Whole Foods Market, Oklahoma City
Design, Facade, Outdoor Shade Structures
Owner/Developer: Chesapeake Energy Corporation
General Contractor: Smith & Pickel Construction
Executive Architect: Elliott + Associates Architects
Interior Architect: Stone Soup 6, LLC
Civil: Johnson & Associates, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Trumble Dean, LLC
Mechanical & Plumbing: Rice Group, Inc.
Electrical: AWA Electrical Consultants, Inc.
Exterior Lighting: Auerbach Glasow French
Architectural Photography: Scot McDonald
Situated along a creek, this new, 47,000 square foot upscale market serves as the anchor at The Triangle at Classen Curve – an urban, mixed-use development and continuation of the popular Classen Curve development in Northwest Oklahoma City. As the first Whole Foods store in Oklahoma City, the building is an excellent example of sustainable design and operations, for example, it is the first location in the state to provide electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot. The modern building features a covered entry at the southwest corner and a flexible seating pavilion with an adjacent outdoor terrace.
The Market Hall entrance is protected from the elements by a zinc-clad canopy and a series of automated sun-tracking louver panels that protect the entrance from the intense Oklahoma sun. Additional fixed sun louvers extend across the front length of the building, filtering the light entering the store through the upper level windows. The south-facing elevation is further protected by a trellis, designed with stainless steel cable mesh panels to support planted vines for shading the pedestrian arcade along the front façade.
The main volume of the building and the sweeping north wall along the creek are clad in New York Bluestone veneer, with zinc siding used for the rooftop mechanical enclosures as well as the exterior canopies flanking the south facade. The glass curtain wall on the south elevation is set into an exposed steel structure which anchors the exposed steel structure of the trellis arcade.
The seating pavilion features operable windows and fans for natural ventilation and can be opened to the outdoor terrace by means of a large horizontal bi-fold door, providing an indoor-outdoor dining experience. The terrace is designed to accommodate live music performances and features low stone walls, bluestone paving, and Oklahoma redbud trees.
Mark Cavagnero Associates is the Exterior Design Architect responsible for the building shell design and construction oversight. The Executive Architect, Elliott + Associates, is responsible for the balance of the site development.