This slender 820-foot tall residential high-rise and mixed-use podium combines new construction of a luxury tower with preservation of historic masonry and terracotta facades along Wabash Avenue. Above the ground level retail, the building integrates 41,000 square feet of classrooms for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as 460 new parking spaces across seven supported levels. At the 13th floor, a new University Club athletic facility space is connected to the existing University Club by a unique cantilevered bridge, which spans the private alley between the two. The tower above includes 357 luxury condos and penthouse suites.
The podium is constructed of post-tensioned concrete slabs with a 9-foot thick mat slab which transfers the tower’s residential structure to the parking garage below. On the tower, an aluminum and glass curtain wall skin encloses a reinforced concrete frame. To preserve the tower’s streamlined look, the structure was designed without spandrel beams. Instead, internal shear walls and outrigger systems strengthen and stabilize the building.
Size: 1.1 Million SF
Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Developer: Monroe Wabash Development, LLC; Mesa Development, LLC