Modern Medical Office Building
Set in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, this state of the art building was designed by a nearby hospital complex and intended to house individual suites for the medical profession. Designed with a USGBC LEED Silver rating, the building design responds to site, energy conservation, and environmental awareness. Heating and cooling is provided by a geothermal field on site while electricity is supplemented by various solar panels up on the roof levels. The planted "green roof" reduces the urban heat island effect, increases insulation values, reduces rain water run-off, and provides a beautiful natural retreat for its inhabitants. The parking lot was designed utilizing permeable asphalt paving to capture and hold rain water underground. Also, the parking lot planter islands were designed as bio-swales to capture rain water as well as sustaining a variety of native plants and shrubs. Various types of high-tech facade glazing and shading devices control the level of the sun's energy entering the building while giving its inhabitants plenty of natural daylight and views of its surroundings. The surrounding landscape was designed with drought tolerant native plant species. Rooftop rain water is collected then stored in an underground cistern allowing rain water to be used for the landscape irrigation system.