Their challenge

Formerly a strip mall with an under-used parking lot, the old Village Center needed new life and purpose. This site’s key location on a busy commercial intersection adjacent to a commuter rail stop and Lake Michigan made it ideal for an urban, mixed-use retail and apartment building. Our client wanted the full-block site design to include community amenities that would help this neighborhood eventually evolve into a more urban, pedestrian-friendly hub. These features needed to include more parking, ground-level retail space, and sustainable, urban amenity designs.

Our solution

Our team met the challenge and provided all of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and low voltage technology design for this 15-story, 500,000-square-foot mixed-use facility and residential development. In line with our client’s goals, our design’s sustainable features include outdoor gardens and a 7,700-square-foot green roof. Other community amenities include fitness areas and two floors of retail arcade that feature high profile tenants like Whole Foods, Marshalls, and Regus. The residential component of our design included 180 residences with 36 units reserved for affordable housing. In addition, the structure’s layout includes two underground levels for parking.