Spaulding Trumbull, LP
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Spaulding and Trumbull family apartments are a pair of former CHA buildings being renovated to reduce the number of units (to 14 for Spaulding, 11 for Trumbull), modernize the buildings, and dress up their appearance. When complete, they will be privately owned affordable apartments. This is a fairly simple project that puts some disused apartments buildings back into use without an unreasonable investment, and avoids the tear-down that many similar buildings would face.
The project has an obvious green feature in the former of large rainwater cisterns (2,100 gallons each) used for irrigation, similar to Chicago Center for Green Technology. It's also receiving the Illinois DCEO energy grant and hence has all the trappings of similar projects, including blown-in cellulose insulation. There are also exterior sunshades for solar control - something that is frequently 'value engineered' out but managed to stay in this project.
The design team takes pride in the use of Cradle to Cradle Certified exterior metal panels. Although the actual area of metal panels is relatively small, it's great to see this product because the number of certified projects is still quite small. A variety of natural flooring products are used in place of the VCT that might typically be seen in a lower-budget project.
The projects are scheduled for completion in December 2008. Other project team members include general contractor Norcon, civil engineer and landscape architect Terra Engineering, mechanical engineers DGC and Air-Rite, plumbing engineers Perillo Plumbing and Wm. J. Hoekstra Engineers, electrical engineers BES and Shamrock Electric, and structural engineer Larson Engineering.