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Arc at Old Colony Showcases Sustainable Design S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

Chicago Motor Club Building Reopens as Hampton Inn Chicago Releases Report on Building Energy Use Retrofit Chicago Recognizes Commercial Energy Efficiency Champions Northerly Island Restoration Project World's Largest Rooftop Farm Located in Chicago The Weather and Your Landscape Illinois Sustainability Awards Hyatt Place ChicagoSouth/University Medical Center Awarded LEED Gold Status Growing Community Through Garden at Sherman Hospital

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02 Arc at Old Colony Showcases Sustainable Design By Michael C. Davids PROPERTY PROFILE AFN45462_0213

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07 Chicago Motor Club Building Reopens as Hampton Inn By Michael C. Davids S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

09 Chicago Releases Report on Building Energy Use S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

11 Retrofit Chicago Recognizes Commercial Energy Efficiency Champions 11 Northerly Island Restoration Project 11 World's Largest Rooftop Farm Located in Chicago S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

13 Illinois Sustainability Awards By Jim Dexter 14 Editors Message 15 Directory Advertising THE LANDSCAPE BUYER

19 The Weather and Your Landscape By James Fizzell S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

21 Illinois First in Nation in Green Buildings PROPERTY PROFILE

22 Hyatt Place ChicagoSouth/University Medical CenterAwarded LEED Gold Status By Michael C. Davids S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

26 Growing Community Through Garden at Sherman Hospital By Kristin Hampshire

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Arc at Old Colony Showcases Sustainable Design

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renamed arc at old Colony, the landmark 17-story steel frame old Colony Building, originally designed by famed architects holabird and roche, was among the tallest buildings (approximately 215 feet) in Chicago at the time of its construction in 1894. located at 37 W. van Buren street, it is directly across the street to the west of the harold Washington library.


riginally an office building, its name an homage to the Pilgrims' Plymouth Colony, the Old Colony has been turned into rental apartments marketed to students attending college in the South Loop. Backed by CA Ventures, a Chicago-based real estate management firm, and MCJ Development, the $58 million renovation has been guided and executed by Chicago architects Pappageorge Haymes Partners. The building’s innovative design, dating back to the Columbian Exposition of 1893, is Chicago School style architecture and reflects a symbiosis of speculative office architecture and the cutting edge structuralsteel technology of the era. Over time, the building’s stylistically antiquated spaces, outmoded technology and deteriorating infrastructure led to the demise of the building’s commercial use and onset of neglect and dilapidation. Significant restoration work and improvements were required for any type of marketable use of the property.

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Y Shown here is an upward looking view of the facade detail at the North entrance on W. Van Buren St (new Main Residential Entrance).

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The adaptive re-use and modernization of the Old Colony Building to residential apartments presented numerous challenges and creative opportunities. One of Chicago’s great early commercial buildings, the Old Colony was among the first of its kind to employ a unique structural portal wind-bracing system, allowing for open floor plates and thinner masonry exterior cladding- features that were maintained and integrated throughout the new program. According to Kenneth DeMuth, AIA, of Pappageorge Haymes, “This building is like the Holy Grail to restoration specialists nationwide.” He continued, “Old Colony Building is a great example of a Chicago School skyscraper with integrated large windows, gracefully rounded corner bays and elegant terra cotta accents.” The building’s 68-foot-wide office plates were found to be ideal for conversion to residential use, as was the size of the lobby space and number of elevators in the building. Two fire escapes were re-

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[ Shown here is the main residential lobby for the entrance off W. Van Buren Street. moved from the east facade and in addition to enclosure and repair of the central historic interior stair, a new enclosed stair from Basement to Roof was added to provide a second means of egress.

New Enclosed Stair

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Enclosure of the existing stair needed to coordinate with Handicap Refuge space and specified fire rated glossing in the wall – a requirement of the SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office). It was necessary to lift unitized sections up through the building and stage them on the individual floors for installation. A second new stair was also required. This stair was prefabricated off-site.

Life Safety Improvements Life safety improvements were equivalent to that of a new building. They included a new supervised sprinkler system and fire pump, diesel emergency generator, exit signage and emergency lighting, Fire Command Panel and Voice Communication systems. Corridors were upgraded to provide fire rated and upgraded separa-

tions from the dwellings and stairs. Elevators were modernized including automatic recall systems.

Improvements Helped Energy Efficiency All Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems were upgraded to current

Code standards. These improvements greatly increased the energy efficiency of the building. Infrastructure work included a complete roof tear-off replaced with a new insulated single ply system with green roof, a new sprinkler system, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, roof-top gas boiler, and heat-pump system. The placement of

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[ Shown here is the open air patio at the Arc at Old Colony

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the major mechanical and plumbing plant to the rooftop mechanical room required complex preparation and planning, including the use of ground penetrating radar or GPR technology to ensure that the area underneath the crane supports was structurally sound since the loads being imposed on the streets were large enough to cause issues if there were voids

(i.e. ComEd vaults) below.

Asbestos & Lead Abatement Another challenging aspect of the project was the presence of asbestos and lead in the building that made it necessary for entire areas to be sealed off for abatement prior to allowing build-out subcontractors into the areas.

The exterior walls on the lower three floors are clad with Bedford limestone. Carved limestone elements adorn these floors, including the bottoms of the rounded turrets at corners, and the large projecting water table course at the sill level of the fourth floor. Above that, the walls are clad with cream-colored Roman brick laid in a running bond pattern, and decorated with terra cotta features such as spandrel panels, columns, capitals, window surrounds, decorative belt courses, and a large projecting cornice at the top of the building. Years of neglect took a substantial toll on the condition of the building, including the exterior walls. According to Delph Gustitus, founding principal at BTL Architects, Inc. (BTLA), who began his relationship with this building in 2011 when he was engaged to perform a critical examination of the exterior walls, “Water penetration through deteriorated masonry saturated the walls and caused corrosion of embedded steel components and distress in the masonry cladding. Then repeated cycles of freezing


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and thawing of the saturated masonry led to further deterioration.” Repairs had been made to the building in 2010-2011, but more repairs were needed. When the developers at MCJ Development purchased the building, they engaged BTLA to serve as the architect-of-record for the exterior wall restoration portion of the project. Despite the extent of previous repairs performed at the building, further repairs were necessary on the exterior walls of the building for the restoration. Gustitus adds, “One of the most rewarding aspects of the project was the relocation of the main entrance of the building to the north elevation, where the original main entrance once was located.” The original exterior walls at this twostory entrance on Van Buren Street were modified decades ago, along with the original limestone column cladding along the first floor around the building. MCJ Development wanted to restore this north entrance and the rest of the first floor to its original glory by undoing inappropriate modifications from the past. It was necessary to remove the granite panels and con-

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[ Pictured here is the upper portion of the decorative terra cotta facade.

crete block walls constructed in front of the original limestone. Upon removing the previous modifications and uncovering the original exterior walls, the team found that most of the original carved Bedford limestone façade was intact. Repairs were necessary to restore damaged portions of the north entrance and the column cladding bases, but few elements

were missing. The limestone was also black with soot from years of pollution and dirt. As part of the project, the limestone was cleaned like the rest of the building was a few years prior. “The restored entrance turned out to be a beautiful feature for the building, like it was originally,” Gustitus continued.

