As an example of their commitment to sustainability, Safeway has built a new store in Bozeman, Montana, to US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications. Safeway incorporated sustainability measures into the Bozeman store, focusing on stormwater management, refrigeration techniques, using appropriate and sustainable landscaping, limiting water consumption in its store design standards and re-using and recycling building materials.
Morrison-Maierle was part of the design team on the new $12 million, 59,870-square-foot Safeway grocery store and 2,933-square-foot retail shell. We were involved in the site entitlement process, site civil design, environmental permitting, site electrical design, and traffic engineering. Site design included grading and storm water drainage, water, sewer and dry utilities, parking lot paving, site lighting, landscaping, and access onto two major roadways.
Even though the new store is 38% larger than the previous store, it uses approximately 50% less energy. The site was redesigned with pedestrian walkways, bike-friendly spaces and enhanced landscaping. The building design reflects the community’s traditional brick detailing with vertical corrugated panels and steel canopies. About 97% of the construction waste associated with the project was diverted from landfills and sent to recycling plants in the area.