We recently moved within the Merchandise Mart, and our suite, well, couldn’t be any sweeter! As an employee, it is great to be able to work in an environment that is sustainable, so much so that the space recently received LEED Gold certification from the USGBC. As you can see in some of the photographs, we have a beautiful design that allows for an open work environment. What makes our office so sustainable?
· Over 90% of construction, demolition, and packaging debris from the construction of the new space has been diverted to uses other than a landfill.
· 25% of the materials specified for the project are made with post-consumer and post-industrial recycled materials including carpet, upholstered wall panels, gypsum board, ceiling tiles, millwork, steel framing, and office furniture.
· Over 70% of the furniture and products specified in the construction were manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the site. Over 25% of the furniture and materials used for the construction we re manufactured from materials extracted within a 500-mile radius of the site.
· Over 5% of the products specified are made with rapidly renewable materials such as cork flooring, wool area rugs, and agrifiber core panels for millwork.
If you are ever in Chicago, stop by the Merchandise Mart and see our suite for yourself!
The above video is of Tricycle Inc.’s office space. If you have a keen eye, you should be able to spot some interesting interior design choices in Tricycle’s refurbished industrial office. See if you can spot: more recycle bins than trash bins, old tradeshow exhibits re-purposed as office furniture and interesting use of open workspaces.
Since 2003, Tricycle products have prevented 306,000 lbs. of carpet from going to landfills, saved 51,000 gallons of oil and created a positive economic effect of over $42 million. You can learn more about Tricycle here.
So what do you think? Is sustainability more than just a buzz word at your schools and firms? Post your comment below!
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