How did we do it? Part One

A History Part One

In 2008, we moved into an award-winning, Platinum LEED certified building and became the first house of worship to achieve that distinction. Now we want to share what makes it so cutting edge, and hopefully inspire others to create ecofriendly worship environments.

A Space for Tikkun Olam

Our commitment to Tikkun Olam – Hebrew for “repairing the world” – informed the design of this brand new 31,600 sf space. A precious wooden box in JRC's main sanctuary is a visual testament to these values. The wood cladding is recycled cypress harvested from demolished barns. The building makes a sustainable transition by using existing foundations and demolition spoils as engineered fill. Trees that could not be preserved were harvested for use within the building.

Breaking New Ground

We broke ground in October 2006. As we watched our new structure take form, we continued to raise money and evaluate our LEED status. We handled over 130 change requests, worried, lost sleep at night, stayed in budget, and struggled to open on time. When our building neared completion, our transition team came into action again. planning, preparing and physically moving us into our new home.

May our home be one that, in the words of a very wise member of our current Board, comforts those in distress, helps those in need, celebrates together in times of joy, welcomes visitors, provides a refuge from chaos, informs the mind, nourishes the soul, and promotes shalom. (Adapted from Board President David Pinzur's speech at JRC on our opening day, Feb 10, 2008)

You can read about our congregation's commitment to and process of creating a sustainable shul in Rabbi Rosen's Construction Diaries.

Building Recognition

2009 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project

2009 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award.

2009 World Architecture Festival, High Commendation Community Buildings

Further Reading
Read the project history - part two

Learn about the benefits of going green

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