When IKEA opened their inaugural store in North Florida, it marked the 46th establishment in the U.S. This regional store boasts an extensive inventory of nearly 10,000 items. Staying true to their global mission of minimizing impacts on the environment, the building incorporates a rooftop solar array that supports a 1.89 MW system, built with 5,472 panels. This system generates approximately 2.75 million kWh of electricity annually for the store, a figure equivalent to the emissions of 409 cars or the annual power needs of 204 homes.
Whie the store is an average size for IKEA, it faced unique design challenges due to the constraints of the site. To make sure there was proper drainage, our team devised an innovative stormwater system featuring underground vaults installed beneath parking areas. These vaults effectively manage drainage from a combined 6.5 acres of roof space and paved surfaces, rendering it one of the largest underground stormwater vault systems in Florida. This project aptly showcases our team’s expertise with resource stewardship, efficiency, and cost effectiveness, which are always at the forefront of our design and engineering approach.