Natural Resources Defense Council

  • Client: Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Size: 10,000 square feet
  • Services Provided: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Sustainability Consulting

The Midwest Offices of the Natural Resources Defense Council, became the first tenant improvement project in the world to achieve any level of certification through the Living Building Challenge. WMA provided both MEP design services and sustainability consulting services. The project, which is located in Chicago’s historic Civic Opera Building, includes a lighting design with a power consumption of 40% below the baseline, occupancy sensors and daylighting controls to further reduce energy consumption, and architectural and MEP materials/equipment which comply with the Living Building Challenge Red List requirements. The NRDC project earned 86 points, LEED Platinum, through the LEED for Commercial Interiors Rating System and successfully implemented the Site, Materials and Beauty Petals of the Living Building Challenge to earn Petal Certification.

Phase 1: Completed in 2014

Phase 2: Completed in 2015

Architect: Studio Gang

LEED Status: Platinum Certified

1st tenant improvement project to achieve any level of certification through the Living Building Challenge

Petal Certified