Chef James Bistro
Certified; Year Achieved: 2009
Chef James Bistro, a 2,000-square-foot student dining facility located within Rand Hall at Vanderbilt University, received LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). In order to receive certification, the design team incorporated several sustainable elements including the specification of design materials located within a 500-mile radius of Nashville – drastically reducing the carbon footprint of the project. These materials accounted for nearly 75 percent of the total material cost and included tile and millwork among other construction materials. Additionally, a high percentage of regional materials, low-emitting materials and materials with high recycled content were also used. To improve energy consumption and support energy efficiency, 95 percent of all kitchen equipment installed are Energy Star-rated.