Although LEED becomes ever more ubiquitous, reaching the rating system’s highest level remains a serious undertaking. Just ask Emily Wilbrandt, whose job it was to ensure the GreenChoice Bank‘s flagship location met LEED Platinum’s exacting standards.
Wilbrandt is part of Chicago-based 2 Point Perspective, an “eco-architectural” firm helmed by Ron and Lisa Elkins and which led the design of GreenChoice Bank’s headquarters at 2545 W. Diversey Ave. The bank, which held a ceremony to celebrate its LEED Platinum distinction in February, is a corner tenant of the Green Exchange, a 270,000-square-foot former lamp factory located in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.
The project features a laundry list of intelligent green features, accompanied by signage designed to educate customers (even the signs are printed on eco-friendly materials with soy inks). Among the more notable elements are GreenGuard-certified desk chairs by Haworth, a feature wall made with wood reclaimed from a former turkey farm, refurbished furniture in the break room, and high-efficiency climate and lighting controls, including daylight sensors.
The LEED Platinum dedication event was attended by a number of Green Exchange tenants, including craft brewer Ale Syndicate, as well as members of local community groups, such as the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition. After formal remarks, executive vice president and chief lending officer Jon Levey gave a tour of the space, which earned 42 out of 57 possible points under LEED’s Commercial Interiors rating.