RETAIL FACILITIES

LARGE SKYLIGHTS LEAD SUSTAINABILITY EFFORT FOR ROOMS TO GO WAREHOUSE

The Decisions Behind Installing a Lighting System That Combined Daylight With LED.

Rooms To Go is a chain of furniture stores that has grown to 226 outlets across the United States since its
founding by Jeffrey Seaman in 1990. Even as the company has rapidly expanded, they have chosen to engage environmental stewardship as a way to enhance their leadership position within the retail furniture industry.

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“The choice to install skylights at Dunn was the right one,” says Rooms To Go Senior Construction Manager Bruce Wallick. “And daylight-capturing sensors in the skylights save the company money.”

The bulk of those efforts has been in the area of minimizing their energy footprint. A significant part of their energy-savings has been the installation of over 300 large domed skylights in their newest shipping and receiving facility in Dunn, North Carolina.

“We’re very satisfied with the light that we’re getting,” says Rooms To Go Senior Construction Manager Bruce Wallick. “All the warehouses are going to continue to have skylights. And going forward, we’re probably going to increase the number of skylights that we’re putting in our facilities.”

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DAYLIGHTING TURNS STORE INTO A DESTINATION FOR WEST TEXAS SUPERMARKET

Bringing Daylight into Grocery Store Using Skylights Increased Foot Traffic.

When it came time to build the largest supermarket in Lubbock, Texas, the management of United Grocery didn’t want their carbon footprint to reflect the size of their gigantic store. So they turned to the wide open West Texas sky to light up their space.

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“Maybe you’ve heard: we get quite a bit of sunshine here,” jokes Rob Bichard, Director of Facilities Support and Development for United. “Why not take advantage of it?”

From the day they broke ground, daylight harvesting skylights was an integral component of the new grocery store plan.

“Our employees are really positive about them,” said John Jameson, the in-store manager for the new Lubbock facility. “And I’ve had a lot of customers comment, too. People appreciate that we’re trying to be green.”

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