Town & Country Market in Winslow is where it all began in 1957. It was showing its age when we launched a major remodel that took 14 long months – ending with a larger, updated and renewed market with improved layout, increased seating and many new features.
The market was awarded LEED® Gold from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievements in the building and operation of this downtown fixture. LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is a rating system developed by USGBC for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
“Using the LEED process in our remodel let us exercise our most important environmental values – reducing waste and pollution, decreasing our greenhouse gas output, filtering parking lot runoff and providing clean indoor air for our employees and customers,” said Town & Country’s Sustainability Director, Tony D’Onofrio.
The highlights of the market’s achievements are:
- 120 rooftop solar panels (32kW system)
- 50 percent reduction in total electricity use (even though the square footage increased)
- Purchase of green energy (helps fund investment in green energy)
- LED lighting inside and outside (uses significantly less energy than traditional lighting)
- Use of natural day light (via skylights and windows)
- Low-VOC materials (like paint, adhesives, wood, etc.) Low-VOC materials don’t off gas.
- Maximum filtration of interior air
- Low-flow toilets and sinks
- Refrigeration that uses half the greenhouse gases of traditional refrigeration
- Storm water filtration
- Vestibule entry (lowers escape of heat from the building)
- 95 percent of the construction waste materials were recycled
- Increased natural planting areas
- Significant energy cost savings
- First in the nation to be awarded Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECB),
- (Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs), for projects over $1,000,000 that provide energy and other environmental benefits in Kitsap County.)
LEED levels range from “Certified,” then grow more difficult as they progress to Silver, Gold and then Platinum. Certification is based on a rating system that assigns values to lowering energy use and costs, lowering water use and storm water runoff, conserving natural resources, reducing construction waste that goes to landfills and improving indoor air quality.
“Building operations are nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair USGBC said. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like T&C are addressing it through local solutions.”
The certification is a “compelling and concrete goal achievement,” D’Onofrio said. It helps build momentum for the entire organization in its commitment to sustainability and “fosters a shared vision.”
“It took a lot of people who were committed to the success of this project from day one,” our CEO Bill Weymer said. “From the market staff to our contractor, Abbott Construction, and all the subcontractors – LEED certification is not easy.”
The Market’s Beginnings
The store opened Aug. 29, 1957, on land where founders Ed Loverich and brothers John and Mo Nakata played ball together as boys. Many Loverich and Nakata family members can still be found working in the offices and aisles of the market.
That opening day on Aug. 29, 1957, was an event of great fanfare – fireworks, celebrities in helicopters hovering over the parking lot tossing out wooden nickels and other events gave a nod to the island’s first “supermarket.” The 30-foot reader board, visible in pictures from that day, has become an iconic community landmark. Originally used to advertise sales prices, it since has become a message board exclusively for community events. We want it to stand another 60 years – so it was strengthened and preserved (and moved three feet) during the remodel.
Now the company includes six markets and more than 950 employees throughout the Puget Sound region. We will celebrate the market’s 60th birthday this year.
The store occupies what was once an empty lot where founders Ed Loverich and brothers John and Mo Nakata played ball together as boys. Loverich and Nakata family members can be found working in the offices and aisles of Town & Country Market on Bainbridge Island.
The store has undergone a couple of expansions to try to meet the needs of a growing community – in 1990 improvements included a new espresso bar and expanded floral department, an expanded deli and the establishment of the downstairs – allowing for a bulk foods department and wine cellar.
What has remained constant for this store is its role as a community gathering place – when the lights go out (and they do quite a bit around here!), a good portion of islanders find a way to get to the store. The store generator means islanders can enjoy shelter, free hot coffee and cookies, and water, while supplies last. Being a shelter in a storm is an honor we don’t take lightly.