9th District Police Station
BauerLatoza Studio provided landscape architectural design services for the City of Chicago’s 9th District Police Station, LEED-certified at the Gold Level. BauerLatoza Studio utilized stormwater management practices throughout the site design. A green roof planted with a modular system minimizes stormwater runoff while reducing heat absorption. Any remaining water from the building roof and adjacent parking lot flows over permeable pavers, across a vegetative buffer strip, and into the rain garden, which is planted with native grasses and perennials. Here the water is allowed to slowly percolate into the soil, recharging the groundwater supply with filtered water and reducing the amount of runoff that flows into the city storm system.
Another unique aspect of this police station is its adjacent parking structure which will have planter boxes along the perimeter of its top level. These boxes will be home to various sedums, alumroot, and dianthus– all of which are adaptable to hot, dry conditions.
23rd District Police Station
The 23rd District Police Station for the City of Chicago sought to incorporate many sustainable features into its site and landscape design in order to achieve its anticipated LEED Gold certification. Major sustainable site components include:
- Green roof of drought-tolerant accent plants and sedum to create design interest for overviews from the surrounding buildings
- Greenscreen trellises clothed in native vines to veil the face of the parking structure
- Custom concrete planters of drought-tolerant plantings for the top floor of the parking structure
- Drip irrigation with a rain sensor to provide water during first year of plant establishment and only during periods of drought
BauerLatoza Studio helped determine the stormwater best management practices utilized on this project. We assisted in the selection of the permeable paver drives and at-grade parking areas. In addition to the infiltration of stormwater through the permeable pavers into the underlying soils, stormwater generated from the roof is directed from downspouts into planting areas designed to allow temporary ponding and on-site infiltration. Wetland shrubs and perennials were chosen for their ornamental characteristics and adaptability for this highly visible location.
- Client: Public Building Commission of Chicago
- Project Address: 850 W. Addison & 3120 S. Halsted, Chicago, Illinois
- Project Size: 2.67 acres & 2.0 acres
- Construction Cost: $29.2 million ($250,000 for Landscape Architecture) & $30 million ($325,000 for Landscape Architecture)
- Services Provided: Site Design, Plant Selection, Fencing Layout, Bioswale Design, LEED Certification, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
- LEED Certification: NC Gold & goal of NC Gold