Two tower mixed-use development proposed in Chicago

Judy Lamelza

Special to Chicago Construction News

The construction industry is witnessing a significant evolution at 400 N. Elizabeth Street in Chicago, where Mark Goodman & Associates, together with Weldon Development Group, are embarking on an ambitious project to transform a once-conventional office site into a vibrant mixed-use development. This project not only reflects the changing dynamics of urban construction but also introduces innovative practices and materials that could set new standards for the industry.

Originally intended as a 16-story life sciences office building, the revised plan now features two high-rise residential towers incorporating 724 apartments, with a considerable portion designated as affordable housing. This shift highlights the industry’s response to urban density and housing needs. The development’s design, led by Archeo Design Studio, focuses on sustainability and maximizing residential space without sacrificing architectural aesthetics. The two towers will also include:

  • 348 parking spaces split between the two buildings
  • 724 bike parking spaces
  • two residential lobbies
  • retail spaces at each southeastern corner
  • loading and drop-off zone

The eastern tower, rising 33 floors, and the western tower, reaching 30 floors, require precise coordination and advanced engineering techniques. The use of a gridded facade system composed of metal paneling and glazing not only enhances the buildings’ thermal performance but also offers a modern look that blends with the Chicago skyline.

One of the standout features of the 400 N. Elizabeth project is its commitment to sustainability, particularly through the implementation of geothermal energy. This system involves drilling 110 wells that will significantly reduce the buildings’ reliance on traditional energy sources, presenting a model for sustainable construction practices in urban settings. The decision to build all-electric structures further underscores the project’s green credentials, setting a precedent for future developments in the city.

By transforming an underutilized lot into a thriving residential and commercial hub, the development directly contributes to the local economy through new businesses, increased real estate values, and enhanced community facilities.


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