Jun
2014

St. Ambrose Apartments Open

The St. Ambrose Apartments, a 26-unit multi-family development, opened last week in Evanston. In order to meet the aggressive schedule and site challenges, the team investigated the use of modular construction. Prefabricated units would not be subject to inclement weather or site constraints and also offered greater budget control. The multi-unit stacking inherently doubles wall and floor construction, which ultimately enhances the building's stability.

GBBN worked in close collaboration with Model Group and Unibilt to design a three-story structure of one and two bedroom flats, and eight two-story townhomes. The flats are arranged around a courtyard with common stairs and an elevator using traditional construction. The buildings are sited to hold the street, consistent with the nearby business district. The multi-family development was constructed in seven months and is the first three-story prefabricated structure in the region.