The New Roosevelt University building (425 S. Wabash) has been awarded LEED Gold. CONGRATULATIONS, neighbor and Alliance for a Greener South Loop member!
The Wabash Building has received Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington, D.C. LEED is an internationally recognized green building program. It provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. The Gold certification, announced this week by the USGBC, recognizes the University’s strong commitment to the environment and its leadership in sustainability from start to finish in construction of the new Wabash Building. The building project was awarded Gold – the second highest certification level possible – based on its many energy-efficient and green-design features. Some of these include: efficient heating and cooling systems; efficient water usage with low-flow pumping systems; rooftop gardens; use of natural lighting and lighting-control system; significant reduction in electrical load through the use of renewable energy credits; reuse of 95 percent of all construction waste that would have wound up in landfills; renewable and recycled flooring throughout the building; use of Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable wood products; improved indoor air quality through use of low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints; a tri-sorter recycling chute system; an exterior glass pattern deterring bird collisions; green building signage; pulper and composting systems; indoor bicycle storage area; and innovative use of a small and unique urban land site.
The Wabash Building becomes the 11th publicly-identified Gold LEED-certified higher-education project in Illinois and the 284th to receive Gold certification in North America. With this certification, the new vertical campus is also the tallest Gold higher-education structure in the world. In honor of the distinction, we will be receiving a plaque from the USGBC, which will be unveiled at a special Wabash Building ceremony, details of which will be announced soon.