LYFE Kitchen contract ensures LEED-certified restaurants

March 22, 2013

Shangri-La Industries has been appointed as project manager for LYFE Kitchen's expansion across the U.S.

Following a successful implementation at its Culver City, Calif., restaurant, Shangri-La Industries will partner with the LYFE design team to manage all construction and design for additional restaurant locations in Tarzana and West Hollywood, Calif., as well as future sites in New York City, Denver and Chicago.

Shangri-La Industries will also ensure LEED Certification on all future locations by adhering to the LEED Volume Program. The program is for organizations planning to certify a large number of design and construction projects or existing buildings. It works by establishing verifiable guidelines that streamline the certification process without compromising LEED's standards. This new program was created to increase the efficiency of LEED certification and lower the associated costs.

At the recently opened Culver City location, LYFE Kitchen and Shangri-La Industries incorporated a warm ambiance aimed to appeal to all five consumer senses. The design and construction plan followed LYFE Kitchen's mission to model and inspire environmentally responsible practices incorporating sustainability as a "sixth sense." It also delivers operating efficiency benefits in reducing power and water use.

The restaurant uses sustainable building materials, including patio furniture made of recycled milk and juice cartons, bamboo tables and salvaged Sequoia wood community tables. There is also an herb wall representing the herbs and spices found on the menu, and a hydroponic wall that grows more than 60,000 micro greens.

"The result of the LYFE Culver City project is a dining environment that incorporates the very latest in sustainable design and construction features, enhancing the customer experience and delivering operating efficiencies to LYFE Kitchens' growing restaurant chain," said Kamyar Vaghar, vice president, Shangri-La Industries.

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Topics: Franchising & Growth , Operations Management , Restaurant Design / Layout , Sustainability

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