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      Eco-friendly Starbucks cafe made out of shipping containers

      TUKWILA, Wash. -- We already suspected the Starbucks of the future might be serving a whole lot of juice. Now, it looks like tomorrow's Starbucks cafes might be rectangular and metal - and look suspiciously like shipping containers.

      Did someone say "juice box"?

      Earlier this week, a construction crew on East Marginal Way in Tukwila was assembling what look like several cargo-style containers stacked on top of each other. The containers are painted shades of brown and feature a drive-thru window on one side.

      A font familiar to Starbucks customers covers the side of one container: "Regenerate, Reuse, Recycle, Renew, Reclaim." (You get the idea. Lots of environmentally friendly "R" words.)

      The construction crew working at the site Monday told seattlepi.com photographer Joshua Trujillo they were building an eco-friendly drive-thru for Starbucks.

      Shipping containers have made a splash on the sustainable design scene lately, with one developer launching a 7,200-square-foot cargo-based project in Georgetown just miles away from the drive-thru Starbucks.

      Calls to Starbucks seeking confirmation of the project were not returned this week. But the city of Tukwila issued a building permit to the Seattle company on Nov. 4 for the same piece of property, citing an address on a side street just off East Marginal Way South.

      The intended development purpose: A "new drive thru/walk-up building for Starbucks Coffee Company."

      The company also posted a job listing for a shift supervisor at the new drive-thru.

      Starbucks recently detailed an initiative to make greener buildings, including eco-friendly staples such as incorporating discarded and post-industrial materials into design. It's not clear if other shipping-container Starbucks have debuted quietly in other locations, or if the company plans to replicate the design.

      Seattlepi.com is a media partner of KOMO News.
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