Lincolnshire celebrates green buildings
Guests mingle in the atrium of the buildings at 25 and 75 Tri-State International Drive in Lincolnshire, which were recently LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 19, 2012 1:34AM
LINCOLNSHIRE — A group of 30 green-minded individuals gathered at Lincolnshire’s 25/75 Tri-State International Atrium Thursday night to celebrate five local buildings that were recently awarded LEED Silver Green Building certifications.
The five environmentally friendly buildings — two in Lincolnshire, and one each in Deerfield, Bannockburn and Schiller Park — are all owned by Colliers International’s Colony Realty.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system for designing and constructing the world’s most energy efficient buildings. Buildings are awarded points as they achieve success in specific areas, which include: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation and design.
To achieve the coveted certification, property manager Colliers International Chicago and property owner Colony Realty Partners worked with environmentally-dedicated vendors over the course of four years to replace the buildings’ costly and wasteful operations with models that are more energy efficient.
One of the more significant achievements, officials reported, was reducing the amount of energy the Lincolnshire buildings used by 1.9 million kilowatt hours in two years. They also have been able to divert 92 tons of waste from landfills annually.
Colliers’ other three Chicago-area buildings to receive LEED Silver certifications are located at 5100 River Road in Schiller Park, 155 Pfingsten Road in Deerfield, and 2121 Waukegan Road in Bannockburn.
State Rep. Karen May, D-Highland Park, attended the plaque ceremony Sept. 13 to commend the property owner and managers on their successful sustainability efforts.
“When we are dependent on foreign oil, it puts our energy security and our national security at risk,” May said. “This is the right thing to do from a business standpoint; it’s also the right thing to do for the sustainability of the future of our country.”
There are currently 646 LEED certified buildings in Illinois, four of which are in Lincolnshire. Adlai E. Stevenson High School was the town’s first LEED certified building, as well as the first high school in American to be certified LEED Gold for Exiting Buildings. The Corporate Center at 555 Aptakisic Road also is Gold LEED certified.
Lincolnshire Village Manager Barad Burke said that while the village hasn’t adopted any additional sustainability codes to the 2009 International Building Codes, there are still a number of buildings in the corporate center currently pursuing LEED certification.
Ben Bischmann, an account executive for Colliers International, explained that the company moved to integrate more sustainable structures into their Lincolnshire buildings after their property owners presented the idea in 2008.
“It really started with our owners, who gave us the challenge to do an environmental sustainability assessment of all our properties,” said Bischmann.
They used the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system as their benchmark, Bischmann added.