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  Kenmore Apartments Senior HousingKenmore Apartments Senior Housing


Holabird & Root
140 South Dearborn Street, #500, Chicago, IL 60603

General Description

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Date Bid:
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.
KBTU/SF/yr: 78.5.

Construction Team

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 windows.

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 urban living.

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 tenants.

The building was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification, a first in Chicago public housing and one of a few in the nation.

Product Information
Roofing: Johns Manville
Flooring: Amtico, Johnsonite, Milliken
Lighting: Lithonia, Nu-Lite
Windows: Traco
Entrances & Storefronts: Tubelite, Aluflam
Elevators: Otis

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