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Dutch Bros Coffee Project Highlight: Expanding Excellence in the Coffee Industry

Commercial metal panels on coffee shop

Project Details

Founded in 1992 by brothers Dane and Travis Boersma, Dutch Bros Coffee has been expanding and making a name for itself throughout the western part of the US. With over 300 locations in seven different states, this coffee chain continues to expand and serves some killer coffee.

Project: Dutch Bros Coffee

Designer & Builder: Luna Designs & RJ Russo

Materials Used: 7.2 Structural Box Rib Panels — 24 gauge in Regal Blue

Sustainable Construction Meets Coffee

This Dutch Bros Coffee location in Gresham, Oregon had a unique goal: replace traditional construction with modular designs. RJ Russo, the contractor, and Luna Designs wanted to provide a more environmentally-friendly structure that would maximize the location’s lifespan, as well as hold up to both interior and exterior harsh environments. By eliminating materials like wood and products that would begin deteriorating, this modular design was built to withstand everything from coffee spills to thunderstorms.

This particular Dutch Bros Coffee location was one of the first factory-built building units in a line of many more to come. By combining the aesthetic and branding of Dutch Bros Coffee and the expansion goals of the company, RJ Russo, Luna Designs, and Dutch Bros Coffee were able to bring the vision to life.

Metal panels on coffee shop

From Arizona to Oregon

The modular building, named “The Falcon,” had quite a journey before it began serving coffee-loving customers in Oregon. Both the construction and design teams had to work closely with the city in order to meet building codes and other stipulations. The building itself was built on-site at RJ Russo in Phoenix, Arizona. It was then transported to Gresham by truck, where the 24,000-pound unit was finally placed onto the site by crane.

Metal Panels Meet Mochas, Smoothies, & More

If the question is sustainable materials, the answer is metal panels. Metal panels are 100% recyclable and create an ideal surface for rainwater collection and solar panel installation. This Dutch Bros Coffee location chose to use 7.2 structural box-ribbed metal panels, which combine the industrial aesthetic desired for commercial buildings with the heavy-duty structural integrity they require. They also selected a 24-gauge gauge for the panels, which is one of the thickest and strongest profiles available.

How Metal Fits With Franchises

Not only is metal a durable and sustainable choice, but it also is low maintenance. Franchise building owners will spend less time and money worrying about annual cleaning and inspections and more time on what really matters. The collaboration between Dutch Bros Coffee, Luna Designs, and RJ Russo showcases the innovative use of metal panels in sustainable construction. This project not only met the functional and aesthetic goals but also set a precedent for future modular designs. Metal panels, with their durability and low maintenance, are an excellent choice for franchise owners looking to build efficient and long-lasting structures.

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