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Y Shown here is the new main residential (North) entrance on W. Van Buren Street

Sustainability Embraced by All Involved When asked about the sustainability aspect of restoring the Arc at Old Colony, Keith Giles of MCJ Development stated, "Restoring and renovating an existing

building is the epitome of sustainability in a building, and in this case, helped preserve a historic building that was failing." He continued, "We prevented sending tons of material to landfills and dramatically increased the energy efficiency of the building by installing new and modern-

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ized mechanical systems. We also added a green roof." Gustitus commented on how he feels strongly that restoring an existing building is inherently good for the environment and sustainable, “The exterior restoration of the building is certainly the most visible aspect of this project for the general public. However, the salvaging and restoration of various interior components and materials was also an important part of this project and Papageorge Haymes did an outstanding job of seeing that got done wherever possible.� DeMuth summarized his firm’s general sentiment about sustainability in design as one that embraces a holistic approach and that seeks to create opportunities for eco-friendly features and systems that will protect the environment and enhance quality of life. George Vassill of James McHugh Construction Co. added, "We were pleased and honored to be involved with the restoration of this architecturally significant building in Chicago. There were virtually continued on page 12

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Chicago Motor Club Building Reopens as Hampton Inn located a block south of the Chicago river at 68 e. Wacker Place, the 1928 Chicago motor Club Building just underwent a multimillion dollar renovation and reopened as a hampton inn, featuring one of the few remaining art deco lobbies in the city.


he hampton chose to honor the landmark's contribution to automobile history, preserving a 33-foot-high lobby with a 29-foot mural of popular road destinations. one of the few remaining grand art deco lobbies downtown, the three story lobby space includes two balconies on the mezzanine level, one with a 1928 Ford model a on display. a 67-seat 1920’s themed cocktail bar is on the first floor. "returning the historic Chicago motor Club Building to its original, exquisite form was extremely important to us,” said John t. murphy,

president of murphy asset management, in a statement. “the hampton inn Chicago michigan avenue is in a fantastic location and the historic significance and beauty of the building will add to the guest experience. it's unique only to this location." the 17-story leed-certified hotel has143 guest rooms. the design team drew from the historic art deco stylings of the original construction by preserving and restoring original design elements, while "incorporating streamlined forms, metallic tones, jewel hues and rich wood textures that recapture the majesty of the building's former

occupants, the Chicago motor Club." intricate architectural details can also be found throughout the property. Known as one of Chicago's finest art decostyle skyscrapers, the former Chicago motor Club Building was completed within 265 days in 1928. more than just a social and sporting group, the Chicago motor Club wielded power in advocating for city improvements, including the widening of north michigan avenue and the installation of a public parking garage in grant Park.

Management Team ross guthrie was named general manager and Kelly sujka as director of sales for the hampton inn Chicago downtown/n loop/michigan ave location. guthrie brings his extensive management expertise, having previously served as general manager of hampton inn


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– memphis/sycamore The Lobby of the view, as well as having Hampton Inn. opened two other Chicago hotels. in 2014, guthrie was nominated for illinois hotel lodging association’s “hotelier of the Year.” “i am excited to be working for such a unique property, one that is part of Chicago’s rich architectural history,” says guthrie. “the Chicago motor Club building’s glory has been preserved and i’m honored to be able to share the story of the art deco gem with our guests.” a lifetime Chicago native, Kelly sujka joins hampton inn Chicago downtown/n loop/michigan ave after having served as regional director of sales & marketing for multiple branded properties throughout illinois. most of her career had been associated with the hilton family of brands in the Chicago area. sujka is a well-practiced and dedicated sales professional, and has vast expertise on building client relationships that result in a "win-win situation" for everyone involved in the sales process, revenue management and brand culture. sujka has received several awards, including the Chicago southland Convention & visitors’ linda morgan award for volunteerism, and the doubletree by hilton’s spirit of Care award, one of the brand’s highest forms of team member recognition.  “We are very pleased to welcome ross and Kelly to our team,” said Carl dees, vice President of operations. “their combined experience with the hilton and hampton hotel brands, as well as their strong leadership skills will be incredible assets to this property.”

Murphy Asset Management’s Role murphy asset management, llC, represents the investor group that owns the hotel and focuses on generating development opportunities in the multifamily, hospitality and office sectors across the country. through sound investment strategies and extensive due diligence, the development team at murphy asset management with support from the mB real estate platform assisted with identifying, evaluating and executing the project. murphy asset management and the mB real

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A guest room in Hampton Inn

Lobby detail estate team have supported numerous developments owned by affiliates of murphy asset management, including: lincoln Park 2550, hyatt Centric the loop Chicago and the oriental theater redevelopment.

CRESCENT HOTELS & RESORTS Crescent hotels & resorts is the operator of the hampton hotel Chicago downtown, Crescent is a nationally recognized, top-5 operator of hotels and resorts. Crescent currently operates over 100 hotels and resorts in 36 states in the us and 4 provinces in Canada. Crescent is one of the few elite management companies approved to operate upper-upscale and luxury hotels under the brand families of marriott, hilton, starwood, hyatt and ihg. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent hotels and resorts. Crescent's clients are made up of hotel reits, private equity firms and major developers.

