LEED Gold Certification
- The project redevelops a degraded waterfront site in Chicago’s downtown. With active rail lines below, a land bridge was created above. This made unusable land into an amenity.
- The project connects to the larger system of public outdoor space along the river. This park adds 560 linear feet of new riverwalk.
- 68 trees were planted, including autumn blaze maple, chanticleer pear, river birch and crabapple.
- The project avoids annual planting.
- Native and low-water planting was used on-site.
- Green roofs are installed to reduce the heat island effect, absorb stormwater and provide enjoyment to the users.
- 100% of the water is reused for landscape irrigation, reusing an average of 319 gallons of water per week.
- Stormwater is reused for landscape irrigation.
- The design reduces outdoor water by choosing low-water-usage plant species.
- Trees have the potential for intercepting 34,000 gallons of water, which are equivalent to the water usage for 340 American residents for one day.*
Carbon, Energy + Air
- The planting strategy reduces temperatures in urban areas.
- During construction, pollutants were controlled and retained.
- The trees sequester 8,160 pounds of carbon annually, which would offset an average car driving 11,047 miles.**
- According to Zillow, there was an increase in the surrounding property values. On 165 N Canal St., property values rose from $350,000 in 2004 to $1.2 million in 2016.
- Four major high-rises are being built in this area.
- The project is located within walking distance from six transit lines.
- The project provides optimum site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding with continuous movement along the waterfront edge and access to the tower development.