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Chicago Identified for Transportation Innovation

March 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NRDC’s Smarter Cities project reveals how Chicago and fourteen other cities across the U.S. are raising the bar for affordable and accessible public transit.

By Nathan Mann

The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) recently released the findings from its Smarter Cities project, a transportation study identifying fifteen metropolitan regions with the nation’s leading transportation policies and practices. The study, created in collaboration with the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), rated U.S. regions based on public transit availability, use and cost, as well as other factors such as automobile use and innovative, sustainable transportation programs.
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2011 Burnham Prize Competition: McCormick Place REDUX

March 9, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

By Jon Sedey

Located just minutes from downtown, McCormick Place is widely known as the leading convention center in all of North America. With over 2.7 million gross square feet, 173 meeting rooms, and a 4000+ seat theater, the facility attracts close to 3 million visitors annually and is considered to be the economic heartbeat of the convention and tradeshow industry. McCormick Place aims to be, the world’s premier host, creating a great experience for every person, every time.
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Chicago Now Home to Nation’s Largest LEED Gold Apartment Complex

February 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The two-towered Alta at K Station, the product of a collaboration between Chicago-based Fifield Companies and its joint-venture partner, Pacific Life Insurance Co. of Newport Beach, CA, recently attained LEED Gold from the USGBC. The complex of 848 luxury residences is the largest apartment building in the country to have earned that level of sustainability.
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The Loop’s Latest Green Residential Building is No Square

February 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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.
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Chicago’s Next Mayor: As Green as the Last?

January 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard M. Daley, Chicago’s outgoing mayor, has cultivated a reputation over the years for forward-thinking environmentalism. Bike sharing programs, the City Hall green roof and the Chicago Energy Conservation Code for new and remodeled buildings are just parts of the green legacy he leaves behind.
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Chicago’s largest CRE forecast event set for Jan. 18

January 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference produced by the Illinois Real Estate Journal returns to the Marriott Chicago for its ninth annual gathering on Jan. 18. The conference remains the longest-running and largest commercial real estate forecast in Chicago.
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Changing Standards: What it Means to Be Green

December 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

On May 1, 1893, before a bustling crowd in Chicago’s Jackson Park, President Grover Cleveland pressed a button, activating the hundred thousand incandescent lamps strung about on thick cables. They were to illuminate the “White City,” the neoclassical buildings of the World’s Columbian Exposition, and bespoke a new era of technology.
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Energy Efficiency Grants and Getting the Coconut

December 16, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Josh Greenfield,
Energy Services Manager, Primera Engineers

Like the old energy adage goes “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” the same goes for energy efficiency upgrades, “You can’t make a good portion of energy efficiency upgrades economically viable without grants.” Okay, maybe that’s not a widely used adage by anyone, but the statement holds a lot of truth. With the simple payback period and internal rate of return metrics on building owners’ minds in this tough economy, these values can be make-it or break-it when it comes to the decision of implementing various energy efficiency upgrades or not.
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Chicago’s Bungalows: A Hundred Years of History, Ten Years of Sustainability

December 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Eugene Weibel

“Bungalow” means different things around the world. To some it’s akin to a country cottage, to others it’s a beachfront mini-resort. The word is unmistakable in Chicago, however, as anything other than the modest, narrow, single-family brick houses that dominated home construction in the area during the first half of the twentieth century.
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Scorecards, Standards and Certifications: Rethinking Chicago’s Infrastructure

December 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

Chicago has more than eighty-eight LEED-certified buildings, thirty-two of which are city-owned, making Chicago top in the nation in LEED-certified municipal buildings. In addition to that, Chicago is among the top in the nation in green roofs with 600 planned, under-construction or completed, totaling approximately eight million square feet. By all appearances, city officials seem to understand the benefits of environmentally-sound buildings and will continue to promote green building.
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