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Chico’s National Store

Chico’s National Store Support Center in Fort Myers Certified by FGBC

Building 10 on Chico’s National Store Support Center campus in Fort Myers, Fla. has been awarded the Florida Green Commercial Building designation by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) after it successfully met the sustainability standards established in the FGBC Florida Green Commercial Building Certification program. With a score of 130 points, Chico’s Building 10 received the bronze level certification on June 21, 2013. The designation represents achievements in a number of categories, such as energy efficiency, water conservation, site preservation, indoor air quality, materials, and durability, including disaster mitigation.

Architectural services and FGBC Certification documentation for Chico’s National Store Support Center were provided by GMA Architects and Planners of Fort Myers who have been serving the needs of Chico’s on their 60 acre campus since designing their World Headquarters Building over 15 years ago. GMA has been a continuous member of the Florida Green Building Coalition since FGBC was formed in 2000. At the time, GMA employee Rob Andrys served as the first FGBC Vice President in 2001. Site design was by Hole, Montes & Associates, with Theresa Artuso providing the Landscape Architecture. HOK Architects Tampa office provided interior space planning and design services, Balfour Beatty Construction was the Construction Manager.

Some of the unique, innovative green strategies utilized by Chico’s include:

  • Fleet of electric and solar powered golf carts are utilized by Associates while on campus in lieu of combustion vehicles to reduce fossil fuel use and emissions.
  • Food Service purchases local and organic products and uses plates, cups, and utensils made from biodegradable, compostable material.
  • Associate Wellness Program – The fully outfitted Campus Wellness Center features no-cost personal trainers, diet counseling, and smoking cessation programs. There are also outdoor walking and running trails on campus and encouragement for bicycling. Incentives for health insurance programs are offered for Associates who participate in these programs.
  • Associate Wellness Program – The fully outfitted Campus Wellness Center features no-cost personal trainers, diet counseling, and smoking cessation programs. There are also outdoor walking and running trails on campus and encouragement for bicycling. Incentives for health insurance programs are offered for Associates who participate in these programs.
  • Green Policy – As a result of the FGBC experience, several of Chico’s standard operating procedures regarding sustainability have been formalized as Policy, such as green housekeeping and pest control.
  • Onsite Services – Chico’s provides a large array of onsite basic services to Associates, not typical of this type of business. Some are outlined in the FGBC credit for “Access to Basic Services,” but Chico’s continues to expand the program and eliminate the need for additional travel miles. [More]