GBCI and SITES announced the official launch of SITES and SITES Online. What this means is that projects can now register and have access to the full suite of SITES tools and certification process. In anticipation of the roll-out of SITES, Re:Vision has been using the SITES v2 framework for over a year on James Corner Field Operations’ Chicago Navy Pier design and we can now finally register the project and make it legit!
A little bit more about SITES: The Sustainable Sites Initiative’s SITES v2 rating system, developed by US Botanic Garden, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at UT Austin, and ASLA, is the only comprehensive assessment framework for built landscapes and public realm projects. What we most admire about SITES is its comprehensive breadth of design assessment criteria (site context, site planning, water, soils and vegetation, materials selection, human health and well being), its aggressive “moving the dial” materials selection and sourcing requirements, and its assessment of a project from site selection and integrated design team systems thinking through post construction operations, maintenance, and monitoring.
It is clear that SITES has added value on the Chicago Navy Pier (CNP). The following are a few highlights of how SITES is having a positive impacting at Chicago’s Navy Pier and the materials and construction industry:
- NPI has committed to the well-being of visitors by declaring the pier a non-smoking area (SITES c4.9 + c6.10);
- Custom high SRI pavers with over 30% recycled content. Major paver manufacturer Unilock, driven by CNP sustainability specifications, has incorporated higher quantities of recycled materials than ever before with its custom design paver used on CNP. Unilock now markets this eco-friendly paver product (SITES c5.5);
- Progressive stormwater management; stormwater from permeable surfaces into Giant “Tree Tubs” that manage and filter water, excess flows are directed to cistern for irrigation use (SITES p3.1 + c3.3);
- Soils Management Plan has been created to identify, protect, and restore soils during construction and post-occupancy (SITES p4.1);
- Policies are being developed to limit the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and to promote sustainable site maintenance in general (SITES p8.1 + c8.4)
Chicago Navy Pier project is currently the 1st project submitted under SITES v2 rating system. Our hope is that we can be the 1st project certified.