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340 on the Park Sustains Green Building Efforts S p e c i a l F e at u r e S

Being eco-Friendly at aMli Deerfield improved comfort at lower cost achieved at 180 east pearson Shedd aquarium Meets Water conservation Goal uSGBc emerald awards the Weather and Your landscape cBre releases annual corporate responsibility report chicago ranked top of National Green Building adoption index planning for Holiday Splendor in chicagoland

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03 340 on the Park Sustains Green Building Efforts By Michael C. Davids PROPERTY PROFILE

08 Improved Comfort at Lower Cost Achieved at 180 East Pearson By Don McLauchlan, PE, CEM, LEED-AP and Ryan Hoff, LEED-AP, BD+C PROPERTY PROFILE

12 Being Eco-Friendly at AMLI Deerfield By Michael C. Davids 14 Shedd Aquarium Meets Water Conservation Goal 15 USGBC Emerald Awards 16 Editors Message 17 Directory Advertising THE LANDSCAPE BUYER

21 The Weather and Your Landscape By James Fizzell 23 CBRE Releases Annual Corporate Responsibility Report 24 Chicago Ranked Top of National Green Building Adoption Index 26 Industry Happenings Compiled by Michael Davids and Sherri Iandolo S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

29 Planning for Holiday Splendor in Chicagoland By Jan Wemple

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340 on the Park Sustains Green Building Efforts 340 on the Park is a 64 story residential tower located at 340 east randolph Street in the lakeshore east development in the new eastside/east loop neighborhood and was completed in 2007. the building briefly surpassed 55 east erie as the tallest all-residential building in Chicago.


t is currently the second tallest all-residential building in Chicago (One Museum Park is currently the tallest) at 672 feet (205 meters). The building is concrete with a large blue tinted exterior curtain wall designed to achieve balance and rhythm. 62 of the floors contain a total of 344 luxury condominium units that house approximately 700 residents and the building has a 459 vehicle parking facility. The first floor has retail space owned by the developer. The building was developed by Related Midwest. The architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed the tower and structural engineering firm

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Magnusson Klemencic Associates designed the building using Post-Tensioning in order to increase the floor-to-ceiling heights. James McHugh Construction Co. installed post tensioning tendons. 340 on the Park is set flush next to Randolph Street, allowing unobstructed views of recreational gems of Grant Park, Maggie Daley Park, Millennium Park, Lake Michigan, and the Park at Lakeshore East. The tower was designed to allow for nearby buildings to maintain some of their views of the parks. The north side of the building is contoured so that views from The Buckingham, a condo building located next to the building, are not interfered with.

340 on the Park was the first residential tower in the Midwestern United States to achieve Silver LEED certification for its "green" design, including a large winter garden for residents. Additional sustainability features include a connection to the Chicago Pedway system, low-flow water fixtures for both residential and public spaces, electric car charging stations and energy-efficient fixtures such as lights and mechanical equipment. The beautiful Wintergarden terrace is located on the 25th floor and features Janus et Cie furniture. The association also has a green first floor roof to reduce storm water run-off as well as a storm water collection tank to provide water used for irrigating the landscaped areas. Other notable amenities include a club room, fitness center with lap pool and spa facilities.

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Association & Governance 340 on the Park Condominium Association began governing the building in 2008. The Association has commissions in lieu of committees pursuant to their declaration. The board of directors for the association has 7 members that serve two year terms and there are five commissions (Design, Finance, Landscape, Operations, Community Relations) with nearly fifty residents participating. The Association is professionally managed by Lieberman Management Services, Inc. Home values in the building start at approximately $510,000 and go up to $5.6 million. Monthly assessments range from $417 to $2650 per unit to support the building’s operating budget of nearly $3.5 million. According to community manager Amy Eickhoff, who has been at the building since 2012, “340 property values have been maintained or increased even when other buildings were suffering during the mortgage crisis and economic downturn.” Units that are for sale are typically on the market for less than 30 days and no more than 60 days in most cases.

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Y Shown here is one of the new cooling towers being lifted into place at 340 on the Park by helicopter.

“340 on the Park is a community of free thinking, conservative decision makers,” explains Eickhoff. “This is evidenced by 340 being the first residential building of its size to install Intellihot tankless domestic hot water heaters and the construction of their design/build chiller plant. Thoughtful analytics are at the forefront of each decision made by the Board of Directors and many commission members here,” she adds. The association updates their capital reserve study every 3 years and a full reserve study was just completed in August of 2017. 340 on the Park has a capital reserve account balance of over $2.8 million. At 340 on the Park, the board relies on the reserve study as a baseline of funding; however, “actual proposals done years in advance of a major project are used to adjust to ‘real’ expenses,” states Eickhoff.

Sustainability Efforts Given their background and origin as an environmentally friendly “green building,” it’s not surprising that 340 on the Park continues to employ sustainable prac-

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tices in as many ways as they can. The Association has participated in two electricity commissioning projects since its beginning in 2008. Eickhoff adds, “The area of energy efficiencies and reduction of carbon footprint are important to the association.” 340 recently completed two significant capital projects that further enhanced the building’s energy efficiency: they installed tankless hot water heaters to replace their old system (resulting in a 35% annual cost savings through reduced natural gas usage). and they built a new Chiller Plant. To help fund the project, the Association used the cash in their Reserve Fund account as collateral receiving a 2.5% interest rate on a $1, 600,000 ten year bank loan. The equipment loan was for $640,000 and financed at a rate of 3.71% over five years. This project won both the Chicago Chapter and Regional Excellence in Engineering award from ASHRAE and has added value through the reduction or operating expenses in the amount of $325,000 annually, increasing as the loan is paid down.

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Tankless Hot Water Heaters After some initial skepticism by the mechanical contractors that were bidding on the project, 4 of the 5 submitted bids as specified to install Intellihot Tankless Hot Water Heaters and work began in March of 2015. Four iQ 1001 units were installed above the complex’s penthouse floor to create a combined 4 million Btu/hr. capacity. According to Ed Kaelber who at the time, was with the mechanical contractor that performed the installation, the toughest challenge was ensuring there was enough Delta-T running through the iQ 1001s, something that can be tough to achieve in significant vertical buildings such as 340 On the Park. “(340 On the Park’s) hot water returns at an extraordinarily high rate. It comes back with very little Delta in it,” Kaelber explains. “These heaters needed some Delta in order to function properly. We changed where we put the makeup water in relation to the return water. It was a

matter of redoing the connections so they cool off that return water coming back.” He adds, “The biggest thing with tankless water heaters is the return water temperature. We had to modify the piping and work with Intellihot on how to rethink this return piping. That was really the only challenge and it was a minor one.” According to Eickhoff and the 340 On the Park residents and service staff, the Intellihot units have been working out great, During the four-week re-piping and installation service was not interrupted. The building is also pleased to have much more available space after removing several 950 gallon hot water tanks in their mechanical room. A 2016 independent analysis performed by the Association’s energy consultant verified that the estimated cost savings of over 30% was achieved.

Chiller Plant Project When Eickhoff came to work at 340 On the Park in 2012, air-conditioning and chilled-water costs of approximately

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$500,000 per year were the facility’s second-largest expense after payroll. Eickhoff has a keen interest in mechanical systems and quickly realized that she would work toward bringing those costs down. “We’re always looking for ways to identify sav-

ings,” she contends. The 340 On the Park building was constructed using district chilled water which entered at the building in the basement and was distributed throughout the entire building. Additionally, heat exchangers were installed to provide a piping riser “pressure break” on the 27th floor. According to Eickhoff, when 340 On the Park was in development the City of Chicago had a requirement that any building designed for district chilled water must have the capability to switch to a self-cooling option in the future. That helped make the new chiller design much easier because the main building’s riser pipes were the same size from the base-

ment to the 63rd floor. The project’s leadership and schematic design were performed by their energy consultant while the mechanical contractor led the final construction design and installation. After repeated refinements to the feasibility study, 340 on the Park’s energy consultant determined the payback to be six-and-a-half years, which was reasonable to the board for signing off on the project and starting the bid process.

Timing Challenge Finally, 340 On the Park required a 50%-plus one vote from unit owners in the community association to move forward with the project. Eickhoff, their energy consultant and the building’s board members created a pamphlet marketing campaign showcasing the benefits of the chiller installation and in two weeks received 70% approval. Design started in November 2015 and construction quickly began in February 2016 because the project had to be completed in August. “It had to be fast because our district

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cooling contract was ending Sept. 28, 2016,” Eickhoff states. “It was an exciting challenge.”

