Designed with sustainable strategies for effective energy use, lighting, water and material use, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center was awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Notably, the Illinois Holocaust Museum is just the second museum in the Chicago area to receive this distinguished certification since the Field Museum received the designation in 2000. This milestone will be recognized on April 19 at a special ceremony with members of the building project team, government officials and Museum leadership. April 19, 2013 is also the fourth anniversary of the Museum which honors the memories of those lost in the Holocaust and teaches current generations to fight bigotry and indifference.
Museum Executive Director, Rick Hirschhaut explained why attaining LEED certification was a priority for the institution. “As our vital mission encourages individuals to be upstanders and take care of their neighbor, so we feel that it is our obligation to examine our building’s impact on the surrounding community and environment. We are honored to receive LEED Gold Certification from USGBC, and will continue our commitment to the green building movement.”
As the Construction Manager for the project, Bulley & Andrews is proud to be one of the museum’s project partners in achieving the certification along with Illinois Clean Energy Fund, J.T. Katrakis & Associates, Inc. andTigerman McCurry Architects.