Tierra Linda is the Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA)’s first sustainability-oriented development. With a focus on a healthy lifestyle, this development merged affordable housing with green practices to provide residences for low-income and senior residents in Chicago. There are 45 units within the Humboldt Park and Logan Square community.
Located along the 606 Trail, one of the six-flat Tierra Linda buildings is the first affordable, multi-family Passive House in the City of Chicago. The project team kept the residents’ and the neighborhood’s needs in mind from the beginning. Passive building is composed of a set of design principles used to attain a rigorous level of energy efficiencies such as increased heating and cooling efficiency which can, in turn, keep the cost down for residents. Additionally, Tierra Linda is a recipient of the 2020 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Community-Informed Design.
Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) was brought on to provide civil engineering services for this affordable housing project. EEA reviewed the topographic mapping and boundary survey for the site, prepared the demolition plan, and designed the sidewalks and pavements within the public way to accommodate both vehicular and pedestrian access to these parcels. For the first-floor elevation, EEA complete the setting and the finishing of grading. Additionally, EEA provided storm, sanitary, and water service design, performed site geometric control for the Passive House, and provided coordination for utilities.