Coordination & Soundproofing The coordination on the project was intense, specifically the helicopter needed to lift the chillers from East Randolph St., and place them on the 63rd floor through a temporary roof opening. “That’s precision,” Eickhoff says. “Once we got those in place everything started to come together nicely.” Additionally, the mechanical room required a built-up slab for sound attenuation to make sure residents of the 62nd floor penthouse would not hear the system while in operation. The chillers were placed in what was formerly a storage locker room area for the residents.

Reward for Green Building Efforts The project concluded in late August and the building switched from district chilled water to the independent cooling plant without any issues impacting residents. In December 2016, 340 On the Park received an incentive check for $69,000 from ComEd — Chicago’s utility provider — for using premium efficiency equipment. Eickhoff and her staff, the 340 On the Park Board of Directors and its resi-

dents have shown an outstanding commitment to making their building more energy efficient. And they plan to continue to sustain their efforts for a “healthier and greener” building. John Santoro, Executive Vice President of Lieberman Management Services added, “The board and residents at 340 have really set an excellent example for other Chicago condo buildings to follow.” $

Energy Efficient Equipment The chilled-water-system includes two Carrier 500-ton premium efficiency screw water-cooled chillers in a seriescounterflow configuration; variable-speed chilled water pumps; Armstrong Fluid Technology variable-speed condenser water pumps; two 5-cell Tower Tech cooling towers with variable-speed fans; and a plate-and-frame economizer heat exchanger for free chilled water during mild ambient conditions. The series-counterflow configuration with variable primary pumping ensures minimal energy use. The chiller plant supplies the building 44º F water with a partload efficiency as low as 0.32 kW/ton. All pumping has variable-speed drives with pressure-dependent controls. The cooling towers can run with fans completely off.

Water Leak Concern There was concern about water leaking into residences if something were to break in the chiller plant at the top of the building. To catch a leak quickly, several water sensors were installed on the perimeter of the chiller mechanical room to immediately notify operators. “It is tied into our building automation system,” Eickhoff says. “If a drip of water hits the sensor, it will alert us. That was something we added in because we wanted to ensure in the event of any mechanical failure, water infiltration to the penthouse level below would be minimized.”

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Improved Comfort at Lower Cost Achieved at 180 East Pearson Ventilation systems are critical for indoor air quality, comfort and building pressure balance. typically, these systems are one of the highest energy consumers in a building. this was especially the case at the residences at Water tower place, a high-end condominium association located on the upper 40 floors of the famous Water tower place shopping mall in downtown chicago, where the building ventilation system was contributing to significant pressurization issues and extremely high utility costs.


he association hired elara engineering to review the ventilation system to identify opportunities to improve performance and reduce energy consumption while meeting the building’s desired standard of occupant comfort. after completing a holistic review of the existing ventilation systems, elara recommended a two-fold approach to improve the building ventilation: first was to intelligently control building exhaust and makeup air and second was to optimize the makeup air unit operation. this approach resulted in a 50% reduction in building energy costs while at the same time, improving occupant comfort through added humidification and improved building pressurization.


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High Rise Ventilation System Overview ventilation is a key component to maintaining a healthy and comfortable building. in high rise condominium buildings ventilation is typically accomplished by exhausting air directly from the condominium units through toilet, kitchen, and dryer exhaust systems. however, exhaust systems

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alone are not sufficient to provide proper ventilation because this exhaust air must be replaced. if there is no mechanical means to replace exhaust air the air will be pulled into the building through entry doors, windows, and cracks in the façade; contributing to building conditions such as stack effect and negative pressurization. Proper ventila-

tion systems “make up� this exhaust air with a central air supply unit referred to as a makeup air unit (mau). maus heat, cool, humidify and/or dehumidify outside air to comfortable conditions before supplying it directly to condominium units or common corridors.

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and kitchens are most occupied, and close to stop (or reduce) the airflow when exhaust is no longer needed, such as the middle of the day or late at night when these spaces are often unoccupied. this type of system was implemented at the residences at Water tower Place. this simple change provided numerous benefits: 1. Reduced Fan Power – When the exhaust dampers close the exhaust fans are not required to provide as much airflow. With the addition of variable Frequency drives (vFds), the fan motors reduce speed during times of reduced airflow to save significant energy. Fan power has a cubic relationship with airflow, meaning that a reduction in airflow of only 20% translates to almost a 50% reduction in fan power.

Intelligent Ventilation Control the first step to improve the ventilation systems at the residences at Water tower Place was to manage the exhaust and makeup air quantities. exhaust from kitchens and bathrooms is necessary to remove odors and introduce outside air into the condominiums; however, fully exhausting from these spaces when they are unoccupied is unnecessary and wastes energy conditioning and transporting makeup air that is not required. a more intelligent system design, often referred to as demand Controlled ventilation, includes dampers behind each condominium unit’s exhaust grilles. these grilles open when exhaust is required, such as morning and evening times when bathrooms

2. Improved Building Pressurization – many buildings, including the residence at Water tower Place, suffer from negative building pressurization where more airflow is exhausted from the building than is supplied by the makeup air system. negative building pressure leads to air and water infiltration (which often accelerates façade deterioration), drafty conditions, stack effect, and can even make it difficult to close doors and cause issues with general elevator operation. intelligently modulating the exhaust airflow according to demand diversity improves the building’s pressure balance and helps mitigate or eliminate many of the issues associated with negative building pressure. 3. Reduced Makeup Air – the most significant building impact associated with reducing exhaust airflow actually occurs in the makeup air system. if the total exhaust airflow is reduced below the amount supplied by the mau, the mau can also reduce its airflow through the use of vFds to match the exhaust airflow and maintain a neutral building pressure. this leads to energy benefits through fan power reduction. however, the greatest energy savings are achieved because of the reduced volume of outside air that must be heated, cooled, humidified, and/or dehumidified. even if the makeup air cannot be reduced due to

building pressure imbalances, the energy required in the condominium units to condition the infiltration air will similarly be reduced due to reduced infiltration of outside air.

Optimize Makeup Air Unit Performance once the building’s exhaust and makeup air systems were operating intelligently through demand Controlled ventilation, the next step in the process was to improve the makeup air unit (mau) serving the residences at Water tower Place. the existing mau conditioned the outside air using electric resistance heating in winter and a chilled water coil with electric reheat for cooling/dehumidification in summer. the building also had an electric steam humidifier that was disabled due to the high cost of operation. elara designed the new makeup air system to provide improved levels of comfort throughout the year while using only a fraction of the energy. this was accomplished by converting the ventilation system to an intelligently controlled demand orientated system, converting all the electric heat to gas, and adding three forms of heat recovery. the following is a more detailed description of these strategies in each mode of operation (refer to schematics as well):

MAU Winter Operation 1. Exhaust Heat Recovery – in both the high and low ventilation zones for the residences at Water tower Place there were large central exhaust fans located in close proximity to the maus; meaning that large quantities of warm, conditioned air were being removed from the building only a few feet from where cold outside air was being introduced into the building. an exhaust heat recovery system, consisting of only some small pumps, piping, and coils was designed and implemented by elara to recover heat from the exhaust air to preheat the incoming makeup air. With this system, the makeup air heating load is reduced by 50% using “free” transferred heat from the exhaust.

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2. Cooling Coil Economizer – the residences at Water tower Place requires the availability of cooling to the condominium units all winter. Previously, the chilled water plant in the base building would send this chilled water to the association and the association would reimburse the base building for the cost of chilled water production. however, as part of this project we re-configured the mau to use cooler outside air that needed to be heated in winter as a cooling source to simultaneously add additional heat to the mau to further reduce the external heat needed for the system. this was another form of heat recovery implemented on this project that reduced winter chilled water cost and reduced winter make up air heating cost. 3. Electric to Gas Heating Conversion – utilizing electric resistance coils for heating is the most energy intensive and least sustainable form of heat available today. By replacing these coils with hot water coils served by a new high efficiency natural gas fired boiler plant, heat is provided at one-third the cost of electric resistance. additionally, the previous mau often failed during the coldest outdoor conditions due to the freeze’s thermostat tripping to further exasperate infiltration and stack effect issues. Post retrofit, all of these issues have been resolved with significantly lower operating cost.

