The First Chick-fil-A Restaurant located in San Jose, Calif., has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Sliver designation.
The Chick-fil-A restaurant located 53 Headquarters Drive in San Jose, celebrated its first ever LEED Silver Certification with members of the media, friends and special guests, who were invited to celebrate with restaurant owner and operator, Will and Karyn Wong with their son Brandon, San Jose’s District 4 Elected Official – City Council member Kansen Chu, Michael Garrison – Chick-fil-A Senior Director of Sustainability, with Keith Gilbert – Chick-fil-A Construction Manager, and McKayla – Chick-fil-A’s Team Member, helped celebrate Chick-fil-A’s LEED Silver Certification with a grand tour of the facility.
Owner and Operator of North San Jose’s Chick-fil-A Will Wong said, “LEED Certification is a milestone for our restaurant and Chick-fil-A. We are proud to lead the way in San Jose by serving our customers great food, in a greener building, with reduced waste”.
The Chick-fil-A Restaurant in San Jose received its LEED Silver designation, which makes it the first LEED certified restaurant in the Bay Area. It’s also Chick-fil-A’s only second LEED certified restaurant in the nation.
Will Wong was introduced to the Chick-fil-A brand in Houston, Texas, when he decided to work with Chick-fil-A Inc., he worked for a few years eventualy deciding to operate a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Sacramento. Working for five years, Will and Karyn were excited to be able to buy their second Chick-fil-A franchise with the goal in mind of having a LEED Silver Certified business.
Karyn Wong who shares some of the responsibilities of the business with her husband said, “We are representing a change in the business, in the way we can do business”. With LEED Silver designation for their business, Karyn Wong said, “We are making a bigger impact for the life of my kids growing up, showing them that it is possible to make the goal for LEED Certification”.
Under the Chick-fil-A, Inc’s expanding environmental stewardship efforts, the restaurant was built to include water reduction faucets, energy efficiency features that included LED lighting along with regulated air management control systems.
The USGBC also awarded the restaurant LEED points for its convenient community access, located on Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus route 58 and 0.7 miles from the Tasman VTA light rail station.