AMY’S Drive-Thru Restaurant, Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park, CA, USA
2,650 sf. Greenroof
Greenroofs.com Featured Project April 29, 2019
Everyone loves healthy food (if it tastes good), and the many delicious choices at Amy’s Kitchen are proof. Since we don’t have our own Amy’s Drive-Thru (yet?) in Georgia, we’re very happy to find many of their offerings in the local grocery store.
America’s first all vegetarian organic fast food restaurant’s second drive-thru recently broken ground in Corte Madera, California. And AMY’S just announced on April 26, 2019 they were opening their third vegan friendly drive-thru with living roof within the state in Walnut Creek.
We last highlighted this awesome AMY’s project back on October 26, 2015 and since then the design/build team from SYMBIOS ecotecture was honored for its flagship Rohnert Park living roof as 2nd Place Winners in the Environment GLOBAL CATEGORY of THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards 2016.
Organized by the Colombian Network of Green Infrastructure RECIVE (Red Colombiana de Infraestructura Vegetada), World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), and partner universities, the winners were celebrated at the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2016 in Bogotá. It was great seeing Kerrie Lee Cole and Kevin Falkerson of SYMBIOS again!
Excerpt from Project Profile:
Known for their healthy line of vegetarian frozen dinners and famed for its all-natural convenience food and sustainable commitment, Amy’s Kitchen recently opened AMY’S Drive – Thru Restaurant in Rohnert Park, California.
The food served is all vegetarian, organic and non – GMO while the eco-friendly building, designed by Trachtenburg Architects, literally sprouts a vegetative ‘living’ roof.
A mosaic of 13 species of plants cover the roof, a water storage tower holds rainwater, and a solar array provides electrons for energy. AMY’S Kitchen’s commitment to sustainable development extends beyond the building’s footprint.
The site houses a 15Kw solar array canopy that the cars drive under on their way to pick-up their meals and walk-in guests with electric cars can use the charging stations in the parking lot while they dine.
SYMBIOS ecotecture designed and installed the integrated, planted-in-place living roof with a built-up assembly using components from Conservation Technology, Envirogrid, and Permaloc to enhance the building’s energy performance, effectively managing stormwater as well as offsetting the development’s impact by providing habitat for wildlife.
The 5:12 slope of the gable roof allows for good views of the garden roof yet required a soil-confinement system that is structurally supported and tension-balanced over the roof’s ridge top.
The perennial plants are pollinator friendly, drought-tolerant, and possess a seasonal vibrant flower display. Rainwater is harvested on-site and stored in the water tower to be used for irrigation, and during the summer dry season, municipal recycled water is used. In this way, no potable water is utilized.
Thinking ahead to replicate more of these unconventional drive-thrus, AMY’S hopes to incorporate the water tank and living roof prototype on future organic, healthy food restaurants.
Owner: AMY’S Kitchen, Inc.
Location: Rohnert Park, CA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Size: 2,650 sq. ft.
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public
ARCHITECT OF RECORD:
LIVING ROOF DESIGNER:
LIVING ROOF INSTALLATION:
LIVING ROOF PLANTING CONSULTANT:
KARLA DAKIN, K. DAKIN DESIGN
COLD LIQUID APPLIED WATERPROOFING, KEMPER SYSTEM
GREEN ROOF SYSTEMS:
PLANTED-IN-PLACE W/BUILT-UP ASSEMBLY, CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGY, ENVIROGRID, PERMALOC CORP
SYMBIOS CUSTOM SOIL MIX, 6” INCH DEPTH
EMERISA WHOLESALE NURSERY, SHOOTING STAR WHOLESALE NURSERY
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