Four-Story Speculative Retail and Office Buiding Seeks LEED® Certification

Monday, July 16th, 2007

1460 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60642  Map

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1460 N. Halsted

1460 N. Halsted

Blackhawk/Halsted is a new 150,00 sf four story speculative retail and office buiding (two floors of each) with an adjacent seven level parking garage. The project is in the already-crazy North/Halsted/Clbyourn corridor, just north of the new British School and across the street from the soon-to-be-razed (or deconstructed?) New City YMCA. The project is seeking basic LEED® certification, and although the green features are fairly basic, it’s nice to see another entrant in a fairly empty field – Southgate Market may be the only other green speculative (mass-market) retail project in Chicago.

Like Southgate Market, the project includes a tremendous amount of parking – 552 spaces across those seven levels. It’s unfortunate to see so much parking in a location less than 1000 feet from a red line station, but at least there are likely to be preferred parking spaces for fuel-efficient vehicles – a total of 28 spaces. These ‘reserved’ spots are often in LEED®-certified buildings with rarely full parking lots where they sit empty, so it’ll be interesting to see how they fill in what is certain to be a very busy garage. There’s also a green roof and all the other typical baseline green features. The project expects at least 12% annual energy savings (vs. ASHRAE 90.1-2004), resulting mostly from mechanical systems slightly better than what might be provided to a retail tenant.

Blackhawk/Halsted is scheduled for completion in June 2008. Other project team members include general contractor Power Construction, structural engineers Arup (retail) and Graef Anhalt Schloemer (garage), MEP engineer and commissioning agent KJWW, civil engineer V3, and landscape architect Jacobs/Ryan Associates.

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