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.
Architect: Landon Bone Baker Architects
Developer/Owner: Joy Aruguete, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Lead Architect: Peter Landon
Structural Engineer: Joseph Farruggia, GFGR Inc.
General Contractor: Danegza Cordero, Humboldt Construction Company
Concrete Contractor/Producer: Dan Kolb, Prestress Engineering Group
Landscape Architect: Mimi McKay, McKay Landscape Architects
Consultants: John Katrakis, J.T. Katrakis and Associates; Ray Walston, Prism Engineering Inc.
Project Area: 130,350 sqf
Photographs: 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.