Chicago, known as the Windy City, is the birthplace of skyscrapers, and continues to be a leader in innovations in tall construction. These tall buildings bring solutions to Chicago’s increasing population; where it sits as the third largest metropolitan area in the USA, and fourth in North America. Constructing multifamily buildings, especially tall ones, answers the increasing housing demands within the area, while also creating opportunities to build better and more beautiful edifices and communities in Chicago.
To make this possible, contractors in the area have stepped up, delivering high-quality building projects to developers, architects, and most importantly, residents. Here are the top 15 contractors who deliver beyond everyone’s expectations.
5040 S State St, Chicago, IL 60609
Founded in 1967 by CEO and Chairman Mamon Powers, Powers & Sons Construction Company is a Gary, Indiana-based general contractor and designer-builder with offices in Indianapolis and Chicago. From these offices, Powers & Sons has built projects all over greater Northwest Indiana, Central Indiana and Chicago. The company prides itself of having “a solid, unblemished record of integrity, quality and cost effectiveness” as a general contractor, construction manager, design builder and project management company from its humble beginnings as a home building firm.
Powers converted ten vacant lots into 62 spacious modern senior apartments at 1659 West Washington Boulevard in Chicago’s Near West Side. Additional amenities include a community room, fitness center, 24-seat multimedia theater room, computer room, and an exam room for medical checkups. A larger project is the rehabilitation and historical restoration of the once-abandoned Rosenwald Courts Apartments at 4648 South Michigan Avenue. The complex is made up of 8 seperate buildings with 239 units, a 2-acre landscaped courtyard, and a wide range of amenities.
4994 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
Joseph J. Duffy Company, or JJ Duffy as it is known, is a Chicago-based general contractor founded in 1923. Multifamily housing and other types of residential buildings are the specialty of JJ Duffy, boasting a multitude of projects, most coming from repeat customers such as the local Salvation Army chapter and the Chicago area office of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. The company is a proud member of the USGBC and other green building and sustainable construction organizations.
Currently under construction is the KLEO Art Residences at 5504 South Michigan Avenue. The 4-story mixed-income apartment complex features a mix of 3 studios, 39 one-bedrooms, and 16 two-bedrooms, together with 5,000 square feet of retail and artist studio space on the ground floor. Another major project on the works is the Montclare Supportive Living Community of Lawndale at 4339 West 18th Place. The 5-story building will host 101 one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom senior units, with amenities including exterior courtyards, lighted walking paths, seating, gazebo, activity rooms, wellness center, and beauty shops.
100 S Wacker Dr, Ste 2100, Chicago, IL 60606
Founded in 1993 and based in Chicago, Focus is a developer, general contractor, and consultant specializing in multifamily and mixed-use projects around the Chicago area as well as downtown. The company’s portfolio has projects ranging from smaller, multifamily communities in historic districts to high-density, mixed-use redevelopments in thriving downtown areas. The portfolio is currently valued at over $800 million in developments and $1 billion in construction projects. Focus was a recipient of the Crystal Key Award.
At 730 West Couch Place, Focus built and developed The Parker Fulton Market, a 29-story residential tower with 227 luxury rental apartments, 162 enclosed parking spaces, and 9,715 square feet of Class “A” ground floor retail space. The tower received LEED Silver Certification. Another notable project is the redevelopment of SCIO at the Medical District at 901 South Ashland Avenue, currently in progress and involving a 5.65-acre property. The 410-unit rental community is comprised of two 12-story towers, with a mix of studio, one and two bedroom residences.
Read the original article with the full list of Chicago contractors at ChicagoArchitect.org