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  Applebee’s Restaurant Support Center
LEED® Silver Pending

Applebee’s Restaurant Support Center, page 30Architect

BNIM Architects
106 West 14th Street, #200, Kansas City, MO 64105

General Description

Location: Lenexa, Kansas
Date Bid: June 2006
Construction Period: Aug 2006 to Nov 2007
Total Square Feet: 186,465 Site: 30.72 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 93,087; second floor, 93,378, total, 186,465 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 11’ ˝” (to bottom of floor deck); second, 11’8” (to roof, varies); floor to floor, 12’8”; total, 36’8” (to top of atriums).
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel frame/II B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Rain screen system (wood cladding & zinc corrugated metal siding). Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete, concrete filled metal deck, raised access flooring.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall. 

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Structural Engineering Associates, Inc. - 1000 Walnut, #1570, Kansas City, MO 64106
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: J. E. Dunn Construction - 929 Holmes, Kansas City, MO 64106
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Lankford + Associates, Inc. - 1730 Walnut, Kansas City, MO 64108
Civil Engineer: Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc. - 11250 Corporate Avenue, Lenexa, KS 66219

The Applebee's Restaurant Support Center houses more than 500 associates that provide assistance to 1,965 Applebee's Restaurants worldwide. The Center's design responds directly to the needs of Applebee's Services, Inc., a brand of DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), with a focus on associate satisfaction, productivity, food innovation and development of the land and building in ways that minimize negative environmental impact.

The restorative site design incorporates native landscape with water-efficient and low maintenance prairie grasses, wild flowers, and best management practices for storm water management. All on-site water, as well as a percentage of off-site water, is either absorbed or routed and cleaned through vegetated swales and wetlands prior to reaching the existing neighboring lakes.

The two-story building is nestled into the sloped terrain and organized along a curved circulation system - with entries above on a prairie level and ground setting at lake level. Four, open office wings extend out from the building services and circulation, separated by exterior landscaped courtyards and 2-1/2 story atriums allowing day light entry and views outward from the wings.

The Culinary process is on center stage directly off of the main entry and part of the first grand atrium. Showcased are menu development, quality assurance, and beverage operation teams that all support the creation of innovative food and drink development. The other two atriums house special functions, including associate dining and recognition, coffee bar, event space and breakout areas from training rooms.

The building enclosure is energy efficient with increased thermal insulation, Energy Star(R) reflective roofing, and rain screen systems that protect the exterior walls with cladding materials of Cumaru wood planks from managed forests and zinc corrugated metal siding for long life and low maintenance. Designed to provide increased day light, south facing windows are optimized by external shading devices for higher heat gain periods and atriums have motorized shades that operate as a result of sunlight position. Thermal comfort is enhanced by a central chilling loop, on-floor mechanical units and under floor displacement air supply with individual controls.

The open workplace design encourages interaction and the furniture selections give emphasis on job function and work style needs, using products that allow easy change and adaptation as job functions change. Spaces for meetings - both open and enclosed - are located throughout to promote team collaboration and small enclaves give all associates a place to have private conversations or conduct concentrative work.

The Center is expected to achieve a LEED
® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.   


DIV. 7: Insulation: Thermafiber CW90 Mineral-Wool; Membrane Roofing: GAF EverGuard TPO White FB 60.
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows, Curtainwall: United States Aluminum; Glazing: Viracon.
DIV. 9: Sheathing: Georgia-Pacific DensGlass Gold; Resilient Base: Roppe; Tile Carpet: InterfaceFLOR; Access Flooring: Tate.

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