Unique Opportunity the hampton Chicago downtown project has been viewed as a unique opportunity to transform a landmark-status building into a modern, functioning hotel, because it was imperative that the renovated building maintain its original appearance and its status in national register of historic Places. a major challenge in the renovation was to install a heating and air conditioning system that

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would allow the Chicago motor Club building to maintain its architectural integrity, while also serving a practical purpose in the building’s new role as a hotel. it was also essential that any hvaC equipment installed in the Chicago motor Club building address installation challenges due to limited interior and rooftop space and offer conditioning options that efficiently respond to Chicago’s exceptionally cold winters. the lg multi v iv outdoor units on the roof of the Chicago motor Club building provided installation flexibility and were installed for minimal visibility in addition to providing optimal guest comfort. in each guestroom, the contemporary mirrored finish of the lg ductless art Cool mirror unit complements the stylized art deco décor of the hotel. these indoor units maintain very low sound levels (as low as 23 dBa). to manage and monitor all of these units, lg’s aC smart iv central controller communicates with all of the lg indoor units, offering building management the added convenience of managing and adjusting all devices with one centralized system. all of the parties involved are very proud of their accomplishments in making the project a success and plan to enter various award programs in the near future. $

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Chicago Releases Report on Building Energy Use City releases second annual report on Building energy use and new data visualization tool as Part of larger effort to Cut Costs, Climate Pollution


n December 16, 2015, The City of Chicago released the results of its second annual assessment of energy use in large commercial, institutional, and residential buildings throughout the city. Findings reveal that improving energy efficiency in these buildings could reduce energy use up to 24 percent, save up to $184 million in energy costs, create as many as 2,000 jobs, and cut carbon pollution equivalent to removing 306,000 cars from the road. “By increasing awareness and transparency on building energy use, Chicago is accelerating the market for energy efficiency and uncovering opportunities to save money while reducing greenhouse gas

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emissions,” said Karen Weigert, the City of Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer. In conjunction with its 2015 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Report and infographic, the City published information on approximately 250 of its largest buildings on the Chicago Data Portal. The City Energy Project also partnered with Chicago to launch a new website ( icago) where users can interact with this building energy performance data. “America’s buildings use more energy than any single country besides China and the United States, and cities like Chicago are actively working to lower en-

ergy use in buildings. By curbing our energy usage we can reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, leading to improved health and environmental and economic benefits for everyone. The release of this report immediately after the historic Paris Agreement to curb global GHG emissions underscores the urgency for everyone— from big countries to local cities—to take action now,” said Melissa Wright, Director of the City Energy Project. Chicago is one of 10 cities currently participating in the project, a joint initiative of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) that is developing locally tailored plans and programs to create healthier, more prosperous, and more resilient cities by reducing carbon pollution from their largest source: buildings.

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Chicago’s 2015 report includes data collected through its Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance, which requires owners of buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to collect and share energy-use data with the city annually and verify the data every three years. Residential buildings larger than 250,000 square feet, along with commercial and institutional buildings larger than 50,000 square feet, were required to report 2014 data this year. The 2015 report examines aggregated 2014 data from more than 1,800 buildings that cover more than 600 million square feet and represent approximately 20 percent of citywide energy use. The 2015 results mark a five-fold increase in participation. Overall, Chicago buildings reported a median ENERGY STAR score of 58 out of 100, which is 16 percent higher than the national median of 50. Also, the buildings that shared energy data for the second consecutive year showed a slight decrease in site energy use (the amount of energy used per square foot, normalized for weather variations). “You can’t manage what you don’t measure. The City of Chicago’s new

benchmarking report and data visualization platform highlight the wide range of benefits that can be unlocked from improved awareness of how our buildings are using—and, often, wasting—energy,” said Cliff Majersik, executive director of the Institute for Market Transformation, a nonprofit organization that works to improve energy efficiency in buildings across the country. “The actionable information that benchmarking and transparency policies bring to the real estate market sets the stage for greater efforts in cities to cut pollution, save residents money, and create local jobs.” “Far-reaching partner engagement on Chicago Energy Benchmarking demonstrates the power of information to inspire action,” said Jamie Ponce, Chicago Director of Energy and Climate Innovation for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. “This policy is driving a deeper understanding of energy use that enables the real estate industry, energy stakeholders, utilities, policymakers, and the public to make better-informed energy decisions, with implications across the City of Chicago and beyond.”

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More than 85 energy, real estate, business, and public interest organizations supported the development and adoption of Chicago’s benchmarking ordinance in 2013, including the Institute for Market Transformation, Natural Resource Defense Council, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Elevate Energy, U.S. Green Building Council–Illinois Chapter, American Institute of Architects–Chicago, ASHRAE–Illinois, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Seventhwave. Partner organizations have continued to work with the City to support ordinance implementation by providing extensive outreach and assistance to reporting buildings. In 2015, partner support included a full-time help center that facilitated over 4,800 interactions, 20 free trainings led by local volunteers, and probono assistance to more than 60 buildings. Following the publication of 2015 findings, the City and its partners will move into the third year of benchmarking policy implementation. In 2016, all commercial, institutional, and residential properties larger than 50,000 square feet will be required to report energy use data by June 1st, and residential buildings 50,000–250,000 square feet will also be required to verify reported information. $

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Retrofit Chicago Recognizes Commercial Energy Efficiency Champions


n October 20th, 2015 the Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative announced awards honoring teams and individuals who are achieving measurable energy performance improvement and advancing the effort to improve energy efficiency throughout the City of Chicago. To participate in Retrofit Chicago's Commercial Buildings Initiative, building representatives commit to improving their energy efficiency by 20% within five years. To achieve those goals, buildings get access to incentives and technical expertise from an array of experts including program partners at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the City Energy Project, ComEd, Environmental Defense Fund, Peoples Gas, and Rocky Mountain Institute. Award winners, announced at an event hosted by the Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative and NRDC on October 20th include: • Mayor's Leadership Circle Award, for reducing whole-building energy use by more than 20% below their program baseline: 125 South Wacker Drive. • Most Valuable Engineer Award, in recognition of a Retrofit Chicago engineer who has gone above-and-beyond in identifying and achieving energy savings through efficient building operations at his or her facility: Lawrence Lang, Chief Engineer at 224 South Michigan Avenue. • Most Valuable Property Manager, in recognition of a property manager or management team member who exemplifies how and why energy efficiency is critical to excellent property management: Myrna E. CoronadoBrookover, Senior Vice President & General Manager at 77 West Wacker Drive. • Innovative Energy Efficiency Partnership Award, in recognition of a project, program, or partnership that has demonstrated innovative, impactful, and replicable energy savings: Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, Affordable Community Energy, Tropic Construction, dbMS, and eConserve for the comprehensive retrofit of Continental Plaza at 1330 West 76th Street For more information and a list of participants, please visit:

