Mustard Seed Market
Akron, OH


Ground-up, two-story organic grocery store with full service restaurant, administration offices and 2nd floor dining.

Summary of Services:

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing system design.
  • Construction administration and site observation reports.

System Design Highlights:

  • Design of prefabricated rooftop mechanical house, which included main power distribution equipment, domestic hot water system and centralized refrigeration rack.
  • Emergency generator design for back-up of entire store.
  • Custom lighting design and controls, including occupancy sensing and manual dimming throughout different areas.
  • Custom dehumidification rooftop unit design to maintain store humidity control.
  • Kitchen hood exhaust and make-up air system design.

Unique Project Challenges:

  • The 2nd floor space required flexible MEP systems to accommodate multi-use functions (formal dining, lectures and performances).
  • Roof space was limited for mechanical equipment, with a partial vegetated green roof area.
  • Floor to floor height was limited on both first and second levels of store.
  • Close interdisciplinary coordination was required during our design to consolidate MEP and refrigeration equipment, systems and utility routings, while maintaining maximum head height and a uniform appearance throughout the store.

Square Footage:

14,000 grocery, 9,705 restaurant & kitchen

Project Completion Date:

June 2015