Overland Park & Leawood

Overland Park drive-in Starbucks to be made of shipping containers

An unconventional Starbucks is headed to Overland Park.

At its meeting Monday evening, the city council unanimously approved a revised preliminary plan for a new drive-in Starbucks to be built near 75th Street and Switzer Road.

The council had originally issued a continuance on the plan last month, saying the environmentally friendly design was too unattractive and the green stripes on the building were too self-promoting.

Now, the stripes are gone and the building was given a more natural tone, which pleased the council.

The building, which will be the third of its kind in the country, will be constructed out of reclaimed composite materials and metal shipping containers.

The exterior of the shipping containers will not be exposed.

Curt Petersen, the attorney who represents the project, pointed out that shipping containers are being used more often in architecture today.

“I would even go as far as saying this Starbucks made out of shipping containers will stand much longer than the other Starbucks made out of sticks,” he told the council.

Petersen also pointed out that Starbucks will be seeking LEED certification for the building upon completion.

“I think a vast majority of our citizens will find it attractive and want to go there,” he said. “It’s what we need and something to be proud of.”