About The Project
Thanks to a generous donation by Chicago’s Environmental Fund and extensive research detailing the positive impact of this project, the Ford Calumet Environmental Center will serve as a multi-functional environmental center as well as Big Marsh’s base of operations. After a strategic 9-year design partially funded by the Ford Motor Company, the center will educate the community about nature, eco-recreation, and industrial history in Calumet.
The design includes two large multi-purpose community rooms, educational exhibit displays, concession space, office support, and public restrooms. As a reflection of the center’s purpose, the facility has a bird-safe design and will use locally sourced and reclaimed materials to the greatest extent. For example, our team will utilize a construction wastewater wetland (CWWW) instead of the city sewer for wastewater disposal onsite. The project is tracking LEED Silver.
CWWW for wastewater disposal, custom hydraulic doors, exterior paneling, and interior structure, glulam/NLT panel system
Neil Power, Project Manager
Dion Lowry, Superintendent