Restaurant Design and Construction
In March of 2011, we opened a unique, new Chick-fil-A
restaurant at Montgomery Plaza in Fort Worth, Texas. This particular location was
designed with the environment in mind. Specifically, it was our first Restaurant
designed to meet the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification program.
We are proud to announce that in December 2011 our Montgomery Plaza Restaurant was
LEED® Gold certified and was the first restaurant in Fort Worth to
receive this designation.
This restaurant has been – and will continue to be – a living laboratory for us.
What we learn from Montgomery Plaza will be applied to new Restaurants going forward,
as well as existing Restaurants when feasible.
Since opening in March 2011, Chick-fil-A at Montgomery
Plaza has revealed a number of energy conservation measures that can and will be
applied to many of our existing Restaurants over the course of 2012. These seemingly
small changes, including more efficient lighting, water aerators and HVAC controls,
will make a large impact.
Also due largely in part to our success at Montgomery Plaza, the construction of
all new Chick-fil-A Restaurants going forward will incorporate the use of recycled
materials in several areas. In an effort to learn even more about how we can be
better stewards of the environment, Chick-fil-A intends
to begin construction on four additional LEED Restaurants in 2012.
Key sustainable features at Montgomery Plaza include:
Both the restroom facilities and the kitchen at this Restaurant utilize low-flow
fixtures. An underground cistern (the size of a swimming pool!) collects rainwater
for use in landscape irrigation. As a result, Chick-fil-A at Montgomery Plaza uses
40% less water than the average Chick-fil-A.
The Restaurant features skylights in the dining area and windows in the kitchen,
as well as the installation of energy efficient appliances. As a result, this particular
Restaurant uses 14% less energy versus industry standards.
Materials used in construction at Montgomery Plaza were specially chosen to not
emit harmful gasses. As a result, this Restaurant has 30% more fresh air than a
20% of the dollars spent on building materials for Chick-fil-A at Montgomery Plaza
were spent on products with recycled content. In addition, more than 50% of construction
waste was diverted from the landfill. Cardboard and foam cups are being recycled,
which reduces about 40% of this restaurant’s landfill volume.