Bridgeport/McKinley Park, Chicago, illinois

Geolofts is an adaptive reuse project of an existing 180,000 square foot warehouse built in 1915 into a LEED Certified workplace for artists and creative professionals. New architectural design elements include a passenger elevator and stair tower clad in metal panels, which peels to become a canopy over the new entrance. Projections in the tower facade also provide natural light and air. A new entrance combines exhibition space, the metal canopy, and a faceted ramp into a transition zone to the native prairie landscape. The building will be heated and cooled by geothermal wells located beneath the parking lot. The geothermal system will provide hot water for the plumbing system via heat exchangers. The initial capital investments made for the 400 ton geothermal heating and cooling system is expected to be “paid back” (via reduced operating costs of the current gas-fired, low pressure steam boiler and cast iron radiator system) in twelve to fifteen years. Construction status: geothermal wells (77 wells, 650’ deep each) are installed but not yet connected to internal manifolds; all demolition is complete and many interior partitions are built; and, most systems are incomplete including vertical conveyance and accessibility egresses.

Phase: Construction Documents

see the GeoLofts website