The City of Chicago Department of Environment and the PBC propose to construct a new environmental center in the Hegewisch Marsh Area. The Ford Calumet Environmental Center will be comprised of exhibit spaces, classrooms, an auditorium, staff offices, researcher bunkroom, and various support spaces.
LEED Features: The building and site development will be designed to achieve a LEED “Platinum” rating. The project includes geothermal systems, wind turbines, wastewater treatment wetlands, a biomass boiler, recycled slag and glass for flooring, recycled steel from the local area for support beams and mesh for the porch, and wood from the only remaining lumber mill in Chicago. These and many other unique design elements emphasize the importance of acquiring local, recycled materials, using materials in the building that can be recycled themselves, conserving energy and water and reducing waste.