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Date: 2010

Client: Rick Bayless

Location: Chicago, Illinois

LEED Certification: LEED-CI Gold

Farr Associates designed a new 2,800 SF fast-serve restaurant for top celebrity chef Rick Bayless. XOCO (show-ko) achieved a LEED Gold certification under the USGBC Commercial Interiors rating system. The pioneering restaurant achieves Bayless’s legendary customer experience with 30% less energy use and take-out waste.


Green features include greater envelope insulation featuring increased R-value storefronts, Energy Star roofing and appliances, fluorescent and LED lighting, FSC certified wood products and low-VOC materials made of recycled content that are regionally available.


Designed for daylighting, customers found the space full of natural light. Where additional light is needed, occupancy sensors and dimming controls reduce energy demand. In addition, water use is reduced an exceptional 40% over baseline standards, through low-flow plumbing fixtures.