I received an email from a reader recently about the progress of 300 North LaSalle, which is a 60-story office tower under construction at the northwest corner of North LaSalle Street and the Chicago River in Chicago. It received LEED-CS Gold pre-certification and should be ready for occupation near January 2009. Back in 2005, developer Hines signed Kirkland & Ellis to occupy a mind-numbing 24 floors. (too many lawyers in Chicago?) The rest of the building, comprising about 400,000 sf will be available for lease. And unlike many of the wicked shapes we see in some green buildings, the pragmatic, modern 25,000 rsf floor plates are good for tenants that like to use what they’re paying for. The building was designed by Pickard Chilton, an architectural firm that is becoming increasingly known for their green office and professional buildings. I’ve included some interesting background and images/renderings below.
Trump's Stalled Golf, $1 Trillion Clean Energy Market, Small Wind Obstacles, Stylish Prefab, + Green City Branding (WIR)
- Donald Trump’s "Greatest Golf Course" hits bird bunker – seven bird species, and plenty of Scots, hold up $2 Billion development.
- Morgan Stanley estimates that clean energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels could grow to as much as $1 Trillion a year by 2030.
- Wind turbine on your roof? Not so fast. Obstacles include cost, output, noise, and even damage to your home (but even obstacles are surmountable).
- It’s a Fab, Fab World – Modular homes are stylish and affordable.
- Eco-friendly City Branding – Sacramento looking to become green.
UPDATE: 5/1/08 – you can buy the original Inhabit now at Dwell.
Imagine stacking 50 to 100 prefabricated, modular units to create a high-tech, green, multifamily apartment building. That’s what Unico is all about. Over the last 18 months, Unico has been perfecting the development of a 15′ x 45′ foot box referred to as "Inhabit." The company started with idea of using shipping containers, but they later decided to build the box from scratch (and may revisit the use of containers later on). They partnered with Mithun and Hybrid Architecture, both major innovators in the modern and green space.