Originally conceived as traditional brick and limestone rowhomes, the 27 x 54 lots on both Deming and St. James focus on a formally landscaped interior courtyard. In contrast to their neighbors’ traditional designs, the owner demanded a design so modern, it would require a Planned Development amendment before drawings could be completed and construction could commence.
This resulted in a construction schedule that started in one of the coldest Januarys in Chicago history with a must occupancy date in mid-August 2014 before the start of the school year. Cordos worked with closely the owner and architect during the design phases to ensure exterior envelope and structural systems were selected that would accommodate this aggressive schedule. These included plant-cast insulated precast panels, structural steel framing, and poured concrete ﬂoors. Commenced at the beginning of February 2014, the exterior frame and envelope were completed within two weeks, allowing interior construction to start immediately.