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Elm 551 at Parkside

Situated in the heart of Old Town, Chicago, Elm 551 at Parkside encompasses an entire city block, comprising a multi-building affordable housing development spanning 112,400 square feet. This project aims to attract a diverse range of residents from various socioeconomic backgrounds by implementing innovative strategies, including spacious living accommodations, enhanced income diversity, and shared amenities. The expansive campus offers an array of housing options, allowing tenants to select units tailored to their specific requirements.


Dukane was pivotal in supplying prefabricated building solutions for the seven-story, 69-unit complex located on the site's northwest corner. To add intricacy and texture to the structure, the building scale is intelligently divided using panels treated with formliner and vibrant hues. A cost-effective and client-oriented final solution was achieved by employing repetition in the design. The exterior facade features a captivating blend of vivid colors, artfully scattered across the recessed balconies, resulting in a welcoming and cheerful aesthetic.

Project Details


Linn-Mathes Inc.





C.E Anderson & Associates


Holsten Development


Chicago, Illinois

PCI's 2023 Design Award for Best Multi-Family Building

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The Elm 551 at Parkside apartments in Chicago showcases the exceptional advantages of using precast concrete in modern construction. Precast concrete offers superior durability and strength, ensuring the building's longevity and resistance to Chicago's harsh weather conditions. Its inherent fire resistance and sound insulation provide enhanced safety and comfort for residents. Additionally, the use of precast concrete significantly accelerates the construction timeline, allowing for faster project completion and earlier occupancy. The precision and quality control of factory-produced precast elements also result in a high-quality finish and reduced maintenance costs over the building's lifespan. Furthermore, precast concrete's sustainable attributes, including its thermal efficiency and recyclability, contribute to the project's environmental responsibility, aligning with contemporary green building practices.

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