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Northerly Island Restoration Project


ayor Rahm Emanuel, Senator Dick Durbin, representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly joined community members on September 4th, 2015 to officially open Chicago's newest nature area on Northerly Island. The 43-acre project, which includes topography changes, natural plantings and the creation of a large pond, has transformed nearly half of Northerly Island into an urban oasis in the heart of Chicago. The interior park trail and overlooks are now open to the public; other areas of the island continue to be fenced off due to ongoing restoration efforts. "The remarkable transformation of Northerly Island has fulfilled Daniel Burnham's ultimate vision for the area, creating a spectacular green space in the midst of a bustling city, protecting and enhancing our lakefront for generations to come," said Mayor Emanuel. "This world-class urban oasis doubles as a giant educational campus for our kids; children from every Chicago neighborhood will now have the opportunity to camp and learn about nature through programming offered by the Park District and our museums." Ecological restoration of the southern portion of Northerly Island Park has transformed it into a beautiful nature area featuring a one mile multi-purpose trail; a five-acre lagoon that is hydraulically connected to Lake Michigan; nature trails; boardwalks; rolling hills providing views of the city and refuge for migratory birds; native plantings to attract a wide range of birds

and insects; camping locations; educational areas for park programming; and a lacustrine shelf along Burnham Harbor to provide fish habitat. "One thing that sets Chicago apart from other major metropolitan areas is the incorporation of natural spaces and resources into the heart of the city," said Senator Durbin. "I commend Mayor Emanuel, the Park District and the Army Corps for their hard work in making this restoration a reality." The transformation of Northerly Island is just one of the investments Mayor Emanuel is making to rebuild the lakefront - from the north end to the south end. Last year, ground was broken on the Navy Pier Flyover to complete the 18 miles of scenic biking and walking trail along the lakefront. The new $100 million development at the old U.S. Steele site along the south shore will include a park for families to enjoy. And South Lakeshore Drive has been extended to accommodate new redevelopment, opening up more of the lakefront to make it more accessible to residents.

World's Largest Rooftop Farm Located in Chicago


n November 19th, 2015 Gotham Greens announced the opening of their fourth greenhouse, a new facility located on Chicago's South Side in the historic Pullman neighborhood. The rooftop of the Method Products manufacturing facility hosts the new 75,000 sq ft Chicago greenhouse, a state-of-the-art operation that is powered by 100% renewable energy. The greenhouse employs over 50 workers, including many from the Pullman community. "With more than $1 billion in venture capital invested in the city in 2014, Chicago continues to emerge as the country's newest hot spot for innovation and growing companies," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "Gotham

Greens' expansion means even more jobs and investment in the Pullman neighborhood; and through cutting-edge agricultural innovation they will provide fresh, healthy and locallygrown foods to residents across Chicago."

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Arc at Old Colony Showcases Sustainable Design no aspects of the existing building which were not re-used in some manner to complete the project, including using the demolished clay tile partitions within the building to infill the vaulted sidewalks at Van Buren and Plymouth St., re-use of existing monogrammed Old Colony Building door knobs that were re-made to comply with current accessibility codes, removal and re-use of old wrought iron decorative elevator cages to make corridor decorations, reclaiming the stone Lobby floor which had been covered with carpet during a prior renovation and numerous other facets of the building.” “Perhaps my favorite phrase to explain historic preservation is, ‘the greenest building is the one already built,’” said Bonnie McDonald, president of the statewide nonprofit organization Landmarks Illinois. McDonald’s organization held an event at ARC at Old Colony in October, soon after its opening. “We were proud to highlight that reusing this historic building IS sustainable design. Preservation reuses the construction materials already produced and in place, thus reducing the need to extract and manufacture new material. Reuse also limits construction materials from entering the waste stream from demolition, and sustains the embodied energy already in the building. By upgrading HVAC systems, improving insulation, and repairing existing material to reduce air loss, you can also achieve green operating standards.”

Other Restored Historic Features The redevelopment of the historically intact structure took advantage of the building’s many surviving original components, including the complex restoration of the original arched Van Buren Street Entry discussed above. The building’s namesake portal arches found at the entrance were also preserved in units throughout the building. Re-using existing building components not only preserves the historic character of the building, it is a practice promoted for sustainability reasons.

Other restored historic features include ornate turrets, an upper level 2-story terra cotta colonnade band, projecting cornice, round oriel corner bays, and more than six hundred oversized windows, including curved glass windows at the bays, whose damaged finish was cleaned and hand-buffed to original brilliance. Storefronts and exterior masonry were repaired and existing wood double hung windows were repaired and replaced where missing. On the interior, a particularly striking architectural highlight is the second floor study Y Shown here is a close view of the terra room/lounge that fea- Y Shown here is a close view of the carved limestone element at the 4th floor. cotta element tures an ornate coffered ceiling of on the lobby elevator doors and on the exprecast “scagliola” plaster. In describing terior at the Dearborn Street entrance, an the “scagliola” ceiling, DeMuth explained, homage to its founding in 1620. “the panels and trim are rough cast and Tailored to Student Population then polished” and that the “veined and mottled color veneer looks like marble Tailored to the ever growing student when finished. However, the beams have population in the south Loop, the building the density of concrete.” Other notable program includes: landscaping, new curbs historic features include original inlaid and walks, a secured residential entry, five mosaic tile floors found throughout the ground-level retail spaces with independbuilding. DeMuth added, “we were ent store entrances, management offices pleased to find so much surviving mosaic and a premier fitness center, sixteen stories tiles under layers of vinyl tile and office of apartment-style shared residences, accarpeting, as were the landmark preservacommodations for disabled residents, and tionists at City Hall and in Springfield.” an added Penthouse/Roof level amenity Floors 8, 11 12, 16 and 17 were desigroom and open air terrace. A former barnated as “historic” and retain original corbershop space located on the 17th floor ridor features and finishes, including has also been preserved and maintained to original narrow-board pine flooring and provide in-house service for residents. marble wainscoting, in addition to the Now boasting an over 83% occupancy mosaic tile floors described above. Orrate (largely exceeding projections), Arc at nately classical elevator floor indicators Old Colony directly supports downtown have been carefully restored throughout university and retail functions and conthe building as well as other important tributes significantly to the revitalization historical details such as the seal of the Pilof a once sagging downtown district. $ grims’ Plymouth Colony which appears

