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Omni innovation on display at new Flagship McDonald's

 Photos by Todd Crawford Studio

Photos by Todd Crawford Studio

Omni designed, supplied, installed and maintains the rooftop orchard, floating birch forest, and suspended living wall at the pioneering new Flagship McDonald's. The restaurant replaces the former Rock-N-Roll McDonald's and features several pioneering, sustainable features in addition to Omni's green infrastructure.

Congrats to Ross Barney Architects on their innovative design and the many talented trades that brought this project to life. 

Check out our press roundup below!

"Walking into the new McDonald's, the first thing you'll likely notice is the garden of white birch trees and ferns surrounded by windows that appear to be floating in the middle of the building." -  TimeOut Chicago 

"Multiplying this sense of expansiveness is the obligatory “wow” feature — a hanging, glass-sheathed garden, set below the roof and filled with river birch trees." - Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune 

"The 19,000-square-foot restaurant at Clark and Ontario streets in River North includes more than 70 street-level trees, as well as rooftop vegetation and an interior enclosed garden with ferns and white birch trees" - Crain's Chicago Business 

"In the centre of the building sits a raised garden of ferns and white birch trees, housed within a glazed volume. Greenery also covers portions of the roof, while green walls are suspended from the ceiling inside." - Dezeen 

"The sustainability theme is reflected in the project’s landscaping, green roof, rain-permeable outdoor plaza, suspended living plant walls, and a 'floating' glass-walled garden dropped down in the center of the building" - Curbed Chicago 

"A floating glass volume hems in a garden planted with river birches, while hanging green walls offer pleasing shifts in texture" - Metropolis 

"A sunken green roof in the middle of the restaurant provides guests with views of the apple trees, arugula, broccoli, kale, and native grasses being grown on the building’s exterior." - Architect's Newspaper

CBS Chicago - Chicago’s Former Rock-N-Roll McDonald’s Now Open 

WGN TV - McDonald’s new flagship in River North now open   

Seattle Times - McDonald’s new flagship store drops the ketchup red and goes green

 

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Omni seeks Western Regional Sales Manager

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Omni Ecosystems seeks a Regional Sales Manager for the Western Region to join our team on a full-time basis. The Regional Sales Manager is an integral member of the Omni team and plays a key role in Omni’s mission. Outgoing personality, exceptional presentation and speaking skills, experience in construction materials and/or construction sales and estimating, care for maintaining positive business relationships, interest in the environment and/or green technology, and an upbeat attitude will help this person be successful with critical responsibilities in a fast-paced, positive environment.

Click here for more information about the position and how to apply. 

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Omni seeks Designer

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Omni Workshop and Omni Ecosystems are seeking creative, independent, and conscientious thinkers with a commitment to our shared vision: landscapes have the power to change everyday lives. Join our collaborative firm as a Designer and work closely with our team of professionals. Candidates should be self-motivated and adhere to high standards of excellence and accountability.

Click here for to learn more about this position. 

To apply, please send your resume and portfolio to info@omni-ecosystems.com

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We're hiring! Seeking a Vertical Landscape Manager

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Omni seeks a Vertical Landscape Manager to join our team on an hourly basis for 20-50 hours per week starting immediately. The Vertical Landscape Manager is an integral member of the Omni team, plays a key role in executing Omni’s mission, and is Omni’s front line, hands-on steward for some of the most unique elevated landscapes in Chicago.

Think you are a good fit? Click here for the full job description and how to apply. 

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Omni HQ nominated for ULI Vision Award

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The Roof Crop has been nominated for a ULI Vision Award!

The Vision Awards highlight creative development practices, inventive partnerships or sharing of resources, imaginative problem solving, or visionary ideas that have contributed to the growth of vibrant communities. 

Throughout the last three years, The Roof Crop HQ has grown into a place of food, fellowship, education, employment, and groundbreaking innovation, with its impact and influence rippling throughout the neighborhood. Today-- thanks to the proof-of-concept at 1516 W Carroll-- The Roof Crop LLC farms 6 rooftop farms in Chicago.

Learn more about the awards and the other nominees by clicking here. 

 

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Chicago Magazine feature on McDonald's project

A rooftop apple orchard, a floating garden of birch trees, a living tapestry: Omni is helping realize a bold vision for Chicago's Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's replacement. We're thrilled to work alongside Ross Barney Architects, and see this project come to life. 

Chicago Magazine recently wrote about the McDonald's project, including Omni's contributions. 

From the article: 

"Ross Barney is working with Omni Ecosystems, a young Chicago company that previously built a 6,400-square-foot green roof on the Mies van der Rohe-designed AMA Tower, on the restaurant’s greenery. Besides the apple trees, Omni Ecosystems is designing an interior green “tapestry” of plants on an interior wall and a floating garden of birch trees that drops down into the restaurant itself."

Click here to read the full article. 

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Molly Meyer wins Illinois Green Alliance Emerald Award for Individual Leadership

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Congratulations to Omni CEO &  Founder Molly Meyer!

Molly will be honored with the Emerald Award for Individual Leadership for her distinguished career as a green business innovator. Her contributions are helping to democratize access to natural spaces and elevating the triple bottom line. She is advancing the green building movement in Chicago and beyond as a business owner and in her commitment as a volunteer with organizations like Openlands.

