We have been given the opportunity to create a building that is energy efficient in an effective way. It provides the buyer with great reduction in their energy bills while not killing the developer on the front end. Each unit not only has great views to the north, south and east, but also has outdoor "rooms" with wood burning stoves. These spaces range in size from 100-150 square feet and with the wood burning stoves make it usable for most of the year.
The top (5th) floor provides office space for visiting professionals that work with the project owner as well as a green roof and patio area for tenant use.
The project is in the very early stages of development and has several governmental approvals, construction analysis, cost analysis and market analysis before we get the green light to move forward. Look for updates in future blog posts.
Peter M Nicholas
I am happy to report that new construction, urban infill projects are back in Chicago. The black plague of the great recession is waning and some developers are starting to stick their toes back in the water. Having been the architect on several projects for this type of project, this is good news indeed. One of the reasons I landed in Chicago from my native San Diego (besides the weather of course!) is the opportunity to contribute to the Urban Environment.
Fixing holes in the urban fabric, reinforcing a retail presence in an area that is adding residential units as well as new retail and business concern is the intent of this project.
A large light well and communal garden starts on the lowest residential floor, provides light for hallways and some units and a peaceful respite for tenant. This reduces the need for lighting in common areas and avoids the dark hallway issue we have all experienced in many multi family projects