4,740-Square-Foot LiveWall Living Wall Featured at New Whole Foods Market® in Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood

Novak Construction served as general contractor for the new Whole Foods Market® Midwest flagship location. The 75,000 square-foot store is located in the Lakeview neighborhood at the historic Ashland-Belmont-Lincoln intersection. The building is wrapped on three sides by a LiveWall living wall, a 10-foot high vertical garden with more than 5,000 plants.

“The living wall softens the building’s exterior while providing beautiful greenery along the busy pedestrian corridors,” said Grey Novak, Novak Construction project manager. “It is a unique landscape feature that everyone in the neighborhood can enjoy.”

“The living wall complements both the new landscaping added outside the store as well as the existing landscape of the neighboring area,” said Nick Aholec, construction project manager, Midwest Support Office, Whole Food Market. “It represents what Whole Foods is all about: organic, natural, and intimately tied to the neighborhoods we serve.”

Installed by Classic Landscape, LTD (West Chicago, Ill.), the green wall totals 4,740 square feet, divided into three sections: north, south and west. The LiveWall system is comprised of modular planter boxes that contain more than 5,000 plants. LiveWall customized plant selection from a palette of seven different perennials based on the anticipated patterns of light each side would receive throughout the day.

Classic Landscape, LTD 
Classic Landscape Ltd. is an award winning, family owned and operated commercial landscape company. For more than 53 years, Classic Landscape has been a leader in the commercial landscape industry. A 100-percent union affiliated company, Classic Landscape provides complete landscape design build services and landscape installation. The hardscape division expertly handles the design and installation of pavers, natural stone, and segmental block retaining wall projects. For more information, http://www.classiclandscapeltd.com.

Novak Construction 
Novak Construction http://www.novakconstruction.com, founded by John Novak in 1980, is a top-tier, nationally-recognized General Contractor and Construction Management firm known for its well-rounded portfolio and many projects in the retail, restaurant, industrial, corporate, institutional, healthcare, hospitality, and multi-family/mixed-use sectors. Novak Construction has consistently been named as one of Chicago’s Top General Contractors. In March 2017, Novak Construction Company was honored as a finalist for the 29th Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Award - General Contractor for its Whole Foods Market Flagship Store in Lakeview Chicago project.

Designed with a healthy regard for plants, LiveWall® is the patented living wall system that achieves simplicity and sustainability in harmony with nature. LiveWall is the result of four years of R&D by the professionals who created LiveRoof®, the superior green roof system. LiveWall green wall solutions are engineered with horticultural and structural features specific for indoor and outdoor environments. LiveWall supports plants as nature intended — roots growing down, stems and leaves growing up. With unsurpassed versatility to grow a diversity of plant types, LiveWall transforms ordinary walls into inspiring, thriving vertical landscapes that are simple to install and easy to maintain. Follow LiveWall on LinkedIn, like LiveWall on Facebook, and for more information call 877-554-4065.

LiveWall and LiveRoof will exhibit at CitiesAlive, the 15th annual green roof and green wall conference, September 19-20, 2017, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, Wash. The LiveWall and LiveRoof systems will also be on display at Greenbuild on November 8-9, 2017 at booth #1357, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, Mass.

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