West Baraboo, WI. Culver's Restaurant Now LEED Certified
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. - March 8, 2013 - The Culver's restaurant in West Baraboo, WI. 420 Linn St., has been certified "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" (LEED) by the US Green Building Council.
The restaurant, which opened in September 2011, is one of the first restaurants to become LEED certified in Wisconsin.
We're very excited over this news," says Jon Sandeman, Culver's Project Architect and LEED Project Administrator. "For the last year and-a-half this restaurant has been a classroom to us as we have learned the return on investment on each of the design elements and understand which efficiency measures might be good additions system-wide."
Three of the "green" strategies integrated into the West Baraboo Culver's are conserving water through low-flow plumbing fixtures, harvesting rain water from the roof and regulating storm water through prairie planted detention areas to minimize water flow off-site. "We've probably seen more return on investment in the area of water conservation than anything else," adds Sandeman.
Other green strategies integrated in the new West Baraboo Culver's:
- Supplementing the electrical supply with Solar Panels. The panels double as shades for the outdoor dining patio
- Increasing natural light through use of skylights and more glazing
- Utilizing high efficiency mechanical systems
- Building with Forest Certified Wood
- Using recycled materials
- Committing to regional materials
- Reducing heat island effect through both site and rooftop design
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 received points toward LEED certification.
Culver's serves fresh food, always cooked to order, with genuine family values to each and every guest. Culver's is an expanding franchise system with more than 475 independently owned and operated restaurants in 20 states. The restaurants' award-winning customer service is based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality and freshness. Signature items include the ButterBurger®, made from fresh, never frozen Midwest-raised beef and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program. For more information, visit www.culvers.com, www.facebook.com/culvers, www.twitter.com/culvers or www.gplus.to/culvers.