4. New Gas Humidifiers – the existing maus were originally equipped with electric humidifiers to add humidity to the air during the dry winter months for comfort. however, due to high cost of operation, these humidifiers had been non-operational for several years causing the humidification load to be carried by small humidification units located within many of the condominiums. new gas-fired humidifiers were installed with a new reverse osmosis water treatment system as part of the mau upgrade project to restore humidification capabilities to the central makeup air system. the benefits of this new humidification system included better control of the humidity in the building and substantially reduced operating cost and maintenance cost of individual electric humidifiers in each unit.

MAU Summer Operation 1. Runaround Heat Recovery Loop – to provide proper dehumidification to the makeup air system during summer, the air must be overcooled to draw out the humidity and then, reheated to prevent overcooling of the corridors. Previously, this was accomplished for the residences at Water tower Place using mau cooling coils and electric resistance reheat coils, which is a very energy inefficient process. the newly installed maus are instead equipped with a three coil design and a runaround heat

recovery loop. on warm, humid days, the outside air is pre-cooled by the first coil, further cooled by the cooling coil to remove humidity, and then reheated by the third coil using heat recovered from the first coil. this process reduces the system cooling energy and utilizes “free” recovered heat for heating to substantially reduce the energy required for the dehumidification process while maintaining the same high level of occupant comfort.

Summary the case study described above for the residences at Water tower Place is a real-life example of how a high level of comfort can be achieved in an existing building without sacrificing energy efficiency and operational cost. By advocating a holistic approach to the building’s ventilation system, elara was able to maximize both the effectiveness and energy efficiency of the ventilation systems while also replacing aged equipment. the project has exceeded expectations and has saved the building over $210,000 during the time period measured from october 2016 to may 2017. $


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Being Eco-Friendly at AMLI Deerfield aMli Deerfield has made a strong commitment to being environmentally conscious. located at 1525 lake cook road in Deerfield, aMli residential developed the 240 unit rental property in 2015 with a keen eye on being green. the 4 story building with a courtyard and parking garage was designed by Schwarz lewis & NOrr and built by Walsh construction. Managed by aMli Management company, the property is home to approximately 350 residents


he property is designed as a woodframe wrap style product. The apartment homes wrap around the garage on the north end and then wrap around the resortstyle courtyard on the south end. Residents are able to directly access their individual floors from the same level in the garage providing convenience and ease of access. Residents of AMLI Deerfield enjoy resort-style living with outstanding amenities including a scenic courtyard with pool, outdoor fireplace, fire pit, barbecue grills and organic resident garden; state-ofthe-art fitness center with a separate yoga studio; expansive resident lounge; business center; golf simulator room; bike

repair room and storage; parking garage; and electric car charging stations. AMLI Deerfield offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans with two interior finish packages and distinctive features found in custom homes. Green apartment features conserve the environment, enable residents to live a healthier lifestyle and save residents money. AMLI Deerfield’s eco-friendly features include energy efficient lighting, HVAC & building systems, programmable thermostats, low-E glass and energy-efficient windows, enhanced ventilation, ENERGY STAR® appliances, WaterSense plumbing fixtures, and healthy low/no

VOC containing building materials. “We want our residents to know that choosing AMLI Deerfield is a choice to minimize environmental impact, maximize energy efficiency, and embrace a healthier living environment because AMLI Deerfield is LEED Silver Certified and a smoke-free community inside and out,” states Anne Smith, AMLI Deerfield Community Manager. “Renters are increasingly becoming more interested in sustainability when looking for a place to live,” Smith continues. In a recent survey conducted by AMLI Deerfield, 70 percent of its residents reported that green amenities and/or LEED Silver certification played a role in their decision to live at AMLI Deerfield, while 61 percent of residents reported the smoke-free environment (AMLI’s Breatheasy® program) was their favorite green amenity/feature. AMLI Deerfield take pride in having an or-

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ganic resident garden that features edible organic plants. Gardeners visit and educate residents on eating healthier and provide bi-weekly harvests for them to enjoy. The courtyard provides residents with many active and passive recreation areas. There are multiple grill locations with seating for dining; a fire-pit as well as a fireplace; swimming pool; and lounge like seating areas. The organic garden which was previously mentioned is also located in the courtyard. Residents can also take advantage of easy access to outdoor recreation & bike trails as well as nearby attractions such as Ravinia Festival and Chicago Botanic Garden. Given the large workforce flocking to Chicago’s northern suburbs, AMLI designed a building that would reflect the values of prospective residents and of its greater corporate mission. “While cost and location will always be a leading factor in the Chicagoland rental selection process, “living green” trends are becoming an integral component when dwellers are looking for a building that matches their daily routine,” concludes Jennifer Wolf, Senior VP-Development with AMLI. $

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Y AMLI Deerfield features a number of other desired amenities including a fitness center (with separate yoga & Pilates studio with video fitness training on demand), resident lounge with fireplace & gourmet kitchen, professional business center with coffee bar & lounge area, golf simulator room and secure bike storage (& bike repair shop).

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Shedd Aquarium Meets Water Conservation Goal hedd aquarium announced that they have attained a goal that aimed to reduce the aquarium’s new water intake from the city and lake by 50 percent. At the close of 2016, water conservation efforts came to fruition as annual water consumption decreased by 52 percent, one year earlier than planned. Such water conservation efforts contribute to Shedd’s overall commitment to preserve and protect the valuable supply of freshwater in the Great Lakes. “Reducing our use of water was no small feat, and we’re excited to have met the goal we set for ourselves,� said Bob Wengel, vice president of facilities at Shedd Aquarium. “We hope to continue to decrease our intake of new city and lake water. Although we live in a region with an abundant source of water, it’s ever important to preserve and protect the natural resources we’ve been gifted.� In 2009, Shedd Aquarium conducted an audit of water usage around the building. The audit determined that animal systems accounted for just 16 percent of total water consumption, while the building’s cooling system proved to be the largest water consumer. Based on findings, leadership crafted a Sustainability Strategic Plan – water being one of 11 focus areas – aimed at reducing


the aquarium’s environmental footprint. The ambitious conservation goal sought to drop water use by 50 percent by 2018 in comparison to the amount of water used in 2007, the baseline year. This meant reducing the intake of new water from 57.919 million gallons annually to 28.959 million gallons. At the end of the 2016 calendar year, the aquarium’s pull of new water totaled in at 28.666 million gallons – a 52 percent water reduction from the baseline year. “One of the most obvious and challenging tasks on the journey toward a more sustainable aquarium is reducing your intake of new water,� said Wengel. “While many of our efforts involved large-scale planning, we also implemented simple measures anyone can mirror at home.� One example is repairing leaks and losses. For Shedd, a systematic effort to identify and repair or replace leaks and losses resulted in an annual water reduction of 800 thousand gallons. According to the U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science School, a home faucet that drips once per minute can add up to a total water waste of 34 gallons a year. Another example is collecting rainwa-

ter. For Shedd, this involved using rainwater to replenish water that had evaporated in the process of using the building’s cooling towers, saving around 700 thousand gallons annually. At home, this could mean using rainwater to water plants or wash your car. Shedd Aquarium encourages all to conserve our valuable water sources. For more information on how you can participate in World Water Day, visit http://www.worldwaterday.org/ $

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he U.S. Green Building Council-Illinois (USGBC-Illinois) announced the winners of the 12th annual Emerald Awards for 2017. The Emerald Awards showcase of the best and brightest contributors to a more sustainably built environment by recognizing outstanding individuals, organizations, projects and technologies. This year, leaders and projects reflect the national recognition Illinois enjoys as a leader in sustainable technology and design. For the fifth year in a row, Illinois had the distinction for being among the top states for LEED projects. “The achievements this year uniquely illustrate the future of sustainability and how Illinois will continue to lead the nation in green buildings and sustainable communities,” said Brian Imus, Executive Director of USGBC-Illinois. “These leaders and projects build on the success of LEED in Illinois by advancing new strategies that reduce carbon emissions while strengthening the health and economy of our communities.” The 12th annual Emerald Award winners include: Charles Renner, who serves as Director at the Cyclone Energy Group, was honored with the Intent to Matter: Individual Leadership award for his professional leadership and community service in advancing sustainable communities. He is committed to broadening and deepening the conversations that support green buildings and sustainable communities by fostering opportunities for interaction and connection between sustainability professionals and other civic, professional, and advocacy organizations. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), was recognized with the Intent to Matter: Outstanding Organization award. Based in Chicago, the non-profit organization is making a national impact towards tackling the global climate crisis by promoting

