LENEXA, KS --
-- 01/11/2008 --
Applebee's International, Inc., a subsidiary of
IHOP Corp. (NYSE: IHP), today celebrated the grand opening of its new
Restaurant Support Center in Lenexa. The two-story, 178,000 square-foot
center features open, collaborative workspaces, a world-class culinary
center and an environmentally sustainable design.
The building was designed by BNIM Architects and built by J.E. Dunn
Construction. The owner's representative was a joint venture partnership
between The Allen Group and Copaken, White & Blitt.
"We believe the open, collaborative work space will increase productivity
and allow us to be more nimble and responsive to our guests and to the
demands of a competitive marketplace," said Julia Stewart, CEO of
Applebee's. "Our new state-of-the-art Culinary Center is the perfect
environment to create and test fabulous new products that will keep our
guests returning again and again."
Based on the sustainable strategies included in the project, the Support
Center is expected to achieve a LEED® Silver certification from the U.S.
Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED®) rating system. The building's sustainable features work together
to raise energy efficiency, improve the air quality, increase the natural
daylight, minimize operating expenses such as electricity and water, and
cost effectively support the business (minimal maintenance requirements).
Associates also have the ability to control their own environment,
including air temperature, access to daylight, flexible task lighting,
personalized workspace and adjustable seating.
"Applebee's challenged our firm to design an extraordinary environment that
embraces the goals and aspirations of their culture," said Steve McDowell,
FAIA, principal of BNIM Architects and design team leader. "Our design team
focused on sustainable design strategies, developing the land and designing
the building in ways that minimize the negative environmental impact. The
result is a facility designed to maximize productivity and provide good
stewardship in the community."
Recognizing that associates spend a significant amount of their day
indoors, the building was designed to maximize the amount of natural
daylight. Enclosed spaces are located away from the perimeter, allowing
natural daylight and views to penetrate deep into the workplace. The design
team also developed strategies to meet the specialized needs of individual
and team work styles rather than standard solutions based upon job
hierarchy. Emphasis was placed on job function and work style needs. Lower
panels and layouts that allow visual access to others were provided for
groups with a more collaborative work style. For more concentrative work
styles, slightly taller panels and more secluded locations were provided.
The new design encourages associates to view the entire building as their
office, rather than simply the space assigned to them.
The 9,793 square-foot culinary center is one of the largest in the casual
dining industry and the focal point of the entire building. It includes a
full replication of an Applebee's restaurant kitchen and will be used for
menu development, food auditing, research, evaluation, testing and
For details on the building design and sustainability features, see
About Applebee's / IHOP
Applebee's International, Inc., headquartered in Lenexa, Kan., and its
affiliated companies develop, franchise and operates restaurants under the
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar brand, the largest casual dining
concept in the world. At the end of fiscal 2007, there were 1,976
Applebee's restaurants operating system-wide in 49 states, 17 international
countries and two U.S. territories, of which, 510 were company owned.
Additional information on Applebee's International can be found at the
company's website (www.applebees.com).
About BNIM Architects
With 37 years of experience as a multidisciplinary architectural firm,
Berkebile, Nelson, Immenschuh, McDowell Architects has built a reputation
for thoughtful and responsive design thorough technical competence and
conscientious service. With offices in Kansas City, Missouri, Houston,
Texas, and Des Moines, Iowa, BNIM Architects has completed many significant
public and private projects at both local and national levels. The firm's
areas of expertise include sustainable design and community redevelopment,
urban planning and design, educational facilities, campus master planning,
and residential and corporate office spaces. BNIM is committed to
restorative design, which aims to maximize human potential, productivity,
and health while increasing the vitality of natural systems. For more
information, call Kathy Achelpohl at 816.783.1500 or visit www.bnim.com.