Completed by Mike Stopka while Director of Sustainability at SCB.  Images courtesy of SCB.

CLIENT: Walsh Construction         DATE:  2009-2011          LOCATION:  Chicago, IL

PROJECT SCOPE:  LEED Platinum adaptive reuse building project

DESCRIPTION:  Conversion of an abandoned dilapidated warehouse into a LEED Platinum office building which became Walsh Construction's new headquarters.  At the time of completion, the project received the sixth most LEED points (88) of any project worldwide. Beyond simply achieving LEED points, the design incorporated innovative concepts for natural light, ventilation and health by incorporating biophilic principles of nature. Stormwater is captured and used to irrigate the expansive green roof and supply water to plumbing fixtures. Post occupancy surveys of Walsh employees indicated extremely high satisfaction, reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.

ROLE:  Design, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Facilitation, Communication Support, Research, Analysis, LEED Consulting


  • 41% Energy Savings below ASHRAE 90.1-2007
  • 40% Total Water Use Reduction
  • 70% Potable Water Use Reduction
  • 95% Construction Waste Recycled
  • 75% Building Structure & Envelope Reuse
  • 25% Recycled Materials
  • 40% Regional Materials
  • 7% Cost Increase over comparable code compliant building (analysis by Walsh)