Ryan Companies' Thomas Place Orland Park, a $22 million, 80-unit affordable senior apartment community in Chicago, has achieved two distinctive sustainable designations: the Energy Star for Multifamily High Rise award and the Enterprise Green Communities Award for healthy and energy-efficient housing.
Factors that contributed to achieving these designations include the conservation of water through efficient fixtures and irrigation; the use of low-VOC paints and finishes for improved indoor air quality; and the recycling of a majority of construction waste.
Residents living in the 138,000-square-foot, four-story building will benefit from lower utility bills as well as better construction quality, durability, and comfort, says Dan Walsh, vice president of development for Ryan's Great Lakes Region.
Thomas Place Orland Park is the fourth project in suburban Chicago that Ryan has created with its joint venture development partner, Jim Bergman. The age-restricted community sits on a 4-acre site and provides convenient access to shopping, medical services, dining, recreation, public transportation, and other senior services.
The four-story building offers 72 affordable apartments and eight market-rate apartments; overall, there are 25 one-bedroom and 55 two-bedroom units. All apartments include a balcony and a full-sized kitchen.
The building’s common space includes a dining room and kitchen, a TV and entertainment lounge, a library, a game room, a media entertainment center, and a fitness center. Exterior features include a façade of board and batten siding and brick veneer, a private courtyard, and a covered drop-off area.