The best new corner in Chicago? Happy Earth Day!

    It's Earth Day and you're on Kinzie in Chicago, looking for a place to park.  What's the answer?  The new Greenway Self Park.

    We're proud to be Chicago’s first Earth-Friendly parking facility.
    Our array of sustainable practices includes:
    energy-generating wind turbines
    local and sustainable building materials
    a green roof and rainwater cisterns for irrigation
    high-efficiency glass
    recycling programs
    energy-efficient lighting
    programs to encourage the use of energy efficient vehicles
    electric car charging stations
    air quality initiatives
    tips for Greener Living in the lobbies
    Zipcar and I-Go car sharing vehicles

    The turbines are supposed to provide enough electricity for all of the building’s exterior lighting and contribute excess power to the grid. Manufacturer Aerotecture says these vertical-axis turbines will operate regardless of wind direction, harvesting power in winds as low as one to two mph and operating safely and silently in high wind speeds and extreme weather conditions. The southwest location of the turbines will capitalize on Chicago’s northwest winter and southwest summer winds; they are estimated to generate 10,000-15,000 kWh per year.

    A bike room on the first floor will provide shelter and safe storage for two dozen bicycles. Six plug-in stations for electric vehicles will be available on the first few floors, and more may be added should demand increase.

    Natural ventilation, made possible by variable glass channel spacing on the building’s façade, will eliminate the need for energy intensive forced-air ventilation systems. Low-E glass will further reduce energy demand in the retail areas on the ground floor.

    The garage will also feature a green roof to combat urban heat island effects and rain cisterns to collect grey water for irrigation and maintenance.

    All construction materials for the building were obtained from within a 500 mile radius.

    60 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL
    Developer - Friedman Properties, Ltd
    Architects - HOK/Cubellis


    It's a nice update of Louis Sullivan's nature-based, organic corner entrance to the department store Schlesinger and Mayer in Chicago - aka Carson Pirie Scott.


    Has anyone reading this parked in the Greenway?  Does parking there feel virtuous?  

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