1,600 SF gas station and convenience store will redefine how convenience
stores are designed. Although it will have functions of a typical gas
station and convenience store, this building will push the envelope by
combining sustainable design with vernacular architecture and detailing gas
stations from the past.
Some features of the project include: an earth sheltered design with a roof
garden, solar panels, reclaimed building materials, polished concrete
floors, and a natural daylighting plan that will include light shelves to
reduce heat gain from direct sunlight and will reflect the natural light to
the back of the store.
These sustainable features will not only reduce the buildings energy
consumption, but will also reduce the impact of the project on the site. By
tucking the building into the hillside it will be able to take advantage of
the earth as a natural insulator and will also create a roof garden that
will allow the building to become a true part of the hillside. These
features will increase the green space on the site, reduce carbon dioxide
emissions, reduce storm water runoff, and finally reduce the visual impact
of the project from the neighboring properties. Finally, this building will
also serve as a tool to educate people on not only sustainable architecture
but also the oil industry’s move toward greener fuels.