Ten-Story Mixed-Use Building Seeks LEED® Silver Certification: Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

610 S. Michigan, Chicago 60605 Map

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

Krueck + Sexton Architects

610 S. Michigan

610 S. Michigan

The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is a 10-story, 155,000 sf mixed-use building located in the landmark South Michigan Avenue streetwall. This project doesn’t boldly announce its green qualities to the world, but rather meets many competing and complex demands of the site, client, program, and an innovative design. I like that this shows that not all green projects have to have a primary focus on being green. The building is a replacement for the institute’s current building, which is adjacent to the new site. The institute has more detailed information on the project here. The project has received a fair amount of publicity, including Blair Kamin’s article on approval of the design.

All green technologies in the project, which is targeting LEED® Silver certification, have been widely applied in Chicago. The project does not seek to be a demonstration of bLEED®ing-edge green features, but instead incorporates widely-used features such as a green roof, low-flow and dual-flush plumbing fixtures, a state-of-the-art mechanical system, green power purchasing, and healthy and recycled materials.

The project includes museum archival spaces which are notoriously energy-intensive, yet still anticipates energy savings of 25% better than energy code. Because of the many conflicting uses, building code analysis for this project is very complex and as the rendering shows, the faceted curtain wall is very complex and may be the first of its type in Chicago – a specialized curtain wall consultant is involved in the execution of this design. So, you can have a very technically difficult project and still make it green.

Construction is currently underway and is scheduled for completion in 2007. Other project team members include U.S. Equities, associate architect VOA, and MEP engineer and commissioning agent ESD.

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