Since this project began, it has
attracted a large amount of attention
within the aviation industry. When
presented at conferences across the
country, the imagery has been well
received, but the performance numbers have garnered the most interest.
As a Chicago-area newspaper article
described, it was generally assumed
that net zero energy aviation buildings
were not possible. In addition, blending high design and high performance
were often considered mutually exclusive. The energy performance results
from February 2014 to January
2015 bear out the challenges present
with this building type.
The airport retained the design
team to pursue LEED certification
after the design phase was completed
and construction had commenced.
Performance and design goals
aligned closely with LEED metrics
and Platinum status was achieved.
The ability to react to constant
changes, maintain the original budget
and produce both a visually stunning and energy-efficient facility was
a success for client and consultant
alike. The lessons learned are an
added benefit that can provide a road
map for future buildings and advancing brand identity for the airport.
Post-occupancy studies from both
owner and tenant found that the
building has been a source of pride.
From a branding perspective, it has
been wildly successful and other
facilities are under way that will
incorporate or mirror its design or
performance strategies. Educating
and encouraging the benefits of
ultra-low energy use will be an
ongoing aspect of building owner-
ship. It is the goal of the airport to
incorporate the suggested strategies
herein to become a net zero facility
in the future. •
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matt Dubbe, AIA, is Market Leader,
Architecture for Mead & Hunt in
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