Located between Maple and Sherman Avenue in Evanston IL, the Link Evanston is a 280,000 GSF mixed-use building offering ground-floor retail and 242 new apartments. Units ranging from studios to three-bedroom units will average between 390 and 1,150 square feet. Designed by bKL Architecture, the building will have a brick-and-metal panel façade. Most rooms will offer views of downtown Evanston or Lake Michigan. The building’s 3,300 square feet of retail space will be occupied by the 7-Eleven that currently exists on the site.
The outdoor amenity space features a pool and multiple seating areas as well as a fully outfitted fitness center and yoga studio. Additionally, a fully equipped and generously sized social lounge will be available for residents’ use.
The Link Evanston will be walking distance from the Foster “L” station, Northwestern University’s campus, and Evanston’s downtown shopping and dining district. It is also easily accessible from two additional “L” stations as well as the Metra and CTA bus stops in the area. A total of 170 residential and four retail parking spaces will be provided on the premises.
Control the Risk of Innovation
Link Evanston presented challenges that brought out the best in our team. Any structure under 15 stories that must be non-combustible traditionally utilizes poured-in-place concrete, but this approach results in a loss of efficiency with mid-rise construction. Since we don’t apply high-rise tactics to mid-rise construction and because concrete costs are rising, we chose the Diversacore system for the construction of Link Evanston. When utilized, this system can save significant costs in construction budgets. We were the first to use this system in the Chicagoland area.
Our level of experience enables us to utilize new systems ideal for challenges presented by regulation, cost, and timelines. New systems, though, can bring new management challenges—but we bring the collaborative expertise crucial to success and key to engineering more value in a project.