Apartments Senior Housing|
Holabird & Root
140 South Dearborn Street, #500, Chicago, IL 60603
Location: Chicago, Illinois
July 2009 Construction Period: Dec 2009 to Dec 2010
Total Square Feet: 90,528 Site: .34 acres
Number of Buildings: One; 100 1-bedroom units.
Awarded LEED® Platinum
Building Size: First floor, 11,316; 2nd thru 8th floor, 11,316
each; total, 90,528 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 8’6”; second floor, 7’10”; each
additional floor, 7’10”; floor to floor, 9’8”; total, 82’.
Basic Construction Type: Concrete and masonry.
Foundation: Existing: cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Existing: brick. Roof: Membrane, green
roof trays. Floors: Concrete, steel fill. Interior Walls:
CMU, metal stud drywall.
General Contractor: Walsh Construction - 929 West Adams Street,
Chicago, IL 60607
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Singh & Associates - 300 West
Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60606
Cost Estimator: Autumn Construction Services - 1400 E. Touhy
Avenue, #477, Des Plaines, IL 60018
Civil Engineer & Survey: Infrastructure Engineering - 33 West
Monroe Street, #1540, Chicago, IL 60603
Located in the bustling Uptown community of Chicago, the Kenmore Senior
Apartments is a 90,000-square-feet, eight-story building that provides
seniors with affordable housing of equal or better quality than
privately owned, market-rate housing in the area. The new, 100-unit
building is the penultimate senior building to be constructed under the
Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) "Plan for Transformation" - the
largest renovation and redevelopment of public housing in the history of
the United States of America. The CHA engaged Holabird & Root to
renovate the once vacant building into a thriving home for low-income
seniors. The building was transformed from a poorly designed,
under-utilized living quarters to a high-end facility. This was
accomplished by relocating all of the core components, like elevators
and all circulation. As a result, the building is more efficient at the
interior but respects the existing location of all exterior openings and
Because the building was designed to achieve LEED Platinum
certification, a major component of the project is sustainable design.
The building is 14% more efficient than a code-compliant building, which
is due, in part, to the use of high-efficiency lighting and plumbing
strategies. Materials with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and
high-recycled content were selected for the interiors. Highly heat
reflective materials on the exterior reduce heat island effect. In
addition, a minimum of 75% of demolition materials was diverted from the
landfill. On-site stormwater management was provided by reducing runoff
with a 7,000-square-foot green roof and utilizing porous pavement and
planter boxes in the courtyard. The retrofitted courtyards not only
reduce water pollution but also provide residents with a respite from
In order to comply fully with current codes and Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, the renovation includes the
addition of ramps and accessible courtyards; 20% of all units are ADA,
as well as all public spaces. Life safety features include
code-compliant stairs, elevators, entryways, and a sophisticated fire
alarm suitable for the hearing impaired.
At each floor level, different colors are used to simplify wayfinding
for seniors. Each of the 100 single-bedroom apartments contain
generously sized operable windows that provide ample daylight and fresh
air to the space. "Niches" outside of each apartment provide
opportunities for individuals to personalize their entryway. A library
with a fireplace, fitness center, and a community room fully equipped
with audio/visual equipment enhances the programming available to the
The building was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification, a first
in Chicago public housing and one of a few in the nation.
Roofing: Johns Manville
Flooring: Amtico, Johnsonite, Milliken
Lighting: Lithonia, Nu-Lite
Entrances & Storefronts: Tubelite, Aluflam