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- From the north end of the store facing south, notice the three horizontal strips of windows on the ceiling. These windows will bring in a lot of natural light and are possible because of the tiered roof. Also notice that the west wall of the store will be
- The windows that are darker (but won't be dark in real life) will be where the store's mechanical systems are displayed. This will be part of the store's decor and an educational component.
- Note the unique LED light strips hovering over the aisles. The store will have 100 percent LED lighting.
Normally when you think of Walgreens, there's the the urge to complain about long lines and a conversational restraint of using the store's colloquial nickname, 'Walgrizzle'. In the last few years, the megacompany has tried a lot to curb these gut reactions--for instance, by adding stores like 40 Wall Street, State & Randolph and Bucktown. And special stores like these have touted features like a manicurist station, sushi, a fill-your-own beer growler station, concierges to point you to the Vitamin Vault and more--bringing the brand to a greater level of greater respect that doesn't conjure an intercom code "I see three".
With Walgreen's latest project in Evanston, the Net Zero Energy Walgreens, the company takes everything to the next level. This is a first for the industry and will be the greenest, most environmentally friendly net zero energy retail store in the country. Recently the company let loose the renderings, providing the first look into the store, before it's finished being built. Here, we've got the renderings, courtesy of architecture firm Camburas & Theodore.
· Walgreens Continues Journey Into The Future With Ambitions to Build The Nation's First Net Zero Energy Retail Store [Racked]