Kennedy Jordan Manor

Chicago, Illinois

Project Overview

Officials at the Sheldon Heights Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side wanted to create a home for members 55 or older.

The goal was to create an "anchor" in the West Pullman community to encourage revitalization. But a slow permitting process required fast construction to meet a deadline for redeiving city tax credits.

Precast Solution

The tight deadline caused designers to create a total precast concrete structural framing system with a façade consisting of 10-inch-thich load-bearing precast concrete exterior walls with embedded thin brick in two colors. Interior corridor walls feature 8-inch-thick solid precast panels. The floor and ceiling combined components are composed of 10-inch-thick hollowcore plank.

The project was erected in January 2015 and took only 30 days to complete. Interior walls were furred out and infilled with insulation batts. Edges where planks meet walls were covered with insulation to ensure a tight, energy-efficient seal.