The University of Chicago is a world class academic and research institution. They needed to build a new Facility Services Building to support their infrastructure in Chicago. Sustainability was a key factor in their design choices, which included a geothermal heat exchange system and 'green' roof.
We located 18 vertical geothermal boreholes under an existing parking lot. The heating and cooling capacity is approximately 220 tons: the system is designed to require no additional chillers or boilers. As well as providing a micro-ecosystem, the 21,500 sq. ft. green roof assists with heat management. With the geothermal system, the building obtained LEED Silver certification.