Pizza Hut and YRI Restaurant Support Center
GFF was selected to provide architectural services for the new Pizza Hut headquarters. The project includes a 3-story, 177,500 SF office building, a 1-story free-standing server room and a 3-story 450-car parking garage.
This headquarters for two arms of Yum! Brands is designed in pods that are sized to meet the differing needs of the two entities. The pods are joined by a shared two-story lobby that allows for monumental branding elements of both user groups. Test kitchens and mock restaurants, and all their associated
mechanical and plumbing needs have been accommodated in the design. The topography of the site and the adjacency to two lakes caused the building to be a linear configuration. In this way, the building naturally followed the contours of the land and maximized views of the building and the outdoor terraces to the lakes. The topography also allowed the parking garage to be partially below grade, which reduced its visual impact while still accomplishing natural ventilation of the structure.
The project was awarded two Green Globes under The Green Building Institute’s Green Globes rating system (roughly equivalent to LEED Silver).