Fox & Fox Renovate Chicago Housing Authority Apartments

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Innovative design concepts developed by Fox and Fox Architects for Chicago Housing Authority resulted in bids that came in nearly 25% below budget on three separate building projects, consisting of the remodeling of 136 residential units; total construction cost:  $19,000,000.00.

Building renovation projects were bid in three separate phases, consisting of renovation of 62 residential apartments at three sites; 44 residential units at one site and ADA handicap accessible retro-fit at 30 residential units throughout the city.

“Certainly it’s a competitive market today, but our unique and high tech computer assisted approach to solving construction challenges is a significant contributor to cost savings”, explains Jay Fox, the firm’s president.

Renovation work included remodeling of three and four bedroom units, including new kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, heating systems and air conditioning, plumbing, roof, windows and insulated walls.  36 residential units were made handicapped accessible, meeting ANSI 117.1-2003 (federal guidelines), HUD and City of Chicago requirements.  The larger sites have garden-like entrances, boulevards, landscaping and winding sidewalks.

Drawing on its extensive experience in the design of energy efficient technology and construction techniques, Fox and Fox renovations will meet or exceed City of Chicago Energy Guidelines.

With more than 90 years of experience, Fox and Fox Architects is one of the Chicago area’s most respected and honored architectural firms.  Founded in 1919, the company has made many incredible contributions to the architectural diversity of this city, including churches, schools, country clubs, and municipal buildings.  Fox and Fox was particularly honored to design the renowned cross shaped Papal platform for the 1979 visit by Pope John Paul II in Grant Park.

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