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Abandoned Food Factory to be Transformed into Chicago’s First Zero-Energy Vertical Farm!

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On May 9, 2012 @ 6:08 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Design,Environment,Gardening and Plants,Green Roof,News,Sustainable Food,Urban Farming,Vertical Garden,Zero energy | 2 Comments

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The Plant is a large vertical farm in southeast Chicago that houses Plant Chicago [1] and a few other food producing tenants [2]. The city’s first vertical farm was started in 2010 and is expected to be fully operational by 2016. The factory has a long history of food production and was last owned by Peer Foods until abandoned – and then Plant Chicago bought the facility and began to restore it. The Plant is already pumping out greens, mushrooms, bread and kombucha. Eventually, the integrated, sustainable, zero-waste facility will combine a tilapia farm, beer brewery, kombucha brewery, a communal kitchen, aquaponics and energy production.

The zero-energy facility relies on an on-site CHP system fueled by methane produced in-house by an anaerobic digester. The CHP system will provide energy, heating and cooling, and steam for use throughout the facility. Check out this great video by Today’s Green Minute [3] for an easy-to-understand overview of how all of the elements of the farm are intertwined. As part of the renovation, the team, which was aided in part by Chicago-based SHED Studio [4], has gutted the interior, cleaned it up, installed the CHP system, a shipping container garden shed, aquaponics grow rooms, and new energy-efficient windows. There’s still a lot of work to be done though, so if you’re in the area you might consider volunteering [5]! The Plant is also open for tours [6] weekly for both children and adults.

+ The Plant [7]

Via ArchDaily [8]

Images ┬ęThe Plant

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[1] Plant Chicago: http://www.plantchicago.com/about-the-plant/frequently-asked-questions/

[2] food producing tenants: http://www.plantchicago.com/about-the-plant/who-is-here/current-businesses/

[3] this great video by Today’s Green Minute: http://www.plantchicago.com/how-does-the-plant-work/

[4] SHED Studio: http://www.shedchicago.com/

[5] volunteering: http://www.plantchicago.com/volunteer/

[6] open for tours: http://www.plantchicago.com/tours/

[7] + The Plant: http://www.plantchicago.com/

[8] ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/231844/the-plant-an-old-chicago-factory-is-converted-into-a-no-waste-food-factory/

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