The Loop’s Latest Green Residential Building is No Square

Located at 210 N Wells, 2002 is the city’s latest marquee residential high-rise and one of the only major high-rises constructed in the central business district last year. To help it stand out, Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed the 42-story, 329-unit rental building with sustainability in mind.

All residences come equipped with Energy Star rated appliances and water-saving plumbing fixtures. Rapidly renewable bamboo is a strong characteristic throughout the project, from the front doors of each unit down to the lobby.

2002 features over 8,500 square feet of green space and roofs. The green roofs are spread throughout the building, located on the eleventh and thirteenth floors, with an additional tower roof area.

Location also assists to green the building. Situated at the corner of Lake and Wells, 2002 is based on a focus of sustainable living in the heart of the city. The building sits right on the El tracks, which, while great for transit oriented development, may turn off prospective tenants because of the noise that often accompanies the trains.

The design team solved this potential problem by doing an acoustic analysis for the entire building. Based on the analysis, there are different windows for different areas of the building, making the sounds of the trains a non-issue.

While it scores high on walkability, 2002 does feature a parking garage. The garage does feature chargers for electric cars, however. Also, the first two hundred residents to move in will be entered in a drawing to win a 2010 Smart Car.

The building anticipates LEED approval later this summer.

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