provides simple guidance in recognizing and understanding the operational risks, treating them, and communicating this up the chain so that the corporation can interpret and use it. There are many resources available to Operations Managers, and part of this TGN is about raising awareness of what is available and how to use it. There is a vast array of existing and emerging technology available to mitigate the impact of an event, facilitate a response and accelerate the recovery. While many stakeholders have contributed to this publication, this guidance is deliberately generic and non-product-specific.
We have been part of Longo’s consultant team for many years. They are focused on improving energy efficiency and developing sustainability strategies within the communities they serve, including responsible sourcing. Grocery stores are one of the most energy-intensive retail businesses. Longo’s has long focused on building and running more efficient stores with reduced greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs and is committed to reducing its stores’ environmental impact. According to Longo’s owners, the supermarket industry has a knowledge gap around successfully integrating high-efficiency technologies in large commercial buildings to save energy, reduce costs, and create positive environmental impacts.
“One of the key objectives of the Stouffville store project (2018) was to narrow that gap by designing, building and operating a sustainable supermarket with a goal of near net-zero energy and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.”
A&W has an ongoing program to become more resilient and energy-efficient using more sustainable materials, more energy-efficient electrical and mechanical systems, high-efficiency cooking equipment, and continued initiatives to conserve water.
Starbucks has a well-documented approach to corporate responsibility. They created a new benchmark in retail that goes beyond construction and design to address long-term, eco-conscious operations, including goals to reduce carbon emissions, water usage, and landfill waste by 50%.
Chipotle has long led the way with a better approach to cultivating, producing, and delivering food. They have numerous partnerships to promote local organic produce, animal welfare standards, waste diversion, and energy conscience design. They introduced a new Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metric to incentivize senior team leaders to maintain business decisions that “Cultivate A Better World.”
At Studio Intersekt, we believe you are judged by the company you keep, and we hope to maintain these and other vital relationships to do our part in contributing to a shared, positive, achievable sustainability vocabulary.