A lot has changed at Chicago’s Wrigley Field over the last few months. First, the Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years, and now the baseball park is continuing extensive renovations known as the 1060 Project (named for the field’s address at 1060 W. Addison Street). Funded by a $575 million investment—the largest ever made by any Chicago sports team owner—the renovation should allow the field to bring $81 million in tax revenue to the community each year, as well as creating 2100 new jobs.
The city of Temple Terrace, Florida, has completed an extensive infrastructure redevelopment project to reduce maintenance, emergency repair, and energy consumption costs (which previously totaled more than $200,000 annually). Located just north of Tampa Bay, the city has a population of 25,000, and should reap $1.46 million in energy and operational savings from these improvements over the next 15 years.
Sustainable, high-performance building continues to be the desired model for design, construction, and operations in both the public and private sector. Initially, the movement was a response to the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which set the standards to mean “a building that integrates and optimizes all major high-performance building attributes, including energy efficiency, durability, life cycle performance, and occupant productivity.”
With New York City’s 80×50 initiative to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent by 2050, the stakes are high for the city to adopt progressively more stringent energy codes. Similarly, the Sustainable DC Plan professes the lofty goal of making the nation’s capital “the greenest, healthiest, and most livable city in the nation.”
Design features incorporated in the Highland Hills library in Dallas, Texas, are allowing it to enjoy lower energy and water costs. The 1812-m2 (19,500-sf) building is one of seven Dallas libraries certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.