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Illinois Sustainability Awards Chicago’s famous shedd aquarium joined the ranks of winners of the illinois governor’s sustainability award on tuesday october 27, 2015 by cutting its utilization of water by half between 2007 and 2014 and implementing other sustainability measures. significant improvement to water infrastructure led to $191,133 annual savings for the aquarium which slashed its use of ‘new water’ by more than 28 million gallons.


ineteen Illinois companies and organizations were honored October 27 at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers for their demonstrated leadership in implementing sustainable principles and practices. The Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards, the “Emmy Awards for Sustainability,” were presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). ISTC is a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illi-

nois at Urbana-Champaign. “Businesses that invest in sustainability drive a thriving Illinois economy by creating jobs and making an investment in our future,” said Governor Rauner. “The Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards foster sustainable innovation and encourage our public and private sector to build a stronger, more sustainable Illinois.” Among other Chicagoland sustainability champions recognized as 2015 Illi-

nois Governor’s Sustainability Award Winners were: Abbott Laboratories - Based in Chicago, this major diversified global health care company achieved broad reductions in waste generation as well as energy and fuel use. HVAC system improvements and upgrades to boilers and cooling tower water pumps contributed to electricity usage reductions of seven million kWh annually. Fuel switching from coal to natural gas helped the company reduce its carbon footprint by 25,000 metric tons of CO2e. Recycling at the company increased 43 percent since 2013, while landfilled waste was cut 32 percent. continued on page 23



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tion projects on buildings to resume. economic conditions in general have improved and more properties are moving forward with deferred maintenance, repair and restoration work. our cover story for this issue of CBe features the arc at old Colony, an adaptive re-use project that transformed a failing office building into vibrant new apartments for students. this prop-

Editor & Publisher Michael C. Davids Vice President Sherri Iandolo Art Director Rick Dykhuis

erty profile article showcases how adaptive re-use of an existing building is inherently sustainable design. inside this issue we also highlight some recent accomplishments of the growing number of illinois companies, institutions and organizations that have been recognized for their leadership and achievements in sustainability. illinoisans can be proud that our state ranks first in the nation

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in usgBC leed certified buildings (per capita) with 161 that received this designation in 2015.

Circulation & Administration Carol Iandolo, Mary Knoll, Arlene wold

opening as a hampton inn and the hyatt Place Chicago south opening in hyde Park near the

two Property Profile articles are featured including the Chicago motor Club building reuniversity of Chicago. We’ve also included a list of the winners of the illinois governor’s awards for sustainability.

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this edition features several stories on Chicago’s continued leadership in sustainability. among the initiatives covered in this article is Chicago’s first report on building energy use (benchmarking), the northerly island restoration project, and retrofit Chicago’s Commercial energy Champions. Jim Fizzell’s regular feature (in the landscape Buyer) on the weather and your landscape provides some helpful tips on preparing your outdoor landscape for the coming season and what to watch for in terms of winter damage on your plants. We will continue to explore many other green building trends and initiatives in coming issues of CBe. if you have a green 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 mCd golf invitational on July 15 and our luncheon at arlington international racecourse in late summer. 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

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PAVING DuBois paving Co. 847-634-6089 / 800-884-4728

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By JaMes a. fizzell

The Weather and Your Landscape as each new Year begins, there is a flurry of predictions for the upcoming year: the stock market, the political landscape, the academy awards, the fashions for spring, and on and on.  most of these are given only passing notice.

our weather guru, greg soulje, had warned that just too much unusual tropical activity in the eastern Pacific had early-on corrupted long-range forecasts. soulje was indicating that fall and early winter would be driven by the strong el nino. it would feature above average temperatures with occasional cold snaps, and above average precipitation. 

Extended Fall, Early Snow november temperatures mostly were in the 60's with some 70's thrown in until november 20 when things rapidly changed. a foot of heavy, wet snow fell.  Before most people could get it removed, temperatures dropped to the single digits, freezing it into a solid, icy mess.  that cold was the first killing freeze of the season. a week later the snow was gone and fall activities resumed. the weather returned with mild temperatures, and between rains there was time for finishing fall cleanups. thanksgiving was 60 degrees with rain cleaning up the mess. throughout december it was above normal with occasional 50's. Christmas dawned green and 42 degrees.

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he weather predictions seem to grab the attention of almost everyone. We all are impacted by the weather.  it affects our plans, our budgets, our attitudes, and our conversations with friends and neighbors.  We all talk about the weather when there isn’t anything else to talk about.  it’s either too hot or too cold, too wet or we wish it would rain.  seldom do we have a day that is just right.  actually the summer and fall of 2015 were about as nice as we get around here.  there was plenty of moisture early as the cool wet weather of the past winter extended into spring and summer, although it did get a little dry in august.  temperatures were mostly moderate with a few unusually chilly days.  there were eight days when temperatures reached 90.  most days throughout the summer were in the 70's and 80's.   

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according to the weather reports, the temperatures averaged a little above normal, not because of warm days, but due to the cloudiness that kept the night-time temperatures from dropping to the expected lows. daily highs during early fall gradually began to drop, but the fall was warm and prolonged. many trees kept their leaves long past the expected dates of leaf drop, and fall color was extended as various kinds of plants ultimately colored up later than usual.

Strong El Nino anticipated early cold did not develop. an unusually strong el nino, expected to take effect in mid- winter, had already appeared and was affecting the weather here as well as through the entire continent. 

the year concluded with about two inches of rain followed by an ice storm laying down almost two inches of heavy, wet sleet. temperatures rapidly dropped again, and people who were unable to get the slop plowed away were stuck again with a couple of inches of ice on walks and drives. By the next weekend, 40 degree temperatures and rain had nearly eliminated the ice. that was but a temporary respite from the winter weather. soulje notes that the el nino has passed its peak and is beginning to decline with winter trending back to reality.  also, the arctic oscillation moved to negative through much of January after being strongly positive and keeping arctic cold bottled up near the pole.  a negative ao allows pieces of the polar vortex to slip south into the central u. s.  the first arctic outbreak hit with a vengeance the second week of January.  the ao appeared briefly to be moving toward positive as February began, but seems to be wavering between positive and negative for the foreseeable future.

