WFM’s Domain store nets TX-OK IIDA honorable mention for sustainability

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AIT Andrea Mize
was on-hand to
receive the award.

Already having received two Association of Retail Environments (A.R.E.) design awards, the CTA-designed Whole Foods Market at the Domain in Austin, TX, was also presented with an an honorable mention award in the Sustainability category at the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Texas-Oklahoma Chapter‘s Annual Gala on August 14.

Some design strategies which contributed to the award and to Whole Foods Domain earning a 4-out-of-5-star rating from the Austin Energy Green Building program included:

  • Texas-sourced materials, low-emitting paints, and diverting construction waste from landfills
  • The largest solar array that could be supported on the Whole Foods Domain rooftop, consisting of 690 photovoltaic modules that annually produce about 275,000 kWh of electricity
  • The most advanced green refrigeration technologies, garnering a Green Chill Silver-level Certification from the EPA

“Winning design awards is a great feeling, but even better is that Whole Foods Market challenges CTA to create environments that are inviting and fun; reflect the communities they serve; and are healthy for the environment, their team members, and their guests,” CTA senior project manager Sheri Blattel, said. “In turn, the sustainability goals established for Whole Foods Market at the Domain were to create an environmentally-responsive, specialty grocery store that demonstrates their commitment to sustainable and responsible building and business practices. I believe we accomplished these goals — and then some.”


Beyond capturing a “rustic steampunk” theme, a goal for this store was to provide a shopping environment that would enrich the community and exceed customer expectations. The coffee bar incorporates a latticework of large reclaimed wood beams overhead, with Edison bulbs interspersed and wall washers to enhance the texture of reclaimed brick walls; the “Draft Shack” offers oysters and 45 beers on tap; and the plaza provides seating underneath an overhead structure of tensile cables and colorful metal slats. Additional amenities include board-formed concrete planters with built-in benches, gas-powered fire pits, and a repurposed shipping container surrounded by a raised wooden deck and music stage.

The Domain design team included:

  • Mike O’Leary, principal-in-charge
  • Sheri Blattel, senior project manager
  • Ashleigh Powell, sustainability expert
  • Alex Bingham, architectural design
  • Andrea Mize, architectural design
  • Leslie Wilson, architect
  • Caleb Nelson, refrigeration design
  • Nick Doherty, refrigeration design
  • Nikolas Wybaczynsky, refrigeration design
  • Mike Nitschke, mechanical engineer
  • Larry Migl, mechanical designer
  • Leonard Vigil, mechanical designer
  • Jennifer Werland, structural engineer
  • Buckley Parks, electrical engineer

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