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The Bradford Group
9333 N. Milwaukee
Niles, IL 60714
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Located in Niles, IL, The Bradford Group's World Headquarters has won numerous awards for its free flowing architecture design and lush interior gardens. Within the 172,000 square feet of prime office space is an open air design, which provides a unique workplace environment. 


The first energy-saving project undertaken by Bradford began in 2007 with the retrofit of 1,200 T-12 two-lamp fixtures with more energy-efficient T-8 lamps and electronic ballasts. This project was completed in-house over a 2.5-year period. Cold cathode lamps were used for all exit signs.


Occupancy sensors were subsequently installed in the common areas and conference rooms. At the same time, internal policies were established to ensure lighting and HVAC systems were not being used during unoccupied hours. Internet programmable thermostats were installed throughout the complex to enable central monitoring and control of the HVAC equipment.


As for the mechanical systems, the first upgrade implemented by Bradford was the installation of energy-efficient variable frequency drives (VFDs) on a 12,000 CFM variable air volume (VAV) air handler. Next, a replacement program was implemented for the HVAC rooftop equipment. Starting with the replacement of the oldest and most problematic rooftop units, approximately 180 tons of more efficient HVAC equipment have been installed to date. This asset upgrade program has provided savings in both avoided repairs and reduced energy consumption.


Since the adoption of an energy conscious philosophy, all of the aforementioned efficiency upgrades and changes in business procedures have resulted in an energy savings of 21 percent.





Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by BGE Ltd. 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.

Service Provider:
Midwest Mechanical Group, Inc.

Building Owner:*
BGE Ltd.

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2010 (81)
2011 (85)
2012 (88)
2014 (87)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 172372 sf

Year Constructed: 1957

Contract Type: Multiple Contractor Contracts
Financing Type: Internal Capital

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant