Developers of the Woodlawn Senior Housing project on Chicago's south side wanted to create an attractive design that appealed to low-income tenants. But it also had to meet the city's Type 1A housing standards for senior housing facilities, which called for specific requirements and high fire safety. To help meet these needs, designers specified a number of structural and architectural precast concrete components.
The five-story, 74,000 square-foot building features a number of aesthetic elements, including multiple colors of thin brick cast into load-bearing architectural precast concrete panels that create tall, narrow building segments. In addition to the façade panels, the precast components, fabricated by ATMI Precast, consisted of hollowcore planks, full-height precast stair and elevator shaft walls, concrete stair risers, and landings.