When SAA Architecture LLC was called upon to design a Walgreen store on one of the most prominent corners in town, we knew it would be an exciting challenge. This project called for blending the client’s desire for a building that would set the standard for her vision of buildings on Morrison with Walgreen’s corporate building standards. Furthermore, all of this had to be accomplished on a site much too small for a standard store. In addition, zoning conditions required the building to set close and to frame the street. Building code window requirements were in conflict with the Walgreen’s standards, and site access was somewhat limited with a less than desirably sized customer parking lot. As if that wasn’t enough, additional requirements and site planning demanded that loading areas be completely enclosed with a residential garage door incorporated facing Sharon Road (a main street). Developing a design that was acceptable to all the stakeholders required thorough and thoughtful negotiating skills, as well as SAA dynamic leadership skills.
Tilt up concrete was the building solution that produced the appearance required by the owner and by the City. The durability of the system met Walgreen’s requirements as well. An additional benefit was found in the thin wall solution’s small footprint, which provided more usable interior space on a project where every inch counted. The 15,000 sf footprint required site mud casting, bed, and stacking. of the wall panels.