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high-performance passive building as the mainstream market standard. Founded in 2007, PHIUS has trained over 2,000 industry professionals and their design standard recently surpassed a milestone, certifying over 1 million square feet. Ozinga, a 4th generation family business based in Chicago, was honored with the Emerald Award for Green Building Innovation for their work with CarbonCure technology. The cutting edge green building technology is a true example of a noregrets carbon drawdown strategy. Using the technology at their Chinatown Ready Mix Plant, they are taking waste carbon dioxide and recycling it back into concrete in a way that results in the offset of carbon emissions and enhances the performance of the concrete. The College of Lake County New Science Building, located in Grayslake, was recognized with the Green Building Innovation award for unique sustainability approaches to a traditionally energy intensive building type. Examples include implementation of intelligent controls to address ventilation and air flow challenges characteristic of the building type and a geo-exchange system that employs 48 vertical wells at 500 feet each coupled with central heat recovery chillers.

For the first time, the Emerald Awards featured two projects or people that exemplify the goals of the Epic Challenge of the Chicago green building community to impact more people in every neighborhood with the carbon drawdown strategies and sustainability best practices. This year, the Intent to Matter: Community Impact award spotlights the work of the Cedar Concepts Corporation and Greenline Homes. • Cedar Concepts Corporation, owned by Linda McGill Boasmond, is creating green manufacturing jobs in a LEED certified factory and exemplifies her environmental stewardship and commitment to her community by bringing jobs and sustainability to the Back of the Yards neighborhood. • Greenline Homes developer and builder Benjamin Van Horne is proving that green homes can be affordable and accessible to everyone. His most recent project in the Woodlawn neighborhood is a LEED Platinum candidate and will produce more solar power that it consumes. A special event to celebrate these sustainability leaders was held at Limelight on May 18, 2017 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications at 360 North State Street, Chicago. $

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Buildings Environments Volume 13, No. 1, Autumn 2017

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e had a cool, wet spring that caused some down time for exterior building maintenance and restoration projects. the spring also featured fast growing grass and weeds that were a challenge for landscape professionals to keep up with. eventually summer arrived with plenty of warm, dry days that provided good weather for work on exterior projects, according to the managers and contractors we spoke with. eleven days into July, record rainfalls hit mchenry, lake and northern parts of Cook County, causing severe flooding. a number of properties experienced water damage and are still dealing with the restoration, repairs and insurance claims. our water woes pale in comparison to those impacted by hurricanes harvey or irma, but our flooding was significant nonetheless. the warm weather of the season typically puts a strain on energy budgets as well as outdoor building and landscape elements. Periods of extreme weather magnify the need for energy conservation practices and increase the benefit of investing in new energy equipment, building improvements and technology. many of you have begun work on budgets for next year and are probably considering your energy expenses. Fall is here and soon we’ll be bracing for cold and snow. make plans now to prepare your building (s) and grounds for winter weather conditions. our cover story for this issue of CBe is on 340 on the Park, a luxury condominium building that was developed and marketed with many green building features. to their credit, the association has sustained their green building status and has recently made improvements that increased their energy efficiency. they installed tankless domestic hot water heaters as well as constructing a design/build chiller plant that allowed them to switch from district chilled water to their own independent cooling plant. our second story offers an overview of challenges that were met by the residences at Water tower Place, a high-end condominium association located on the upper 40 floors of the famous Water tower Place shopping mall, where the building ventilation system was contributing to significant pressurization issues and extremely high utility costs. the association took a two-fold approach to improve the building ventilation: first was to intelligently control building exhaust and makeup air and second was to optimize the makeup air unit operation. this approach resulted in a 50% reduction in building energy costs while at the same time, improving occupant comfort through added humidification and improved building pressurization. inside this edition is a Property Profile on amli of deerfield, a 240 unit rental apartment property that has made a strong commitment to being environmentally conscious. amli deerfield offers many eco-friendly features and these green apartment features help conserve the environment, enable residents to live a healthier lifestyle and save residents money. another feature article in this issue provides some great advice and examples of how you can enhance the holiday joy for your residents or tenants and visitors to your property with timely planning and budgeting for your 2017 holiday displays. Jim Fizzell’s regular feature (in The Landscape Buyer) on the weather and your landscape explains why some of your trees may be suffering this year. he also provides some helpful tips on preparing your outdoor landscape for the coming winter season along with a winter weather forecast. our regular industry happenings column in this edition offers several noteworthy and informative green building stories while our association’s avenue column features the uSgBC’s emerald award winners for this year. We will continue to explore many other green building trends and initiatives in coming issues of CBE. if you have an idea or story to share please let us know. if your property has a special need or challenge, mCd media produces special events that feature a variety of resources and experts to assist you. many members of our CBE advisory board will attend these events. there are also key resources from our sister publication – Condo Lifestyles available at our special events. Please consider attending our upcoming State of the industry seminar and luncheon being held on december 7, 2017. You can view photos from various events we produce and others we participate in at the mcd media Facebook page. thanks to the many new subscribers that have found our publications useful and informative. Special thanks to the firms, associations and groups that are authorized distributors of Chicagoland Buildings and Environments, the Landscape Buyer and Condo Lifestyles. those of you who are interested in becoming subscribers can obtain subscription information on our website www.chicagolandbuildingsandenvironments.com $ Michael c. Davids editor and Publisher

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Professional Services Directory


Holton Brothers, Inc. Masonry Repair Services, Tuckpointing, Caulking and Concrete Restoration



BTL Architects, Inc. (312) 342-1858

Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC 312-476-7556

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Howard Dakoff / hdakoff@lplegal.com www.lplegal.com

LMC Construction 708-714-4175

Bringing Buildings Back to Life Contact Delph Gustitius www.btlarchitects.com

847-253-3886 TEL / 847-253-3255 FAX

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Coder Taylor Associates 847-382-4100


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W. J. McGuire Company (847) 272-3330

Engineering Support Services 630-904-9100

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Construction Specifications / Roof Evaluations Forensic Engineering / Project Management

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Contact Greg Lason, P.E. www.engineeringsupportservice.com



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CRC Concrete Raising & Repair (847) 336-3400

Full Circle Architects, LLC 847-432-7114 Daniel Baigelman, AIA dan@fullcirclearchitects.com


847-304-5940 Loans, Reserve Investments & Lock Box Services www.communityadvantage.com

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Superior Reserve Engineering and Consulting 888-688-4560

Mutual of Omaha Bank Community Association Banking 312-209-2623

DOORS Woodland Windows & Doors 630-529-Door (3667)

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Window and Related Masonry Interior & Exterior Doors | Siding & Gutters www.woodlandwindows.com

Waldman Engineering 630-922-3000



Energy Benchmarking Studies & Compliance Services, Reserve Studies, Specifications www.waldmaneng.com

Dakota Evans Restoration, Inc. 847-439-5367

Airways Systems, Inc. 630-595-4242 Cleaning: Air/Laundry/Toilet Exhaust Ducts, Coils, Trash Chutes, Parking Garages. ALso Air Filters, Belts


Tuckpointing ~ Masonry Repairs Waterproofing ~ Terra Cotta Repairs Caulking & Sealants ~ Structual Repairs Cleaning ~ Balcony Restoration Concrete Restoration www.dakotaevans.com


Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit (855) 537-0500 www.ksnlaw.com

Bral Restoration, LLC 847-839-1100 Masonry and Concrete Restoration www.bralrestoration.com

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Brouwer Bros. Steamatic 708-396-1444 All types of Environmental Cleaning. www.bbsteamatic.com

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ELEVATORS/CONSULTANTS Smart Elevators Co. (630) 544-6800 (630) 544-6829 FAX

smartin@smartelevators.com www.smartelevators.com

Suburban Elevator Co. 847-743-6200 Simplifying Vertical Transportation Contact: Max Molinaro www.suburbanelevator.com




Westside Mechanical Group 630-618-0608 / 630-369-6990

USA Fire Protection (224) 433-5724

Serving the Tri-State Area Since 1970 Contact: Jackie Loftis * jloftis@wsmech.com www.wsmech.com

Fire alarm / Sprinkler systems Fire pumps / Fire extinguishers Backflow prevention / Fire panel / Monitoring Installation | Inspection | Testing | Maintenance 24/7 EMERGENCY SERVICE: (847) 816-0050



SP+ Facility Maintenance 773-847-6942


Daily Cleaning Services / Power Sweeping and Washing Painting and General Repairs / Seasonal Services SNOW/ice reMOVal


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ENERGY GAS & ELECTRIC CenterPoint Energy Solutions (630) 795-2594 Natural Gas & Electric Energy Reliable Service. People You Trust. Contact: Vickie Farina Vickie.Farina@centerpointenergy.com www.CenterPointEnergy.com/CES

Parking Facility, Surface Lot, PedestrianPlaza, Large Venue or Commercial Retail Building.

