Kenect Chicago (500 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is a transit-oriented development (TOD) and mixed-use high-rise offering residents ultimate accessibility. The two-site, 14 and four-story residential and retail complex is located along a pedestrian-friendly section of Milwaukee Avenue and around the corner from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blueline and major bus-routes.
Kenect offers residents many amenities including a landscaped roof deck, swimming pool, parking garage, bicycle parking, lounges and outdoor patios.
Civil Engineers from EEA were hired as consultants on the project to ensure the building site integrated with the busy, transportation-oriented location. When a striping plan was requested, EEA followed Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) standards to generate designs marking traffic and parking lanes along N. Green Street as well as bikes lanes on N. Milwaukee Avenue. EEA also designed curb bump outs on the corners of N. Green Street to protect parked cars and offer more room for pedestrian walkways and landscaping.
During the project, the design team was tasked with addressing structure concerns due to old vaulted sidewalks along W. Grand Avenue and N. Milwaukee Avenue and adjacent to a CTA underground L structure. EEA prepared and coordinated plans to infill the sidewalks that were later approved by the project’s structural engineer and CTA officials.
EEA managed additional site improvements including stormwater detention design and the repaving of streets, alleys and sidewalks. Engineers also ensured the residential buildings, retail entrances, outdoor patios and a nearby CTA bus stop all complied with American with Disabilities ACT (ADA) standards.