Chicago Architect November/December 2012 : Page 46

2012 SustainABILITY AWARDS Photography by Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing HONOR AWARD INSPIRATION KITCHEN, EAST GARFIELD PARK CHICAGO DESIGN ARCHITECT: Wheeler Kearns Architects CLIENT: Inspiration Corporation CONTRACTOR: The Heartland Construction Group Inc. CONSULTANTS: dbHMS, IFF, Thornton Tomasetti, Threshold Acoustics, Wolff Landscape Architecture An adaptive reuse of an uninhabited 1906 masonry building and the improvement of three vacant lots along an under-developed stretch of Lake Street created Inspiration Kitchen in Chicago’s East Garfi eld Park neighborhood. Energy effi ciency was improved by using spray foam insulation to make the existing masonry walls and roof air-tight; and thermally superior acoustic windows and skylights replaced the existing non-insulated units. Solar thermal panels were placed on both of the south-facing slopes of the roof and supply 7 percent of the building’s energy needs. The building now houses an 80-seat restaurant that serves more than 3,000 subsidized meals per year to poor working families and market-rate meals to the general public. The catering and training kitchen works as a classroom for 16 students who participate in the 13-week food service training program, and gives administrative space to support the organization’s community outreach programs. ”It’s a really great project,” a juror commented. “I like the community aspect.” Photo by Steinkamp Photography CITATION OF MERIT RICHARD J. KLARCHEK INFORMATION COMMONS, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO DESIGN ARCHITECT: Solomon Cordwell Buenz CLIENT: Loyola University Chicago and President Father Michael Garanzini CONTRACTOR: Pepper Construction CONSULTANTS: Halvorson & Partners, Elara Engineering, Transsolar KlimaEngineering, SmithgroupJJR, Chartersills The views and the comfort Loyola University’s commons offers students make it a popular destination. While enjoying the space, they’re probably not thinking about the Building Automation System (BAS) that operates this LEED Silver building at 52 percent below the ASHRAE minimum requirements. One juror commented that the building’s design was “clear and simple” and that the plans were “executed nicely.” The BAS operates the building’s mechanical systems and glazed east and west façades by using a roof-top weather station that signals automated windows to open to ventilate and cool the interior. A double-skinned west façade draws warm air up and out from the wind, and horizontal blinds—which track the sun’s movement—are the west façade’s primary shading device. A juror commented that the building is “sited very effectively.” When weather is unsuitable, the BAS closes windows and the double-skin cavity. Active radiant concrete ceilings, combined with mechanical under-fl oor-air ventilate and condition the space. 46 Chicago Architect nov | dec 2012

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