Jupiter Breaks Ground on Windy City’s First New LEED-Certified Rental Building

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorChicago–Jupiter Realty Co. has broken ground on its 50-story, 389-unit rental building at 215 W. Washington St. in downtown Chicago. When complete in 2010, the $157 million building is expected to be the first new apartment high rise in Chicago to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.“There are LEED-certified condos and offices, and old buildings which have LEED elements, but this would be the first new rental to have the certification,” Donald Smith, a Jupiter Realty principal, tells MHN.Jupiter will also provide zip cars on the property.“With the growth of the West Loop office market, the addition of more and more amenities in the area and its proximity to transportation hubs, downtown living is becoming more and more desirable every day—especially for young professionals. As an added plus, the building offers people the opportunity to do something smart for the environment by living in a sustainable, energy-efficient building,” says Smith.Mayor Daley, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony, said, “This project will stand not only in the history of Chicago, but I believe in this country and the world. People come here and look at dealing with the design and with the construction and, of course, all the environmental issues that go with this wonderful building,” Daley said.The building, which was designed by the Chicago-based architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz, will feature studio and one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 550 to 1,850 sq. ft. All units will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, washers and dryers, and kitchens with hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.Building amenities include a fully landscaped outdoor rooftop pool and garden area, a state-of-the-art fitness center, steam and massage therapy rooms, a library and business center, storage space and a 24-hour doorman in addition to a 12-story, 600-space parking garage. The building will also include roughly 14,000 sq. ft. of street-level retail space.“There are tens of millions of square feet of offices in this area. The Boeing and United Airlines headquarters are located in the area and all the major banks are a walking distance from this property,” Smith tells MHN. “It’s a five to eight minute walk to the subway station, which is another amenity.”