The Emerald Awards showcase the best and brightest contributors to a more sustainably-built environment by recognizing outstanding individuals, organizations, projects and technologies.

The public is invited to celebrate these sustainability achievements at Illinois Green’s annual Limelight Reception on May 15 at the Spertus Institute at 610 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Tickets to the event and presentation of the Emerald Awards are available online. For more information regarding Limelight, contact Joan Martin at (312) 245-8300 x205 or visit www.illinoisgreenalliance.org.

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Omni wins IL-ASLA award in Landscape Architectural Research

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Omni is thrilled to accept a 2017 Honor Award from IL-ASLA in Landscape Architectural Research for our rooftop wheat prairie. 

Exploring the overlooked capabilities of green roof agriculture, Omni pursued a unique opportunity to investigate the quality and feasibility of green roof grain production. The resulting Wheat Prairie Harvest was a proof-of-concept research project, culminating in the first-known rooftop wheat harvest.

Located atop the Chicago offices of Studio Gang Architects, the wheat was initially intended as a cover crop that would create a singular, pastoral aesthetic. However, when the grain matured into a toxin-free, food-grade crop, Omni Ecosystems and Studio Gang capitalized on the research potential. Urban youth from local program After School Matters were incorporated into the project, learning hands-on lessons in productive landscapes led by The Roof Crop.

In the end, 66 pounds of grain was threshed, winnowed, and milled into a sampling of baked goods and pastry flour by Baker Miller Chicago. The Wheat Prairie project provided valuable data regarding green roof grain production, proving the viability of rooftop wheat production.

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Catch Omni at River Edge Ideas Lab Exhibition

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Visit the Chicago Architecture Foundation's River Edge Ideas Lab exhibit to glimpse into an alternate future for the Chicago River. 

Drawing on ideas from 9 world-class design firms (including Omni Ecosystems), this exhibit presents a bold revisioning of the Chicago River. Participating firms conceptualized solutions for three distinctly challenging landscape typologies identified along the river’s edge. 

Omni collaborated with Perkins + Will on a concept titled "Third Nature" which seeks to proactively improve the river's ecological conditions, enhance social equity through access, foster a productive river, and create a memorable human experience.

On display through June, these concepts and public feedback will inform the City of Chicago's new design guidelines. See this exciting exhibition and add your comments. Details below. 

PRICE:    Free and open to the public

HOURS:    9am to 5pm daily, March 26, 2018 through June 30, 2018.

LOCATION:    CAF Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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We're hiring!

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Omni seeks Operations Field Crew / Laborers

...to join our team on an hourly basis for 30‐50 hours per week seasonally from early March 2018 to approximately October‐November 2018. Operations Field Crew / Laborers are integral members of the Omni Operations team and play the frontline, hands‐on role in executing Omni’s mission.

Learn more about the position by clicking here.

Interested and qualified candidates should email Jessica Bourque at info@omni-ecosystems to request an application. 

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Molly Meyer on 'Naturalizing the Vertical Realm'

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Molly Meyer joins a diverse panel for a rapid-fire discussion about the greening of tall buildings, presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. 

ABOUT THE EVENT: "The greening of tall buildings is reaching a new level of sophistication around the world, encompassing a movement to incorporate full-height planted walls, green roofs, wind turbines and the latest solar harvesting technology. Four experts debate the benefits and challenges of this considerable new direction for our cities."

WHEN: February 1, 2018  |  6PM

WHERE: Chicago Architecture Foundation Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave. 

REGISTER: Click here. Discounts available for CAF and CTBUH members

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Grow with us! The Roof Crop & Omni are hiring

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Interested in an exciting opportunity in rooftop farming? Omni and The Roof Crop are hiring! Read the descriptions below and submit all application materials to Jessica Bourque at info@omni-ecosystems.

THE POSITIONS 

Omni and TRC seek conscientious and efficient candidates for the positions of Farm Operations Manager and Lead Farmer. The Farm Operations Manager will work closely with The Roof Crop – an affiliate company of Omni Ecosystems – to create a smooth flow of product from field to market and ensure the quality our clients expect from us. The Lead Farmer also will work closely with The Roof Crop to build and maintain Omni Green Roofs with the express intent of for‐profit farming by The Roof Crop.

The Farm Operations Manager and the Lead Farmer will answer both to the CEO of Omni and the COO of The Roof Crop. The two roles will work closely with each other as well as with the Farm Operations Coordinator.

For complete job descriptions, please follow the links below.

Lead Farmer

Farm Operations Manager

 

 

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Green Roof Inspiration & Education with Molly Meyer

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Architectural network Land8 interviewed Molly Meyer about Omni's award-wining Rooftop Wheat Prairie atop Studio Gang Architects.

Learn about the inspiration behind this unique project and key factors for its success. 

"In a larger sense, the wheat prairie restores a vital stretch of landscape to the built environment. Along with the typical green roof benefits it provides, the Rooftop Wheat Prairie reclaims the cultural, social, and financial value once inherit to the natural landscape. "

Click here for the full article!

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