River Point

Sustainability Statistics

LEED Gold Certification

Land 

  • 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.

Planting 

  • 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.

Water 

  • 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.**

Economics 

  • 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.

Social 

  • 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.

* The tree average for water interception is 500 gallons. American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts) 

**120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. Each vehicle drives an average of 11,318 miles per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)

River Point

River Point is a three-acre riverfront park, plaza, hotel, and office tower located on a prominent axis of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. The park is a public-private partnership between the City of Chicago and the development team of Hines and Ivanhoe Cambridge. 

The park, which will sit at the foot of the 45-story tower designed by Pickard Chilton, is built on structure directly above the existing active Amtrak rail lines, masking the industrial appurtenances while offering a new open space for tenants and a public park for Chicago residents.  

Below, a river walk contours the Chicago River's edge, which marries the existing and planned continuous Chicago River paths. Benches along the path face the water and are framed by rich planting and full trees. The walk steps up to the overbuild, where a central event lawn facing the water is circled by pathways leading to botanical gardens, several decomposed granite courtyards, and a large entry plaza with several iconic water features. Covered restaurant terraces reach out into the park above the native garden, where a procession of artistic sound walls deaden train noise from the substrate Amtrak line.  

Location: Chicago, IL

Team: Pickard Chilton Architects 

Art: James Arp