225 West Wacker
225 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Owned and managed by Hines, 225 Wacker is a handsome 30-story, 650,000-square-foot office tower overlooking the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. Its design, by Kohn Pederson Fox, evokes the styling of the skyscrapers of the first decades of the twentieth century with powerfully vertical forms rising to a spiral decorative cornice. The exterior of 225 Wacker is granite and the building lobby is elegantly outfitted in black and gray marble. Building amenities include a fourth-floor terrace, easy access to public transportation and attached covered parking, and some 7,000 square-feet of retail.
ENERGY STAR certification of 225 Wacker is the result of the building's original design, and of extensive retrofits and upgrades to building systems. Chicago's steamy summers and frigid winters make climate control a constant challenge; 225 Wacker's completely sealed curtain wall is crucial to energy-efficient tenant comfort. The HVAC systems at 225 Wacker have heat exchange capabilities that allow (when outside temperatures are below 55 degrees Fahrenheit) the use of outside air for building cooling. In addition, the chilled water at 225 Wacker resets according to outside air temperatures. Main air supply and return fans use high efficiency vane axial fans and the exterior fan power boxes have been fitted with night setback controls, to reduce energy consumption at times of low demand. Finally, base building lighting at 225 Wacker has been fully retrofitted with high-efficiency fluorescent fixtures.
Hines, EPA's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2003, as well as the recipient of the EPA's Sustained Excellence in Energy Management award in 2004, is proud to participate in ENERGY STAR, considering it an aid to leasing, and a sound and responsible business decision.
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Hines or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
Facility Type: Office
Total Floorspace: 721992 sf
Year Constructed: 1989
Contract Type: None