SERF has rolled into Chicago

June 18, 2012
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The Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities recently expanded into the Chicago market and brought what the two-year-old organization calls an affordable, streamlined and accessible environmental certification process to the Windy City.

As part of its Chicago debut, SERF certified the office portion of the building at 330 N. Wabash, which Chicagoans consider a historic landmark, and the Norcon Construction headquarters at 661 W. Ohio St. in the River West neighborhood.

“Expanding to this city is a natural extension of our Midwest roots and allows us to spread SERF’s mission to an innovative and thriving metropolitan area,” said Joe Maguire, president and co-founder of SERF, in a statement.

“Chicago’s commercial real estate community has a long-standing commitment to sustainability and we’re proud to reinforce that initiative through certifying these important structures,” added Maguire.

The North Wabash building is a 52-story, Class A tower that offers 1.1 million square feet of office space and a green roof along the Chicago River. In addition to its SERF certification, the structure has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council at the Silver LEED level, has earned an Energy Star certificate from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a Building Owners and Managers Association 360 Performance Program designation.

“We’re proud to be one of the first Chicago properties to receive SERF certification and will continue to support green initiatives at this property and throughout the Chicago building community,” said Susan Hammer, general manager of 330 N. Wabash.

The Norcon Construction building is certified LEED Gold, has Energy Star status and also features a green roof.

“Norcon Construction utilized an adaptive reuse of an old warehouse for their office headquarters. Together with the landmark 330 N. Wabash building, these properties emphasize the versatility and flexibility of SERF certification,” said Maguire.

The SERF Chicago office is at 200 S. Wacker Drive, where Jenni James leads the sales team as regional manager. James is responsible for extending SERF’s reach into metro Chicago and Phoenix, where she served as a designer and project coordinator with Logan Simpson Design. She earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and architecture from Arizona State University.

The East Lansing-based SERF was founded in 2010 and has certified buildings in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas since its inception.

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