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 green wall, a 10-foot high living wall with more than 5,000 plants, created with the LiveWall® system.
“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.