Milliken Contract’s showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart recently received Gold LEED certification for its environmentally friendly design. According to the company, the showroom is the first space in the Merchandise Mart to achieve the highest LEED rating under the U.S. Green Building Council’s newest system for measuring commercial interiors, “LEED for Commercial Interiors 2.0.”
Gosline, Milliken Contractor’s creative director, said the project’s design
team looked at every aspect of the showroom to make it greener. “Our LEED
design team created a welcoming space that is both attractive and sustainable,”
One of the
project leaders, showroom designer John Seegers of Chicago-based Q studio, said
a major challenge was the high-power lighting typically found in showrooms. The
LEED rating requires reducing the lighting power by more than 25 percent. He
eventually chose metal halide lights. “We made sure the products look their
best without sacrificing color or brightness under the new lights,” he said.
Other criteria for certification included “low-emitting
paint,” “MDF with no added urea formaldehyde” and superior indoor air quality.
Milliken's Chicago showroom gets Gold ‘LEED 2.0' nod
January 17, 2008