NRDC - Studio Gang Architects

We were excited to work with Studio Gang to provide reclaimed wood materials used on Natural Resources Defense Council's Midwest office in Chicago. The first LBC-certified tenant finish project, the 7,800-square-foot office for the NRDC occupies the 16th floor of the entire northern wing of the 1929 Civic Opera House Building in The Loop. The unique application of vertically-applied trim work creates an undulating surface that offers visual interest on the interior walls.

“When we asked ourselves, 'What kind of measure do we want to use?' ” explains Studio Gang principal Jeanne Gang, “we realized that by taking on the Living Building Challenge, we essentially joined the movement to require transparency in the content of building materials. That has the potential to transform the industry faster.”

Living Building Challenge + LEED Platinum Certified


Reclaimed Materials Used

  • 4,300 BF of reclaimed Douglas fir re-milled into wood trim profiles and placed on the walls throughout.