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Former Cold Storage Warehouse in Chicago To Be Transformed into a Glass-Clad Office Building

Posted By Mark Boyer On July 6, 2012 @ 9:25 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green renovation | 1 Comment

Fulton Market, Cold Storage, Chicago, West Loop, warehouse, adaptive-reuse [1]

The former cold storage building is one of the larger buildings in the West Loop / Fulton Market, and it’s a fixture of the neighborhood skyline. Judging from the renderings, the adaptive-reuse plan will seek to preserve some of its character.

The most striking aspect of the new building, which is being developed by Chicago-based developer Sterling Bay Cos. [2], is the glass. Huge amounts of brick will be removed from the now-windowless behemoth to produce a nearly transparent new office building. In addition to offices, the developer plans to add space for restaurants and a rooftop deck to the former cold-storage building. Next door, Sterling Bay plans to add another 180,000-square-foot office building that will be topped with a green roof.

Over the winter, Preservation Green Lab released a report [3] that quantifies the value in terms of carbon emissions of reusing old buildings instead of tearing them down and replacing them with new, energy-efficient buildings. The report found that warehouse-to-office conversions are actually at the lower end of the spectrum—it takes just 12 years for a new building that is 30 percent more efficient to overcome the negative climate change impacts caused during the construction process. However, the value of adaptive-reuse often extends beyond carbon emissions; it also prevents useful materials from being sent to the landfill, and there are of course aesthetic considerations as well.

via Curbed Chicago [4]

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[2] which is being developed by Chicago-based developer Sterling Bay Cos.: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:HyTANPyg7HIJ:www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/article/20120620/CRED03/120629997/sterling-bay-close-to-signing-first-tenant-at-fulton-st-project+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

[3] Preservation Green Lab released a report: http://inhabitat.com/new-report-details-why-existing-buildings-are-greener-than-new-ones/

[4] Curbed Chicago: http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2012/07/05/cold-storage-redevelopment-renderings.php

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