Lewis Floor & Home 847-835-2400 www.Lewisfloorandhome.com

Contact: Daniel W.Nicholson at dnicholson@spplus.com


HVAC FIRE / FLOOD RESTORATION Brouwer Bros. Steamatic 708-396-1444

EMCOR Services Team Mechanical (847) 229-7600 www.emcortmi.com

All types of Environmental Cleaning. Air & Exhaust Duct Cleaning • Mold Remediation Garbage Chute Cleaning • Carpet & Drapery Cleaning Photo Inventory, Moving, Storage or Removal

Paragon Mechanical, INC. (847) 321-9428



The Restoration Group, LLC 630-870-0658

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Oceans Energy 312-870-0580


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ENERGY USE/BENCHMARKING Waldman Engineering 630-922-3000 Energy Benchmarking Studies & Compliance Services, Reserve Studies, Specifications www.waldmaneng.com

ConTech MSI Co. 847-483-3803 Fire Detection & Signaling Systems Fire Alarm Systems Chicago Life Safety Evaluation Solutions Security Systems/CCTV Card Access Systems www.contechco.com

EMCOR Services Team Mechanical (847) 229-7600 www.emcortmi.com

The YMI Group, Inc. 847-258-4650 Mechanical - Plumbing - Building Automation - Service www.theymigroup.com

Westside Mechanical Group 630-618-0608 / 630-369-6990 Serving the Tri-State Area Since 1970 Contact: Jackie Loftis * jloftis@wsmech.com www.wsmech.com

HVAC CLEANING Brouwer Bros. Steamatic 708-396-1444 “All types of Environmental Cleaning” www.bbsteamatic.com

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Alan Horticultural Services, Inc. 630-739-0205

Brouwer Bros. Steamatic 708-396-1444

SP+ Facility Maintenance 773-847-6942


All types of Environmental Cleaning www.bbsteamatic.com

Balanced Environments 847-395-7120 / 630-916-8830

Response Team1 847-891-2929 | 866-832-6724





Christy Webber Landscapes 773-533-0477


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All-Over Pest Solutions (773) 697-1100

Smithereen Pest Management Services 847-647-0010

Bed Bug Specialists. Results Guaranteed! www.all-overpest.com

ILT Vignocchi 847-487-5200 www.ILYTVignocchi.com

Landscape Concepts Management 847-223-3800


Contact: Daniel W.Nicholson at dnicholson@spplus.com

Smithereen Pest Management Services 800-336-3500

The Alter Group 630-620-3600





Lifeline Plumbing 847-468-0069

AAA Painting Contractors, Inc. 630-231-8350

Plumbing - Heating & Air Conditioning Water Heaters - Sewer Cleaning & Repair Hot Water Drain Jetting www.INEEDLIFELINE.com


Sebert Landscaping, Inc. 630-497-1000 www.sebert.com


Semmer Landscape 708-926-2304 gsemmer@semmerlandscape.com

LAWN CARE Spring Green Professional Lawn & Tree Care 800-830-5914 www.spring-green.com

LOCKSMITH NonStop Locksmith 312-929-2230 Locksmith Services, Intercom & Access Control Systems, CCTV, Overhead Garage Doors

CertaPro Painters of the North Shore 847-989-4791 Interior & Exterior Painting Wallcoverings • Decorating • Remodeling Drywall Repair • Decks & Staining Tile Installation • Metal & Iron Painting www.certacommercial.com rmuldoon@certapro.com

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ACM Community Management 630-620-1133 www.acmweb.com

Associa Chicagoland 312-944-2611 / 847-490-3833 www.associachicagoland.com

PAVING DuBois Paving Co. 847-634-6089 info@duboispaving.com www.DuBoisPaving.com

DRAPER AND KRAMER 312-346-8600 Contact: Ian Novak www.draperandkramer.com



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Baum Property Management, AAMC 630-897-0500

Worsek & Vihon LLP 312-368-0091

Admiral Security/Door Staff Solutions (847) 588-0888




FirstService Residential 312-335-1950



Adams Roofing Professionals, Inc. 847-364-7663

Inside Out Painting Roofing & Construction (630) 406-3000

Contact: Mike Baum

Contact Asa Sherwood www.fsresidential.com

The Habitat Company 312-527-5400 Contact: Diane White www.habitat.com

Lieberman Management Services 847-459-0000 / 312-202-9300

Roofing -Siding -Gutters - Insulation www.adamsroofing.com

American Building Contractors, Inc. (847) 670-1887 Roofing • Siding • Windows • Gutters Maintenance • Capital Budget Projects A+ BBB Rating

Sarnoff & Baccash 312-782-8310 Attorneys at Law www.sarnoffbaccash.com


CSR Roofing Contractors 708-848-9119

SP+ Facility Maintenance 773-847-6942

Industrial/Commercial/Multi Tenant/High Rise All types of Roofing Leak Trouble Shooting/Roof Repairs Roof Check 365 Maintenance Programs Conventional and Single Ply Roofing www.csr-roofing.com

RESERVE STUDIES RESERVE ADVISORS, INC. Our Reserve Studies Now Include ForeSite™

(312) 625-4958 Custom, Comprehensive Studies Conducted by Professional Engineers www.reserveadvisors.com Long-term Thinking. Everyday Commitment.

Superior Reserve Engineering and Consulting 888-688-4560 www.superiorreserve.com

M&T Exteriors Inc. (331) 248-0447


Tricon Group Inc. 847-410-2846 Snow Removal, Pressure Washing, Parking Lot Sweeping/Maintenance, Concrete, Irrigation


Roofing Siding Windows and Service. www.mt-exteriors.com


S&D Roofing Service (630) 279-6600

XFINITY Communities 1 800 XFINITY

250,000 roofs installed since 1963 TEAR OFFS • SHINGLES • FLAT ROOFS Multi-Family ROOFING Specialist Our experience & technical know-how gets the job done right the first time! www.sdroofing.com | sales@sdroofing.com

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REAL ESTATE TAX ATTORNEYS Elliott & Associates 847-298-8300





Woodland Windows & Doors 630-529-Door (3667)

Sky Climber Access Solutions 847-600-3900 KBaker@skyclimber.com

Property Tax Attorneys www.elliottlaw.com

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WASTE SERVICES/REC YCLING Lakeshore Recycling Services 773-685-8811 www.LakeshoreRecyclingSystems.com

WINDOWS/REPLACEMENTS Woodland Windows & Doors 630-529-Door (3667) www.woodlandwindows.com

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By JaMes a. fizzell

the Weather & your Landscape Have you noticed how poorly the trees look lately, and how many trees are dying this summer? We have noticed in our travels around the area that an unusual number of trees are declining, and numbers of dead trees are remarkable. We have gone through Dutch elm disease, the emerald ash borer, the asian long-horned beetle that killed lots of trees, but none of these is involved in the current die-off..


or several years we have been warning of the consequences of unusual weather conditions. and, we suggested ways to help plants cope. Where such suggestions were followed, plants usually have survived and generally prospered. Where suggestions were ignored, the results are beginning to appear. We primarily were concerned about the survival of trees and large shrubs. trees take decades to grow and the loss of mature trees will change the landscapes we have grown up with, and may never see restored.

