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Eckenhoff Saunders Architects
Southgate Market is a five-story 'mall' housing several big-box type retailers, including Whole Foods Market, Office Depot, and Linens and Things. The project is seeking a LEED for Core and Shell Certified rating. The developer has publicly questioned the value of the certification, so hopefully his experience on this project will be positive and lead to other green (and LEED) projects.
320,000 sf of retail space are topped by 2.5 levels of parking for 1,200 cars - although this project won't win any awards (or LEED credits) for transit-oriented development, it does push the parking to the top and brings the building right up to the street with storefront retail spaces. Fairly remote vehicular and pedestrian entrances also do their best to encourage pedestrian use of the building (no fighting cars pulling into the garage).
The project includes 15,000 sf of Ecoloc pavers in the loading dock area - previously I called out Washington Park SRO as the largest permeable paver surface current proposed in Chicago, but this is probably larger. It's especially unusual to see a commercial development commit to this technology.
Parking on the roof precludes the use of a green roof (which would often be required on this type of project in Chicago), so instead the literal aspect of green is moved to the side of the building, with a 30' high cable trellis for vines on the east elevation. The vines are irrigated with stormwater stored in a concrete cistern integrated into the building's structure.
Solar control (and resulting energy savings) on the west-facing glass entry core is nearly impossible, but the glass does include a frit pattern to reflect some sunlight. This is a simple technique that also also helps bird-safe a building (which is a growing topic in Chicago).
Finally, the project uses a chilled water space cooling system (including a water-side economizer for 'free' winter cooling). While this is by no means an exotic technology and is common on very large buildings, on a project full of big-box retailers you might expect the prepackaged, self-contained mechanical systems the tenants are used to installing in their free-standing stores. The additional upfront investment for this central system provides appreciable energy savings.
The first stores at Southgate Market are schedule to open this month. Other project team members include MEP engineer ESD, commissioning agent EME, general contractor Pepper, structural engineer Chris P. Stefanos and Associates, civil engineer McDonough Associates, and landscape architect Daniel Weinbach & Partners.