To offset initial cost of this project, the Cattail streetlight was designed to incorporate a Green LED fixture. This component can greatly decrease long-term energy consumption and lower maintenance costs. These fixtures are also available with Intelligent Control systems, which allow for energy consumption adjustments during the day for additional energy savings. The fixture meets the standards of “Dark Sky Compliance” with the optional “hat” light deflector available as a standard component. These Green technologies reduce light pollution, and estimated to eighty percent energy savings for the City of Chicago. To allow the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to adapt the Cattail streetlight into their maintenance queue, it has been designed with the same lighting components and ballast found on their standard fixtures and simply be mounted without a retrofit and can be available in LED.
This project was an effort to restore the original period street lighting to Chicago’s Logan Square, and the surrounding “Emerald Necklace” boulevards throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods. The goal of the project was to replace the existing 1960’s era “Cobrahead” streetlights with a modified “Green” version of the original Art Nouveau style lamppost called a “Cattail” Original to the Chicago boulevard system, this unique streetlight, attributed to noted architect, Jens Jensen, and its restoration to the Logan Square Boulevards Historic District. With this year’s Bicentennial for the State of Illinois there was a need to recreate a Cattail streetlight to celebrate the significant two-hundred year milestone, as well as improve the lighting infrastructure for the historic Logan Square and the Bicentennial Monument. This streetlight was also planned to be eventually extended along additional segments of the twenty-six mile historic boulevard system. It was thought that this could possibly stimulate economic development and investment and encourage revitalization along the neglected segments of the boulevards in Chicago’s south and west side neighborhoods. The streetlight was designed according to the U.S. Secretary’s Standards and team worked with metal fabricators to determine cost-effective methods, finishes and preliminary fabrication costs that met the design integrity of the streetlights.
Funding for the project is still ongoing and resources are still being pursued. Similar designed mock ups of the streetlight have been fabricated and installed in various parts of the city, but appear to not meet the design integrity or character of this historic Cattail designed streetlight.
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