Impact of Unusual Weather from Past Season much of the current spate of dead trees is due to weather the last few years. Starting in 2011 with the driest spring and early summer since 1988, plants were hardened off only to break dormancy with late rains. magnolias and other spring flowering shrubs broke into bloom in late summer, not a good sign. the gradual autumn cooling did not develop and plants failed to go dormant. When the first cold blast developed, plants were unprepared. a snowless winter 2011-12 did not improve the situation. Plants went into spring with no recharge of parched soils. dry soils prevented leaf out in spring and damaged small roots. the dry weather continued through the summer of 2012 with plants wilted all season. two brutally hot, dry summers caused damage and death to stems and trunks. Wilted plants could not cool themselves and could not photosynthesize. mild winters with no snow cover, interspersed with sudden temperature plunges, subjected unprepared plants to intolerable cold and exposed roots to desiccation. trees in vigorously irrigated lawns were especially susceptible to root injury. Shallow roots accustomed to getting regular watering were left high and dry, exposed to the vagaries of the winter weather during these seasons we talked about the necessity of protecting valuable plants

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Normal Periods of Weather Not Enough more benevolent weather the intervening seasons was not sufficient for badly damaged plants to recover. also, the winter of 2013-14 was a character-builder with below-zero temperatures and abundant snow cover. Where the snow accumulated, it provided some protection for roots and low-growing plants. exposed soil froze several feet deep. tree trunks and limbs above the snow were exposed to brutal and often fluctuating temperatures, possibly causing more damage. By the summers of 2015 and 2016, people began to notice problems. Weather had improved, but the damage was done. Some trees were not leafing out all the way. lower branches fully leafed out, while upper branches were increasingly sparse with few and smaller leaves, and early fall color. Some trees were declining with shoots developing along trunks. then this past summer, many trees never leafed out at all, and many are in the process of dying. Property owners generally are at a loss as to why, with disappointment and concern as to the costs to replace them. the weather last summer was about as good as we ever get here… adequate moisture (some places more that adequate) and no prolonged hot spells. But the damage had already been done. While trees have been of particular concern of late, most other plants fared quite well. Some

shrubs were similarly affected, but are much more resilient. Compared to trees, repairing or replacing them is a minor concern. Sites where managers paid attention to the needs of the plants escaped with little or no damage. they adjusted their maintenance schedules accordingly. as we old sailors say, “Can’t change the wind (weather) but you can reset your sails!”

2017 Season Closer to Normal there were only a few times this past season when rain was not sufficient and irrigation was needed. insect and disease problems seem to have been negligible in most cases. lawns escaped grub and sod webworm problems for the most part; however, the summer ring and patch diseases were prevalent late. attention to the physical condition of the lawn should mitigate these. Fungicides might be needed in stubborn cases. Since the summer 2017 has been relatively innocuous, we have been concerned about what the fall and winter will bring. Consequently we contacted our good friend and meteorologist, greg Soulje* for his take on the upcoming fall and early winter.

Weather Prediction for Near Future according to Soulje, weather in early fall will continue the changeable pattern established earlier this last summer. the el nino Southern oscillation is in a neutral stage. troughing through the mississippi valley will oscillate back and forth, east and West possibly bringing weather systems from the Four Corners area. the unusually warm in both the atlantic andPM the Page Pacific1oceans may affect the 4:10 development of the trough and the resultant weather patterns. late summer will continue warm until midor late-September when a brief cold snap will send

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Make plans now for the coming snow removal season.

temperatures to at or near freezing. an extended indian summer with late rains will continue through September and october. then, the bottom will fall out with a killing frost at the beginning of november. the first half of the fall can be expected to be very active. Systems quickly passing every three days or so will result in shots of warmth followed by cold fronts with rain, later turning to snow as the season progresses. Winter appears to be heading for a stormy first half, a continuation of the quickly passing storm systems, due to a powerful but oscillating polar jet stream. expect the heavier snowfalls in the latter half of the season. total snowfall for the season looks to be in the range of 45 to 50 inches depending on whether the precipitation falls as snow or rain. the coldest weather appears to be most likely during the latter half of January into February. there will be no prolonged cold waves.  Progressively lower temperatures during the fall should promote a gradual acquisition of dormancy by trees and shrubs. moisture should be sufficient to recharge soils. all in all, it appears to be a rather benevolent winter in the offing. Should the seasons turn out as expected, there are some things that need to be done to get ready for the winter.

Fall Plantings the fall planting season starts at labor day. to make sure our urban forest is constantly being renewed, it is so important to plant trees. native trees and some of the hybrids of native kinds are the most likely to stand the rigors of the midwest

seasons. try to plant no more than 10 percent of any kind in a given population. if there are only maples in your tree planting for instance, and something arrives that kills maples, all is lost. there are many families of trees that will grow here. Select from the lists available from the Chicago Botanic garden or morton arboretum. native shrubs fared well in past difficult seasons. utilize them where you can. the earlier spring flowering bulbs are planted, the better the display will be next year. as soon as annuals have faded, pull them and plant the bulbs. if fall flowers are to be planted, they can be worked around the bulbs without injury to them. Fall is the best time to repair or replace damaged lawns. use sod for immediate effect in highly visible areas. Seed the areas where the aesthetics and timing are not so important. if the winter turns out as wet and changeable as expected, snow mold can be problematic. treat with fungicides areas that tend to stay wet, or areas that have a history of snow mold.

Good Maintenance Practices Since the weather may be increasingly wet and days for work limited later, get a head start on fall clean-ups. remove fallen leaves so they do not smother the grass or the ornamentals. edge beds and walks. mulch beds and tree rings. Protecting your plantings is good insurance. Wind, sun, and salt spray will burn evergreens. install burlap screens on the south and west sides of beds and along walkways and drives that will receive salting. Screens will reduce the need for repairs next spring. Wrap evergreen trees near traffic areas with burlap to prevent damage from salt

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spray and to prevent breakage from heavy snow. anti-desiccants can be applied to exposed evergreens, especially broadleaf types to reduce winter sun scald. Prevent rabbit feeding with wire screens, tall enough that the animals can’t reach over them if standing on the snow. Wrap small trees with tree wrap to prevent sun scald. Pull mulch away from bases of trees and shrubs to prevent mice from taking up residence next to their favorite food sources. after heavy snow, walk the snow down around trees and shrubs so mice cannot build tunnels there. if unfettered, mice will build extensive tunnel systems beneath the snow where they can move around protected from predators. if the predicted (about average) rainfall amounts for fall don't materialize, make sure plants (especially those under overhangs) are well watered. don’t let them go into winter dry or they will desiccate. incidently, if the season turns out to be dry, trees that have been receiving the benefits of turfgrass irrigation systems may need watering during the winter. those trees have shallow root systems and can dry out very quickly. Before the weather gets too nasty, arrange to install holiday decorations. they do not need to be turned on until later, but getting them set up when the weather is good can save a lot of time and worry. We generally try to get decorations up by halloween and turn them on after thanksgiving. it works!

Planning & Communication during snowy winters, someplace to shove the snow eventually becomes a big hassle. now is the time to make the arrangements for handling this problem. at 4:00 a.m. some wintery morning, the plow operator will put the stuff wherever it is convenient if prior arrangements haven’t been made. actually, this also is a good time to meet with your contractors not just to work out the arrangements for snow plowing, but to discuss other plans for the winter and next spring. if your firm has a multi-season contract, the landscape firm has an on-going obligation. if you are operating on an annual plan and very satisfied, maybe it is time to work out a longer term arrangement. this is the time to do so, before things get too busy and the season suddenly comes to a close. Finally, with preparations completed, we are really at the mercy of whatever nature does throw at us. Your landscape professionals should be well aware of the needs of your plantings, and can be relied upon to do everything possible to make sure they survive the winter. many will make midwinter inspections to be certain all is in order. all we can do is assume that the time and effort we have put in will keep the plantings in the best shape possible. $

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CBRE Releases Annual Corporate Responsibility Report CBre, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, released its tenth annual Corporate responsibility report in august of this year.. the 2016 report – themed “Building Connections” – highlights CBre’s many accomplishments as a leader in responsible business practices within the commercial real estate industry.

“We recognize the role we play in the communities in which we work and are striving to develop thoughtful business solutions to address issues such as resource management, environmental impact, community improvement and workplace health and safety,” said Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer. “We are proud of our people’s commitment to acting responsibly and with integrity while producing great outcomes for our clients.” “Building Connections” was produced in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards at the Core level and includes the company’s progress toward implementing the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact.

