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The Commission on Chicago Landmarks honored The Green Exchange with a 2014 Chicago Landmark Award.

During today’s awards ceremony held at the Chicago Cultural Center, the project was honored with a Preservation Excellence Award for Exterior Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse.

“We are delighted to recognize such an outstanding group of winners dedicated to historic preservation and revitalization,” said Andrew J. Mooney, commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). “Their investments add to Chicago’s unique architectural and cultural heritage and to the economic well-being of our neighborhoods.”

The awards acknowledge extraordinary improvements to designated Chicago landmarks, properties within landmark districts and other projects that embody Chicago’s architectural heritage.  Each project was chosen by the Commission’s Permit Review Committee.

The Vassar-Swiss Underwear Company Building, a circa XXX industrial building, was adaptively reused into The Green Exchange, a commercial office development that targets green-minded businesses in a sustainable community.  HPA led the architectural design of the rehabilitation and conversion of industrial spaces into commercial and retail spaces. The project is LEED Platinum, achieving the highest level of certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.