Officials from Chicago and New York-based Gotham Greens recently broke ground on what will be Chicago’s largest agricultural greenhouse in the historic Pullman neighborhood. The A rendering of the 140,000-square-foot commercial greenhouse under construction in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood.$12.5 million, 140,000-square-foot greenhouse will be located on 6.2 acres of the former Ryerson Steel plant, and will create at least 60 full-time positions. IMEG is providing structural, MEP, and fire protection design for the project, which also includes office/support space, a loading dock and parking for about 60 cars.
The facility “is expected to produce approximately 30 times the yield of conventional agriculture per acre while using 10 percent of the water,” according to the company’s press release. The greenhouse will use hydroponics, evaporative cooling systems and renewable energy resources to provide produce year-round for retailers, restaurants and institutional foodservice customers.
The new greenhouse marks the second project for Gotham Greens and IMEG in Pullman, after completing the largest commercial rooftop greenhouse in the world on the nearby Method soap factory in 2015.
“We’re producing millions of pounds of fresh produce annually for national and local grocery stores and foodservice operators across Chicagoland, far exceeding our expectations,” Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO at Gotham Greens, said in the press release.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was at the March 15 groundbreaking and described the Gotham Greens projects as an “economic renaissance” of the historic community, creating jobs and helping Pullman regain its standing as a thriving industrial and manufacturing neighborhood.
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