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Rosa Parks Apartments in Chicago, Illinois by Landon Bone Baker Architects

August 11th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Landon Bone Baker Architects

Rosa Parks Apartments consists of the development of 94 affordable rental apartments in 8 buildings scattered across 21 city lots in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. In order to achieve an economy of scale and affordability, the buildings vary from 6 to 27 units and are all a variation on a theme of the same modular facade. Only 2 types of windows are used throughout the development, and scattered 1 and 2-story colored bays project from the front and rear of the buildings—adding definition to their facades.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Andreas Larsson)

  • Architect: Peter Landon – Landon Bone Baker Architects
  • Name: Rosa Parks Apartments
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Size: 130,350 Square Feet
  • Photo credit: Andreas Larsson
  • Drawing Credits: Kami Altman, Daniel Splaingard, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Andreas Larsson)

  • Developer/Owner: Joy Arguete, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
  • Structural Engineer: Joseph Farruggia, GFGR Inc.
  • General Contractor: Danegza Cordero, Humboldt Construction Company
  • Concrete Contactor/Producer: Dan Kolb, Prestress Engineering Group
  • Landscape Architect: Mimi McKay, McKay Landscape Architects
  • Other: John Katrakis, J.T. Katrakis and Associates, Ray Walston, Prism Engineering Inc.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Andreas Larsson)

All of the buildings are built of 8” thick precast concrete walls with engineering wood trusses at floors and roof. Thin brick is cast into the precast at the street facades. At the sides and rear of the buildings the precast was formed with a brick pattern liner and painted. 6 of the 8 buildings are 3 stories tall, and the remaining 2 are 4-story elevator buildings. 20% of the apartments provided are fully accessible or adaptable.

All the buildings in this development have gone through the City of Chicago Green Permit process.  The largest building (27 Units) is LEED Gold Certified.

Site Plan (Images Courtesy Kami Altman)

All buildings (City of Chicago Green Homes Program):

-Located in urban area, close to transportation
-All floor and roof framing made of engineered wood (open web trusses)
-Walls are furred out to provided 5.5” of uninterrupted blown-in, formaldehyde free insulation.
-Bamboo flooring in all units’ common spaces
-PVC free flooring in common areas
-Low toxic, solvent free adhesives and sealants
-All joint fillers are of recycled content
-Plasticizer free grout
-All interior paint is low VOC
-All interior lighting fixtures are Energy Star
-No interior recessed can lighting
-Energy Star roofing
-Energy Star windows
-Energy Star refrigerator
-Energy Star exhaust fans
-Low flow plumbing fixtures
-All hot and cold water pipes are insulated
-95% sealed combustion water heaters
-All ductwork located in conditioned space and joints are sealed
-AC is Seer 14 with R410A refrigerant
-All kitchen exhaust vented to the outside
-All parking areas are paved with permeable paving

Building 7 (LEED Gold) additional to what is listed above:

-Green Roof
-Solar Thermal Hot Water system for domestic hot water
-Geoexchange system for HVAC system
-Energy Recovery from exhaust system
-Drought resistant landscaping


Systems board (Images Courtesy Daniel Splaingard, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation)

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