Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fay’s Point wins Green Ribbon Award from Friends of the Chicago River

Fay's Point - 2010 Green Ribbon Award Winner

Fay's Point, Blue Island 2010 Green Ribbon Award Winner

Congratulations to Fay’s Point, LLC, OKW Architects, Inc and partners, on their recent Green Ribbon Award from Friends of the Chicago River in the 1st Annual Blue Ribbon Awards.

1 of 7 inaugural winners, Fay’s Point was recognized “as an excellent example of how residential development can utilize the river to enhance the quality of life for the residents— wild and human alike”.

The Blue Ribbon Awards, which “recognize environmental leaders and the ecological precedents they set”, are part of the Friends’ new Chicago River Blue program that educates, encourages, and rewards river-sensitive developments and redevelopments that take people, wildlife, and clean water into account.  Chicago River Blue provides guidelines, ideas, examples, vendors, on-line resources, and an annual award to make sensitive river-edge development accessible to everyone.  Download the Press Release

From the Press Release:

“Blue Island, Illinois

  • Award Winners: Fay’s Point, LLC and OKW Architects, Inc.
  • Project Partners: Henderson Bodwell; Kestrel Design; Kinsella Landscape; Krause Construction; Marlin Environmental; R.I. Johnson; and The Structural Group

Located between the confluence of the Calumet-Sag Channel and the Little Calumet River, Fay’s Point is an excellent example of how residential development can utilize the river to enhance the quality of life for the residents—wild and human alike. The design solution was driven by the goal of creating a walkable, water focused community, imbedded in a restored natural landscape. It includes many eco-focused amenities such as walking trails, canoe launches, boat docks, river front terraces, and bird watching platforms which engage residents and provide opportunity for others to interact with the river.

In addition, 11 acres are dedicated as open natural space, over 1,000 feet of the Little Calumet River bank was restored to the highest environmental standards, including expanded and enhanced wetlands, and mature stands of trees were protected as the site was redeveloped.”

Learn more about Fay’s Point ‘here‘.