The Chicago office of Hines has announced that One South Dearborn is Illinois' first building to be pre-certified in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Core and Shell Development program (LEED-CS), which is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the nation's leading evaluator for green building.
The 40-story, 820,000-ft² office tower under construction in Downtown Chicago was pre-certified for Silver status based on its submission of documented plans to satisfy 29 green performance and systems requirements. Upon building completion in the fourth quarter of this year and pending final documentation and review, One South Dearborn is poised to become the state's first LEED-CS certified, high-rise office building.
Hines Senior Vice President Greg Van Schaack said, "We are pleased to respond to Mayor Daley's charge of making Chicago the world's greenest city. One South Dearborn is an excellent example of how we can achieve a sustainable, high performance building that, as a result, operates at a lower comparative cost over time, benefiting tenants, owners and the environment alike."
Some of the green features will include 15 40-foot-tall sugar maple trees that will be irrigated with condensation collected from the building's mechanical systems. Ultraviolet lights in the HVAC system will improve indoor air quality by reducing airborne contaminants including molds, bacteria and viruses. These lights also improve the mechanical efficiency of the equipment and eliminate the need to use harmful cleaning chemicals.
Designed by DeStefano Keating Partners, Ltd., One South Dearborn's metal and glass façade will rise to a dual-crown lantern soaring 60 feet above the structure. A 16,000-square-foot Italian granite outdoor plaza fronting Dearborn Street will provide entry into a three-story glass and marble lobby. Other planned amenities include an on-site fitness center, conference facilities, 8,000 square feet of retail space and four floors of above-grade parking that will accommodate 160 vehicles.
The development will be anchored by the law firm of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, LLP and is now 81% leased. For information on One South Dearborn, visit www.1sdearborn.com.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED-CS is a USGBC-sponsored program for designers, builders, developers and new building owners who address sustainable design for new core and shell construction. The USGBC is the nation's leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.