Baum Development, LLC
Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
Illinois Chapter ASLA Merit Award, 2013
Green Exchange is the conversion of the 250,000 square-foot former Cooper Lamp factory into a “one-stop shop” for environmentally friendly goods and services. The project is currently on-track to meet LEED Platinum certification and includes sustainable site features such as bioswales, permeable paving, a fourth floor extensive green roof, and a new second floor roof terrace garden. Other sustainable features include reclaimed wood decking material, recycled glass paving and planters, native landscaping, and a 60,000-gallon cistern for irrigating site and rooftop landscaping. The second floor roof garden incorporates a number of green technologies including the use of captured storm water runoff to run the recirculating fountain feature and landscape irrigation.
The modern design relates to the new technologies with a memorable, easily identifiable visual image. Despite the limited space available for the courtyard, care was taken to create several unique spaces and experiences for residents and visitors, alike. The highly-visible location of the site, adjacent to the Kennedy Expressway, ensures that the former light factory will be a beacon of sustainable technologies to millions of passersby each year.