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Four Chicago Buildings Win Regional TOBYs

April 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA/Chicago) announced that four of its building members have been honored as regional winners of “The Outstanding Building of the Year” (TOBY) Award by the North Central Region of the Building Owners and Managers Association.
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Reduce, Reroof, Recycle: Finding a Second Life for Asphalt Shingling

March 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Matt Baker

The most ubiquitous roofing style in the United States, topping roughly two thirds of residential roofs in the nation, is asphalt shingling. This is due to its low cost, easy installation and relatively long lifespan. These shingles are even more common in the northern, temperate regions of the nation where the reduced risk of thermal shock further lengthens their longevity.
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A Rising Trend: Green Elevator Initiatives

March 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

The development of the elevator opened up the discovery of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings. People, along with goods and services were able to reach new heights never seen before. “Vertical transportation” was now possible and forever changed the urban fabric. Instead of building out, cities were building up to conserve space and local resources. However, as green initiatives become an integral part of today’s development projects, elevator companies are implementing strategies to retrofit current elevators into green and attractive spaces.
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Cooking With Gas: Loyola University Brews Up Some Biodiesel

March 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

On north Broadway Avenue, an unassuming, windowless building holds what may be part of this country’s future energy independence. It is the facilities management building of Loyola University and it houses, among a fleet of university trucks and tractors, a biodiesel production lab, part of the university’s Center for Urban Environment Research and Policy. While it may not have the charm of Fermi and Szilard working beneath the University of Chicago football stadium, Loyola’s biodiesel program fits the zeitgeist much as the Manhattan Project did.
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The Taxman Cometh: Ernst & Young’s Green Office and Green Agenda

March 9, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

By Matt Baker

In 2009, Ernst & Young moved out of their marquee address—the 110-story Willis Tower—into a newer structure up the river. Owned by a joint venture of two John Buck Company funds, Chicago-based investor Brijus Properties and Morgan Stanley’s Prime Property Fund, 155 North Wacker wooed the professional services giant away.
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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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