Procurement and Supply Chain


BRE has been consistently recog-

nized for its corporate responsibility practices and performance: • CBRE remained a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index following the June 2017 index review, and has been a part of FTSE4Good since 2014. • CBRE has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America since 2014, reflecting the strength of its performance regarding environmental, social and governance issues. • In early 2017, CBRE was named a World’s Most Ethical Company by The Ethisphere Institute for the fourth consecutive year and received an EPA ENERGY STAR® Partner of The Year — Sustained Excellence Award, the tenth consecutive year of EPA recognition. Other CBRE achievements for 2016 and early 2017 highlighted in the report

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include: • CBRE created its first global greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal. The company aims to reduce Scope 2 emissions 30 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2035 compared to a 2015 baseline. • In 2016, CBRE registered and benchmarked 1,975 buildings totaling more than 314 million square feet to EPA ENERGY STAR. CBRE’s 288 ENERGY STAR labeled buildings under management represent nearly 3.5 percent of the total U.S. office buildings labeled in ENERGY STAR. • In the United Kingdom, CBRE received a total of 32 Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health & Safety Awards in 2016. • CBRE global corporate and employee donations totaled nearly $13 million in 2016, supporting a range of nonprofit organizations.

According to the CBRE website, the company feels that procurement and supply chain management have become some of the most relevant topics in corporate responsibility. More than ever, organizations understand that their purchasing power and procurement practices can positively impact the way products are designed, manufactured and sold. With an annual global spend of more than $50 billion representing what they contract for themselves and their clients from suppliers of goods and services, CBRE recognizes the opportunity to influence suppliers on a large scale while also mitigating supply chain risks. CBRE works with more than 85,000 direct and indirect suppliers throughout the world and expects them to conduct their operations in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner as outlined in their Supplier Code of Conduct. Sulentic concludes, “at the same time, we have the opportunity to use their multi-billion-dollar global supply chain to promote sustainable business practices and support local businesses around the world. The magnitude of the impact of our supply chain far exceeds our own sustainability impact as a firm. For all of these reasons, we’ve formally elevated procurement to be a pillar of our corporate responsibility program.” $

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Chicago Ranked Top of National Green Building Adoption Index 66 percent of Chicago’s city office buildings are LEED or Energy Star certified ccording to the 2017 National Green Building Adoption Index published by CBRE Group Inc. and Maastricht University, Chicago is the national leader in energy efficient office buildings. The city increased its percentage of green office space square footage by 6.5 percent in the last year, growing LEED or Energy Star certified city office buildings to 66 percent. The study ranked 30 of the largest real estate markets in the country and specifically cites Mayor Emanuel’s Benchmarking Ordinance and other aggressive policy measures as catalysts for green building expansion. “This study underscores the city’s commitment to building a 21st century economy and fostering opportunities to make sustainability part of the Chicago experience,� said Mayor Emanuel. “Chicago is a global clean energy leader, and will continue to make strides in establishing new norms by powering our public buildings with renewable energy.�  In addition to progress made with commercial buildings, the City of Chicago, together with the


Public Building Commission and its sister agencies, has achieved LEED certification on a total of 92 municipally-owned facilities, making Chicago the city with the most LEED-certified municipal buildings in the country. The City met Mayor Emanuel’s 2011 goal of doubling the number of LEED certified municipal buildings in 2014. “Chicago’s recognition as a green building leader is a testament to Mayor Emanuel’s commitment and passion for sustainability,� said Brian Imus, Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council, Illinois Chapter. “With the Mayor’s continued leadership, we are looking forward to building on this achievement by implementing green buildings and carbon drawdown strategies that will strengthen the health and livability of every neighborhood in Chicago.� This announcement builds on the strong environmental track record built since 2011. The city recently announced its commitment to shift energy usage at city-owned buildings to 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. In early 2017, Mayor Emanuel announced that Chicago has reduced its

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carbon emissions by seven percent from 2010 to 2015. The reduction in greenhouse gases came at the same time Chicago saw a 25,000 person increase in its population and 12 percent growth in the region’s economy and jobs within the city. The emissions reduction, equivalent to shutting down a coal power plant for eight months, compares to a one percent increase in nationwide emissions from 2009 to 2014. In June Mayor Rahm Emanuel filed an Executive Order formalizing Chicago’s commitment to adopt the guidelines of the Paris Agreement after President Trump withdrew the United States, reneging on a consensus with 196 countries on environment protections. The Executive Order commits the City of Chicago to the goal of reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions to levels equivalent to or greater than 26-28 percent reduction from 2005 levels to 2025, which is the original commitment made by the Obama Administration as part of the United States’ commitment to the Paris Accord. Chicago recently earned the 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and annual honor for organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. $

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the best plants to use on commercial sites that thrive in difficult urban environments. Glenn will be responsible for increasing the presence for BEI, Inc. within Chicago, developing and onboarding team members, while leading the efforts to become the preferred landscape and snow removal vendor in the downtown Chicago market. Glenn carries a Associate’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Illinois Central College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness and Horticulture from Illinois State University.

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Association of Professional Community Managers, the CAI Illinois Board of Directors, and as a member of the National Faculty for CAI, specializing in the M:100 The Essentials of Community Association Management. In 2014 she was honored to receive CAI’s Rising Star Award at the National Conference and the CAI Illinois Olympus Award for her work both locally and nationally for CAI. “Jessica is a valuable addition to our team of directors, and she has hit the ground running,” said Carla Young Kennedy, CEO of LMS. “Her stature as a dynamic leader in our industry and her wealth of skills will help to drive our business forward.”

Balanced Environments, Inc.(BEI) – Provider of Commercial Landscape Maintenance and Snow Removal Services with locations in Old Mill Creek, Lombard, Plainfield, and Chicago, IL, is pleased to announce the hiring of Glenn A. Broadfield as the Chicago Branch Manager. Glenn brings over 25 years of industry experience in landscape design, maintenance and construction with a wide range of commercial, industrial, municipal and residential projects. His experience has been focused in the commercial landscaping industry with both personally designed and managed projects in downtown Chicago. His background working with the Chicago Gateway Green initiative and Chicago’s Department of Transportation has helped Glenn in determining

Lieberman Management Services (LMS) has hired Jessica Towles, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM® as Director of Property Management and Business Strategy. Jessica Towles has been in the community association management industry for 18 years. She has experience maintaining all aspects of community associations and management company administration, including facilities management, financial management and customer retention. Ms. Towles is a strong advocate of effective communication and ongoing professional education. Ms. Towles will focus on business strategy, operational effectiveness, and excellence in property management. In addition to her role with LMS, Ms. Towles currently serves on the Community Associations Institute (CAI) Board of Trustees, the Board for the

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FirstService Residential, one of Chicagoland’s leading property management companies, has appointed Brian Butler to the position of Vice President of Property Management. In this role, Butler will oversee the Illinois portfolio’s team of regional directors and onsite management staff and report directly to Asa Sherwood, president, FirstService Residential Illinois. “Brian’s enthusiasm for delivering exceptional customer service and passion for leadership and associate development dovetail perfectly with our commitment to service excellence aimed at enhancing the lifestyles of every property and resident we serve,” said Sherwood. “His expertise in Chicagoland’s property management sector will benefit our clients greatly and further solidify our position as the industry leader.” Butler spent five years in a leadership role with another property management firm helping secure more than $26M in external financing and assisting associations with implementing necessary separate and special assessment plans. He brings a depth of knowledge and expertise guiding clients with annual multi-million-dollar operating budgets, planning for and executing tens of millions of dollars’ worth of capital projects. He

was responsible for enrolling the first condominium association in the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge after undertaking a boiler plant retrofit project that saved the association hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs annually. “FirstService Residential is a respected name in property management circles and I am pleased to join this seasoned team of professionals to maximize the value and services our teams can deliver to the communities we are entrusted to manage,” remarked Butler. Annual Expo Held FirstService Residential donated the proceeds from its sixth annual Vendor Expo to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The expo, held on July 28, 2017 at Abbington Distinctive Banquets, brought condominium, townhome and homeowner association board members together to meet with service providers and experts from the property management industry. Robert Meyer, Jennifer Garza, Tycee Hightower and Asa Sherwood of FirstService Residential Illinois (pictured L-R) presented a check for $10,323.49 to Lurie Children’s during a tour of the facility on July 24, 2017. “The proceeds of our Vendor Expo are donated each year to an organization whose values closely align with our own, such as being genuinely help-

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Associa Chicagoland announces a record breaking year with the addition of 23 new clients in the first half of 2017. The new clients are comprised of 2293 units including condominiums, townhomes, high-rises, single- family home communities and a co-op in the city. “The Associa Chicagoland team has been working extremely hard to grow the branch and expand our services to a wide variety of communities across the greater Chicago area,” stated Stephanie Skelley, Associa Chicagoland president. “Retaining such an impressive number of new clients in a short period of time is the direct result of the hard work and team spirit of the Associa Chicagoland branch. I am proud to work with this accomplished group of employees and can’t wait to see them continue to grow and succeed.” “It is always exciting to work with new associations and residents and provide them with the best customer service available,” explained Erica Horndasch, Associa Chicagoland director of business development. “Our team will continue to grow the branch and expand our services to new communities in the next half of the year.” With more than 180 branch offices across North America, Associa serves nearly five million residents worldwide with a 10,000+ member team members.


