The Morgan at Loyola Station adds a sustainable touch to Chicago’s North Side

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Developer: McCaffery Interests

Architect: Antunovich Associates

MEP Engineer: Lehman Design

Structural Engineer: Matsen Ford

Civil Engineer: Space Co.

General Contractor: W.E. O’Neil Construction Company

Commissioning Agent and LEED Consultant: AECOM

Landscape Architect: Wolff Landscape Architecture

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By David Eldridge and Azmina Alimohd

The Morgan at Loyola Station is a newly constructed residential building located at Arthur Street and Sheridan Road near the Loyola University campus. McCaffery Interests has a company-wide initiative for sustainable properties and has advanced to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-NC certification for the Morgan, making it the first green mixed-use building in Rogers Park. The Morgan contains 152 apartments along with parking, retail and restaurant areas. The location is close to CTA Red Line, several CTA bus routes and other amenities such as the lakefront, nearby beaches and park spaces. The building opened for occupancy in June of 2009.

The Morgan was constructed on a previously developed site. The former buildings were owned by Loyola University and were demolished to allow construction of the new building and parking garage. The Morgan is the first phase of a larger planned development known as Loyola Station. The construction was aided through the use of the Devon-Sheridan TIF district, and the university maintains ownership of the land.

Numerous features of The Morgan contribute towards minimizing the effect on the environment including improved building envelope, access to daylight and open rooftop gardens, bamboo flooring in common rooms and reflective roof surfaces to prevent heat island effects. Low-VOC-emitting construction materials were used throughout the building to promote a healthy indoor environment for the residents. The design also emphasized water, heating and cooling efficiency in selection of the apartment fixtures. The location of the property allows residents easy access to public transportation and has bike racks for alternative transportation.

The retail tenants CVS and Five Guys have moved into the store space below and are open for business. This property holds many assets due to its prime location and sustainable building design and offers a great opportunity for an urbanite to take part in the “Going Green” Revolution.

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