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Seasonal Norms May Return according to soulje, the remainder of winter weather should head back to somewhat seasonal norms with some below average but no stunningly cold temperatures, and wetter. it will be an active pattern, with warmer periods interrupted by short cold spells, he says.  that suggests rain, possibly freezing rain, maybe turning to snow.  total snowfall for the season may approach normal, but as of now it looks like the earlier projections for above-average snow accumulations may have been off the mark. Quite a bit of the precipitation may fall as rain.

Periodic Snow Events? more than two feet of snow have fallen already this season as of this writing.  as i look out the window at my office, it is snowing again.  We have been getting snow every few days, an inch, sometimes more each time.  We can expect a couple of snows in march, but even if we do not get another major storm, these little amounts will add up over time.

Spring Forecast after another brief warm-up in early march, expect a cooler start to spring, soulje says, with temperatures normal to below normal, drifting to above normal later, and a bit wetter. april and may could average normal to a little warmer than normal, with seasonal rainfall.  Cooler, wet periods will be interrupted by drier, warmer windows, excellent for outdoor activities.  as the summer arrives, it will be seasonal to a little below normal temperature-wise.  it may be drier as well.  midsummer appears to be headed for a drier period affected by a subtle, developing, la nina. in summary, temperatures for the foreseeable future will be quite variable but will average near normal, with no prolonged extremes, either cold or hot.  moisture will be plentiful early, tending to be drier later in the period.  no extended heat waves are expected. By contrast, the us Weather service suggests above normal temperatures and dry through the remainder of winter and into summer. We shall see! 

Impact on Plants Winters like this one can be hard on plants. the prolonged fall with moderate temperatures kept plants from achieving full dormancy. the first really cold snap in november was of short duration and the effect on plants probably was minimal. subsequent warmth did nothing to improve the dormancy.  the next severe cold was a month later, but lasted only a couple of days.  the coldest weather in mid-January hit with below-zero temperatures and the ground virtually free of protective snow cover.  Frost likely went deep into the

ground and may have damaged exposed perennials and shallow roots of some trees. the severe cold normally is not a problem for plants if they have gradually been able to become fully dormant. When dormancy is questionable, plant tissues can be killed outright.  more subtle is chilling that destroys the plant’s natural resistance to invasion by cankering diseases.  these can result in dieback during the growing season as the cankers eventually girdle stems and twigs.

Perennials & Groundcover Damage Freezing and thawing heave out shallowly rooted perennials and groundcovers. these plants are exposed to severe desiccation, and need to be reset to protect roots as soon as weather permits. trees growing in irrigated lawns often have very shallow root systems, which with no snow cover, can be exposed to temperatures that can kill them. roots begin to die at about ten degrees F. whereas tops generally are hardy at those temperatures.     

Fewer Grubs grubs escape the cold by burrowing into the soil ahead of the frost. Japanese beetle grubs dig down only fifteen inches or so, common white grubs somewhat deeper.  if the frost line is below that, the grubs succumb, resulting in fewer beetles the next summer.  With no snow cover, the frost penetrated several feet into the soil during January.  it froze water mains and was a headache for the folks who were forced to repair them in nearzero temperatures.

Snow Mold & Snow Damage snow-melt, as the many storms pass and weather warms, is a prescription for snow mold. these fungi grow when ice-cold water puddles on the turf. the alternate freezing and thawing this season is perfect for this disease.  salting pavements and plowing can damage lawns.  the unusual cold without snow cover can desiccate exposed grass.  make repairs whenever conditions allow, the earlier the better. 

Animal Damage should the heavy snow cover develop, rabbits will forage for plants above the snow line. mice will make large tunnel systems beneath the snow to get to their favorite feeding grounds. make sure rabbit guards are still in place around susceptible trees and shrubs.  Walk down the snow around plants susceptible to mouse damage.  set out gladiator (Bromethalin) bait throughout affected plantings for mice.  the material consists of blocks which are readily eaten by the mice.  one bite is fatal.  other animals are not attracted to it, and any scavengers that eat the dead mice will not be harmed by it. make sure snow screens are still in good shape to prevent salt damage to evergreens, turf-

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grass, and flower beds.

Anticipate Good Growing Season if the predicted spring and summer turn out as expected, anticipate a good growing season. there should be adequate moisture early, and temperatures should be good for an early start. although rains may be frequent in early spring, there will be dry days when outdoor work will be possible.  take advantage of these days as things may get wetter delaying early chores. if the summer does dry up, be prepared to water. Watering likely will not be necessary early. each year we see plantings set back by excessive watering. also, the situation with trees in irrigated lawns can be avoided by not overwatering the grass. 

Proper Watering irrigation systems make watering too easy, and where run on an every-so-many-days schedule, the grass and the trees can suffer: recently, plantings in high-visibility areas at one complex continuously died out whereas plantings in less-obvious places thrived. the preferred areas were irrigated, but not the natural places.  the dying plants were being killed with “kindness.” Proper watering seems to be a mystery to some site mangers.  irrigation systems should be set up to deliver a measured, one inch of water with each application.  then the system should be shut down until the grass or plantings begin to wilt.  then, apply another one inch of water. measure with rain gauges or cans set around the areas under irrigation.  When an inch of water is collected, the area should have received an inch of water.  Frequent, short periods of watering are not good for any plantings.

Communication as we have suggested many times in the past, is important to meet with your grounds care professionals & management team before the season gets under way. these folks spend a lot of time during the winter attending the many informational events available to them.  new plants, new ideas and improved ways of approaching the many challenges that can develop are presented at these programs and should be communicated to you.  also, the many informal get-togethers at these meetings are valuable for exchanging ideas and experiences, with many of these professionals with years in the business, willingly sharing with aspiring younger folks. take advantage of this expertise.  the new ideas can make your grounds even more attractive, and innovative practices could even save time and expense. $

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Illinois first in nation in green Buildings đ&#x;“– industry happenings in January of 2016, the u.s. green Building Council (usgBC) released its national ranking of the top states in the country for leed green building and illinois is the first state in the nation for 2015.


he rankings come at an important time for states looking to reduce their energy use. LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. “Illinois is a nationwide leader in green building and LEED certification. LEED creates jobs and increases opportunities for Illinois’s workers and businesses while contributing billions of dollars to the state’s economy,� said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “LEED has become an essential standard for the transformation of building design and construction. LEED certified buildings drive economic growth, creates jobs and makes communities healthier.� The annual ranking is developed by analyzing each state in terms of square feet of LEED certified space per state resident. Now in its sixth year, the list highlights states throughout the country that made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation throughout 2015.

