At 29 stories, The Parker is the first luxury apartment tower in Chicago’s burgeoning Fulton Market District. Its design aesthetic merges a modern curved glass tower with industrial elements found in the former meatpacking district. Tightly sited between the CTA elevated tracks and adjacent structures, the project provides 227 residential units, 159 parking spaces and retail. The design avoids the typical base and tower typology by engaging the glass façade and columns with a setback podium, which provides a wide landscaped pedestrian walk adjacent to the retail units. The entry and lobby are tucked away on the semi-private Couch Place, maximizing retail frontage.
The tower’s east-west orientation provides panoramic lakefront and downtown views to the majority of residents. The curved shape of the building accentuates this expansive view. Patterned glass slab spandrels contrast with the windows and accentuate the tower’s geometry. This detail extends to the balcony railings and perforated metal panels on the garage, referencing the industrial aesthetic of the Fulton Market District.
Extensive amenities include a common lounge area/party room, gym, yoga studio, dog walk, outdoor swimming pool and landscaped terraces. A penthouse lounge with a semi-enclosed deck offers spectacular downtown vistas.
With a high-performance building envelope, green roof elements, sophisticated HVAC/lighting controls and extensive access to public transportation and urban amenities, The Parker is LEED Silver Certified.
The Parker’s design supports a positive impact towards environmental and economic sustainability. As the first high-rise apartment in the area, The Parker can be credited as a pioneer in Fulton Market’s transformation from warehouse loaded meat packing district to desirable urban hub, validated by the 3,800 residential units that are planned in the immediate market over the next 36 months.
Although the Parker appears to be an all-glass building, the window wall system is composed of a combination of insulated Low-E reflective vision glass (U = 0.25 / SHGC = .3) and spandrel glass walls (R-14) with insulated spandrel glass at the slab edge (R-8). The roof is R-27 with Reflectivity = 0.1. Nest Thermostats are used throughout to control residents' energy use.
The Parker performs 14.5% over energy use baseline.
A combination of the vegetated roof area and the use of high-albedo surface materials mitigates the Heat Island Effect. 93% of regularly occupied areas have access to daylight/views.
The base of the tower is set back from busy Halsted Street to create a more open commercial corridor with landscape elements. The residential entry on Couch Street mitigates traffic congestion on Halsted and creates safe residential drop off zone.
The Parker has a walk score of 97. The building is within a half mile walk to three CTA train lines (Pink, Blue, and Green), three CTA bus routes, and three Metra Commuter Rail lines. Bike parking is provided for 20% of commercial space users and 20% of all residents. Electric car charging stations are available and the building features an in-house ride sharing program. A total of 159 parking spaces, or 0.7 spaces per unit, are on premise.
Use of low flush and low flow plumbing fixtures throughout reduces water consumption by 25% compared to baseline.
Landscape irrigation design reduces water consumption by 61% over baseline.
53% of project site is vegetated open space, including the street landscaping, the tower’s green roof, and terraces on levels 5 and 6.
Post-tension structural slabs throughout reduce amount of concrete needed.
12.3% of total materials (by cost) were recycled content. 25.8% of materials (by cost) were manufactured and extracted/harvested/recovered within 500 miles.
Implementation of an indoor air quality management plan during construction included protecting porous materials, openings, ductwork, air handling and distribution equipment from contamination and the elements. Additionally, low emitting materials such as adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and flooring systems were used throughout.
88% of construction waste was diverted from landfill for recycling through a construction waste management program.