Fran's Chocolate Headquarters

Seattle, WA
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Beloved Seattle chocolatier exemplifies the stewardship ethic leading to project LEED® certification at the Platinum level

 

  • Hand washing faucets that double as hand dryers for hygienic, no-touch hand washing while saving water and energy
  • A green operations plan and green building education for inclusion in tours and signage.
  • LEED Platinum 

After 21 years in their original production facility on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, Fran’s Chocolates secured a lease on 31,500 sq.ft. of space in a project that renovated and expanded the original Rainier Brewery in Seattle, which almost doubled their space. The new location also allowed Fran’s to offer a better commute for most of their staff, alternative transportation options, and convenient access to the thriving hip neighborhood of Georgetown. The interior design of the new headquarters is an authentic extension of the company’s commitment to quietly creating the exceptional. With polished original marble tile, exposed original Carnegie Steel-cast ironwork and exposed brick the office, retail area, and tasting room elegantly express the history of the Brew House put to new use and exemplifying the stewardship ethic that is leading to project’s LEED certification at the Platinum level.

O’Brien360 provided early facilitation to bring additional team members like FSi consulting engineers and the Integrated Design Lab (IDL) to craft a Platinum approach to the design of both the renovated the Brew-House and the expanded warehouse area as it was turned into a bright, clean, and comfortable production, packaging, storage, and shipping facility.

IDL helped analyze the feasibility of skylights while FSi worked with Fran’s and the food production engineer to design HVAC systems to optimize efficiency while maintaining precise conditions for chocolate production. Hand washing faucets that double as hand dryers allow for hygienic, no-touch hand washing while saving water and energy. We worked with the developer of the core and shell and the contractor for the tenant improvements to assure the project could reach Platinum certification, as well as with Fran’s owners and executives to execute the many strategies that involved company practice and leadership. The facility will be maintained following a green operations plan and green building education for inclusion in tours and signage.

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