Illinois certified161 projects representing 43,979,595square feet of real estate, or 3.43square feet per resident, in 2015. “Year after year Illinois sets a high bar for green building thanks to the dynamic network of companies and industry leaders who have made sustainability part of their business model,� said Brian Imus, executive director of the USGBC-Illinois Chapter. “The commitment found in Illinois comes from an understanding that sustainability is not only good for business, it is key to improving the health and quality of life for everyone.� In addition, data from USGBC’s 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study show LEED construction is expected to support 413,000 total jobs in Illinois and have a total impact on GDP of $36.13billion from 2015-2018. $

A few notable projects that certified in Illinois in 2015 include: Âť Virgin Hotel Chicago; LEED Gold Âť Chase Tower Chicago; LEED Silver Âť NU Technological Institute; LEED Silver Âť S&C Electric Building 14; LEED Silver


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Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical CenterAwarded LEED Gold Status » Highly insulated building well in excess of energy code requirements » Preferred parking for hybrid and electric vehicles » Bike parking and showers for employees

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the olympia Companies and smart hotels llC announced in late 2015 that hyatt Place Chicago-south/university medical Center in Chicago’s iconic hyde Park neighborhood has been awarded leed gold Certification by the us green Building Council (usgBC) in the new Construction category.


he hotel is the first Hyatt Place in the world to be LEED Gold certified. The property was designed by Legat Architects, one of the leading green design firms in the Midwest, and built by William A. Randolph Construction Company.The Olympia Companies, an innovative privately-owned real estate company specializing in hotel investment, development and management, partnered with SMART Hotels LLC to develop the 131-room Hyatt Place Chicago- South/ University Medical Center.“This certification from USGBC is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to the Hyde Park community and the city of Chicago,” said Mike Zimmerman, Vice President of Development at The Olympia Companies, which also manages the property. “Providing a sustainable, environmentally sensitive hotel facility is good for our guests, our employees and our neighbors. We are thrilled to be able to share this news with them all.”SMART Hotels develops hotels and mixed-use projects at prominent university and medical center campuses. SMART is committed to environmental sustainability and is a USGBC member. Its projects include the LEED

Platinum-designed Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center at Oberlin College scheduled to open in 2016. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building. The Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center achieved LEED Gold status thanks to the smart design and building choices including: » High Efficiency LED lighting in the public areas of the hotel » Low flow plumbing fixtures that reducewater use » Energy recovery vehicle that captures heat from the building and uses it to pre-heat the fresh air supplied to the building.

The Olympia Companies specializes in high profile real estate development, equity and hospitality management projects throughout the U.S. They offer sustainable, environmental and philanthropic boutique hotels managed, developed and/or owned by The Olympia Companies. The award-winning company is led by President and CEO Kevin Mahaney, an Olympic Silver medalist and a leader in capital asset management, business and real estate. The Olympia Company’s executive team delivers expertise in hotel development, LEED building design and construction, project management, operational oversight, branding, as well as sales and marketing. The company currently has 19 hotel projects under management in the United States.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company. The Company’s subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences and vacation ownership properties, including under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Centric™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names and have locations on six continents. As of June 30, 2015, the Company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 618 properties in 51 countries. $

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Illinois Sustainability Awards AbbVie Inc. - This research-based biopharmaceutical company recognizes three key environmental priorities: Climate Change, Water Usage, and Waste Management and Product Stewardship. Recent efforts at their Lake County facility established new systems to reduce waste generated in manufacturing and recover solvent product; updated equipment to reach higher standards of energy efficiency; solved a quality assurance issue while reducing water consumption; and actively involved employees for an “All for One AbbVie” cause. Overall, the projects resulted in an annual reduction of 1,673,300 pounds of hazardous waste; 12,978,860 pounds of non-hazardous waste; 1,022,121 kWh of electricity; 724 metric tons of CO2e, 11,000,000 gallons of water; and saved more than $702,631.

Argonne National Laboratory - As a research center tasked with addressing national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology and national security, Argonne’s environmental footprint is a central concern. In FY 2014, Argonne met or exceeded a number of its sustainability goals for the decade, including potable water intensity 36 percent below baseline, and energy intensity 30 percent below baseline goals. During that year Argonne established next generation realtime monitoring of its campus systems, captured and recycled significant greenhouse gas emissions, planned for climate change impacts, and diverted 77 percent of on-site construction waste for recycling or reuse. ComEd - While providing electric service to about 70 percent of Illinoisans, ComEd utilizes a ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System (EMS) to track hundreds of environmental actions and improvements. Recent achievements include facility and process upgrades; reductions in hazardous waste; increases in recycling;

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protection of birds and endangered species; protection of natural areas; community partnerships; and greenhouse gas reductions. Cook County - County President Preckwinkle adopted an ambitious goal to reduce the county’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and, in order to do so, appointed a Green Leadership Team comprised of key leaders from across the county to implement sustainable practices. The county has been able to decrease GHG emissions from buildings by nine percent since 2010 through both small and large-scale capital projects. An in-depth analysis of the fleet practices resulted in a complete restructuring of the fleet management at the county and has resulted in 57,849 gallons of fuel savings between 2012 and 2013. The Cook County Sheriff’s Recycling Program collected more than 2.3 million pounds of recyclables during 2014.

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s p e c i a l f e at u r e Abbott Laboratories improvements to hvaC systems and upgrades to boilers and cooling tower water pumps. (left to right) mark r. ryan, executive director of the Prairie research institute (Pri) at the university of illinois at urbana-Champaign, Jane amalotte, senior ehs specialist, don Kuchler, director of lake County site operations, Fred satterlee, senior ehs specialist, and Kevin o’Brien, director of the illinois sustainable technology Center (istC) (administrator of the award program).

