Town & Country Market in Winslow is where it all began. It was definitely showing its age when we launched our remodel project in January 2014. It took 14 intense months – during which the market remained open – to transform it into a larger, updated and renewed market with improved layout and flow, increased seating and many new features.
Soon afterward, 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 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.
The 30-foot-tall reader board in front of Town & Country Market in downtown Winslow has become an iconic community landmark that has stood for more than 50 years (and we hope will stand another 50 – it was preserved and strengthened in the remodel).
The market – the first for the company – opened to great fanfare on Aug. 29, 1957, taking its place as the island’s first “supermarket.” The reader board, visible in pictures from that day, was originally used to advertise sales prices. It since has become a message board for community events.
Since that opening day – marked by fireworks and celebrities, some in helicopters hovering over the parking lot tossing out wooden nickels – the company has grown to six stores and more than 900 employees throughout the Puget Sound region. Bainbridge Island marked the store’s 50th anniversary in August of 2007 with more fireworks and a community picnic – but this time, no helicopters tossing objects (times have changed!).
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 in this part of the world!), 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. And being a shelter in a storm is an honor we don’t take lightly.
(Speaking of honors, we’re thrilled to have been named 2012 Large Business of the Year by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. To read more about that, and other community award recipients, visit bit.ly/WthodY.)