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ful, doing what’s right and building great relationships. These are just a few of the tenets at the heart of everything we do,” said Asa Sherwood, President. “We are honored to support Lurie Children’s, an organization that has had a significant impact on the well-being of children and families in Chicago for over 130 years.” “Support for Lurie Children’s mission by companies like FirstService Residential propels advances in research and care, trains new generations of specialists and allows us to advocate for the most vulnerable members of our community,” remarked Grant Stirling, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Lurie Children’s Foundation. “We thank you for your partnership in creating a healthier future for children.”

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When To Start Planning The larger and more complex the holiday display, the earlier planning should begin. You may be surprised to learn two of the top plant industry shows— Tropical Plant International Exhibition (TPIE) hosted in Ft. Lauderdale and Floramart in Atlanta—each exhibit new products and forecast trends for the holidays are held annually in January. “Planning for the next holiday season starts as soon as last year’s decorations are packed away,” according to Jennifer J. Nelis, Director of Communications for the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association, which administers the TPIE show. “Leading décor designers begin

gathering inspiration for seasonal displays at the mid-January TPIE showcase of emerging trends in foliage, floral, tropical plants and related products and decorations.” For elaborate holiday displays, Christmas is in high gear by July. Because many decorations are imported, planning should be well underway by August to secure the latest on-trend items. But beautiful displays can be created from in-stock materials for those getting a September or even early-October start.

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Color Combinations Holiday color trends often reflect broader fashion and interior design trends. This season’s newest holiday décor colors are a combination of pewter, silver and aqua or teal blues, influenced by the ocean-water-beach theme. Warm gold metal is having its mo-

ment in 2017 so we expect to see a continuation of 2016’s ethereal gold and ivory settings. Traditional red and gold is timeless and looks up-to-date combined with lime green. The most popular contemporary looks are combinations of purple, bronze, lime green, and teal. “Regardless of trends, we work with clients to understand their building occupants, visitors, and their vision,” noted

Pedro Castaneda, Moore Landscapes Floral and Holiday Designer. “We consider the style and colors of the property’s interior and exterior environments to select holiday themes and decorations that complement existing architectural, décor and landscape elements.”

Mother Nature More and more offices are strategically and deeply integrating natural elements such as water features, natural light, living walls, outdoor office extensions and salvaged wood in their workspace. Likewise, holiday décor is reflecting our desire to connect with nature by incorporating more natural plant material such as Norfolk pines, rosemary topiaries, amaryllis bulbs, evergreen boughs and dogwood stems. Authentic materials such as wood bridges, wildlife scenes, and one-of-a-kind items like an antique sleigh, grand piano, or historic light posts are in great demand.

Mixed Metals Combining warm and cool metals adds depth, texture and energy to a space. Mixing silver, gold and platinum is a strong trend that enhances the warmth and sparkle of holiday décor. Gold will continue to be the strongest metallic for outdoor use, as silver tends to look washed out in Chicago’s winter light. Many buildings have silver-toned exterior architectural elements, so gold, especially combined with red, really pops outdoors.

Four Key Planning Decisions Holiday shopping goes more smoothly and stays within budget if giftgiving is planned prior to hitting the stores. Similarly, considering the following aspects of your holiday décor will make for a more productive initial design meeting.

1. RENT OR OWN For properties that want a new look every year, renting holiday décor allows for more flexibility with themes and colors while still being affordable. rental is usually a better option for buildings with limited or inaccessible storage areas, as large displays may require 5,000 square feet or more of storage space that must be accessible via freight elevators. ownership of holiday décor requires a larger upfront investment but only labor and a lesser amount of supplemental or replacement decorations in subsequent years. if handled and stored properly, decorations can be expected to last five to seven years.

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interior plantscape consultant Kathy Fediw, leed aP+C, ClP, Clt, founder of Johnson Fediw associates and i-Plants/urban horticulture magazine Publisher and editor, advises clients that a blend of owning and renting holiday décor may be an appropriate and cost-effective solution. “When a client has an iconic feature such as a large tree that will be used year after year, it makes sense to own that item and complete the holiday display with rented decorations, garlands and wreaths, which can be changed out annually, reflecting what’s hot each year,” noted Fediw. “the rented components keep the displays looking fresh and on-trend.”

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2. SCENE OR DISPLAYS Will you have displays indoors, outdoors or both? do you envision an elaborate or minimal indoor display? outdoor lights and decorations? Similar themes for indoor and outdoor or is each space unique? themed scenes can reflect a company’s values or work. non-religious scenes such as winter and nature are culturally sensitive yet festive.

decorative displays such as planters, wreaths and garland can spread cheer throughout a property’s public areas either in addition to or as the primary holiday décor. Consider your entire space when planning your displays. do you want to concentrate your

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resources on a grand lobby display to delight tenants and visitors, or place more modest scenes in multiple locations? think beyond just planting beds. landscape grounds, posts and doorways can all be utilized in creative ways. When the 2016 award-winning holiday display was planned for the lobby of 200 South Wacker drive, the 40-story iconic Class a office building in the heart of downtown Chicago, “We wanted a scene that would be attractive from all angles, so outdoor passersby and building visitors could enjoy it,” shared Property manager Zaharoula (roula) delatolas of John hancock. “it was also important to us that our tenants be invited into the scene for photo opportunities.”

3. ELECTRICAL CAPACITY AND ACCESS lighting is one of the most spectacular elements of both traditional and contemporary holiday displays. during the early planning phase, determine the amp capacity and whether that limits the size of the light display. if a display includes more than a few strands, led lights which use only 10 percent of the electricity of traditional incandescent light sets, will safely allow large numbers of strands to be plugged into one outlet. Check to make sure outdoor electrical outlets are in working order. Consider how far extension cords need to lay from source to display.

4. BUDGET establish your budget and discuss it with your holiday contractor. in addition to the cost of the decorations, there are labor costs for set-up, dismantling and moving items to storage, lift rentals, and storage fees. to avoid surprises, make sure your budget includes the complete cost to design, purchase, install, dismantle and store your decorations. Keep in mind that the typical take-down practice for lighting is to cut and recycle the strands. if you want your contractor to save the led lights for re-use, additional labor needs to be factored into your budget for take-down and storage.

A Singular Chance to Shine The holidays are a special time to let friends, family and clients know how much we appreciate them. At the 818,000square-foot Presidents Plaza office complex near Chicago O’Hare, the holiday magic starts as soon as tenants and guests enter the property. Exterior lighting displays give visitors a hint of the magical settings that await indoors.

“We focus on providing our tenants a first-class experience every day and especially around the holidays,” according to Benna Hermanson, LEED GA, RPA, Vice President and General Manager of Glenstar Asset Management’s Presidents Plaza. “It’s important that our holiday displays reflect our attention to detail, on-trend approach to site improvements and appreciation for our tenants.” During the holidays, the fountains in both Presidents Plaza’s multi-story atriums are replaced with stunning 18-foot-tall panel trees. Garlands, wreaths and smaller trees carry the theme, which is refreshed each season, throughout the complex’s common areas. While planning for displays as elaborate as Presidents Plaza is a yearround effort, it’s not too late to start planning an exceptional holiday display for your property. Just don’t wait until the last minute! $

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