Three Chicago Firms Unite to Launch Innovative Indoor Air Quality Program in Prominent Class A Tower

JUNE 24, 2020

ESD, Cohesion, and Riverside Investment & Development Deploy Market-Leading Technology to Enhance Occupant Health and Wellness at 150 North Riverside

CHICAGO, IL (June 24, 2020) – ESD, Cohesion, and Riverside Investment & Development are deploying a state-of-the-art indoor air quality (IAQ) program this summer that holistically combines secondary air purification, the most advanced commercial filtration system on the market, ventilation rates that significantly exceed national standards, and 24/7/365 indoor air quality and pollutant measurement and verification at Chicago’s 150 North Riverside.

This collaborative program will deliver enhanced levels of safety, comfort and assurance to occupants as they return to the building amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rigorously tested for safety and efficacy, the recently procured bipolar ionization air cleaning system will actively clean pollutants and pathogens from the air and surfaces. In addition, air quality sensors are being installed throughout the 1.2-million-square-foot property, and Cohesion’s Intelligent Building Platform will connect to the building’s automation and controls systems to monitor eight separate air quality components including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, VOCs, airborne particulates, ozone, radon, formaldehyde and outdoor fresh air supply rates.

The program is designed to:
-Actively clean and filter the building’s air to reduce mold, bacteria, viruses, VOCs, odors, and other harmful pollutants in the occupied space
-Drive environmental system changes and airflow adjustments to improve IAQ based on the data received from sensors
-Improve transparency by providing occupants visibility into indoor environmental conditions
-Boost employees’ confidence that building operators are continuously monitoring and responding to the factors that keep the building healthy

According to a May 2020 Cohesion survey of commercial office building tenants, employees want to feel confident that their buildings are doing all that they can to remain safe and clean, with building cleanliness and IAQ decidedly the most important factors. As such, the program at 150 North Riverside will exceed tenant expectations upon their return to the building.

Tony Scacco, Principal and Executive Vice President of Riverside Investment & Development, believes that indoor environment will be an area of particular focus for occupants going forward.

“Most of our tenants have a national, if not global, perspective, and we’ve been in constant communication with them throughout the pandemic,” Scacco said. “Our goal was to proactively test and adopt emerging technology in a manner that enhances what we believe was already among the safest properties in the country. In collaborating with ESD and Cohesion over the past several months, we are confident we are taking aggressive steps to establish an elevated standard for indoor environmental conditions.”

Raj Gupta, executive chairman of ESD, the engineering consultant on the project, cited the importance of the performance data.

“Providing the indoor-air-quality measurements and information gathered by Cohesion to all building occupants is a powerful tool to help everyone feel comfortable in the workplace,” said Gupta.

Added Thru Shivakumar, chief executive officer of Cohesion, “One of the biggest factors for employee health and productivity is air quality. Without being able to measure it, operators don’t have visibility to their building’s air quality status or know what to change to improve it. Connected systems are the only way to measure, verify, and take action.”


About ESD
ESD is a leader in Improving Society Through the Built Environment. The global firm is a at the forefront of developing Intelligent Buildings, creating solutions that produce economic, environmental and experiential benefits for its clients, many of whom are the biggest names in the worlds of business, technology – and beyond.

About Cohesion
Cohesion empowers real estate owners to maximize asset and portfolio value with all building systems, workflows and people seamlessly connected in one intelligent building platform. Cohesion’s platform provides the most actionable insights in the market, empowering owners to reduce costs, enhance tenant experiences and increase operational transparency.

About Riverside Investment & Development
Riverside Investment & Development is a Chicago based, vertically integrated real estate company founded in 2010 by John O’Donnell, a 40-year industry veteran.  Since launching its first development, the award-winning 150 North Riverside Plaza, Riverside has become one of the most active developers in the Midwest, with nearly 4.5 million rentable square feet of office, residential and retail delivered or under construction.