Cub Foods LEED Store
Cub Foods’ LEED-Gold Certification
Continues Saint Paul on Path of Environmental Leadership
East Side grocery store
joins list of other city projects noted for sustainable design and
PAUL – Cub Foods and its parent company, SUPERVALU, recently announced that its
new grocery store on Saint Paul’s East Side is the first for the company– and
the third grocery store in the nation – to achieve LEED-Gold status for its
environmentally sustainable design.
– Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is designated by the U.S.
Green Building Council to identify the world’s greenest, most
energy-efficient and high-performing buildings. Gold certification is the second
highest certification that can be achieved.
development and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive ideas.
Savings achieved through sustainable design show that doing the right thing by
the environment is also doing the smart thing,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “It’s
exciting that a grocery store that adds so much value to the Payne-Phalen
neighborhood is also setting new standards for how such a store can be
sustainably developed in an urban core.”
Foods has a vested interest in supporting the communities where we do business,
and contributing to the redevelopment of Saint Paul’s East Side was a natural
fit for us,” said Brian Huff, president of Cub Foods. “Choosing to build a LEED
Gold certified building was another example of Cub’s dedication to preserving
the environment for future generations.”
Phalen Cub joins more than 20 other LEED certified or registered buildings in
Saint Paul, including two City-owned properties. The Western District Police
Station is the first police station in Minnesota to earn LEED-Gold
certification, and the new fire department headquarters on West 7th Street that
is currently being built to LEED standards. Additionally, Saint Paul recently
celebrated the completion of The Winnipeg, a mixed-use, public-private
development in the city’s North End that includes the first residential green
May 19 Mayor Coleman joined volunteers and families to raise walls on Twin
Cities Habitat for Humanity’s first LEED townhome project. Last year, the Wilder
Foundation also opened its new home on the corner of Lexington and University
avenues with a center that meets LEED guidelines.
is a rigorous process, assigning points for each green feature incorporated into
the building. LEED Gold Certification is based on a number of green design and
construction features that positively impact the project and the broader
community. These features include:
44 skylights that illuminate 75 percent of regularly occupied spaces using a
solar powered GPS system that tracks and redirects sunlight as needed.
first commercial parking lot in Minnesota to be illuminated using just LED
lights that only need to be replaced every 40 years and provide 50 percent
• Half of the waste from buildings torn down on the
construction site has been reused in the construction of the new building or
• 35 percent savings in lighting costs compared to typical Cub
• A maintenance-free floor eliminating the need for chemicals during
the cleaning process.
• A landscape irrigation system that uses 50 percent
less water than typical systems.
• 75 percent of the building construction
waste will not end up in landfills. Instead, it will be recycled and turned into
other useful materials.
Foods submitted 41 points to the USGBC for LEED Gold consideration,” said Scott
Reinke, senior project manager, SUPERVALU. “To have all 41 points approved is
exceptional in the industry of green building development.”
April, the city awarded the new Cub Foods store a Sustainable Saint Paul Award
for Retail Green Building Design.
Paul is seeing increased interest in LEED as more developers and property owners
see the value in building energy efficient buildings that have improved indoor
air quality and reduced environmental impact.
marketplace is changing. Business owners, consumers, renters, and homeowners are
more conscious of the impact we have on the environment. What we are doing
locally is making a difference globally, and it is showing Saint Paul as a
leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship,” Mayor Coleman said.