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Lucas Museum Taps Chicago Firms Gang, VOA as Part of Design Team

July 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

George Lucas announced in June that Chicago would be home to his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA), and he has today revealed the team of architects and designers who will bring his vision to life. Beijing-based MAD Architects will be the principal designers. Chicago-based Studio Gang will design the landscape and create a bridge connecting LMNA to Northerly Island while another Chicago-based firm, VOA Associates, will serve as executive architect and implement the MAD design.
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CBRE Acquires U.S. Equities

July 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

willisLocal boutique commercial real estate firm U.S. Equities has agreed to terms with CBRE Group and, effective today, CBRE has acquired U.S. Equities Realty’s national operations. U.S. Equities’ approximately 400 employees in Chicago will continue to service their clients in the same capacities with the combined firm.
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Is This the Next Supertall Tower in Chicago?

July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

WandaThe Wanda Group announced yesterday that it would invest $900 million to build what would be the city’s third tallest building. Located in the Lakeshore East neighborhood between Millennium Park and the Chicago River, the site is one of the last remaining undeveloped plots in the master plan site, home to Studio Gang’s acclaimed Aqua residential tower.
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Recycling Our Cities: Cook County’s Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance

June 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

DiversionBy Deborah C. Stone
Chief Sustainability Officer and Director
Cook County Department of Environmental Control

Did you know that nationwide, about 40% by weight of material that goes into our landfills comes from buildings? Cook County has only one remaining open landfill, which will close soon, meaning our communities will pay more to transport trash, and cause more diesel emissions into our air.

According to the Building Material Reuse Association (BMRA), on average, 25% of a home’s materials by weight can be reused instead of being landfilled, thus diverting materials from the waste stream and generating economic development opportunities associated with reuse. The majority of the remaining materials can be recycled.
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Climate Corps Comes to Chicago

June 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

There has been a battle cry repeated more often than any other, especially in the green building community: energy efficiency. Renewables can cut greenhouse gas emissions, but during the wait for lower prices and more efficacious technologies we can reduce the amount of energy we consume now.

This strategy often promises a quick return on investment, handy for persuading those who oversee the funding. If improving energy efficiency makes so much sense, however, why does it often seem so hard to implement?
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Harper Court, Hyde Park and the Essence of Community

June 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

HC6In its previous incarnation, Harper Court was a deteriorating remnant of past urban renewal. Evoking a 1960s strip mall vogue, two levels of retail were split off the plaza, with stairs leading down to shops below grade and another set of stairs going up to the second level. Trends in retail have changed, however, and it was proving difficult to retain tenants.
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Green Office Challenge Round 3 Awards Announced

June 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

chicago_aerialThe winners of the 2013 Chicago Green Office Challenge were announced at a reception held today at the Chicago Cultural Center. The Green Office Challenge is a friendly competition to encourage area businesses to adopt sustainable practices in their workspaces that promote efficiency, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Aviation Commish Calls it Quits

June 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RosemarieSAndolino_NewChicago Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino has tendered her resignation, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Andolino was appointed in 2003 by then Mayor Richard M. Daley to head the O’Hare Modernization Program. She has been Aviation Commissioner since 2009.
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Through April 2, 2014

May 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago City Council has made changes to the following sections of the Chicago Municipal Code.

3-56-050 Fees — Late Fees (Wheel Tax Licenses)

Petcoke and Chicago: Can They Coexist?

April 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

petcoke1By Erin Verpil

With petcoke piles growing larger on the south side of Chicago, a battle is ensuing over the newly proposed ordinance introduced in February by Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Pope (10th) and Alderman Burke (14th). This ordinance would “prevent Chicago from becoming a dumping ground” for petroleum coke, known as “petcoke,” in the city and ban expansion of existing facilities that process, store or handle the material.
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