Related Midwest’s 500 Lake Shore Drives Certified LEED Gold

Related Midwest has announced that its 47-story luxury apartment tower 500 Lake Shore Drive has earned the United States Green Building Council’s LEED Gold Certification for its efforts in sustainable design and construction.

500 Lake Shore DriveChicago—Related Midwest has announced that its 47-story luxury apartment tower 500 Lake Shore Drive has earned the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Gold Certification for its efforts in sustainable design and construction. The 500-unit building opened its doors to renters last year and is currently 99 percent leased.

“We’ve embraced LEED development from day one with pioneering projects like 340 on the Park, the city’s first LEED Silver certified residential tower,” says Related Midwest President Curt Bailey. “500 Lake Shore Drive reflects our ongoing commitment to sustainable design and development in Chicago. Today, more renters than ever are looking for a home that reflects their eco-friendly lifestyle without sacrificing any of the services and amenities that have come to define luxury living in downtown Chicaggo, and as this certification shows, 500 Lake Shore Drive lives up to their high expectations.”

500 Lake Shore Drive is located in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood and has a wide range of green features and construction techniques that helped the building earn the certification including materials selection, energy and water efficiency and indoor environmental quality. On the construction side, certification points were awarded for the development’s construction waste management efforts and its use of recycled and regionally-produced materials, while design features such as energy-efficient glazing and lighting and green rooftops also contributed to certification. The building also purchases its energy from a renewable energy provider.

In addition to construction and design features, Related Midwest’s strict, portfolio-wide no smoking policy helped garner points for indoor environmental quality.

Other environmentally friendly options available to renters include a Zagster bike-share program, on-site Zipcar, preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles, a recycling program and the building’s PORT Destination Elevator System that assigns riders to specific elevator cars based on what floor they are going to, which helps reduce energy usage on unnecessary stops.

“One of our goals with this building was to show that style, service and sustainability can go hand-in-hand,” Bailey says. “The response to 500 Lake Shore Drive has been phenomenal, and we plan to incorporate many of the same eco-friendly elements at our new luxury rental property at 111 West Wacker Drive, which opens next month.”