Park Douglas

Location: Chicago

Type: New Construction
Use: Residential Rental
Cost: $44 million
Status: Completion 2012.

Named in recognition of nearby Douglas Park -- one of the jewels of Chicago’s public park system -- this first phase of a comprehensive mixed-income development will create 137 affordable rental units on the former site of a public housing project. An innovative partnership with neighboring Mount Sinai Medical Center includes a land swap that will allow Sinai to construct a new ambulatory care facility, expand employee parking and reconfigure its medical campus. The architecture complements the neighborhood’s elegant greystones by incorporating salvaged limestone elements from deconstructed vintage buildings. The LEED Gold certified community/management center includes meeting space, a working kitchen, and computer and fitness room, supported by geothermal heating and cooling, a green roof, bioswales for water runoff management and photovoltaic panels. In 2012, the project was awarded the Pride in Construction Award, "Residential Construction Project of the Year," by CISCO -- the Construction Industry Service Corporation. In 2013, Park Douglas was awarded second place for The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, and first place for the Affordable Housing Finance Reader's Choice Award for Urban Development.