Tulsa World featured Selser Schaefer Architects’ project, H-E-B at Mueller, as the first grocery store to receive the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Top Ten Designation. The top ten was chosen from over 3,300 entries.
The AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects program celebrates structures that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions which protect and enhance the environment. Selser Schaefer Architects, architect of record, worked with H-E-B Design and Lake Flato Architects on the project.
“Located on a former airport site in the Austin neighborhood of Mueller, H-E-B is an 83,587-square-foot retail store and fresh food market that includes a pharmacy, café and community meeting space.”
“Environmental design elements of the project include extensive use of exposed wood, strategic use of daylight, rainwater capturing, a whole-store propane refrigeration system and the creation of a large entry vestibule, which helps regulate the internal and external temperatures.”
“Overall, H-E-B at Mueller cut its energy use by an estimated 64 percent over the national grocery store median.”
“Andrew McCready is a Selser Schaefer partner who led the H-E-B project team. ‘Our team took a truly holistic approach in the project’s design,’ he said in a statement. ‘This project is a great way to bring environmental design directly to consumers and show them how sustainability can lead to a more engaging shopping experience.’”