Nelson Mandela Apartments
The Nelson Mandela Apartments provide 72 affordable housing residential units for those who earn 60% or less than the area median income in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood. This apartment complex was built with sustainability and affordability in mind with features such as off-street parking, bicycle storage, secured intercom entry systems, energy-efficient amenities, public transit access, and laundry facilities. Located near Bikerdike’s Harold Washington Unity Co-Op and Rosa Parks Apartments, this development was built on city-owned, vacant lots with the goal of contributing to ongoing community investment.
Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) performed civil engineering as a subconsultant to Landon Bone Baker Architects. EEA completed site demolition on the lots where the apartments would be built. Site geometric control was done at each location with dimensions provided for major building corners, private driveways, and sidewalk widths. EEA coordinated stormwater management with the City of Chicago and completed stormwater detention calculations and design. EEA reviewed the geotechnical reports and provided soil erosion and sediment control design. EEA also completed the walkways, private driveway pavements, and site concrete finish work. For the first-floor elevations, EEA completed the setting and grading design. Lastly, water service lines, including valves were designed and reviewed by EEA.
The project team designed a warm, colorful exterior to complement a well-built and energy-efficient building. The Nelson Mandela Apartments is a certified Enterprise Green Communities project and Energy Star certified.