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Sculpting a Green Office

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action.” So begins a quote often attributed to Michelangelo. “I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to other eyes as mine see it.”

The eight-story building at 20 North Michigan Avenue was such a sculpture—a green, innovative office building trapped in an aging warehouse. It just took a little foresight and years of carving to release it.
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Retrofit Chicago

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Some in the sustainability community were unsure of what sort of policy changes to expect as Mayor Daley handed over his office to Rahm Emanuel. After all, under Daley’s charge, a number of green building programs were put in place, such as the Green Permit Program, the Chicago Climate Action Plan and the Chicago Green Bungalow Initiative. The green roof on top of city hall stood as a badge of his commitment for years.
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