Public Building Commission, Chicago since 2008, the PBC has successfully remediated 31 sites to prepare them for further development. By using an integrated planning approach, best management practices, innovative approaches like in-situ remediation and sustainable design strategies…PCB clean(s) these sites and construct(s) community anchors such as schools, libraries, parks and first responder facilities. (left to right) mark r. ryan, executive director of the Prairie research institute (Pri) at the university of illinois at urbana-Champaign, deeta Bernstein, sustainability manager, and leeann tomas Foster, deputy director environmental, Public Building Commission, and Kevin o’Brien, director of the illinois sustainable technology Center (istC) (administrator of the award program).

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Cook County Focusing on building energy and water conservation, the County has been able to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by nine percent since 2010. (left to right) mark r. ryan, executive director of the Prairie research institute (Pri) at the university of illinois at urbana-Champaign, Patricia horne, director, support services, sherrif’s recycling Program, deborah stone, chief sustainability officer and director of Cook County department of environmental Control, and Kevin o’Brien, director of the illinois sustainable technology Center (istC) (administrator of the award program).

Argonne National Laboratories established a building intelligence and analytics program for real time monitoring of data for campus efficiencies. (left to right) mark r. ryan, executive director of the Prairie research institute (Pri) at the university of illinois at urbana-Champaign; Brenda teaster, energy analyst, and Karen Kosky, sustainability program manager for argonne national laboratories, and Kevin o’Brien, director of the illinois sustainable technology Center (istC) (administrator of the award program).

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hen Advocate Sherman Hospital constructed its new location in Elgin, Ill., an expanse of land on the property was a blank canvas. Master Gardener Patsy Hirsch, a regular volunteer at the hospital, saw more than empty space. She asked then CEO Rick Floyd, “Wouldn’t this be a great place to put in a community garden?” That conversation seven years ago planted the seed for Advocate Sherman Community Garden. “We make people healthy here through our services in the hospital, but itreally starts with what we ‘put in’ and ‘take out’ of our bodies through food and exercise,” Hirsch relates. A community garden helps answer the question: Where does food come from? And in a hustle bustle world filled with convenience foods and eating on the run, the connection between farm and fork is not always so easy to make. That said, more people are interested in learning about food and adopting healthier habits. The benefits of a Community Garden at Advocate Sherman are many: helping people in the Elgin area learn how to garden and grow their own food; providing a gratifying form of exercise in the great outdoors; and establishing an enriching foundation so community gardeners may try the practice at their own homes. Those who participate reap rewards— a bounty of fresh food and camaraderie with other gardeners. “Sherman Advocate is taking an active role in the community,” says Rob Boosey, account manager at Sebert, which partnered with the hospital to help with maintenance at the Natural Prairie & Community Garden site. Sebert will refresh the soil in the 48 garden beds, maintain the surrounding lawn and help with other tasks as the partnerships continue to grow. “It’s important for us to act responsibly and support our clients in their efforts and develop these partnerships,” Boosey says. And, more organizations like Sherman Advocate Hospital are focused on providing a healthy environment for employees, patients and the community atlarge. “There’s greater awareness of health and wellness as a critical component of the big picture, and those with LEED certified buildings are especially attuned to ful-

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filling a greater mission that goes beyond constructing a ‘green building,’” says Jeff Sebert, president, “Add to that fact, Millenials are changing the way we look at food, and are driving an $18-billion food revolution that’s all about eating healthy and caring where your food comes from.” For stakeholders of the Sherman Advocate Hospital Community Garden, food comes from “home.”

Coming Together The Community Garden has grown each year and includes beds of different sizes. Gardeners sign up in groups—some departments in the hospital work a garden, other individuals adopt a garden and bring in their families to help. Three years ago, Sherman Advocate opened up the garden to the entire community. “At first, our hospital employees were the ‘testing ground’ you might say, until we were comfortable with what we were doing,” Hirsch says. Hirsch reflects on setting up the gardens—and sourcing materials. She learned

to not be afraid to ask for help. When she shared the plans for the garden at Lowe’s in Elgin, a manager told her about an employee volunteer program there. “They wanted to help build the gardens for us, and I cried happy tears,” Hirsh says, relating that the Community Garden truly is a product of people coming together. A local nursery donated soil and compost for the raised garden beds. A resident donated a water line to help irrigate the gardens. “We had a garden, and all of this happened within a two-month period of time,” she says. “We can say that the garden was built by the community, and the community members are the growers.” Then in 2013, a couple of seasons after the initial garden beds were constructed, Hirsh and volunteers saw a demand to expand the garden. Word of mouth had spread, and more people wanted to participate. Hirsch reached out to a local schoolteacher in Elgin, who offered the community service project to a dozen of her students. They showed up on a misty, fall day

to build 10 new garden beds. “It was so muddy—but they learned a lot and were wonderful,” Hirsh says. The students wanted to know: How can we go about getting one of these gardens? “I said, ‘Let’s consider it done,’” Hirsch relates. The Community Garden committee agreed, of course, and the students were the first gardeners to join the effort from outside of the hospital. From there, community involvement continued to expand. “The Community Garden has really been embraced here, and each year we try to do more,” says Dina Lunceford, volunteer manager at Sherman Advocate Hospital. The extra bounty is collected in a bin that stays on the Community Garden site and is donated to the Food for Greater Elgin food pantry. “We are helping local individuals right here in Elgin,” Lunceford says. “Produce is coming right from our campus and going directly to those people in the community, and they love it.” The food pantry has a bed at the

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Community Garden, too. “We have a nice partnership and the produce really goes a long way,” Lunceford says.

Growing Awareness Aside from growing and harvesting produce, the Community Garden is a place for people to learn and grow as individuals. Ongoing educational programs on a range of topics draw in volunteers. Hirsch, a master gardener with the University of Illinois extension office, also arranges for extension volunteers to present and help work in the gardens. This year, 12 master gardeners assisted with a range of tasks, and shared their knowledge to the community gardeners. And, with a class of master gardener trainees currently earning their certification, the pool of knowledgeable volunteers continues to grow. Last year, a new pergola was built and dedicated, and a storage area for garden tools was constructed. A Girl Scout created a small butterfly garden on the site as a service project—a complement to the ground’s

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Spring Kickoff With spring kickoff scheduled for March 16, 2016, volunteers and community participants and partners like Sebert, are looking forward to another rewarding growing year. “I can’t wait to see where we’ll go with the garden this year,” Hirsch says.

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Jeff Sebert adds, “Giving back is contagious. The satisfaction of helping someone else and giving others an opportunity to learn from the experiences they gain by participating in a community garden is so rewarding for all of us.” $

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