This is a 68-unit affordable senior residence on Chicago's south side. The shell is constructed of load-bearing precast concrete panels, which allowed for an extremely efficient erection process, and for more budget to be spent on amenities for the underserved residents. The building includes solar thermal water heating, and a fully-glazed winter garden at the top floor with unobstructed views of Lake Michigan. One grateful resident told me that this space is her meditation place, and is the first time in her life that she has had a quiet, beautiful place to relax.
This building is part of an entire neighborhood being revitalized. Once completely blighted and crime-ridden, Oakwood Shores is becoming a safer, viable neighborhood for Chicago's African-American community.
I assisted in the design, and led the production of the contract documents. I have also led several tours of this building for various groups and love to hear the stories that the residents tell about their new home.