TM07 - Adaptive Reuse: Greening Chicago's Historic Hotspots

Monday, November 12 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk « Back

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Chicago is rich in history and this tour highlights how adaptive reuse projects have honored that history while building something new. Visit three sites that have transformed underutilized building stock. The Old Chicago Post Office is a historically designated site that serves as an entrance to the city as it straddles Congress Parkway. This 2,400,000 square footage space has been vacant for the past 20 years but it is being transformed to new life. The renovation includes facade restoration, over 2,500 window retrofits, complete MEP upgrade and a shift in programming to commercial office space. UI Labs on Goose Island is the first in the nation that unites key university and industry partners and enables them to collaborate side-by-side as they work to reinvent manufacturing for the 21st century. The DMDII occupies a renovated portion of an existing 285,000 square-feet manufacturing building on Goose Island. 1515 Webster Avenue is the first development planned for the former site of the historic Finkl Steel mill. It will house the Midwest headquarters of transportation logistics company C.H. Robinson. Revitalizing a long-vacant site previously occupied by the Gutmann Tannery, it continues the city’s rediscovery and reinvigoration of the Chicago River. Attendees will be required to wear personal protective equipment while on the tour.

Learning Objectives:

Explore the importance and significant impact of reusing existing and historic buildings

Explain the complexity of balancing a historical site, developer needs, architectural constraints and sustainability goals

Identify the energy benefits of a sustainable green roof

Describe strategies for energy efficiency in older buildings

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Event Type: Tour > Session