Filed under: Green Projects | Tags: Chicago, Near North, Small Wind, Turbines
Located near the former site of Cabrini Green, Near North Apartments is a single room occupancy building that has dedicated half of its 96, 250 sq foot units to the homeless and disabled. Helmut Jahn designed the SRO to have reduced operating costs by taking advantage of solar and wind energy and through the utilization of water runoff. The eight turbines, designed at the University of Illinois, with the city-donated photovoltaics are expected to generate 15% of the total building power. Furthermore, runoff is collected in an underground cistern and used for flushing toilets and irrigation. USG, a construction material supplier for the project, will be monitoring energy savings on the structure in the future. They are expecting a total energy savings of 22% and a 16 to 18 year payback.1
1. Building Design and Construction, “Green Design Makes it to Affordable Housing,” http://www.bdcnetwork.com/article/CA6433876.html.
Filed under: Green Projects | Tags: Biking, Chicago, McDonald's Cycle Center, Photovoltaics, Solar Energy
The cycle center is located in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park and “is another step toward Mayor Daley’s goal to make Chicago the most bicycle-friendly city in the country.”
The center provides 300 secure, heated, indoor bike parking spaces, showers and lockers, bike rentals, and a repair shop. The center is also partially powered by the photovoltaic system on the roof including 80 75-watt modules and 40 37-watt modules. The system is rated at 7.48 kW, will generate 8,815 kilowatt-hours per year, and meet 6.5% of the center’s electrical requirements.
To learn more about the cycle center visit http://www.chicagobikestation.com/.
Filed under: Green Projects | Tags: Building Integrated, Chicago, Exelon, Millenium Park, Photovoltaics, Solar Energy
Located in downtown Chicago, IL, the four Exelon Pavilions are an integral part of Millennium Park, with two located on the south side of the park and two on the north. The south side pavilions, designed by Renzo Piano, provide access to the parking garage below while incorporating solar technology: twenty-four PV modules are located on the roof of the southeast pavilion and 16 PV modules are located on the roof of the southwest pavilion. Together they generate 3,840 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
The north pavilions, designed by Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge Architects, are the first instance of façade-integrated photovoltaics in Chicago and together are one of the largest PV-integrated projects in the United States. Each pavilion incorporates 460 photovoltaic modules, and together, they generate 16,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The northwest pavilion is a 6,100 sq ft park welcome center featuring an interactive display that educates visitor on renewable energy and the northeast pavilion provides access to the parking garage below. The pavilions have a LEED silver rating.
Filed under: Green Projects | Tags: Chicago, Green Case Studies, Millennium Park
Located in downtown Chicago, Millennium Park is considered to be the largest intensive green roof in the world. The 24.5 acre park spans two sub-grade parking garages and an existing rail yard and features Frank Gehry’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa, the Lurie Garden, and Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate.
The site was originally owned by the Illinois Central Railroad and was considered to be untouchable for nearly 150 years: the larger Grant Park was designed around the railway. Though there were many attempts to add a park, plans were never implemented until the late 90’s when Mayor Richard M. Daley proposed a modest park with a budget of $150 million. Four years past the original deadline and $325 million dollars over budget, the park opened in 2004 and is one of the most popular places in the city.
The structural deck spanning the parking garages and rail yard was designed to support four feet of soil allowing for over 900 trees, shrubs, groundcovers, perennials, and annuals to be planted in the park creating shade, managing storm water, cleaning the air, reducing the urban heat island, and providing residents and visitors of Chicago with a fantastic place to enjoy the outdoor city.
To learn more about Millennium Park visit http://www.millenniumpark.org/.
When Richard M. Daley became mayor of Chicago in 1989 he was dedicated to making Chicago the greenest city in the country. His plan has included green roofs, photovoltaic systems, wind energy, green teaching facilities, Brownfield revitalization, public transportation, and biking infrastructure. Currently, Chicago has more green roofs than any other city in the country and ranks fourth for the number of solar installations.
Chartreuse completed a series of Chicago case studies in July that demonstrate how Chicago is changing its carbon footprint one green project at a time. We will be presenting one project a day for the next week.
Case studies include Millennium Park, the Exelon Pavilions, the McDonald’s Cycle Center, the Chicago Center for Green Technology, and the Near North Apartments.
Chartreuse is headed to Chicago to complete case studies on green roofs, photovoltaic panels and building integrated photovoltaic glass, and wind energy including Millennium Park and bike shelter, Near North Apartments, City Hall, and the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue. Chartreuse will also participate in a workshop about clay as a building material at the Chicago Center for Green Technology. Look for more information next week.