Chicago’s tallest timber building planned for Lincoln Park

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

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Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA) has announced that developer Sterling Bay plans to build a nine-story mass-timber residential tower in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The building will be the “tallest timber-made building to be constructed since before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871,” the developers said.

HPA designed the 119-ft. tall building, which will hold 130 residential units as well as amenities.

The structure will have glue-laminated beams and columns and cross-laminated floor assemblies with a reinforced-concrete parking enclosure and a stair core.

“The building was designed from the inside out and organized around the column grid with optimized bays that minimize waste and maximize efficiency in prefabricated mass-timber material,” said HPA.

Construction is expected to start in 2023 after the project team gained approval from the Chicago Building department in May 2022 by “demonstrating that the hybrid structural system could meet the rigorous hourly fire-resistance ratings required.” However, the project still needs to secure zoning changes and final approval from the city council.

“Construction timelines are faster and, most importantly, mass timber performs well in the event of a fire,” said HPA principal Ray Hartshorne.

“HPA is ready to utilize its significant experience in mass-timber design to help Sterling Bay deliver this historic new Chicago development.”

“Mass timber buildings are safe, sustainable, and beautiful, and we are excited to lead Chicago’s real estate community in working with this innovative building material at 2100 N Southport,” said Sterling Bay CEO Andy Gloor.

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