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Safeway, Bozeman, Mont.


Safeway has opened the first LEED for Retail certified store in the state of Montana, in the town of Bozeman. The $12 million, 58,000-sq.-ft. store is one of approximately just 200 LEED certified grocery stores in the United States.

The original project site consisted of an abandoned car dealership. 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. MulvannyG2 Architecture, Bellevue, Wash., served as design architect and architect of record.

About 97% of the construction waste associated with the project was diverted from landfills and sent to recycling plants in the area. In fact, so much of the waste stream was diverted from landfills during construction that Safeway earned exemplary performance credit through USGBC.

In addition, about 25% of the materials used to construct the new store contained recycled content, and about 50% of the building materials came from within 500 miles of Bozeman.

Safeway has two other LEED-certified stores — one in Santa Cruz, Calif., and one in Washington, D.C. It also has nine stores registered for the process.

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