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Doing Growth Right: ICE Expands Its Chicago Office

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

With growth comes the opportunity for better efficiency. Nurture a copse of trees into a forest and witness the diversity and vibrancy of life that takes up residence there. The same is true of systems designed by man as well as nature.

The Intercontinental Exchange, or ICE, is a multinational conglomerate of stock exchanges and clearing houses. They own and operate more than 20 exchanges and marketplaces covering commodities, indexes and equities, including the New York Stock Exchange which they acquired in 2013.
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Is Your Office Future Proof?

December 18, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

By Matt Baker

“The greenest building is the one that’s already built.” So goes a common mantra in sustainable construction. When a building is ill-suited for today’s way of life, you don’t tear it down, you alter it. This is how vintage structures can maintain their charm while staying relevant in an age that demands more comfort, safety and sustainability. But sometimes this isn’t enough. Preserving the past is one form of sustainability, but so is anticipating the future.
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Intelligent Growth in Wilmette

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

8804-143_5512By Matt Baker

Picture, if you will, a public works facility somewhere in suburban Chicago. You are likely envisioning walls made of concrete masonry units, a bowstring truss roof and maybe some pebbled, chicken wire glass letting in meager light. For most industrial facilities of a certain age, this is de rigueur.

It was true in the village of Wilmette, too. Before a series of expansions, cramped and outdated work spaces reduced the Wilmette Public Works Department’s effectiveness. And when the village decided to upgrade, they took sustainability into mind.
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